How to enjoy Mexico on a tight budget


International media have focused on the wrong side of Mexico, like the drug syndicates, insecurity, the illegal immigrants crossing into the USA to seek greener pastures and the mighty wall Donald Trump will (may, might) build between Mexico and the USA. Mexico, in case you don’t know, is a vibrant, lively country with rich architecture, parrot-filled jungles, great nightclubs, interesting history, and yummy dishes. Compared to many developing countries, Mexico is paradise. The citizens of Mexico are full of energy and life. But if you are to enjoy all these and more on a budget trip, you have to plan well. These tips should guide you as you travel to Mexico:

Travel South

The “southern” you go, the cheaper it becomes. Moving south of Mexico is pocket-friendly and favors budget travelers like you. You can spend about $30 in a day and still have more than enough fun, including horseback riding; visiting waterfalls, ruins and paradise islands. Of course, you will have to sleep in the cheap hostel dorms in one of the cool cities in the south.

Tour the Mexico City

Although full of traffic and pollution, the diversity in the Mexico City still makes it a popular tourist hotspot and is worth your exploration. In 2016, the New York Times named it the top destination to visit. You can visit the less-noisy parts of the city, like Centro Historico where you can go through historic sites for (here this 🙂 free! There are also La Roma, Xochimilco, Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, and Coyoacan. Fortunately, the metro is much cheaper on daytime, charging about 25 per trip. You can also visit markets, freely stroll in the large nature-themed Chapultepec Park or enjoy boat rides in the canals within the city.

Tour Oaxaca

This is one place you can comfortably tour on a budget. You can visit Perto Escondido, which is a charming beach along the Oaxaca coast. Families and surfers frequent it. The hotels are affordable and the flights’ price reasonable. You can also access the place by bus. If you travel in November, you will be able to witness or take part in a surfing competition.

There is lots of other fun in Oaxaca, such as horse-riding, which cost $10 per person. You can also take a bus tour of Oaxaca at $20 for the whole day. The tour stops at various landmarks.


Unfortunately, if you are on a budget, you will have to forego the pleasure of dining in the classy hotels and instead contend with the street dishes. But the good news is that the street foods are also delicious and have that traditional touch you may not get in the high-end hotels. You will enjoy roasted corn, grasshoppers, tacos de canasta and many more Mexican delicacies.


While you can use credit cards in Mexican cities, it is important to note that many establishments mainly prefer cash. So have you enough Mexico peso, which is the currency, for a smooth transaction. The US dollar exchanges at the rate of 1/ MX$18.50.