The lakes region comprises over 50 lakes, and ponds. It is known as Lagunas de Montebello. Each lake or pond is unique in color, shape and size. They are located in the hills of a pine tree forest. About 10 or so lakes are on the local tour route from San Cristobal and can easily be accessed by the roads. Deep within this area is Laguna Miramar, which is a located deep within the Lacandon rainforest. Laguna Miramar can be reached either by bus on the road from Ocosingo or by a 2-hour boat ride through Zapatista – controlled territory. Take your pick; I would prefer the bus ride.
The lakes region comprises over 50 lakes, and ponds. It is known as Lagunas de Montebello. Each lake or pond is unique in color, shape and size. They are located in the hills of a pine tree forest. About 10 or so lakes are on the local tour route from San Cristobal and can easily be [...]
Zitacuaro is a large city of over 210,000 people and it would be even bigger today of it had not been demolished so many times in the early 19th century. The first time it was demolished was during the 1812 war for Independence, the second time was when the troops from Santa Anna fought there in 1855 and the third time was when it was invaded by the French in 1865. Many call this city a great city of Independence because that is what Benito Juarez called it. The city is nestled into the base of the Sierra Madre Mountains where you will have mountain views anywhere you turn. If you love the outdoors you will really enjoy yourself here as there are many outdoor activities to enjoy like camping, hiking and watching birds. There is also a lot of horseback riding and kayaking. If you prefer a more cosmopolitan atmosphere you will not find it here in Zitacuaro. This city is a really fun destination during the months of November through March as that is when the butterflies are here. Zitacuaro continues to grow and become more modern each day however it still retains a lot of its historical culture and charm.
If you would like to get anywhere from Zitacuaro you can go to the bus station which is located on Pueblita. You can get a taxi ticket to take you to the center of town or you can venture out from the bus station to other destinations like Mexico City which you can get to by taking the Flecha Amarillo bus and it will take three hours and cost you 100 pesos. You can also take an adventure to Toluca which takes a couple hours and costs 60 pesos. If you would like to go to Morelia then you will need to take the first class bus which takes 3 hours and costs100 pesos. If you wish to go to hidalgo it takes less than 1 hour and will cost 25 pesos. There is another bus line called Autobuses de Occidente and La Linea. This bus is a second class bus that takes people to Mexico City in 2-1/2 hours and costs 110 pesos, and Zamora takes 6-1/2 pesos and costs 185 pesos. You also have the Blanca Estrella bus that goes to Queretaro in 6-1/2 hours and costs 120 pesos, and if you are just looking to have bus travel within Zitacuaro then you should know that the local buses have a very limited service route.
As far as location is concerned Zitacuaro is 80 miles from Mexico City . The principal plaza of the city contains the Civic Plaza of Benito Juarez, the Municipal Plaza and the Juarez Market. The Municipal Palace is located next to the Leandro de Tejada Street on the south side and in the west is Garcia Street, and in the east is 5 de Mayo Street, and in the north is Ocampo Street. The Hidalgo road is a road that is parallel to that of Ocampo which is where the northern market is found. The main road it Zitacuaro is called Revolucion.
If you would like more detailed information on the area of Zitacuaro you can find it at the tourist office which is located on Carretera which is not very close to the center of town but has proved to be quite helpful to tourists and travelers. If you take a taxi to the tourist office you can do so by catching one on Revolucion Road and then just tell the taxi driver you are looking for the tourist office. The tourist office is only open between the months of April and October between the hours of 9am-7pm Mon-Fri, and on the weekends 9am-2pm. If you would like to cash in travelers checks, change currency or use a 24 hour ATM you can do so at the Banamex located on Tejada. They are open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm and on Saturdays 10am-2pm. If you would like to store your luggage while you explore the area you can do so at the bus station and they charge 11 pesos per hour. If you need any type of emergency services you can find police, and the Red Cross in the Municipal Palace. If you have forgotten your medication or need to by some over the counter medications you can do so at the Farmacia Guadalajara which is located on 5 de Mayo and is open 24 hours a day. If you need to send a fax or make a long distance call you can do so at the Telecomm which is located on Ocampo and is open Mon-Fri 8am-8pm and on the weekends the hours are 9am-1pm. If you are in search of an internet cafe you will find one called Evolucion Internet located on Hidalgo. They charge 11 pesos per hour and are open every day from 9am-9pm. If you would like to mal a postcard or letter while you are in Zitacuaro you will find the post office to be located on Revolucion and the hours are 8am-3pm Mon-Fri. The zip code on Zitacuaro is 61516.
