Mexico Guide

Here’s a few night’s hotel research for a three week trip that I thought I may as well save for future ref. It’s worth mentioning I was given the three line whip – not too much travelling around! So I cut Baja and the Pacific coast out the equation.
MEXICO CITY
Downtown Mexica https://www.tablethotels.com/Downtown-Mexico-Hotel/Mexico-City-Hotels-Mexico/116597 From $115
Habita – cheap https://www.tablethotels.com/Hotel-Habita/Mexico-City-Hotels-Mexico/1387#right
Condesa DF – nice leafy area https://www.designhotels.com/hotels/americas/mexico/mexico_city/condesa_df
More homely https://theredtreehouse.com/gallery/galeria/
Smarter https://www.lasalcobas.com/hotel/gallery.php
CENTRAL HIGHLANDS
2 HRS DRIVE FROM MEXICO CITY – for calm, trees, horses:
https://www.tablethotels.com/Rodavento-Boutique-Hotel/Valle-de-Bravo-Hotels-State-of-Mexico-Mexico/103733
and this is 3 hours drive on from there
More trad: https://www.realaduana.com/
PUEBLO – Volcano city, old, interesting, 90 min drive from Mexico City
LA PURIFICADORA https://www.designhotels.com/hotels/americas/mexico/puebla/la_purificadora From $120
Edward James Estate, as Pozas 5 hours from Mexico City – bonkers surrealist estate in the hilly jungle. I would kill to go here. But it is a journey and a half.
YUCATAN / QUINTANA ROO
BEACH OPTIONS – TULUM
Jashita Hotel https://www.tablethotels.com/Jashita-Hotel/Tulum-Hotels-Riviera-Maya-Mexico/115877#right From $190
Be Hotel – https://www.tablethotels.com/Be-Tulum-Hotel/Tulum-Hotels-Riviera-Maya-Mexico/113891 – expensive
More laid back: https://www.designhotels.com/hotels/americas/mexico/tulum/papaya_playa_a_design_hotels_project
https://www.i-escape.com/rancho-encantado/overview
https://www.i-escape.com/hotel-esencia/overview
https://www.i-escape.com/hacienda-santa-rosa/overview
INLAND 
(2.5 hrs drive from Cancun) – Hacienda San Jose Looks really different, unusual and good: https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/hacienda-san-jose/photos
Coqui Coqui – 1.5 hr drive from Tulum – on a lake – different again: https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/coqui-coqui-coba/map $100
More remote but lovely: https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/hacienda-santa-rosa/map and https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/hacienda-uayamon/map
https://www.i-escape.com/hotel-hacienda-merida/overview
OAXACA – Colonial City 
Casa Azul
PACIFIC SIDE – BEACH – CLOSE-ISH TO THE ABOVE
VERY NICE! $250 per night for house: https://www.boutique-homes.com/vacation-rentals/americas/mexico/magia-sayulita-nayarit-mexico/?id=Exterior
$295 per night for house https://www.boutique-homes.com/vacation-rentals/americas/mexico/casa-brava-sayulita-mexico/?id=Rates
Boca Chica Hotel https://www.tablethotels.com/Hotel-Boca-Chica/Acapulco-Hotels-Mexico/113011 From $95
https://www.i-escape.com/majahuitas/overview
https://www.i-escape.com/verana/overview
PERIPHERAL RESEARCH:
Mansion Couturier – Veracruz – lovely, but not a handy location
Del Carmen Guadaljara – lovely, not a handy location
Hacienda Sepulreda – Jalisco lovely, not a handy location
Anticavilla Hotel Cuernavaca – near Mexico City
Hotel Matilda, San Miguel de Allende – very nice, modern, good restaurant 4 hrs drive north of Mexico City in a colonial town https://hotelmatilda.com/
Casa de Sierra Nevada in San Miguel de Allende – gorgeous older hotel. Great courtyard, bar and restaurant https://www.casadesierranevada.com/web/omig/rooms.jsp
The Oasis – 4 room B&B in San Miguel de Allende
Cantera Diez – Morelia – 2 hours drive west of M.C. Amazing old building, very modern conversion very atmospheric https://www.canteradiezhotel.com/
NORTH BAJA CALIFORNIA 
https://www.i-escape.com/the-hotelito/overview
https://www.i-escape.com/alegria-villas/overview
https://www.i-escape.com/villa-del-faro/overview
https://www.i-escape.com/el-angel-azul/overview
FOR THE FUTURE!:
https://www.boutique-homes.com/vacation-rentals/americas/mexico/cangrejo-y-toro-majahua-mexico/
https://www.boutique-homes.com/vacation-rentals/americas/mexico/todos-santos-house-mexico/?id=Rates
https://www.cntraveler.com/cities/cabo-san-lucas/my-5/cabo-local-spots-bars-spas-tacos-shopping
MAYAN RIVIERA

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And so to Tulum. The land of the beautiful…I mean really beautiful. 10km of leggy models and wafting palms.

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Coqui Coqui Coba, overlooking Coba lagoon, 30 mins inland from Tulum. Very Indiana Jones and quiet.

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Coba ruins in the forest – for Angkor Wat’s Ta Prohm lovers. Altogether different to Cichen Itza.

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And Chichen Itza – the most important Mayan complex of them all. Five days after the ‘End of the World’ it was looking pretty good. Exquisite alignment of building to shadow to planet. If you can ever coordinate a visit with a solstice, then do.

The MesoAmerican ball game court was of great interest: rather like racquetball, the rubber ball is to stay in play, no hands allowed. Going back to c1400BC the game resulted in a feast and fame for the winner, and sudden death for the losing side.

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One of the region’s most attractive and unusual features are the ceynotes (not the Keynotes as my spellchecker is so keen to have me write!)

With over 2000 in the area these azure hollows are synced up all over the state. There are large, galleried ceynotes with tree roots tumbling through, to small, intimate apertures that you can swim in alone all day long. And then….there are the ones that lead somewhere, with well over 1000km of linked underwater passages.

I really couldn’t recommend this for anyone who winces at the thought of a trapped lift for just a few moments. It’s a dramatically different experience to open water diving. And just because you like exploring a coral reef, it won’t necessarily transfer to a cave, ‘tis a different beast.

The Temple of Doom is a stunning cave of stalagmites and contracting and dilating tunnels. I wasn’t so sure about taking the leap from solid terre into a black hole with water sitting quite so many metres below, but at this stage in time, fear wasn’t coming in. In this cave saltwater and freshwater meet, which results in a halocline, a beautifully trippy, blurry effect which is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. You have total control to drift in and out of it so you don’t miss the ‘scenery’.

A shout out to the International Cave Diving Association for their huge signs displaying the grim reaper looming over the fatality stats, strategically positioned right at the entrance to the caves, 20m underwater. But a responsible dive company will always brief you thoroughly and look out for your welfare. Amazing experience, great forms, heavenly colours. Better than Alton Towers.

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Mezcal and dressage? A match made in heaven a la beer and football, champagne and polo, Pimms and boating.

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