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Planning A Trip To Mexico...  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3641 times:

This December for Winter Break, I am considering a trip to Mexico from Denver, Colorado.

Frontier and United have very good prices and packages to single resort destinations, however I would like to cover three destinations and I am not sure how I can do this.

I would like to visit Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo by spending some time in each. I haven't exactly planned out how long I want though, so all I'm asking is just some rough plans.

I'd say I would like to fly into Los Cabos from Denver and then progress south and then fly back from Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I might be able to do this at a descent price?

Regards


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3606 times:

Unless you book thru Mexicana, Frontier is probably going to be your only option.

Btw, driving sucks in Mexico


User currently offlinePecevanne From Mexico, joined Jun 2004, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3542 times:

Mexicana will have none stop flights from DEN to SJD and PVR.
Very convenient connections to mexicana system from this resorts.
No doubt ...MX Is your choice.


User currently offlineWork4bmi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3538 times:

"BA",


I just got back from Mexico, and looking at some of the traffic, I would suggest Cancun, which would cover both photography and great hotels and flight links.

Thanks,

Aaron


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3470 times:

Thanks for the feedback. Could someone tell me the transportation options between Los Cabos, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo?

I am planning on either flying United or Frontier from Denver, both of which offer great packages, but to one destination only. I'd like to cover 2 or 3 destinations from the ones I just mentioned, but I am not sure how I can do this.

I don't want to drive between the cities. I certainly can't drive between Los Cabos and Mazatlan.  Big grin

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26493 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3461 times:

Do yourself a favor and don't go to Cancun, it is just a drunken tourist trap (the North American Mallorca). PVR is also not the greatest. I recommend you do Mazatlan over Puerto, much nicer, cheaper and friendlier (just don't venture out of the city, as the area surrounding is marijuana central and not a fun place to be stuck). Again, you will be able to fly UA or F9 to Cabo, but will have to take MX, Aero California, Aviacsa, AM, etc. intra-Mexico. I do know they offer really good one way fares. Of the 3 places (Cabo, Mazatlan and Ixtapa) Ixtapa is the best, plenty of partying but very laid back. Great fishing too.


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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3452 times:

Thanks a lot for that info N1120a!

Yeah I had no plans of going to Cancun. I've heard it's become too commercialized and touristic, too artificial.

I'm actually not much of a partying person. I'd wanna go simply to relax. Isolate myself from the rest of the world.  Big grin

Do you have any idea how I can find information on domestic ai service on Mexicana, Aero California, Aero Mexico, Aviacsa, etc? From what I have seen, I will have to connect in Mexico City.

I don't want to fly all the way to Mexico City simply to get from Los Cabos to Mazatlan!

Also, to cover three of those destinations. How much time would you recommend for each?

Regards

[Edited 2004-11-07 21:45:03]


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26493 posts, RR: 75
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3436 times:

MX flies non-stop between SJD (San Jose del Cabo) and MZT (Mazatlan). MX 939, dep 1550 arr 1640.

MZT-ZIH is a little more difficult, as I cannot find non-stops for you



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User currently offlineBritmex From Mexico, joined Nov 2000, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3430 times:

Well, well, well...

Being Mexican myself I`m not a great fan of Cancun (just a touristic trap, the right description). Anyway, near Cancun the Mayan riviera is beautiful, you can visit Playa del Carmen, Cozumel (and even fly in a Let 410 or a BAe jetstram) or Sian Kaan natural sanctuary. Anyway CUN is not spotter friendly and there are not safe places to take pictures. A sad thing since international traffic there is impressive. However if you go to Los Cabos try San Jose del Cabo, a very picturesque and relaxed place which includes Mexican traditional architecture and even a very beautiful cactus garden. AVOID Cabo san Lucas (which is an American tourist trap), however don`t skip a trip to the stone arches which are really beautiful.

Anyway, Mazatlan is a better option and it is more authentic and it is linked to the Baja by a ferry. I would stick myself to Los Cabos and Mazatlan. However all the Baja peninsula is beautiful and full of surprises. I`m not sure from where but it is posible to visit Isla Cedros,( a secluded but interesting fisher town in an island on the Pacific) in a Convair 340 still with original 50`s interior. I think flights depart from La Paz but you better ask the locals about AeroCedros services.

britmex

wishing you the best in your Mexican trip



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3426 times:

Thanks N1120a and Britmex!

Yeah I'll have to look at the ferry option as well.

Still need to figure out a way to get from Mazatlan to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo though. I heard there are trains in Mexico. Does anyone know what lines there are?

Also how much time would you suggest for each destination? I don't want to spend too little to the time to the point that I feel I haven't had enough, and I don't want to spend too much time to the point that I would start getting bored.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineBritmex From Mexico, joined Nov 2000, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3409 times:

NO, trains are long gone and the only one remaining are the Chihuahua-Pacifico, Tequila Express and the Mayan Express. All are touristic trains and do not pass near Ixtapa. Ixtapa is a very nice destination, not crowded but underserved by most carriers. Your best option may be to fly to MEX and then a short 40 minute flight to ZIH.

open for more questions

britmex



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3401 times:

Thanks a lot Britmex.

