Backpacking Mexico on a Budget

Backpacking Mexico on a Budget


Here is our first episode of our first YouTube travel series and we start in Mexico. Backpacking Mexico and Central America on a budget.

We have included underneath the video a breakdown of all costs and transport information.

For Episode 2 click this txt – Backpacking Belize on a budget


Costs and Transport information

We had done our research before we arrived, and had our route planned. We kept our accommodation and transport money separate, our daily budget for food, drinks etc was just £20 per person per day. We still had money left at the end of our time in Mexico which we changed up on the water taxi to Belize at the perfect rate!


Transfer from the airport to downtown Cancun.

We booked our transfer bus online at as it worked out cheaper than the ADO buses at the airport. It cost £17.99 for the three of us and took 45 minutes.

Our first accommodation was an Airbnb apartment in Cancun. It costs £15 for three nights.

Travel from Cancun to Tulum

We got two separate buses from Cancun to Tulum. The first was an ADO coach from Cancun to Playa del Carmen. This cost us 68 pesos each which works out at £2.69 and took around 90 minutes. The ADO bus station is located on Tulum avenue at La commercial Mexicana.

We then walked five minutes from the ADO station in Playa del Carmen to Calle 2 Norte Between Ave. 15 and 20 to catch a Collectivo (local bus) to Tulum. This took around 60 minutes and cost just 45 pesos each which worked out around £1.78.


We stayed in Hostel Cha Cha Cha which we booked at It cost us £8 per person, per night. The hostel was fantastic and was located right in the heart of Tulum on Calle Polar Poniente entre Alfa Norte y Jupiter.

We got a taxi to Cenote Calavera which cost just £2.50 each way. Entrance to the cent was 100 pesos each, this works out at roughly £4 each.

We hired bikes from one of the many bike hire shops on the high street. This cost us 150 pesos for 24 hours, which works out around £6.

On the second day we biked to the Tulum Ruins. This took around 40 minutes, and the entrance fee was 70 pesos, which works out at around £2.75. Make sure you arrive early to avoid the crowds!

After the ruins we cycled to the Grand Cenote which is located on the same road as Cenote Calavera. This took another 40 mins ride from the ruins but was worth it. Entrance fee was 150 pesos (£6) and locker hire was a further 30 pesos (1.20).

Travel from Tulum to Bacalar

The ADO bus station was just 5 minutes from the hostel, on the high street. We got a bus straight to Bacalar which took 2.30 hours and cost 224 pesos each, this works out roughly £9.


In Bacalar we stayed the night at Posada El Refugio, we found this on and it cost £11 each for the night.

The hostel was located right on the lake, it was very basic but the location was ideal. The hostel was located a good 30 mins from the main road where the buses are so prepare yourself for a walk, there were no taxis in sight.

Travel from Bacalar to Chetumal.

Luckily as we were walking to the main road to the ADO bus station, a local Collectivo for Chetumal was about to leave. The local bus cost us 40 pesos each (1.60) and took around 1 hour.


We stayed in Hotel Noor, which was situated right next to the marina. We found it on and it cost us £10 each for the night. We had to get a taxi from downtown where the buses drop you off which cost £5 between us.

Travel from Chetumal to Caye Caulker (Belize)

We had booked the water taxi online at It cost us £50 each and took around 3 hours with an extra hour stop in San Pedro to sort immigration.

We paid 500 pesos each Mexican Departure tax (£20) and around £5 entry fee to Belize.


Total cost per person for 8 nights budget backpacking through Mexico, departure tax plus onward travel to Belize was £320

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Backpacking Belize on a budget


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