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ECO TRAVEL TIPS
The ingredient, which is paramount to a successful expedition, is transportation. You have five possibilities:
Take a bus
Rent a taxi
Hitch a ride
Ride a bicycle
RENTING A VEHICLE
Some small rental agencies will ask you where you are going and will not give you a car if you plan on taking it across state lines or to some place where the roads are extremely bad.
If you are trekking across the Peninsula you may also have to rely on private gestations in some situations.
TAKING THE BUS
In some destinations like Xpuhil on highway 186 you have to wait for the bus to arrive before you can purchase a ticket, even for first class buses. Also sometimes the bus can be as much as 1 hour early so it is a good idea to hang around the bus station for your bus instead of showing up 10 minutes before departure. In some situations you may have to wait 12 hours or more for the next bus to your destination if you miss one.
RENT A TAXI
An advantage of taking a taxi is you may get lucky and encounter one of the local characters who can provide you with lots of useful information about the area, if you can communicate. Taxi drivers have their finger on the pulse and can answer many questions if they understand what you are asking them.
HITCH A RIDE
The best thing to do is have arrangements made for a ride by somebody going your way and offer to pay some pesos for the ride. This is not that easy a thing to do everywhere.
RIDE A BYCICLE
It can get hot but fortunately there are towns everywhere and small farming communities with cantinas. Traffic in the interior is low and if you are not on a major route for an archaeology ruin site then you will not have to deal with tour busses.
SO WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL?
It depends on where you are going and what your budget is. If you are in Merida and wish to visit Uxmal and surrounding area then renting a car is a relatively safe venture as the roads are in good condition, there are gas stations along the way, some signs and the traffic is not bad. If you are planning on driving around Majahual exploring Chinchorro Reefs or heading up to Sian Ka'an then you may want to take the bus or arrange a transfer with a tour company.
For going long distance like Cancun to Campeche or Cancun to Chetumal then taking first class bus is inexpensive, reliable and fast.
Ultimately if you can afford it, the best way to go is to have a guide who has his or her own transportation. This way you can drive all over the place with your new friend and learn more about Mexico then you ever expected. If not, use a combination of first class buses and colectivos.
Water bag or canteen
Water shoes/kayak shoes
Swiss army knife
First aid kit
Warm clothing [for evenings or especially if you are going to the Chiapas]
Raincoat or large piece of plastic
Mosquito net [you might need it]
Small pot, plate, knife and fork