I’ve had Mexico on the mind lately. I’ve only ever been to the markets in Tijuana as a child, crossing the border with my mom from San Diego, California where I was born. My mom has traveled extensively in Mexico, ever since she was a Midwestern teenager in the 70s. She always jokes she was the only person from Kansas who used to go to Mexico back then. Her favorite spots in Mexico are high on my bucket list, especially the island of Cozumel. Beyond Mexican food and mariachi bands, I cannot wait to experience the diverse landscape that Mexico has to offer. These are some of the towns, beaches, and historical sites I hope to visit while backpacking Mexico.
Book a room in Mexico City
Splurge on a beach-front resort in Playa del Carmen
While I’m in the Guanajuato State, I want to drop by San Miguel de Allende. You might recognize the town because it was the setting for Robert Rodriguez’s Once Upon A Time in Mexico. It is easily one of my favorite action films, mainly due to the kick-ass Latin cast. But as aforementioned, it is one of those Hollywood movies that play up the stereotype of drug lords, corruption, and chaos in Mexico which are meant to entertain, not to be historically accurate. Film location or not San Miguel de Allende boasts a line of buildings brandishing vibrant colors, 500-year old walkways and architecture, and a breathtaking view of the Sierra Madre mountains.