How long does it take by ferry from Los Cabos to Mazatlan?

What hotels would you recommend in Los Cabos, Mazatlan, and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo. Ones that are good, but not super expensive.

Also how much time would you recommend in each city?

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26493 posts, RR: 75
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3393 times:

For Ixtapa, I recommend the Dorado Pacifico. Beautiful beach, friendly staff, 5 stars, and very reasonable prices. I also recommend Bucanerros and
(I think) Ballatores for Italian. El Varo is expensive, the food sucks but the view is impossible to beat. The best meal though is to go to Zihuatenejo, book a fishing trip to Ixtapa Island, sail early in the morning, catch fish then have them grill it for you with beans, rice, tortillas and salsa on the island. Nothing like fresh caught fish. Also, the fishermen you sail with will give any excess fish you catch to the poor in Zihuat. Ask at the hotel who to book with, as they will send you out with only a reputable fisherman. If you are lucky, you might catch one of the Mexican Navy's destroyers in port. Impressive.



Mangeons les French fries, mais surtout pratiquons avec fierte le French kiss
User currently offlinePecevanne From Mexico, joined Jun 2004, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3378 times:

BA..Try MX connecting to CUN or ZIH.
I really don´t know how people does not like CUN or PVR , I find those places exciting and vibrating.
If you decided I am sure You will find best experience in your life


User currently offlineBritmex From Mexico, joined Nov 2000, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3360 times:

...or even better one of our just arrived Aliya Class missile frigates that arrived from Israel during the first months of 2004. I recently saw one in Cancun...


britmex



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User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7582 posts, RR: 42
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3322 times:

No, don't stay at the Dorado Pacífico in Ixtapa... it is old and not very nice. Most hotels in Ixtapa are now all-inclusive and, as a result, they attract ugly people for the most part. Try staying at Las Brisas Ixtapa, a beautiful hotel that is a landmark of Mexican contemporary architecture with a private beach... it is by far the best hotel in Ixtapa. You can also try the boutique hotels in Zihuatanejo like La Casa que Canta if you don't mind spending a few more bucks. There you will be really pampered and, if you are doing this trip with your wife or girlfriend, it will be a great experience.

Never been to Los Cabos but it is Mexico's most exclusive resort city at the moment. I am sure you will enjoy it if you go there. And Puerto Vallarta is a really great place to visit. If you go there, do not miss visiting the Yelapa beaches. A short drive north of Puerto Vallarta there are several incredible resorts like the Four Seasons Punta Mita and a number of other hotels along the coast of Nayarit that are the hottest thing for honeymooners and golfers.



Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlineAAplatnumflier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3302 times:

I say fly from DEN-SJD on Frontier. Fly from SJD-PVR on Mexicana as when I was in PVR i believe I remember a flight from SJD-PVR. Then fly from PVR-Guadalajara and then Guadalajara-ZIH. Sounds difficult but it really isnt that tough.

User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26493 posts, RR: 75
Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3291 times:

>No, don't stay at the Dorado Pacífico in Ixtapa... it is old and not very nice. Most hotels in Ixtapa are now all-inclusive and, as a result, they attract ugly people for the most part. Try staying at Las Brisas Ixtapa, a beautiful hotel that is a landmark of Mexican contemporary architecture with a private beach... it is by far the best hotel in Ixtapa. You can also try the boutique hotels in Zihuatanejo like La Casa que Canta if you don't mind spending a few more bucks. There you will be really pampered and, if you are doing this trip with your wife or girlfriend, it will be a great experience.<

Granted it was 6 1/2 years ago, but the Dorado Pacifico was a great hotel and had some extremely good looking women staying there. Also, great volleyball games are to be had there. The Krystal next door is also pretty nice. They are also both central, meaning you can walk anywhere. Funny thing is I combined French and my Los Angeles knowledge of Spanish and had the funniest conversation with a cab driver on the way to El Varo.



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User currently offlineLono From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1335 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3278 times:

EddieDude Wrote:


"Try staying at Las Brisas Ixtapa, a beautiful hotel that is a landmark of Mexican contemporary architecture with a private beach... it is by far the best hotel in Ixtapa."

Eddie is 100% correct.... this place is beautiful... if you do ZIH... stay here!!!!



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

I was in Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan a month ago, both great places and I highly recommend them (I liked Cabo a bit more)...fly MX if you can, I found them to be a phenomenal airline, definitely amongst the best that Ive flown service-wise...

Greg



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3260 times:

Thanks for all the feedback, however, for the fourth time, could someone please suggest how much time to spend in each resort? I don't want to feel that I needed more time and I don't want to feel like I'm getting bored.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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