I recently took the time to draw my journey of Mexico and it gave me the opportunity to reflect on what a great trip it was, I went from island to town to city and wanted to share the highlights of my experience, along with recommendations, for any of you that are planning on taking a trip.
We flew into Cancun but wasted no time in getting straight to our first destination Holbox, it had been recommended to us by so many people, with everyone saying it was such a special island, so I could not wait to get there and experience it myself. A boat and bus trip later, we arrived and it did not disappoint, clear calm blue sea and white beaches like I had never seen before! The streets felt and looked like a little toy town, super cute and quirky, ideal to doodle. Highlights included the laid-back Holbox Village and Punta Coco Beach. As you can image I miss Margot like crazy when away from her, Holbox made it that little easier as it is home to so many incredible dogs, we stumbled on Refugio Animal Holbox, a rescue, care and medical centre for animals and had the pleasure of taking two special pooches Mara and Juero for a walk, if only there was more set ups like this in the world. Being able to unwind in paradise was the perfect start to the holiday.
The next stop was Tulum, where we stayed at the black and white boutique hotel Coco Tulum, it was right on the beach and the perfect backdrop to practice my morning yoga. My tip for here is to hire yourself a bike, as it is the best way to get around and take in the town. I totally see why it is many peoples chosen honeymoon destination as its beautiful beaches are lined with restaurants, bars and cabanas, it has a very special energy.
After Tulum we went onto Oaxaca, here I felt that we had escaped the touristy side of Mexico and got to experience a more real life side. Definitely pack a pair of comfortable shoes, as you will spend hours each day exploring the brightly coloured streets, I loved all the murals that depicted the regional history. Oaxaca is known for its food game and there are so many incredible places for a pitstop, I’d definitely recommend eating little and often here so you can try more, I also loved the coffee shops, lots of cute places to refuel. Oaxaca is the home of Mezcal and a Mezcal Margarita fast became my favourite drink of the holiday. Whilst here we also took a trip to Hierve Agua, which boasts natural springs and waterfall-like rock formations, this is a must visit, it was just breathe-taking, no need for Instagram filters here.
The last stop was Mexico City, there are so many incredible places to explore here, one of my favourite was Frida Kahlo’s home, which I had the great pleasure of visiting on International Women’s Day it was an amazing experience and I would definitely recommend. I was also very lucky to get a sort-after reservation at celebrity chef Enrique Olvera’s Pujol, he turns Mexican street food into haute cuisine, everything was just delicious, tip if you are keen to visit yourself make your reservation months in advance as seats gets snapped up quickly.
As you can probably tell I loved Mexico, we had the right balance of relaxing and exploring, the people were so friendly and the food mouth-wateringly good. I defy anyone to eat badly there and it really caters for the gluten-free audience which made me very happy! My favourite dish had to be black corn tuna tacos, I’m having withdrawal symptoms so if anyone has a good recipe please send my way.