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.


Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Puerto Vallarta

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.


Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Buy Buy Buy!!!

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.


Lo de Marcos, Mexico

Beautiful sunset sky in Lo de Marcos.

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.


Lo de Marco, Mexico

The perfect little camping set-up in Lo de Marcos.

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.


Santa Maria del Oro, Mexico

Enjoying the peace and quiet of Santa Maria del Oro.

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.


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Comments To This Entry.
  1. Geoff Dobbs May 4, 2015 Reply

    Great video guys

  2. Ligeia and Mindy May 4, 2015 Reply

    Sounds like a fun adventure. Can’t wait to see what happens next. 🙂
    Doesn’t sound like we would like Puerta Vallarta either. Yeah for buses leaving town. 😉

    • Giselle and Cody May 6, 2015 Reply

      Hahaha Puerta Vallarta was ok…..for a day or so but so much better outside of the city.
      Stay tuned for the next adventure 🙂

  3. Elizabeth May 5, 2015 Reply

    What an awesome blog & video! A beautiful side of Mexico to see. Looks like an amazing experience. Loved it!

    • Giselle and Cody May 6, 2015 Reply

      Thanks so much Elizabeth and thank you for helping out in the video.

  4. Alex May 5, 2015 Reply

    I’ve been hearing such great things about Mexico from everyone I met in my Central America travels who had started their journeys there. I definitely have it on my radar!

    • Giselle and Cody May 6, 2015 Reply

      Alex, we were pretty surprised how amazing it is. We are all about Southeast Asia, but after visiting Mexico we can’t wait to explore Central America now. January 1st we will hit Mexico and travel down into Central America. 🙂

  5. […] Before leaving for Mexico, Cody and I were warned about the dangers, but all we have experienced is how warm and friendly the people are, and how safe we felt in such a “supposedly” dangerous country. Check out our Backing packing in Mexico video here. […]

  6. Franca May 14, 2015 Reply

    Love the video guys! Mexico looks amazing with so many dogs to love and cuddle too 🙂

    • Giselle and Cody May 14, 2015 Reply

      We had a great 3 weeks in Mexico and you guys would love it there as well.
      So many dogs to love and the people are so friendly. 🙂

  7. jessica June 3, 2015 Reply

    Finally, something good about Mexico, although Mexico is mainly known for its gang way and Drugs Mafia. you bring out the natural beauty of Mexico. Definitely a must visit country.

    • Giselle and Cody June 4, 2015 Reply

      Thanks so much for checking us out Jessica. We agree that Mexico has alway had a stigma as being a VERY dangerous country and we are sure that there are areas that may be dangerous (Just like every country) but we did not experience anything like that. We had some great times in Mexico and can’t wait to head back.

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