Mexico: Tales of Tacos and Tequila

I went to Mexico to escape the bitter cold and found myself in a colourful paradise filled with delicious foods and breathtaking sights. Starting in Mexico city, I explored the areas around it, went to Yucatan, and ended my journey in Cancun. Throughout the trip, I was treated with warm hospitality and humor as I attempted to converse with the locals in my broken Spanish. The entire experience was full of dealing with unexpected surprises and unknown factors, and in the end Mexico made me a better traveller.

Travelogue series from my backpacking adventures in Mexico

Also check out my Mexico Photo Gallery

I went to Mexico to escape the bitter cold and found myself in a colourful paradise filled with delicious foods and breathtaking sights. Starting in Mexico city, I explored the areas around it, went to Yucatan, and ended my journey in Cancun. Throughout the trip, I was treated with warm hospitality and humor as I attempted to converse with the locals in my broken Spanish. The entire experience was full of dealing with unexpected surprises and unknown factors, and in the end Mexico made me a better traveller.

Part 1: Introduction

Chapter 01: The things backpackers do in Mexico

Part 2: Mexico City

Chapter 15: Mexico City’s Zócalo and Historic Centre
Chapter 16: Coyoacán, the place of coyotes
Chapter 17: Flying Men Dance
Chapter 18: Put those kids on a leash!
Chapter 19: Castle at the grasshopper’s hill
Chapter 20: Rapid transit, above and below surface
Chapter 21: On the road in Mexico City
Monument to the Revolution

Part 3: Around Mexico City

Chapter 02: Frolicking around Mexico city

North (Hidalgo and State of Mexico): Teotihuacan, Pachuca, El Chico, Tula

Chapter 03: Worshiping the Sun on the Avenue of the dead
Chapter 04: Eating a Mexican samosa in Pachuca
Chapter 05: Route to El Chico: Hits and Misses
Chapter 06: Toltec warriors, butterfly shields, and almost-naked Jesus

South (Guerrero and Morelos): Taxco, Cuernavaca, Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, Xochicalco

Chapter 07: Horizon beyond the mountains
Chapter 08: When a half-day is three days long
Chapter 09: Pray first, fight next: Mexican style
Chapter 10: The marvel under the surface
Chapter 11: Rise and Fall of Xochicalco

East (Puebla): Cholula, Puebla

Chapter 12: Church on top of a gigantic pagan pyramid
Chapter 13: Puebla’s Historic Centre
Chapter 14: Students protest while tourists watch

Part 4: Yucatan and Quintana Roo

Yucatan: Merida, Valladolid, Uxmal, Chichen Itza

Chapter 22: …and then I saw Yucatan
Chapter 23: Montezuma’s revenge at Yucatan’s capital city
Chapter 24: When the bus breaks down
Chapter 25: Mexican tuk-tuks made-in-India
Chapter 26: Slithering in the Rain: Uxmal’s Maya ruins
Chapter 27: Hitchhiking disappointments in Yucatan
Chapter 28: Chichén Itzá: Run over by tour groups, yet enjoyable
Chapter 29: Ek Balam: Hindu gods doing in Maya territory
Chapter 30: The lure of small towns

Quintana Roo: Cancun

Part 5: Chiapas and Tabasco

Back to the land of Maya ruins and Tabasco chili peppers

Chiapas: San Cristobal de las Casas, Tonina, Palenque

Tabasco: Villahermosa, Comalcalco, Tapijualapa

Part 6: General

Mexican Food!

Checkout the complete Mexican food photo gallery.

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Author: Priyank

Traveller, musician, blogger, bureaucrat. In that order. I'm very interested in trying new things and my interests are diverse. Food, people, places, technologies - I like them all. Whatever I do, I approach life with optimism and strive to make each day happy and fruitful.

74 responses to “Mexico: Tales of Tacos and Tequila”

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  38. Hi Priyank, really nice posts 🙂 seems like you have traveled a lot of places! awesome photos too! wishes 🙂

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