Mexico

I’ve traveled to Mexico a couple of times when I was younger but have only stayed in resorts with family or friends and had therefore never actually explored the country before I traveled there in February 2020. I only stayed there for roughly 3 weeks, so I obviously have only had a tiny taste of it, but it was enough to make me want to go back as soon as I can. I love Mexican culture in general – the people are so friendly, the food is simply amazing, and the overall vibe there is just the best. If you’ve traveled around Mexico and have some tips you’d like to share, please reach out to me as I am definitely looking for some recommendation for when I’ll go back once the whole COVID-19 situation is behind us. 

Feb 17th : Montréal > Puerto Vallarta
Feb 18th – 19th : Puerto Vallarta 
Feb 20th : Puerto Vallarta > Ricon de Guayabitos
Feb 21th – 24th : Rincon de Guayabitos
Feb 25th : Rincon de Guayabitos > Puerto Vallarta
Feb 26th : Puerto Vallarta 
Feb 27th : Puerto Vallarta > Mexico City
Feb 28th – 29th : Mexico City
Mar 1st : Mexico City > Chetumal > Caye Caulker
Mar 17th : Flores > Palenque
Mar 18th – 19th : Palenque
Mar 20th : Palenque > Cancun
Mar 21st – 22nd : Cancun
Mar 23rd : Cancun > Montreal

I’ve traveled to Mexico a couple of times when I was younger but have only stayed in resorts with family or friends and had therefore never actually explored the country before I traveled there in February 2020. I only stayed there for roughly 3 weeks, so I obviously have only had a tiny taste of it, but it was enough to make me want to go back as soon as I can. I love Mexican culture in general – the people are so friendly, the food is simply amazing, and the overall vibe there is just the best. If you’ve traveled around Mexico and have some tips you’d like to share, please reach out to me as I am definitely looking for some recommendation for when I’ll go back once the whole COVID-19 situation is behind us. 

Feb 17th : Montréal > Puerto Vallarta
Feb 18th – 19th : Puerto Vallarta 
Feb 20th : Puerto Vallarta > Ricon de Guayabitos
Feb 21th – 24th : Rincon de Guayabitos
Feb 25th : Rincon de Guayabitos > Puerto Vallarta
Feb 26th : Puerto Vallarta 
Feb 27th : Puerto Vallarta > Mexico City
Feb 28th – 29th : Mexico City
Mar 1st : Mexico City > Chetumal > Caye Caulker
Mar 17th : Flores > Palenque
Mar 18th – 19th : Palenque
Mar 20th : Palenque > Cancun
Mar 21st – 22nd : Cancun
Mar 23rd : Cancun > Montreal

Jalisco

My main destination for my February 2020 stay in Mexico was Jalisco – most particularly Rincon de Guayabitos (where my grandfather lives in the winter), a cute town located roughly an hour north of the much more famous Puerto Vallarta. I got to stay a few days in each of the cities and enjoyed my time a lot in both of them – Puerto Vallarta is obviously busier since a lot of people head there to party and attend LGBT+ events of all kinds, but I found it very easy to get away from the action and explore cute neighborhoods and secluded beaches. Rincon de Guayabitos is more popular for Mexican tourists and therefore more “traditional” than some of the neighboring towns. It’s cheap, cute and safe, and while I haven’t done tours or anything a usual tourist would look for on vacation, I’m sure it’s possible to book tours from the town center and pay a lot less than you would anywhere else around. 

My main destination for my February 2020 stay in Mexico was Jalisco – most particularly Rincon de Guayabitos (where my grandfather lives in the winter), a cute town located roughly an hour north of the much more famous Puerto Vallarta. I got to stay a few days in each of the cities and enjoyed my time a lot in both of them – Puerto Vallarta is obviously busier since a lot of people head there to party and attend LGBT+ events of all kinds, but I found it very easy to get away from the action and explore cute neighborhoods and secluded beaches. Rincon de Guayabitos is more popular for Mexican tourists and therefore more “traditional” than some of the neighboring towns. It’s cheap, cute and safe, and while I haven’t done tours or anything a usual tourist would look for on vacation, I’m sure it’s possible to book tours from the town center and pay a lot less than you would anywhere else around. 

Chiapas

My visit to Chiapas (more precisely the town of Palenque) was completely unexpected. I actually had no idea about its existence 24 hours prior to getting there. 

Following the news of the global spread of the COVID-19 in March 2020 and the daily closure of dozens of borders around the world, I made the tough decision to leave Guatemala before being stuck there and caught the last bus heading to Mexico from Flores. I arrived in Palenque with no plans and three days to kill before boarding a bus to Cancun where I would catch a flight back to Montréal. 

For obvious reasons I wasn’t in the best overall mindset when I visited Palenque – I had just lost my dream job and come to the realization that I would have to cut my trip short to head back to Canada for God knows how long. Despite all that, I decided to make the most of the few days I had left in Mexico to visit a cool wildlife rescue center as well as some impressive Maya ruins. If you ever find yourself in Palenque, please do yourself a favor and go enjoy some tacos and fresh orange juice at Tropi Tacos – I ate there 4 times in 3 days and could never get enough!

My visit to Chiapas (more precisely the town of Palenque) was completely unexpected. I actually had no idea about its existence 24 hours prior to getting there. 

Following the news of the global spread of the COVID-19 in March 2020 and the daily closure of dozens of borders around the world, I made the tough decision to leave Guatemala before being stuck there and caught the last bus heading to Mexico from Flores. I arrived in Palenque with no plans and three days to kill before boarding a bus to Cancun where I would catch a flight back to Montréal. 

For obvious reasons I wasn’t in the best overall mindset when I visited Palenque – I had just lost my dream job and come to the realization that I would have to cut my trip short to head back to Canada for God knows how long. Despite all that, I decided to make the most of the few days I had left in Mexico to visit a cool wildlife rescue center as well as some impressive Maya ruins. If you ever find yourself in Palenque, please do yourself a favor and go enjoy some tacos and fresh orange juice at Tropi Tacos – I ate there 4 times in 3 days and could never get enough!

Mexico City

With only two and a half days to spend in Mexico City, I obviously didn’t have enough time to explore every corner of that gigantic metropolis. From what I saw (which isn’t much I’ll give it to you), I didn’t find Mexico City particularly interesting through my camera lens. I find inspiration in many different types of environments, but somehow I couldn’t find much to capture in the iconic CDMX. Therefore, you’ll notice that half of my pictures in the city were taken at the Soumaya museum, one of the coolest-looking buildings I’ve ever photographed. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed my time in Mexico City, partly thanks to the amazing food you’ll find on literally every corner, and I can’t wait to go back to experience more of what the city has to offer. 

With only two and a half days to spend in Mexico City, I obviously didn’t have enough time to explore every corner of that gigantic metropolis. From what I saw (which isn’t much I’ll give it to you), I didn’t find Mexico City particularly interesting through my camera lens. I find inspiration in many different types of environments, but somehow I couldn’t find much to capture in the iconic CDMX. Therefore, you’ll notice that half of my pictures in the city were taken at the Soumaya museum, one of the coolest-looking buildings I’ve ever photographed. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed my time in Mexico City, partly thanks to the amazing food you’ll find on literally every corner, and I can’t wait to go back to experience more of what the city has to offer.