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Mexico

Crisscrossing Mexico by car - including the dangerous North

Another beautiful country manipulated into a war

Mexico is a tough place these days, in particular in Mexico City, in the Northern states near the US border, in Guadalajara, as well as apparently in Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero (Acapulco), Morelos, Chiapas. There is a heavy presence of police and military. But then there are some of the most beautiful landscapes and hotels in the world:

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Chitzen Itza - Private Viewing. All alone! Jumped the fence after 6pm :-)

Chitzen Itza - Private Viewing. All alone! Jumped the fence after 6pm :-)

In the scenic Chiapas Region.

In the scenic Chiapas Region.

Four Seasons Mexico City's beautiful patio

Four Seasons Mexico City's beautiful patio

Breakfast at Four Seasons Mexico City

Breakfast at Four Seasons Mexico City

Hacienda San Antonio, Colima

Hacienda San Antonio, Colima

Hacienda San Antonio, Pool and active Volcano

Hacienda San Antonio, Pool and active Volcano

Hotel Mirador, Acapulco

Hotel Mirador, Acapulco

The famous Acapulco cliff, 40m from the top

The famous Acapulco cliff, 40m from the top

Fairmont Princess Acapulco

Fairmont Princess Acapulco

View from Fairmont Princess Acapulco

View from Fairmont Princess Acapulco

At the Rosewood Hotel in San Miguel de Allende.

At the Rosewood Hotel in San Miguel de Allende.

At the fantastic Designhotel Habita in Monterrey

At the fantastic Designhotel Habita in Monterrey

One of the best Rooftop Pool Bars in the World - at Habita Hotel

One of the best Rooftop Pool Bars in the World - at Habita Hotel

Love this place !

Love this place !

180 km/h is no problem with this rented Jeep Wrangler

180 km/h is no problem with this rented Jeep Wrangler

On the road between Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas. Some people call this a no-go-zone ...

On the road between Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas. Some people call this a no-go-zone ...

... but not with the right security concept ...

... but not with the right security concept ...

... even if driving at night.

... even if driving at night.

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Typical Mexican street scene. Source: Homan05, Wikipedia

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Weapons busted in Mexico drug raid. Source: PGR

Weapons busted in Mexico drug raid. Source: PGR

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Drug money busted in Mexico, apparently US$22.000.000.000. Source: PGR

Drug money busted in Mexico, apparently US$22.000.000.000. Source: PGR


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Source: The Economist, KAL's cartoon, Oct 28th 2010

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Drove 5.500km through Mexico in a rented Jeep Wrangler

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My trip recommendations

South-East Mexico / Guatemala / Belize

The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun - Hacienda Temozon, Mérida - Hacienda Uayamon, Campeche - ... (border river crossing by boat, no cars!) ... - La Lancha Lodge, Flores/Guatemala - Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize - Mayakoba Hotels (Maroma or Rosewood)

Central Mexico

Quinta Real Guadalajara - Hacienda San Antonio - Cuixmala - Four Seasons Punta Mita - Quinta Real Zacatecas (in old bullfighting arena) - Quinta Real Aguascalientes - Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende

Acapulco

Fairmont Princess Acapulco (a hotel so tacky and vintage it is already good again. Previously owned by Howard Hughes; the place he 'supposedly' died in.)

Mirador Hotel, La Quebrada, Old Acapulco (where the rich and famous - from Johnny Weissmuller to Pelé - used to stay, and left their pictures and authographs; nowadays a nice atmospheric location for dinner and to watch the cliffdivers)

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Posted by LuxuryRogue 11:14 Archived in Mexico Tagged overland adventure luxury danger speed

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