Mexico is one the most diverse countries of Latin America with Mayan villages, deserts, white-sand beaches, jungle, volcanoes, nachos and tequila farms. A great place for both adventure, relaxation and fiesta! David Beattie (who I met in Vietnam in 2010) went backpacking in Mexico this time, as part of a big Latin-America trip. He noted down all his expenses for Bunch of Backpackers. Take a look at David’s overview of costs to travel in Mexico and his tips!
This article is part of the Money Matters series in which we ask travelers to keep their expenses for Bunch of Backpackers. Real travelers, real expenses.
Costs 20-day Mexico trip*: 500 EURO (680 USD)
Daily travel expenses*: 25 EURO (34 USD)
*These daily travel expenses are per one person per day. Including all tours, domestic flights, souvenirs, lodging, food, drinks, entrance fees, tips etc. Excluding international flights.
EXAMPLES OF PRICES IN MEXICO:
These prices are per person unless stated otherwise.
One night in a hostel dormitory: 7,4 euro (10 USD)
One night in a double room in a simple guesthouse: 11 euro (15 USD)
A short 10-minute taxi ride: 2 euro (2,2 USD)
A bottle of water (0,5L) at the store: 0,4 euro (0,6 USD)
A local beer at a bar/restaurants: 0,80 euro (1 USD)
A glass of coca cola in a restaurant: 0,8 euro (1 USD)
Basic lunch at a local restaurant: 2 euro (2,2 USD)
Dinner at a local restaurant: 4 euro (4,4 USD)
Mayan ruins: Fees ranging from 2,5 euro (3,4 USD) to Tulum to 10 euro (13,6 USD) to Chichen Itza
Private room near Palenque ruins: 11 euro (15 USD)
2oz glass of Mescal in San Cristobal: 2,3 euro (3,1 USD) P.s. Too many glasses of Mescal causes more than just financial damage
Intercity buses: Ranging from 7 euro (9,5 USD) for a 5 hour day bus to 30 euro (41 USD) for 9 hour overnight bus.
SOME DETAILS ON THIS TRIP:
About the backpackers: David Beattie
Destination and travel period: Mexico in February 2014 for 20 days.
Visited places: Tulum, Merida, Campeche, Palenque and San Cristobal de las Casas.
Type of trip: Independently
Accommodation: budget (mainly hostels and guesthouses)
Transportation: standard (mix of transportation)
Food: basic (cheap local eateries, streetfood, snacks)
Exchange rate at the time of travel: 1 euro is 18,2 Mexican pesos.
Budget tips for Mexico by David!
1. The better your Spanish, the easier it is to eat at the markets, use local transport and generally gain some favor with the locals. My Spanish was very basic, so I decided to hang out with backpackers who could double as my own personal translator.Everything (especially hotels) will be (a bit) cheaper there!
2. Transport was the biggest expense. It ranged from €30 for a 9 hour overnight bus, to €7 for a 5 hour day bus. The quality is excellent, with reclining seats, A/C, televisions (with Spanish dubbed Hollywood films) and toilets. Taking local colectivos would be slightly cheaper, but the ADO buses represent excellent value due to the long distances
2.Some tips are universal. Drink and cook at the hostel, walk or take local transport and don´t get too obsessed with your budget, you are in these places for a good time, not a long time.
Check out the costs to travel in other countries in the Money Matters series!