Top 5 stops on my Mexican holiday road trip

I traveled with my family throughout Mexico in a rental mini-van from Dec. 26, 2012 – Jan. 6, 2013. There were 7 of us in a mini-van for that many days– humorous stories to follow. (for example, the car’s radiator blew up on day 1) We started in Guadalajara and made a circuitous route towards our final destination in fabulous Mexico City.

Here is a preview of what will be coming up on the blog over the next few weeks:

1) Playa Manzanillo


Believe it or not, on a 12-day road trip in Mexico, we only spent one day at the beach on day 3. Playa Manzanillo is located reasonably close to our Mexican host-family who live in Colima, Colima. I can’t wait to fill you in on the details of how great it was to visit Mexico and get to spend time with a family that has lived their whole lives there. The day in Manzanillo might have been the best weather I have ever experienced. It was about 80 degrees, dry, and perfectly sunny. Very unlike my other beach days in other Spanish-speaking countries!

2) Angangueo Butterfly Sanctuary


Our road trip just so happened to coincide with the famous migration of the Monarch butterflies through the butterfly sanctuaries in Angangueo in Michoacan. Later in the day we actually stumbled upon a Monarch that had been tagged by the University of Kansas. One in our party (not me, I was too excited to take down the number!), recorded the information on the butterfly’s tag and reported it to the appropriate department.

3) Taxco


Anyone who knows me is aware that this was the highlight of the entire trip for me– AND we were in Taxco on New Year’s Eve– my birthday. Taxco is known for its silver jewelry, as the town is surrounded by a mountain range, and the silver used to come from deep within. Sadly, the silver mines are virtually all but depleted, but luckily the jewelers of Taxco are becoming creative with their jewelry creations; I found an amazing ring that was mostly rosewood but still included the silver for which Taxco is so famous!

4) Puebla


I didn’t want to have to do a spoiler alert here, so I won’t! Puebla is famous for it’s golden altar that draws travelers from around the world. (more details and photos to follow in an upcoming post)

Suffice it to say that there is always something pretty and festive to see in Puebla. After a late dinner, we walked around on the main plaza, and the elaborate Christmas lights were still set up. It is really a picturesque city. I am also super-excited to tell you about the crazy tacos there. There will be an entire post dedicated to the tacos in Puebla…

5) Teotihuacan


Visiting the Aztec ruins at Teotihuacan is one of the main reasons to visit Mexico. Sometimes attractions near capital cities tend to be over-rated; this is not the case with Teotihuacan. It should be on everyone’s bucket list. While I will of course lay out all the specifics for you in an upcoming post, if I were to distill my gratifying and super-fun 6-hour experience at Teotihuacan into one sentence, it would be as follows: Bascially, you climb around on awesome amazing gigantic Aztec pyramids all day long in order to enjoy the view of other awesome amazing gigantic Aztec pyramids. Enough said.

Enjoy the upcoming posts!

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10 Comments on “Top 5 stops on my Mexican holiday road trip”

  1. Martha LaValette January 31, 2013 at 22:33 #

    Awesome pics!

    • Marisa LaValette January 31, 2013 at 22:36 #

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  2. RobiniArt February 1, 2013 at 00:11 #

    Looks like a nice trip! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Bill February 1, 2013 at 08:58 #

    “Savvy”, love your new ID. Looks like a great outing and lots of great memories. The way you describe to the reader what the picture shows, you make it more personnel as if the person reading the blog is also there. Love it.

  4. Karen February 1, 2013 at 09:10 #

    Fabulous Post. Wish I could have been there!!

  5. Bulldog Travels April 14, 2015 at 21:47 #

    Taxco jewelry looks really interesting! I wish I could get some here in the states!

    • Marisa LaValette April 15, 2015 at 14:51 #

      Hey Jenny- If you and your husband end up going to Mexico City soon, Taxco is a doable side trip. It is about 2.5 hours away. With its own set of views, markets, great restaurants, churches, and cobblestone charm, I definitely recommend staying overnight!

      • Bulldog Travels April 15, 2015 at 14:51 #

        Thanks for the info! Not sure where we will wind up but that is such a great idea. Fairly inexpensive for us to get there too.


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