Hola Mexico! We Have Arrived!

Dariece Swift author's bio Goats On The Road

Despite being in Canada for nearly six weeks, our departure seemed to creep up on us and suddenly we were saying our teary goodbyes to friends and family and before we knew it we were at the airport waiting for our flight to Cancun, which is one of the best places to visit in Mexico.

As the wheels of the plane lifted off the ground and we left the frozen tundra behind, there was a mixture of feelings, but mostly we felt excitement.

Flight to Mexico

We had left a few things to the last minute before setting off on this journey. With all of the visiting we barely found time to pack our bags and we’ve now realized that we forgot a couple of essentials! We usually to price out hotel rooms, buy travel insurance and have a rough itinerary before leaving and somehow we barely found time to do all of this.

We found ourselves searching online on our last day for a fair quote for travel insurance and rushing to pack our bags. The longer our lives remain on the road, the harder it is to find an insurance company that will cover us! But everything worked out and as the plane lifted off, all of those worries were left behind.

Packing our bags for Mexico

And We’re Off!

This is our next adventure, and we’ve been looking forward to it for months. We had this trip in the back of our minds, even while we were hiking the steppe in Mongolia and horse trekking over mountain passes in Kyrgyzstan. With each laubored breath we took in the high altitude cold, we had the snowy white sands of Mexico in the back of our minds.

“At the beach life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour, but mood to moment. We live by the moment, plan by the tides and follow the sun”

– Unknown Author

Our flight was delayed for a couple of hours so we didn’t even land in Cancun until after midnight. Then we had to wait in line at the terribly understaffed Cancun Airport which had only two immigration desks open for the 300 or so passengers that showed up at the same time.

As soon as we exited the airport the thick, humid smell of Mexico filled our nostrils. We’re here! Finally we were in a taxi and heading for our hotel. We ended up checking in to our beautifully Mexican styled room at around 2:30 am. We quickly hit the sheets and tried to get a decent sleep as to not ruin our first day in the vibrant city – there are so many things to do in Cancun!

Our Room In Mexico

Hacienda de Castilla Hotel (Double Room 400 Pesos / $31)

We woke up at quarter after nine, about an hour before our set alarm. We were too excited to sleep any more. We slumped out of bed in a groggy fog and headed down to our hotel’s restaurant where we had our first Mexican meal, a Ranchero breakfast.

Two fried eggs on a freshly made corn tortilla with Ranchero sauce drizzled on top  and a side of refried black beans and taco chips. Delicious!

Ranchero Breakfast

Ranchero Breakfast (60 Pesos / $5)

We left the hotel and hit the streets. Right away the flavour of Mexico filled the air. Guitar music echoed in the busy streets and taco stands soaked the air with the tantalizing aroma of cumin and salsa (I know, almost too cliche).

We’re staying about 2 km north of the city center (or centro) and our neighbourhood is delightfully authentic. Not a tourist in sight, which actually surprised us coming to one of the most touristed cities on earth.

Our Funky Street In Cancun

We slowly sauntered down the main street of Ave Tulum, taking in the sights and sounds along the way. We knew we were in Cancun for some beach time, and we couldn’t have been happier being here as we hadn’t seen a beach in nearly two years! So, we popped into a grocery store and bought a few Coronas before getting on the 10 Peso, R1 bus to Zona Hotelera (you can translate that I’m sure).

Buying Coronas At The Grocery Store. A Daily Ritual

(6 Pack = 72 Pesos / $6) 

As the bus rounded the bend we got our first glimpse of the beach and it was even more beautiful than we remember. We hopped off the bus near Casa Maya Resort and went straight to the beach. Powder white sand and aqua marine waters greeted us with even more beauty than we had expected.

Snowman Cancun

A Mexican Snowman

We ran right into the water and as my head submersed under the refreshing clear sea, I was instantly reminded of why I love the beach. We love trekking, we love villages, we love history and we love culture, but there’s always something about the beach. It’s a completely different kind of travel.

We’re looking forward to spending a few months here soaking up the tropical weather, finding off-the-beaten path places and enjoying all the things to do in Mexico before heading to our House Sitting gig in the southern Caribbean.

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Dariece Swift author's bio Goats On The Road

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Dariece Swift

Dariece is a co-founder of Goats On The Road, and an expert in saving money, finance management, building an online business and of course... travel. She loves meeting new people, trying new cuisines, and learning about the unique cultures of our world. She has over 12 years of experience helping others to realize their travel dreams and has worked in numerous jobs all over the world to help pay for travel.

