Mexico is a country in North America.
- Baja California: The western peninsula, which borders the U.S. state of California.
- Northern Mexico: Includes the expansive deserts and mountains of the border states; mostly ignored by tourists, this is "Unknown Mexico"
- The Bajío: Historic states in a traditional silver-mining region
- Central Mexico: Center, surrounding the capital city
- Pacific Coast: Tropical beaches on Mexico's southern coast
- Yucatán Peninsula: Jungle and impressive Mayan archaeological sites, along with the Caribbean coast. Geographically part of Central America (the dividing line being the Isthmus of Tehuantepec) it is culturally closer to Guatemala and Belize than the rest of Mexico.
Buses are good value for money and the network is pretty good. Even if it is not common hitchhicking works very well. Everybody has a truck and they will just tell you to jump in the back. Gas stations are a good spot to ask drivers, you can explain your way of travelling and they will feel more comfortable. If they tell you they're going very close do not hesitate to ask how many kilometers because it might be 30km which can change everything for you. Sometimes people will tell you it's dangerous or offer to bring you to the bus station it's just because they are not used to it. You may need a bit of patience in some places but in the end there is always someone stopping for you and offering you food and beers. Speaking Spanish helps for sure.
Often you can get pretty decent wifi for just a bit more money. Great for long haul distances.
When traveling long distances with no specific plan, it becomes difficult to arrange shelter through hospitality networks. Also, in many small towns few people have access to the internet. Luckily, it's really easy and safe to stay over in gas stations or fire stations. If you get stuck on the road at night, you can ask to be dropped off at any PEMEX (the only gasoline company of Mexico). If you talk directly to the people in charge, they will tell you what's the safest spot to sleep at. Many gas stations also have free showers and you don't need to be a truck driver to use them. When you're inside of a town, it's better to go to the fire station. The firemen are very friendly and they are used to host broke travelers from exotic places.
If you ask in churches, you should try to find the priest, explain your situation and ask for a place to stay. Usually, however, they direct you to the police (who, in turn, might direct you back to the church). Bus stations are safe and open 24 hours as there are buses round the clock and there is a security guy. Of course, you will have to sleep with one eye open but it’s a somewhat safe place to spend the night. The municipal police is always friendly and you can just ask them where to spend the night. They might assign you a nice well-guarded spot outside in front of the town hall (Palacio Municipal) for instance. It’s not a bed but it is a place to stay, with a roof!
If you're traveling through the West Coast it might be difficult to find a free camping site at the popular beaches. However, almost every beach town has a turtle camp where you can camp for free. You might be asked to do some work in exchange, like counting and liberating baby turtles!
Prices of mobile telephony are a big joke. No wonder the (second?) richest man in the world is a Mexican.
It's recommended to use some a tool to easily get wifi passwords to get your regular shot of internet.
Mexico is open to people from wealthy countries but most of its southern neighbors need to apply for a visa.
Citizens from EU countries can get in without a problem.
- Tomi's tips (Please help to copy the information from that article to Nomadwiki)