Zitacuaro is a large city of over 210,000 people and it would be even bigger today of it had not been demolished so many times in the early 19th century. The first time it was demolished was during the 1812 war for Independence, the second time was when the troops from Santa Anna fought there in [...]
The city of Ajijic is absolutely beautiful and could not remain a secret for too long. The population here is around 20,000 people with many of its inhabitants here being expatriates. Tourism is just thriving here because this place has such an appeal among travelers. While you are here you will get to walk on old Mexico cobblestoned roads and you will get to see many of the most well maintained flower gardens in all of Mexico. With all the modern advances here Ajijic still holds a lot of historic charm. Some of the people who flock here are writers and artists. You will be able to see a lot of the artist’s work around the neighborhoods here. There are many beautiful galleries along the lake that you will not want to miss. The amenities here are too many to count but as plentiful as they are you will still get the feel of old Mexico culture and history when you travel in this area.
If you would like to get to Ajijic you should take a bus from Guadalajara which is called the Chapala bus. The ride from Guadalajara takes about 1-1/2 hours and should cost you around 36 pesos. There are buses that go to Ajijic every hour. The bus will stop first in Chapala and then you should stay on the bus until you get to Ajijic. If you are starting in Chapala you will want to take the bus that also gets to San Antonio. This bus can be found on Martinez and Madero and the ride will take about 15 minutes from there. Buses leave Chapala every 1/2 hour. The buses cost 10 pesos. You can also catch other buses at different bus stops around the city of Chapala. If you want to get back to Chapala and Guadalajara you should take the buses that have bus stops on Chapala Road. The ride should take an hour and they have buses every hour on the hour and the ride will cost you 36 pesos.
You will find that when you get lost in Ajijic the locals are friendly and are more than helpful at leading you in the right direction. Carretera Chapala road is one of the only paved roads in Ajijic. This is the road that separates the town from the northern part and the southern parts. If you are on the western portion of Ajijic you will find they call it Poniente, and Oriente on the east side. If you would like to go to the plaza area you should hang a left at Colon right when you see the traffic signal. If you would like more detailed travel information on the surrounding area of Ajijic you can easily obtain it from the Tourist Office which is located in the Society Outpost which was previously used to keep silk worms. This office is found situated on 16 de Septiembre. The tourist office is open Mon-Sat 10am-2pm. If you need to get cash, cash in travelers checks, or exchange currency you can do so at the Bancomer on Parroquia. They also have a 24 hour ATM. If you would like to do some laundry while you are in town you can do so at the Laundromat called Lavanderia on Colon. It will cost 45 pesos to wash and dry your clothes here. The Laundromat is open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, and on Saturdays they are open 9am-3pm. If for any reason you need the police for anything you will be able to find them on Colon as well as the Red Cross. If you have an emergency while you are here you should know that 080 is the equivalent to 911 in the US. If you have a medical emergency and need to go to a hospital there is one located on Carretera and it is a general hospital. If while you are in town you run out of your prescription or would like to purchase any over the counter medications you can do so at Farmacia Jessica which is located on Parroquia. They are open every day 9am-2pm and then they re-open 5pm-9pm. If you need any kind of print services or facsimile you can find services at Copy-Top which is located on Guadalupe Victoria. If you need internet service while you are here you will find they have an internet cafe called CiberTec where you can pay 11 pesos per hour of service. The internet cafe is open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. If you need to mail a postcard or letter you can do so at the post office located on Chapala. The post office is open Mon-Fri 8am-3pm and the zip code in Ajijic is 45920.
