El Panchan – Mexico – GRANDPAcking Costs

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JUNE 2017:

OVERVIEW:

San Cristobal to El Panchan MapMy costs start in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico and include:

  • 7 nights in GRANDPAcking Standard accommodation
  • Food & Drink
  • Mobile Data / Communications
  • Entry to the Palenque Ruins
  • A Jungle Trek Tour
  • Antibiotics for an infection
  • Some special one-off costs (e.g. replacement equipment)

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For more detail, read about El Panchan & Palenque – Information.El Panchan Map

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SPREADSHEET SUMMARY:

El Panchan GRANDPAcking Costs


MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS:

My costs are broken down into:

  • Cost of Existence: The basic costs of just being there
  • Cost of Living: The additional costs that make being there fun

COST OF EXISTENCE (COE):

My costs are purely provided for information purposes. I do not always follow ‘GRANDPAcking Standards’. In fact, I deviate from them all of the time! But, my costs are real costs and they may help you formulate your own budget.

Accommodation:

My accommodation at Margarita & Ed’s met ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’.

El Panchan - Margarita & Ed Entry

Our room had 2 Double beds and a private hot water bathroom.

They quoted a low season rate of MXP340 / night but, after a bit of jousting, I got this down further to MXP320 (US$18).

You walk through jungle paths to get to the rooms.El Panchan - Margarita & Ed - Pathway 1

They have a couple of different buildings.El Panchan - Margarita & Ed - Building

Our room was on the ground floor.El Panchan - Margarita & Ed - Room Front

The room was a reasonable size …El Panchan - Margarita & Ed - Room EntryEl Panchan - Margarita & Ed - Room FurnitureEl Panchan - Margarita & Ed - Bed

… and there was plenty of hot water.El Panchan - Margarita & Ed - Ensuite VanityEl Panchan - Margarita & Ed - Ensuite Entry

There was no wardrobe, so out came my washing line again!El Panchan - Margarita & Ed - Wardrobe

It was nice sitting outside listening to the noises of the jungle at night. Especially the howler monkeys.

Transport:

I walked everywhere around El Panchan. You don’t need any transport.El Panchan - Jungle Path

I also walked the 4kms from El Panchan to the Ruins and back (50 minutes each way) and walked the 5 kms back from Palenque Town one day. Both are pleasant walks.

Communications & Fees:

I had, previously, purchased an AT&T SIMcard in Playa Del Carmen. In San Cristobal I  topped it up with MXP300 and bought their 1 month ‘300’ Plan with free Facebook, free Whatsapp, built-in calls & texts, and 1GB of Data. I didn’t need to top it up any more in El Panchan.Palenque - Ruins - 4

In El Panchan your own simcard is fairly useless as you need to get to Don Muchos to get good internet. However, it proved useful for Google Maps etc once I got out and about.

My 180 Day Visitor’s Visa was free. However, on exiting Mexico, I will have to pay MXP500. Given that I will only be in Mexico for 2 weeks this time, my daily Visa Apportionment is high at MXP36 / day.

Food & Drink:

I averaged MXP133 / day on food.

I ate half priced Breakfasts at Chely’s each morning … and had a coffee afterwards at Don Mucho’s. My average cost for Breakfast was MXP56 / day.El Panchan - Chelys - Cheese Omelette w Bacon MXP60

I don’t really eat Lunch anymore. A good Breakfast keeps me going until Dinner time. But, I bought groceries / snacks from the Palenque Supermarket to keep the cost of Lunches down.

I averaged MXP50 for Dinner but I didn’t have a Fruit Juice (preferring beer). My Dinners were simple and ranged from a Chicken Soup to sharing a Tuna Pizza.El Panchan - Don Mucho - Chicken Soup w Tacos MXP45El Panchan - Don Muchos - Tuna Pizza MXP80

Summary:

My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was MXP439 / NZ$35 / US$25 / €22 / £19.


COST OF LIVING (COL):

My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were MXP559 / NZ$45 / US$32 / €28 / £24. This was more than enough to LIVE on.

Getting There:

It cost me MXP176 for a ADObus from San Cristobal to Palenque and another MXP20 for the Colectivo from there to El Panchan.San Cristobal - ADO Bus San Cristobal - ADO Bus Interior

Drink / Partying:

I was out every night and averaged MXP64 each night on beer.El Panchan - Don Muchos - Live Band

Personal:

I spent MXP164 on various personal items including Bug Spray.

Entertainment / Trips:

I walked to the ruins from El Panchan and spent MXP70 on the entrance fee into the ruins.Palenque - Ruins - 3

I also spent MXP250 on a guided Jungle Trek.Palenque - Ruins - 8

Shopping:

I bought some coat hangers so that I could hang up all of my clothes to stop them getting damp and mouldy.El Panchan - Margarita & Ed - Wardrobe

Other / Gifts:

I have included tips for food in the price of the food (above).

Summary:

My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at MXP613 / NZ$49 / US$35 / €31 / £27 per day. This was 62% of my total budget … I had 38% left to play with. I had all the money that I needed to have a fun time.


WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:

Again, costs are broken down into:

  • Cost Of Existence
  • Cost Of Living

COST OF EXISTENCE (COE):

Accommodation:

I suggest that GRANDPAckers do NOT pre-book (with someone like BOOKING.COM or EXPEDIA.COM or AGODA.COM). Just turn up and walk around. GRANDPAckers should easily be able to get something acceptable for MXP300 / night (US$17). This will get you something acceptable short term or something nicer for a long term stay.El Panchan - Margarita & Ed - Room Entry El Panchan - Margarita & Ed - Room Furniture

Don’t expect to get Breakfasts included at these prices.

Transport:

There is a budget for you to go by Colectivo to Palenque Town once each week.El Panchan & Palenque Map

Communications:

I have included a prepaid 1 Month plan with 1GB of data for MXP300.

Food:

I have budgeted for you to eat something from the ‘lower quartile’ of the Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner menu in the local cafes.El Panchan - Chelys Ranchero Breakfast MXP70 El Panchan - Don Muchos - Nachos & Soup MXP115

Water should be free at your hotel.

Summary:

The ‘Cost Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about MXP790 / NZ$63 / US$45 / €40 / £34 per day.


COST OF LIVING (CoL):

This leaves you 21% of your daily budget to LIVE on: about MXP207 / NZ$17 / US$12 / €10 / £9 per day.

This is not much but, with that money, you can:

  • Both get into the ruins (MXP140 entry plus MXP60 for the return Colectivo)
  • Buy 4 1.2L Corona beers
  • Buy 3 cocktails
  • Save up for 5 days and go on a Day Tour

CONCLUSION:

El Panchan is a good Holiday Destination for GRANDPAckers.

The nearby ruins and jungle setting offer a nice ‘break’ from the ‘Magic Towns’ and ‘Beachfront’ living.Palenque - Ruins - 14

But, it is relatively expensive.El Panchan - Don Muchos - Live Band

One week will be enough.


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