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How much does it cost to explore Mexico?

Paul Ryken Last Updated: Thursday 30 April 2020 Afford your trip, Mexico Leave a Comment

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Have you ever wondered how much it would cost to travel around Mexico? Below is our financial spend for our journey around Mexico in July 2017. Check out what we did during the twenty-four nights we explored Mexico.

When reading our travel costs for Mexico, please keep the following in mind:

  • The costs are based upon a couple travelling together.
  • We did not travel as part of an organised tour group but as independent travelers.
  • Not considered is the entry or exit transport into/out of the country.
  • We are digital nomads so base ourselves in accommodation that has good Wi-Fi.
  • Included in the overall daily costs (for the period of time we are in the country) are:

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Where We Travelled

Map of Mexico and the destinations we explored
Map of Mexico and the destinations we explored

Travel Costs Summary Table

CategoriesUSD per person per day
Communications$00%
Groceries$5.0610%
Dining$9.4419%
Leisure$4.238%
Accommodation$16.1832%
Miscellaneous$2.936%
Finance$0.090%
Health$00%
Travel$10.8822%
Government Costs$1.263%
Total USD per person per day$50.07

Our travel costs for Mexico were higher than average due to the flight to/from Mexico City, in order for Paul to attend the CDMX Half Marathon. Our leisure activities included transport and entry to several cenotes, Mayan ruins, motorcycle hire in Tulum, museum entry fees, and the entry fee for the CDMX Half Marathon. We did a lot of activities in Mexico, but we only just scratched the surface. It is a big country and there is lots more to experience.

Other Cost Summaries and Budgets

Travel budget websites calculated the costs as shown in the below table. We are unsure whether their data includes entry/exit cost. However, it is good to compare our actual versus their data.

NameDaily Amount Per Person - USDComments
Lonely Planet$49Budget (up to)

The Budget Your Trip budget seems very low – the first time that we have not been within 20% of each other. Other websites such as Numbeo and Price Of Travel do not show consolidated daily averages but break it down by the various items (for example, bread, milk, etc).

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SaleBestseller No. 1
Lonely Planet Mexico (Country Guide)
Lonely Planet (Author); English (Publication Language); 896 Pages - 09/18/2018 (Publication Date) - Lonely Planet (Publisher)
$22.49
Bestseller No. 2
The Rough Guide to Mexico (Travel Guide with Free eBook) (Rough Guides)
Guides, Rough (Author); English (Publication Language); 880 Pages - 10/01/2019 (Publication Date) - Rough Guides (Publisher)
$27.99
Bestseller No. 3
DK Eyewitness Mexico (Travel Guide)
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$25.00
SaleBestseller No. 4
Lonely Planet Cancun, Cozumel & the Yucatan (Regional Guide)
Lonely Planet (Author); English (Publication Language); 320 Pages - 07/16/2019 (Publication Date) - Lonely Planet (Publisher)
$15.83

Have you explored Mexico? What did it cost you? What budgeting recommendations can you share?

Feature photo by Jezael Melgoza on Unsplash

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How much does it cost to explore Mexico?
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