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Zipolite - Another Sunset 2
APRIL 2017: Click here to read our Guatemala Retirement Reviews. Click here to read our Mexico Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I stayed in Zipolite, Oaxaca, Mexico for 6 weeks … I initially planned to stay only 3 weeks … but, it was such a nice ‘vibe’ that I decided to stay longer. Read this post for a detailed break-down of costs in Zipolite. In Zipolite, I stayed at the Brisa Marina; this hotel is not listed in BOOKING.COM nor AGODA.COM. I paid MXP150 / night (US$8.25) for a Double Room with Cold Water Private Bathroom (no Breakfast included). This was a very good price … many locals told me that I was […]

Tapachula – Mexico – to – Lake Atitlan – Guatemala


MARCH 2017: Click here to read our Guatemala Retirement Reviews. Click here to read our Mexico Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I stayed in San Pedro La Laguna on Lake Atitlan for nearly 2 months … I went for 3 weeks to do Spanish Classes … but, it was such a nice ‘vibe’ that it was very hard to leave! I made many good friends there. Thanks guys … hopefully, I will see you all again soon. Read this post for a detailed break-down of costs in San Pedro LL. In San Pedro LL, I ended up staying at the Hotel Jarachi’k. I paid GTQ100 / night (US$13.50). For […]

Lake Atitlan – Guatemala – to – Zipolite – Mexico



OCTOBER 2016: Click here to read our Mexico Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Rio Lagartos to Progreso by public transport (local buses). Rio Lagartos was a very quiet fishing village on Mexico’s northern coast with a nice estuary setting. In Rio Lagartos, I stayed in a GRANDPAcking Standard hotel: the Punta Ponto. Rio Lagartos accommodation is particularly expensive for GRANDPAckers; it is very hard to get accommodation for under US$40 / night. I found the Punta going at a discounted rate of US$37 / night including breakfast. This was the most that I have paid for a room in the 2 years that I have been […]

Progreso – Mexico – (Secret) Information


OCTOBER 2016: Click here to read our Mexico Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from El Cuyo to Rio Lagartos by public transport (local buses). El Cuyo was a very quiet fishing village on Mexico’s northern coast with a nice surf beach. It offered good value ‘living’ and a laid-back lifestyle. In El Cuyo, I stayed in a GRANDPAcking Standard Vacation Rental: the Hacienda Antigua Lodge. El Cuyo accommodation is expensive; I couldn’t afford to stay anywhere on the seafront. But the Antigue was on the beach road only 50 meters from the beach. I paid MXP500 / night. It was time to head for Rio Lagartos. I planned to stay […]

Rio Lagartos – Mexico – Information



OCTOBER 2016: Click here to read our Mexico Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Valladolid to El Cuyo by public transport. Valladolid was a big disappointment. In Valladolid I stayed in a GRANDPAcking Standard apartment hotel: Gayser Apartments. The Gayser is reasonably clean and pleasant. The problem was that Valladolid, itself, was boring. ABANDONING ISLA HOLBOX: I stopped off in Valladolid because I was making my way to Isla Holbox. I wanted to stay on the beach in Isla Holbox … something that I have not yet been able to achieve on a GRANDPAcking Budget anywhere in Mexico. On my budget, I am limited to no more than […]

El Cuyo – Mexico – An Almost Perfect Escape


OCTOBER 2016: Click here to read our Mexico Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Bacalar to Valladolid by public transport (ADO Bus). Bacalar was a quiet town on Mexico’s second biggest fresh water lake. In Bacalar I stayed to GRANDPAcking Standard in a hotel: the Pata De Perro. Bacalar accommodation is expensive; I couldn’t afford to stay anywhere on the lakefront. So, I chose the best place that I could find near to the Central Park. As is usual in such Mexican Tourist spots, almost all (if not all) ‘western quality’ accommodation is online. It was time to head for Valladolid. I planned to stay there […]

Valladolid – Mexico – Information



OCTOBER 2016: Click here to read our Mexico Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Mahahual to Bacalar by public transport (Colectivo). Mahahual was a small, relaxed, tourist village with a nice Caribbean Beach setting. In Mahahual I stayed to GRANDPAcking Standard in a hostel: Hostel Jardin. Mahahual accommodation is expensive; the Hostal Jardin was the ONLY accommodation that I could find online that I could afford. As is usual in such Mexican Tourist spots, almost all (if not all) ‘western quality’ accommodation is online. The Jardin is borderline for GRANDPAckers. But the Double Rooms were perfectly adequate, it had a nice central garden, and a communal kitchen area. It was […]

Bacalar – Mexico – Information


OCTOBER 2016: Click here to read our Mexico Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Tulum to Mahahual by public transport. Tulum was a pleasant surprise. It is not a ‘picturesque’ town but it has a good ‘vibe’. In Tulum I stayed below GRANDPAcking Standard in a cheap hostel: The Weary Traveller. The Weary Traveller is a Backpacker Hostel. But a reasonably clean and pleasant one. I couldn’t afford a hotel in Tulum and I wanted spare cash to visit some ruins and to dive some cenotes. It was time to move south to Mahahual. So far, in Mexico, I have stayed on the ‘well […]

Mahahual – Mexico – Information



SEPTEMBER 2016: Click here to read our Mexico Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Playa Del Carmen (PDC) to Tulum by public transport. PDC was nice albeit touristic. In PDC I stayed in a nice, 1 bedroom apartment and paid a 50% discounted rate of MXP328 / night including taxes. This was one of the best value for money places that I have stayed in so far in Mexico. It was time to move south to Tulum. I knew that I wasn’t going to be so lucky with my accommodation in Tulum … but, I was going there mainly for an Adventure Trip […]

Tulum – Mexico – Information


SEPTEMBER 2016: Click here to read our Mexico Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from San Miguel de Allende to Queretaro. I stayed for 7 nights. Accommodation in the Queretaro Historical Centre is a problem … On ANY hotel search engine (including my favourites: AGODA.COM and BOOKING.COM), you will struggle to find a nice Double Room in a Hotel with Ensuite for less than MXP600 / night (60% of our daily GRANDPAcking Budget!). So, as with Ajijic and Guanajuato, I booked a Vacation Rental through TRIPADVISOR: the Departamento Estander. I paid MXP434 / night. As pure accommodation, I thought that the Estander was good value for money. The problem with it, however, […]

Queretaro – Mexico – To Isla Mujeres