Backpacking in Mexico pt. 1 VIDEO
Knowing full well that there is a lot of unfounded fear regarding Mexico, I still had reservations about visiting the country after repeatedly hearing about how “unsafe” it is.
While the infamous drug cartel crimes in Mexico are quite disturbing, the crime rate in Mexico is still lower than that of several other countries, including America, so it’s always a good idea to do your research, instead of listening to story after horrible story about the dangers of Mexico on the news.
Cody and I landed in Puerto Vallarta in the mid afternoon on a warm sunny day.
Unfortunately our bag didn’t make it on the plane so we had to fill out an incident report and were told that it would be delivered to our hotel later that evening.
We walked out of the airport and were bombarded with the familiar requests for taxi service from several different men.
Deciding to opt out of a taxi ride, we waited at a local bus stop, asked the bus driver for zona romantica, he nodded, and we were on our way to the old town.
Puerto Vallarta is teeming with expats and snowbirds alike.
Every souvenir shop sells ponchos emblazoned with the most popular NHL, CFL and NFL sports teams, there is a señor frogs practically at every corner, salesmen try to lure you into viewing a time share property in exchange for a free gift, and you can practically get drunk off of tequila samples.
In other words, Puerto Vallarta is very much a tourist trap.
We enjoyed our time in a more local area of PV, but it was time to find a more authentic Mexico.
Having an easy experience on the local bus from the airport, we decided to hop onto another bus and make our way North to Los De Marcos, a quiet Mexican town along the Pacific Ocean.
We instantly fell in love. Lo De Marcos has no interest in giving into mega resorts and transforming into a party town.
The streets are lined with small Mexican restaurants, fruit stands, convenience stores, and fresh juice stands.
There is a handful of trailer parks that cater to American and Canadian snowbirds who flock to the warm weather for half of the year.
We found Savage Trailer Park, met Reuben the friendly helpful owner, and set up camp for 6 nights.
Our days were spent beach bumming, making simple Mexican dinners in the outdoor kitchen, and taking strolls around town.
We didn’t want to leave, but felt we should probably visit more of Mexico, so we hesitantly rolled up our tent and headed to the Laguna at Santa Maria Del Oro.
4 bus rides later, we arrived at the lake inside a crater and camped for 2 nights.
Although our surroundings were absolutely gorgeous, the area seemed quite deserted.
We couldn’t even get food from a restaurant, so it was a good thing we picked up some groceries in town.
As beautiful as the location was, we decided on staying only 2 nights due to loud parties and a shortage of food.
On our 3rd day we hitched a ride back to town with 3 Canadians, and made our way back to Lo De Marcos.
3 more nights under the stars.