I didn't really go to "real" Mexico. Cancun, Tulum, Playa Del Carmen don't even count to some people, visions of drunk frat boys and MTV spring break filling their heads. No drug cartels or kidnappings to worry about here.
But Tulum IS a major player in the Mayan world. The pyramids and ruins are impressive, but a bit touristy. And Cancun really does have some pretty beaches. And I did break the chain on my rental bicycle and have to walk it about three miles back to the hostel. And it's not like the food was bad. Quite far from it actually, i've hardly eaten better. Sketchy streetside vendors and night markets paired with late night Dos Equis make any trip worth it.
Mexico City next time. I hear fantastic things. It's a country right on our doorstep, but it has the unfortunate (if not deserved) reputation of being one of the most dangerous countries on the planet. It's a shame, the culture and life in Mexico excites me greatly. I wish it was more accessible. Let me be very clear that I blame a very large portion of the problems in Mexico on the United States' failed drug war and awful mismanagement of resources. How long must we continue policy that is obviously failing? I have a friend whose brother recently lost his life at the hands of the cartels. It saddens me to know that he, along with thousands of others, died not only at the hands of drug lords, but that the blame is shared by US policy makers in Washington.
Let's end this perpetually failing policy so that we can start to end the killing in Mexico amd begin to explore this wonderful country. I had a great trip and would love to see more.