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29 thoughts on “Hola Mexico! We Have Arrived!”

  1. Ha! I love the sand/snow man on the beach! Sounds like a great start to your time in Mexico – definitely looking forward to hearing more.

  2. Looks like you’re really enjoying yourselves already! Really jealous. It’s hard to decided whether to fly out there or to head to India. Either could be our last big trip 🙁

  3. So far it’s been great. We love the vibe, the food and how colourful everything is! Hmmm, that’s a tough call. India is fantastic, insanely different from anywhere else you’ll go and we absolutely love it there. It’s probably the complete opposite of Mexico actually.

    Flip a coin?

  4. Wish I could have been with u on that gorgeous beach….wait…what am I saying…I was!What a blast…had fun!Miss u guys.all the best on the trails ahead.Hope we meet again soon.

  5. I really enjoy reading about you guys traveling, but I’m ready to of some of my own! Saving up now (hopefully to start out in Fiji), and anytime I need encouragement I just check out your site! Happy travels to you 🙂

  6. Hey Yara,

    So far, from just being in the Yucatan, we have felt 100% safe. I know there are parts of Mexico that may be unsafe for travellers, but that’s the same with many countries in the world. If you’re concerned, you could travel to the Yucatan area…it’s great here 🙂


  7. Welcome to Mexico! Such a deja-vu this post of yours, since we stayed in the exactly same hotel when we arrived a few weeks back. And ate the same breakfast, and bought our daily supply of Corona 🙂 We then headed to Merida, which I really recommend. No beach though, but a nice city. And the food is so good, not getting bored of it even after 3 weeks of constant Mexican diet. Now we are on a beach, in outskirts of a tiny fisherman town of Chicxulub. It’s very quiet and peaceful this time of the year, with only some locals and a few Canadian retirees. Which places are you planning to visit?

  8. So glad that you guys are loving it so far! The food and coronas and margaritas are dangerous business here 😉 Can’t wait to follow your stories from the other side of Mexico, and can’t wait until we can finally plan a meet up!!!

  9. What did you guys end up finding for insurance? Pretty soon we’ll be out of our home province too long and lose our provincial health coverage, which will make our current World Nomads impossible. Bah!!

  10. ahh man im so happy for you guys! You are really living it up! excited to follow goats on the road and read about all your travels. luv u D! xo

  11. Hey Mirje!

    That’s too funny that you stayed in the same place, even ate the same breakfast too! haha. Right now we’re on the Island of Holbox and loving it. So chilled out. We do plan to go to Merida, for sure. We’ve heard such great things about it 🙂

    Happy Travels, enjoy Mexico!

  12. haha, I know! Between the margaritas, the cervezas and the delicious food, we’re definitely not going to lose any weight on this particular trip….and I don’t care 😉

    Can’t wait to meet up too…email you soon. Enjoy!

  13. Hey,

    This is a tough call. For us, we are allowed to be out of Alberta for 2 years and then we have to come back in order to have the 2 years set again. Which has worked for us thus far. But we did look into some forms of Expat Insurance (which are more expensive and limited as to what is covered).

    Check out our friend Nora’s post over at The Professional Hobo for some tips and info on that kind of insurance:


    I hope this helps. Happy Travels 🙂

  14. Excited to hear about your time in Cancun! Being from New York, I haven’t gone there yet only because of the “Spring Break stereotype” but I know that’s not all of Cancun and I need to visit. Post more beach pics please too! Do you guys scuba dive or snorkel?

  15. Hey Angelica!

    We had the same impression of Cancun as well…but there is more to it than just Spring Break parties, you just have to look for it 🙂

    Nick Scuba Dives (he’s advanced) but I just snorkel. We haven’t done any so far though, saving it for Belize 🙂


  16. I have to agree, there is something about the beach and it is a completely different kind of travel. So happy for you guys and I hope you have a wonderful time! By the way, the snowman? is just too cute!

  17. Hey Adam, thanks for the comment.

    We used to go with World Nomads, but we’ve found a cheaper one through Travel Cuts (I think it may be Canadian?) We’re not doing the extreme stuff like we were doing in Central America, so we didn’t need to make sure we were covered for anything but the basics.

    Hopefully we don’t have to use it 🙂

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