The city of Ajijic is absolutely beautiful and could not remain a secret for too long. The population here is around 20,000 people with many of its inhabitants here being expatriates. Tourism is just thriving here because this place has such an appeal among travelers. While you are here you will [...]
Food and Hotels on the Costa Grande
A lot of the hotels in this area are very expensive and do not have air conditioning. If you head in to town on the main road you will find the Casa Puesta Del Sol has many beautiful rooms that have very nicely painted walls, large windows, and a full kitchen is included. They also have private baths that have been tiled and are very clean. These rooms are more like villas. This is a great option if you are traveling with your family or a group of friends. The suites go for 610 pesos per night and if you want an even bigger room with its own private sun deck you will pay 850 pesos per night. They only accept cash as payment so you better hit the bank before coming here. There is also a resort hotel called Hotel Barra de Potosi which you will find located on the town’s main road. This hotel has a pool right by the beach and its own restaurant also on the beach where you can dine and have beers or cocktails. The rooms are big and not as clean as the Casa Puesta Del Sol but the rates are a bit more reasonable. The rooms come with fans, televisions, and private bathrooms. The rooms are not all the same nor do they all offer the same amenities. The rooms here cost 300 pesos for 1-2 person rooms, 410 pesos for a room without a view and a little bigger, 510 pesos if you would like an ocean view, and a suite room that can occupy up to 6 people costs 610 pesos and the same room with a view of the ocean costs 810 pesos per night. They only accept cash as payment.
On the beach there are almost one dozen enramada style restaurants. They are all very much alike and serve many of the same dishes. There is not one that stands out above the others. The types of food you will find within the enramadas are very hearty and home cooked. The enramdas are a great place to relax and drink in a hammock right on the beach. The atmosphere is quite casual and only a few have a formal menu. Most of the people just tell them what they would like and they serve based on what type of food you are in the mood for. Most of the dishes offered are centered around seafood as you are right on the water and when in Rome, do like the Romans. The meals here cost around 90 pesos per person. The most common meals include fish, shrimp, and octopus all prepared the way you would like them. They are open every day from 9am-8pm.
Food and Hotels on the Costa Grande A lot of the hotels in this area are very expensive and do not have air conditioning. If you head in to town on the main road you will find the Casa Puesta Del Sol has many beautiful rooms that have very nicely painted walls, large windows, and a full kitchen [...]
Costa Grande is what many call the coast on the North side of Acapulco. The smaller coast of Acapulco is called Costa Chica and this area is in the South. You will not find many beaches along the coast of Acapulco to be as inviting as Barra de Potosi. This beach is located 10 miles from Zihuatanejo. This is a wonderful place to explore the beautiful beach and hear the soothing wave’s crash.
Barra de Potosi
If you are burnt out of over populated tourist destinations you will find a lot of pleasure in Barra de Potosi. This beach feels like it could go on forever and that would be a wonderful thing if it did. In Barra de Potosi you will be able to visit a very shallow and beautiful lagoon as well as a palm tree forests, and palapa huts located right along the water. This area has escaped the hungry eyes of developers and remains to be a sleepy and relaxing little beach town. You may want to know that nothing exists here except that of the beautiful beach. The only things you will need are sunscreen and a towel. If you swim by the rocks you will notice the waves to be a lot rougher there and provides a decent beginner surfer area. Barra de Potosi is a wonderful escape from the business of Acapulco and Zihuatanejo and people like to travel here from all over just to experience the relaxing serenity that prevails here. The hotels are super expensive so if you are on a budget you would be better suited to stay at a hotel in Zihuatanejo.
