We can now summarie our travels, we spent 80 days in Central America visiting every country except for Honduras, we averaged $32 a day per person. This includes every penny of spending from the attraction costs, accommodation, transport, food (our big expense) as well as our flight to Colombia. Costa Rica ended up being the most expensive country, followed by Beliz and Panama. On the other end Mexico and Guatemala were the cheapest with El Salvador and Nicaragua in between. To note, we spent quite a few nights couch surfing and hitchhiking, especially at the beginning, so our spendings might not always be the most accurate.
After the relentless heat and unable to cool down in Merida for the last 3 days we decided to head back to the Caribbean coastline of Mexico. We’re 3 weeks into our travels now and have already realised that the coast is where we feel most comfortable in this weather. Finding the quiet beaches, lagoons and cenotes to cool down and relax with a book has been some of the highlights of our travels so far. So kver the next week we managed to hitchhike back to Cancun where we then jumped straight on the bus and started traveling south towards Belize. Calling in for a couple of days in playa del Carmen, Tulum and Bacalar.
How much does it cost to travel Mexico?
The Chichen Itza (also called a chicken pizza) one of the most important Mayan settlements which is now one of the new seven wonders of the world. An impressive site, of the old Mayan town, there are so many buildings amazingly still in a very impressive condition. We spent about 3 hours soaking in the huge site, and photographing everything we could.
Next stop: Merida, 300km inland from Cancun, the capital of the Yucatan peninsula. A sauna of relentless 40 degree heat, it feels like this city never cools down. Merida was a great contrast from our travels so far, laced in history, full of old, rundown buildings and churches, hosting the largest cathedral in the continent, making plenty to see. The locals are very friendly, recommending in there eyes some of the best things for us to visit. Spending a few days in Merida we could really feel why it is said to be the safest city in Mexico and one of the safest in the world. Its not your typical stereotype of the country being dangerous to travel through.
Isla Mujeres is a small idilic island half an hour boat ride of the coast of cancun. A huge tourist hotspot for anyone visiting the area so as you can imagine it caters for this. Initially we were disappointed to see a commercialised island was much like Cancun, but we rented a golf kart which is a must if you want to make the most and explore the island. We had a great day stumbling across private jetties and a tiny hidden little beach which we scrambled down the rocks to. The crystal clear blue waters kept us there all afternoon while we soaked up the sun. We then continued into the colourful town at the north of the island for some local food of tacos and fish in Parmesan batter. Finishing our day watching the sunset on the beach with a corona.
On Thursday morning our trip around the world started. We took the extremely long flight all the way from Warsaw to Cancun. After sitting impatiently for the majority of the day starved by our budget airline choice of Condor airlines, we arrived into a very hot and humid 30 degree Mexico evening.
After quickly changing into some light weight clothing, we headed straight into the city on the connecting bus to explore some local cousin and find our accommodation for the next few days.