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Bus Travel

Vancouver, BC
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Bus Travel

My father (86) and I are planning to spend January in the Yucatan (Chixculub) and would like to spend the first couple of weeks in February travelling to Puerto Vallarta by bus - stopping off in small towns and/or villages along the way. Can anyone give me any advice on this? How long does it take to get to Puerto Vallarta from Merida - do you have to go via Mexico City or is there another route? Which small towns would be interesting to spend some time in - my father would like to see the "real" Mexico? Thanks for any help you can provide.

Lewiston, California
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1. Re: Bus Travel

WOW! Great trip idea & many many options. First you might want to order at www.guiaroji.com.mx a road map. Will make your travel easier.

You probably could bypass Mexico City but why? Give it at least 3 nights to visit the Zocalo, Museo of Anthropology & of course the pyramids.

Or you could do it up the coast hitting Puerto Escondido, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Lazaro Cardenas, Playa Azul, Manzanillo (side trip to Colima), Barra de Navadad/Meleque then PV.

Also could go through MC to Morelia with a side trip to Patzcuarao, Guadalajara & then PV.

All these routes would give you a option to explore some smaller interesting villages. Morelia/Patzcuaro has many around the lake. The coast one has literally dozens of small ones on lovely beaches.

Have fum planning & going. Would love to go along!

Toronto Canada
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2. Re: Bus Travel

This sounds like a fascinating, ambitious trip. Distances are large, roads are sometimes slow, but what a chance to see amazing places! Mexico has some 700 bus lines, and buses are the major means of public transportation in Mexico. Some of the first class bus lines are more comfortable than the airlines.

Two books I might suggest:

1. The People's Guide to Mexico - a wonderful guidebook about life off the beaten path in Mexico, including a fun section on bus travel. See their web site www.peoplesguide.com

2. Bus Across Mexico, by Robert Berryhill - the schedules and fares might be a bit out of date, but long-distance bus travelers have described this book as "essential."

Both should be available online. Have fun!

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