If you would like to get to the Costa Grande from Zihuatanejo you have the option of many available buses that head to Potosi at the bus station located on Las Palmas. The buses have availability every 1/2 hour or so and operate from 6:30am-9:30 pm and cost 15 pesos. You may also get on a bus off Los Cocos. If you take the Los Cocos bus you will need to tell the driver to let you exit at Achotes which you will be able to see because it has a white and black sign. From that point you can take a truck that has benches of wood in the bed to take you to all the beachside restaurants called enramadas. The trucks will take you back and forth from 7am-6pm and will charge you only 11 pesos. If you want to get back to Zihuatanejo you will need to be dropped off by the pick up on the other side of the road.
Costa Grande Costa Grande is what many call the coast on the North side of Acapulco. The smaller coast of Acapulco is called Costa Chica and this area is in the South. You will not find many beaches along the coast of Acapulco to be as inviting as Barra de Potosi. This beach is located [...]
Pochutla is a warm place that has a beach weather feel, however this town is one that is more focused on being a hub and port for ocean transportation. The population here is 68,000 people. The reason a lot of travelers choose to come here is because they can exchange currency, cash travelers checks, and load up on other items they may need while traveling the beach towns. The city has a lot of traffic dust, taxis and many buses.
If you would like to get to Puerto Escondido from Pochutla you can do so by taking a collectivo that will cost you 55 pesos. If you would like you can also take a collectivo to Puerto Angel for 11 pesos and Zipolite for 22 pesos. If you wish to go farther than any of these three areas you can negotiate a price at the bottom of the hill near the bus station. If you want to travel between many beach towns your best bet is to use a camioneta. The camionetas leave Pochutla every 1/2 hour or so and cost around 22 pesos. The camionetas operate from 6:30am-8:30 pm and they only charge 8 pesos to get to Puerto Angel, 11 pesos to Zipolite or Mazunte. If you would like to take a trip via bus you will find that the second class buses are located at the bus station off of Cardenas. This bus line goes to Oaxaca in 7-1/2 hours and costs 75 pesos, and Mexico City in 11 hours and costs 360 pesos. The other bus line called Transitos Rapidos de Pochutla is another bus station that is located just beyond the 2nd class station. This bus line goes to Bahia de Huatalco in less than an hour and charges 20 pesos. The Eclipse 70 bus goes to Oaxaca for 125 pesos.
If you decide to stay the night in Pochutla you will find yourself quite comfortable at the Santa Cruz Hotel which is located near the Cristobol Colon bus station. The rooms here are clean and spacious and make a suitable stay if you are just staying the night on a layover to another destination. The prices here for a single occupancy are 105 pesos, and if you would like a private bath the cost is 125 pesos. The double occupancy rooms are 160 pesos. They only accept cash as payment. If you would like more luxurious accommodations you would be much happier at the Izalo Hotel which is located on Cardenas after you pass Juarez. The rooms here are quite big and feature private bathrooms, air conditioning, and a very clean atmosphere. The rooms here cost between 160- 260 pesos per night for a single just depends if you need AC and a private bathroom. The prices for a double occupancy room are between 360-510 pesos per night just depends on the amenities you will require. If you are hungry while in Pochutla you will find the Lichita Restaurant that is located off of Cardenas to have very fast service with big portions of food. The price for corrida here is 36 pesos. They are open every day from 9:30am-8:30 pm. They only accept cash as payment.
