Insider's Guide to Mexico - Brownell Travel

Insider’s Guide to Mexico

Use our insider’s guide to Mexico to help in planning your next trip south of the border!


Where to Go:

Riviera Maya


Mexico City

San Miguel de Allende

Punta Mita



  • Dining: 10-15%
  • Hotel: Maids $1-2/night, porters $1/bag
  • Private Guide: $5-10/person for a half day tour, $10-20/person for full day tour 

When to Go

  • October – April
  • January – March: whale-watching on West Coast


What to eat:
  • Flautas
  • Tostados
  • Mole
  • Elote
  • Chilaquiles
  • Tamales
  • Churros
  • Flan
  • Mezcal

Insider Tips

  • Avoid” Montezuma’s Revenge” by drinking plenty of purified or bottled water, being cautious of where you eat, and washing your hands.
  • Mexican silver, sarapes (woven blankets), huipiles (embroidered dresses), charro hats, and blown glass make great souvenirs.
  • Arrange taxis with your hotel to assure they are official taxis.

Packing Tips

  • Dress is more relaxed and informal, especially in the beach areas.
  • Pack lightweight, natural fabrics