Mexico – Tips

Write down the names of your guides ):  I feel like a jerk that I can’t remember any of them

Don’t go horseback riding unless you are really confident with horses.  I swear I will never ride a horse again.

Don’t bother brushing up on your Spanish, you’ll hear much more English. (At least in the fancy hotel area…I wanted to test my Spanish but had a hard time getting people to talk to me in anything other than English)

Everyone will tell you to bring sun block and bug repellent.  Then when you get places they’ll say NO bug spray, ONLY specialized sun block because otherwise you damage the environment.  By the way, the specialized sun block never sinks in so you spend the day looking like a kabuki theatre star ^_~

Don’t go in summer.  While we went in winter and had more rainy days than I would have liked, even the first day was scalding and worse weather than that would be torture not vacation

Always bring your swim suit, you never know when you’ll end up in a cenote

Bring lots of pesos.  LOTS.  Everyone and their brother is hoping for a tip and you can afford it–they can’t afford to live without it.

Take a full day in both Xel-ha and Xcaret.  If you are doing something specialized in one (say, the dolphins) do it on a seperate day or you won’t have time to enjoy the rest of the parks.

Bargain!  Just about everyone has the exact same wares so it’s to their benefit that you buy from them rather than go one stop over to buy from someone else.

Get some jewelry, heh. I don’t usually care about jewelry but their purple stuff was sooo sparkly and I can’t find anything remotely similar in the US even at super expensive places

Hope you like to drink because everyone wants you to sample their tequila

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