If you would like to get to the zocalo area where there is a beautiful church and huge market you will need to walk down Cardenas until you see Juarez where you should then turn right and walk another block to the taxi area. In this area you will be able to find a Banamex bank where you can cash in travelers checks, exchange currency and also use their 24 hour ATM. The bank is across the street from the Municipal Agency. You will also find a Scotiabank that offers the same services within the same area. If you have a need for the police while you are in Pochutla you will find they are located in the Municipal Palace which is next to the big church. If you need to fill a prescription or buy some over the counter medications you can do so at the pharmacy before Juarez street called Farmacias de Mas Ahorro. This pharmacy is open 24 hours a day. If you have a medical emergency you can visit the hospital that is in between Puerto Angel and Pochutla and it is called SSA. If you need internet service while you are in Pochutla you will be happy to find an internet cafe called Ciberespacio which is located right by the big church and they will charge 11 pesos per hour of service and they are open Mon-Sat 9:30am-9:30 pm. If you need to mail a postcard or letter while you are in Pochutla you can do so at the post office located on Juarez road and they are open Mon-Fri 8am-3pm and the zip code in Pochutla is 70900.
Pochutla Pochutla is a warm place that has a beach weather feel, however this town is one that is more focused on being a hub and port for ocean transportation. The population here is 68,000 people. The reason a lot of travelers choose to come here is because they can exchange [...]
San Augustinillo : A Great Daytrip from Zipolite
A couple of miles from Zipolite you will find a little town called San Augustinillo which is situated on a beach which is also called San Augustinillo. This area is not so crowded like Zipolite but does not offer all the amenities like that of its neighbor either which is why this is such a great daytrip. In San Augustinillo you will only find a couple convenience marts, a handful of restaurants, and very few beach bungalows. In San Augustinillo there are a couple isolated coves that provide some very safe swimming options unlike the neighboring beach of Zipolite. You should avoid the rocky areas as they do pose some danger. Many people like to come here to surf, boogie board or snorkel. If you would like to try any of these water activities you can rent gear at the Lindo y Que Rico Mexico for 52 pesos for an hour of boogie boarding and you will find this water activity rental stand on the west side of the beach town. If you are a novice this is a great area to try to learn and a much safer option than neighboring Zipolite whose waves can be quite dangerous at times. The Mexico Lindo also has rooms for rent and they have some of the best options here in San Augustinillo. These rooms are new and modern and provide clean private bathrooms with fans and also double sized beds. You can get a single or double occupancy room for around 260 pesos per night and a triple and quad occupancy room for 360 pesos per night. If this is a bit out of your price range you may prefer to stay the night at Casa de Huespedes Kaly which provides very nice and clean rooms that come with fans, mosquito nets, and very plush and comfy beds. The bathrooms here are some of the cleanest in San Augustinillo. The drawback here is that they do not have hot water. You will pay 210 pesos a night for a single or double occupancy room. They have a restaurant that is attached to the casa that has some very tasty shrimp dishes that cost 75 pesos, and some very large portion meat entrees that cost around 85 pesos. They are open every day from 9am-8pm. If you wish to get to San Augustinillo while staying in Mazunte you can get there via camioneta from Zipolite. The camionetas have rides going there every 1/2 hour and the cost is 5 pesos. The camionetas also have service to Pochutla.
San Augustinillo : A Great Daytrip from Zipolite A couple of miles from Zipolite you will find a little town called San Augustinillo which is situated on a beach which is also called San Augustinillo. This area is not so crowded like Zipolite but does not offer all the amenities like that of its [...]
Zipolite is only inviting if you have zero modesty. Zipolite has a population of only 1,600 people and is the only nudist beach in all of Mexico. You will not see children playing in the waves or collecting shells, this is purely an adult playground. The west end is where all the action takes place. All the inexpensive hotels are here and many have bars and restaurants within them that really fire up at night. In the daytime all people really do is swim and sunbathe naked. The swimming part can be a little dangerous as the current is very strong in these parts. The swimming here is a bit precarious so if you prefer a safer and calmer beach you should probably head to the nearest beach of Mazunte.
