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My First Trip: Mexico

What am I expecting?

Firstly, lets talk about the world as we currently know it (yes, Coronavirus). Travelling has pretty much had to be put on the backburner for the majority of the world, and pretty much every single country was put on lockdown for a few months. Those countries who rely heavily on tourism have started to open back up again, and with that there's been another spike in cases. Mexico is one of those countries unfortunately.

Mexico never really closed their borders, but instead had quite a strict lockdown for around three months. The Yucatan Peninsula, which is home to tourist-reliant destinations such as Cancun, Tulum, Chichen-Itza, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel were extremely hard-hit economically, therefore have become the first to lift their lockdown. However, as with most countries who are opening up, there's been a second spike and half the state of Quintana Roo has gone back to partial lockdown. So what does this mean for the first month of my trip?

The answer is I have no idea! Since my plan for most of August is exploring the Yucatan Peninsula, I have to go with absolutely zero expectation. I start off in Cancun, where I'll be staying in the city, as supposed to the beach resort. Cancun is on Orange Status (one up from lockdown status). This means that hotels, restaurants, tourist services etc are allowed to run at 30% capacity. It also means that any public spaces, such as beaches, parks, bars, nightclubs are still not allowed to open. I know for my visit to Cancun not to expect normality. I know that most likely I'll have to wear a mask everywhere, and that I won't be able to see or do all the things I was hoping to do. But that's ok, as the safety of the local community will always be high above anything else for me.

The issue is the rest of the state, which currently lies in the Red Zone. These areas will be on partial lockdown so I will have to decide, once I'm physically in Mexico, whether or not it's worth travelling to these places. Do I wait it out, for what could be a few weeks, in Cancun? Do I travel anyway, risking not only my health, but other people's? Do I want to travel to a place, where the main reason for travelling there is to visit something that will be closed (such as Tulum, or Chichen Itza)? We can't predict the future, so there's no point in trying to figure out what to do, until the time actually comes to do it. This is the world we currently live in, and I'm lucky enough to not be having to rush through anything with a time limit.

But back to the original question. What do I expect from Mexico? Well, I'm expecting a huge country, with so many different regions and cultures to explore. You have the Carribbean region of the Yucatan, the jungles of Chiapas, the surf beaches of the Pacific coastline, the Gulf Coast, the huge metropolis of Mexico City, the highlands around it and the desert regions of the north. I'll be wanting to explore all of that. I'm expecting each region to be completely different to the next, from the food, to the people, to the history. But I'm also expecting for things not to be like they usually are, and I'm not expecting anything to change soon.

All I know is that I'm going to make the most of each day spent wherever I end up spending it. I also know that I would take a local experience over visiting any tourist sight anyday. So if it comes to that, so be it. We all live on this world together, and together we will cope with the current pandemic. And I'm more than happy to do that amongst the locals!

Posted by thelonewolf 14:55 Archived in Mexico

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