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Old 10-06-06, 05:32 PM   #1
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any cool destination in Mexico?

I'm planning a trip from Vancouver to Mexico, but I want a really cool destination, not Tijuana. I rode from Seattle to SF last year (my first tour) and I loved the coast so I wanted to do it again before I start touring outside my own coast.
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Old 10-06-06, 05:42 PM   #2
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OK, sorry, but this is one of my pet infatuations, having studied anthropology in college dealing primarily with central America but also doing field research in southeasy Asia...

Teotihuacan
Monte Verde...
Mexico City...

ummmm... seriously, the area is totally ripe with interesting places to go. Just depends on how far into Mexico you want to go. I could spend years wandering it by bike... (one of these days...)
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Old 10-06-06, 07:11 PM   #3
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Hey, you don't need anyone to tell you anything about that. Just pop over the border and the Mexican cops will be sure to take good care of you. By the way - bring money - lots of money.
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If you don't mind traveling into the heart of Mexico a bit, along with it's associated risks, Puebla is a place rich in history and so many surrounding things to see including the great volcanos of Mexico. You'll need a good pair of climbing legs though.
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I've toured in Mexico twice and loved it. Biking between Morelia & Guadalajara (Michoacan & Jalisco states) was great, with an interesting variety of things to see (colonial towns of Morelia & Patzcuaro, a national park in Uruapan, volcano of Paricutin). The roads were decent and the people were wonderful. We didn't have the slightest problem. The Yucatan is a good winter destination, though I preferred Michoacan. To me, the gorgeous landscape of Michoacan trumped the Mayan ruins of the Yucatan. Your interests may differ from mine, however.

I getting a little tired of hearing the same ignorant comments about Mexico from people who haven't actually toured there.
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I getting a little tired of hearing the same ignorant comments about Mexico from people who haven't actually toured there.
+1 even though I've never been there. Serious question, though: Do you think it would be ok for a solo woman who doesn't speak spanish?
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I loved my trip to Oaxaca.
I agree with axoltol; Mexico is a great place to travel/cycle.
I've been there many times, solo, with my bike.
Check out the webpages i made after my more recent bike trips at
http://www.geocities.com/pathebikeguy
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Old 10-09-06, 06:28 AM   #8
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Do you think it would be ok for a solo woman who doesn't speak spanish?
I think it would be difficult if you don't speak any spanish. I know of several women who toured solo in Mexico and all of them loved it, but I believe that all spoke spanish to some extent.
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Want to throw in my 2 cents...

I have never been to Mexico but I've done my fair share of solo travelling. I'm a guy, so I can't exactly put myself in your shoes valygrl. But about language, I really don't think people should go/not go to places because they do/don't speak the language.

I came back earlier this year after being in China. I didn't hang out with expats or foreigners much, always with Chinese. I'm a Canadian. I arrived there two weeks after deciding to go there. I'd never spoken Chinese before going. All i can say is give yours and others mental acuity more credit, you will see how well you can communicate with others without language. The planned one year away turned into three.

I just don't think its a good idea to limit your exposure to other cultures because of language barriers. These barriers fall surprisingly easily.

Give yourself more credit.

About the woman thing, I can't say anything. I'm a big guy with a shaved head. Safety isn't something I have to worry about in many situations (within reason of course). If I had a daughter, I'd be worried about her going to some places (can't say about Mexico since I haven't been there, but again, I think some people who tend to villify entire nations probably have little understanding of them, I've met more good people than bad in my life...maybe more annoying people that not-annoying, but even the annoying tend to have a good heart), but it wouldn't be because of language differences. I guess that's all I'm trying to say.

Another cent...if you have problems talking to adults in Mexico...look for some kids! In my experience children are far better at stretching their minds to understand something new to them. If you need something and aren't getting anywhere trying to explain it to an adult, don't discount the kids.

I want to go to Mexico too.

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Old 10-09-06, 11:18 AM   #10
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Louise and TigerLily

While cycling in Mexico i met several solo women travellers who were enjoying their experience in Mexico.
In particular i met Louise in Oaxaca who had ridden there from the States through the Mountains while pregnant. She was days away from giving birth when i met her. A year later she went back with her one year old daughter Tigerlily and completed her cycling trip through Central America - solo kind of. You can read about her adventure by clicking on the following link;
http://eco.logique.free.fr/tigerlily/
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