You should be especially cautious because Zipolite has what some may call riptides. Riptides are when waves crash in two different directions which creates suction and could drag a swimmer way out into a dangerous part of the sea. These waves are scary and very narrow. If you feel or see someone being pulled you are not supposed to panic but try swimming sideways instead of for the shore until you feel the suction loosen. Zipolite has had several drowning’s so this place is nothing to mess around with. If you do not know the skills for swimming in a rip tide it is not recommended to swim here. You should pay close attention to the colors of the flags that you will notice waving on the beach which dictate the currents conditions. If you see a red flag or an orange flag you should stay away from the water.
Zipolite is located a couple miles to the east of Puerto Angel. If you wish to drive to Zipolite you can do so relatively easy by driving a car hopefully with four wheel drives as the main drag is dirt with no paving at all. The road is quite bumpy and can make for a fun off rode adventure. You can also choose to get to Zipolite by colectivo taxis which will charge around 11 pesos; camionetas charge 6 pesos and special taxis charge 32 pesos. If you would like to go to Pochutla you can take a taxi from Zipolite for around 18 pesos. If you are traveling in the evening it is recommended that you take a taxi privado which will take 30 minutes and cost 110 pesos, but it is much safer.
The area of Zipolite is only about a mile in length and the town is made up of just a few roads behind the beach. You will find the hotels and food to be on the western portion of the town and this area is called Roca Blanca. Roca Blanca actually has a paved road that is called Paisan and it runs the same direction as the other big road that runs from west to east. These roads connect by a little road made of dirt that is also on the western portion of the beach where you will find one more paved road.
If you are looking to find a bank that cashes traveler’s checks, and exchanges currency you will not find one in Zipolite. So you should know that Zipolite will accept US currency here for payments. You will find that a couple of the larger hotels do accept traveler’s checks as payment. If you need the police for any reason while you are here you will find them located in the center but rarely are there any staff on duty. If you have a police problem that needs immediate assistance you would be wise to head to Puerto Angel where they have a more reliable and well-staffed police station. If you have a medical emergency and need a general hospital the closest one you will find is between Pochutla and Puerto Angel. If you need access to the internet while you are here you will be happy to know they have an internet cafe called Danydoquin which is located on Paisan at the paved portion of the road. They will charge you 14 pesos per hour of service. They are open every day from 10am-9pm. If you need to wash your dirty clothes while you are here you can do so at the Navidad Lavanderia which is located on Paisan and you will see it is across the street from the Posada Esmeralda. If you would like they will wash your clothes and have them ready for you the very next day and they will charge 13 pesos per kilo of soiled laundry. They are open every day from 8am-6pm.
Zipolite is only inviting if you have zero modesty. Zipolite has a population of only 1,600 people and is the only nudist beach in all of Mexico. You will not see children playing in the waves or collecting shells, this is purely an adult playground. The west end is where all the action takes [...]
Villahermosa is not a city with too much focus on tourism, however there are many museums and attractions that keep people coming here. If you wander through the downtown area you will see many cafes, salons de belleza, candy and ice cream shops, and zapateria’s so many you can’t keep count.
The first notable museum that attracts a bit of attention among travelers to this area is the Parque-Museo La Venta. This museum is just below Tabasco. Inside this museum there are over 30 Olmec sculptures that have been taken from their original location in the La Venta .These were re planted in Villahermosa by way of a man names Carlos Pellicer Camara who was anthropologist and tireless poet. Once you pass the entrance you can visit the little area that was dedicated to Carlos Pellicer Camara and why he created this museum and park area and you can also get a bit of the history of the Olmec people. After you walk thought his museum you can walk through the jungle where you have the opportunity to view massive Olmec sculptures and altars and then the path will lead to the zoo within the park. Inside the zoo you will be able to see a lot of wildlife and also many different species of flora and fauna. After you pass the zoo you will stumble on the very large Parque Tomas Garrido Canabal which features a lagoon, with a beautiful alcoves, and many covered up benches and fountains. These benches and fountains are quite popular make-out areas among the teenage population that visits here. On your brochure the mirador claims to give you a 360 degree view of the city, however this is not exactly true because once you reach the summit all you will really be able to see is the lagoon and blossoming trees. This is a long and high hike so you should know that you may want to conserve your efforts. If you would like to get here by bus you should take the bus with the “Palacio”, or “Carrisal” signs on them as they will take you to the ruins in Tabasco and then you must walk 1/2 a mile through the parque where it will then take you to the entrance of the area. The bus will cost 6 pesos, or you can opt to take a taxi for 16 pesos. You can purchase tickets at the local ticket office. The park is open every day from 8am-5pm and the cost for admission is 42 pesos, or you can by a whole day pass which will gain you entrance to the sound and light show that takes place in the evenings and this will cost 110 pesos.
