Meeting friends in Mexico City. What countries/cities should I visit (solo) before meeting them?

Hi all,

My friends and I are meeting up in Mexico City from 3/12 – 3/17. I don’t want to do such a short vacation, seeing as I’m taking time off from work. I’d like to extend my vacation time with 1 week or more of solo travel. I’d like you guys to help me choose a great destination that will be a good “counterpoint” / complement to Mexico City. Should I go somewhere else in Mexico? Should I go to Chile? Is that too far? Is somewhere else better? Please help.

Some additional bits about me:

– I live in San Francisco, 28 year old male.

– I’m open to anywhere in Central or South America.

– I’ll likely be partying hard with my friends when I’m there, so I’d like a place that is a little more chill, without being solitary.

– My favorite trips ever have been to places like Croatia, Argentina, Thailand (Chiang Mai, not Bangkok), New Zealand, and Prague.

– I have never traveled in Central/South America but I speak OK Spanish.

– I’m an experienced solo traveler.

– I fully expect to visit Central/South America multiple times in the future, so this isn’t my only chance to see things.

Thanks for your help!!!

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  • darez00

    I think CDMX (Mexico City = Ciudad de Mexico = CDMX) would be right up your alley, check out AirBnBs around Condesa, Juarez, Roma. On the other hand Queretaro is another great city that’s very close to CDMX and has a lot of history and cool places, bars, museums, and very walkable too with a nice weather (CDMX is a bit colder), and very close to San Miguel de Allende which is a must go for any tourists wanting to get to know Mexico, very chill with nice bars and nightlife.

    If you want to go to the beach and surf a little or just chill with the locals and tourists, you should try Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita, or San Francisco, all three are very close to each other, you can take a pretty cheap bus from Puerto Vallarta to the others.

    Btw, Chile is super far south and more expensive than Mexico, there are travel reports around here if you search for them

  • segacs2

    Plenty to see in Mexico if you have a few weeks. Oaxaca for sure. Puebla is a good stopping point between them. Chiapas if you have time time — I quite liked San Cristobal de las Casas and it’s a good jumping off point for sightseeing in the region.

  • SisterInScion

    San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato (in the state of Guanajuato, a few hours north of Mexico City) are worth a visit. Just went there last week and loved it. I drove in from the north, but I heard a bus from Mexico City is only about US$10.

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