You may also want to check out a smaller museum called the Museo de Historia de Tabasco. When you are here you will be able to see a bunch of artifacts that are not organized or labeled very well but equally interesting. You can also view some old photographs on the history and progress made in Tabasco. The most interesting part of your tour here will be viewing the building that houses the museum. The building is a rich blue color and was originally known as the Casa de los Azuelos which was owned by a wealthy vendor. The name Case de los Azuelos means house of blue tiles. This building was erected in the late 1800′s through the early 1900′s. This building is beautiful and as it has been decorated with tiles from places like Italy and Spain. All the rooms have a different theme and tile design. The roof even contains tiles from Egypt. On top of the beautiful tiles you will get to see a half dozen beautiful sculptures on top of the building which are said to have been the family of the wealthy man who bought the building in the late 1800′s. Inside this museum you will see a really nice bookstore where you can purchase books all about Tabasco. This museum is located on Juarez and there are Spanish and English translations of all the materials here. The museum is open between the months of July and August from 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday. On Sundays the museum is open from 10am-6pm. The rest of the year the museum remains closed. The price of admission is 16 pesos.
The primary reason people come to visit Villahermosa is the CIMCOM which stands for Centro Para La Investigacion De Las Culturas Olmec Y Maya. The best exhibit within this center is the Museo Regional de Antropologia Carlos Pellicer Camara. This museum is a wonderful representation of the design styles that were portrayed here in the 1970′s. Inside the museum you can find many ancient artifacts of Olmec’s and also Mayan pieces that have been brought over from Comalcalco and also la Venta. Inside the library you will also find a very modern school, theater, and library. To get to this building from the Luz Zone you should walk about 20 minutes along the river and
then take the bus with the label that says “CICOM.” The bus ride will cost 6 pesos and they come very often. The building is open Tues-Sun between the hours of 9am-5pm and the cost of admission is 30 pesos.
If you are looking to have a vacation from the hustle and bustle of the busy town of Villahermosa you should try Yumka. Yumka is located 8 miles from the busy downtown area where you will be able to see wild animals naturally in their habitat with no cages or bars. Inside this area there are a few ecosystems like wetlands, savannah, and also a jungle. You can also purchase souvenirs from this place in their gift shop which is located on the premises. While you are here you make explore in a boat, on foot, or even on a tram. You can catch a bus here from right by the airport on Las Barrancas. The hours to catch the bus are 9am, 10:30am and also noon, and 1:30 pm. The park is open every day between the hours of 9am-4pm. The cost of admission is 55 pesos, and the fee for children under 12 is 26 pesos
Villahermosa is not a city with too much focus on tourism, however there are many museums and attractions that keep people coming here. If you wander through the downtown area you will see many cafes, salons de belleza, candy and ice cream shops, and zapateria's so many you can’t keep [...]
Most of the entertainment within Tijuana belongs in the La Revo but there are also many museums and parks in Tijuana that give more of a cultural experience. These parks and museums are often overlooked by travelers who get caught up in the dance and party atmosphere. If you do make it over to these areas the only thing you will home with less of is sombreros and you will gain more heritage and culture from your visit here.
There is a beige colored building called CECUT which stands from the Centro Cultural Tijuana. This is one of the most attractive buildings within Tijuana. The main excitement here takes place at the Museo de las California’s. Inside this museum you will be able to see and read about artifacts that are all about and from The beginning times of the Baja Peninsula history. The museum provides the history and explanations in Spanish and in English. You will be able to see exhibits here that date all the way back to The American-Mexican War, the conquest of the Spanish and other artifacts from the beginning of the 20th century. In this CECUT compound you can also view many traveling and temporary exhibitions that have to do with science and technology. If this is all a little too nerdy you can wander over to the Sala de Espectaculos where you are able to attend dance shows and music concerts of artists from throughout the region. You can also see many local and Hollywood films shown here at the Cine Omnimax. The movies are shown every couple hours and if you would like to view some dance that tells a story kind of like a play then you should head over to Jardin Caracoal. Jardin Caracoal is in the shape of a snail’s body and exists as a garden with many beautiful sculptures from Pre-Hispanic times. The price to go through this sphere of history is 22 pesos for adults and 14 pesos for children twelve and under. The museum is open Tues-Sat from 10am-7pm. If you would like to see a film at the Omnimax theater you must pay 45 pesos per person and the price for kids tickets are 26 pesos.
If you are a fan of pilsner beers you would find a visit to the Brewery’s in Tijuana to be very exciting. The Cerveceria Tijuana has been pumping out frothy brews since 2000. These beers have more of a European taste and watching the process is quite fascinating. At the Cerveceria Tijuana you will be able to go on a guided tour and in the end if you are of drinking age you will also get to taste samples of the beers. The tours here are free and can be arranged over the phone by calling 639-8662. The brewery is open for tours Mon-Fri between the hours of 10am-12noon. If wine is more your style you would really enjoy a tour of a family run winery called L.A Cetto Winery which has been around since the 1920′s and was started by Italians that immigrated here at the turn of the 20th century. Here you will be able to walk through the vineyards called Valle de Guadelupe which is just to the north from Ensenada. The tours are not too long but they will show you how they gain their rich flavors here from redwood from California. Most people just go on the tour so that they can sample the wines at the end and then purchase the ones they like. The prices here are much less than if you were to buy the wines in the stores. The tours here take place Mon-Fri between the hours of 11am-2pm and then again between the hours of 4pm-6pm. The tour is free and if you would like to join the tasting at the end of the tour you must pay 85 pesos and this includes a tasting of four different wines.
Another fun place to visit while you are doing your sight-seeing is the Parque Estatal Morelos which is a ark that is state owned and operated and is in close proximity to the main highway of the city. Here at the park you can enjoy peaceful walks, romantic boat adventures, and music in the outdoor theater. They also have a wildlife zoo where you can view tigers, lions and the massive ostriches. The price of admission is free you will just need to pay 11 pesos to park in the parking lot.
You should also see a very cheesy and a bit tacky wax museum called Museo de Cerca. In this museum you can view over 80 different wax figures of people that were important among world history. Some of the figures you will get to view and take your picture with include Presidente Fox, Gandi and also Fidel Castro. The museum is open every day between the hours of 10am-6pm. The price of admission is free. There are no notable architectural delights in Tijuana with the exception of Jai Alai Palace which you can view on Calle 7 and Revolucion. This building was erected in the late 1940′s and took over 20 years to complete. In this structure you will get to see old ball courts that were where they played the game of Jai Alai. The sport is no longer played but there is still a shop that people still place bets at. This building is used for boxing matches, dances and musical concerts today. You will be quite impressed with the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe which you can find located on Calle 2 and Ninos. The last building you will not want to miss seeing is that of the Monumental Arch which was erected in 2001 and you can view this on Calle 1 and Revolucion.
Most of the entertainment within Tijuana belongs in the La Revo but there are also many museums and parks in Tijuana that give more of a cultural experience. These parks and museums are often overlooked by travelers who get caught up in the dance and party atmosphere. If you do make it over to [...]