Izta-Popo National Park: A One Day Volcano Hike in Mexico City

If you want to hike in Mexico City, Izta-Popo National Park is one of the absolute best options. Daniel and went on a day trip from Mexico City, and it was so easy to get to. Add some fresh air on a hike in Mexico City to your itinerary with this guide to hiking Izta-Popo National Park!



The Stats: Izta-Popo Hike in Mexico City

Distance from Mexico City: 1.5 hours by bus

Hike Time: 6 – 8 hours

Hiking Distance: 20k / 12.4 miles

Altitude: Start at 11,105 ft and climb to 13,047 ft



Total Cost

I was going to say this is super cheap hike in Mexico City, but after adding up the expenses I’m kind of surprised. Almost all of our costs were spent on transportation.

We spent 120 pesos round trip on the Uber ride to and from the bus station, 70 pesos each for the round trip bus tickets from Mexico City to Amecameca, 400 pesos round trip for the taxis to and from Paso de Cortez (250 on the way up, and 150 on the way down) and 35 pesos each to enter the National Park. We packed our own food and water for a picnic lunch.

In total, the price for the Izta-Popo National Park hike in Mexico City was 730 pesos for two people ($39 usd). If you have a car, though, you can cut costs almost to zero.



Getting There

Getting to Izta-Popo National Park from Mexico City is really easy. First, take a taxi, uber, or metro to the TAPO bus station. From here, look for the “Volcanes” bus line sign. It’s easy to spot, and once you do just walk through the room to their ticket station.

We paid 35 pesos each for our ticket, and hopped on the next bus to Amecameca. They leave multiple times an hour, so don’t worry about scheduling.

Try to go as early as you can. There’s a couple reasons I recommend this. First, the ride out only took an hour because there was zero traffic, which was nice because it took about 1.5 hours on the way back to Mexico City.

Also, we were on the 6:40 am bus so we got to see a beautiful sunrise over the mountains as we drove… definitely makes the ride more enjoyable!

Finally, we had super clear skies and amazing views all morning. Then, just like everywhere else in Mexico City, the smog and haze rolled in and majorly obstructed Popo Volcano. Clouds usually gather in the afternoons to hide the peak of Izta too, and she was almost completely out of sight by noon.

Because these two volcanos are the main attractions of Izta-Popo National Park, there’s really no point in planning this as an afternoon trip. If you can’t go early, it’s probably not worth visiting unfortunately. But if you can…. do it! The views are really unforgettable on a clear and crisp morning.



What to Pack

Definitely DO NOT forget sunscreen! At this high altitude it’s easy to get burned, as Daniel and I unfortunately found out. Also, there’s nowhere to get food and water after Paso de Cortez, (except possibly a small market stall at La Joya) so pack lots of snacks and two bottles of water per person.

Finally, layer up. I started in a fleece jacket, then switched to a light cardigan, and finally completed the hike in just a t-shirt. Temperatures change quickly in the shade and sun on mountains, so be prepared with warm and cool clothes.



Where to Hike

Once you arrive in Amecameca, turn left out of the bus station and walk down the street to the main square. Here you’ll see a line of taxis, and you can grab the first one.

Negotiate with the driver on a price to Paso de Cortez, the entrance to Izta-Popo National Park. It’s about 30 minutes away from Amecameca, so expect to pay between 150 to 300 pesos. We paid 250 for our ride up.

As you leave the town and start to climb in the mountains, the air gets colder and the landscape changes from houses and businesses to forested roads and mountain views.

Once you arrive at Paso de Cortez you can buy your entrance band at the small park office and start your hike.



Paso de Cortez Round Trip – 12.5 Miles

You really have two different options for the Izta-Popo hike in Mexico City, depending on how much you want to trek. We did the Paso de Cortez roundtrip hike, and it was long.

It’s mostly on a dirt road, and some cars will pass from time to time. The hike is 6.2 miles from Paso de Cortez to La Joya.  During the hike we had the road almost to ourselves most of the time, watched Popo Volcano erupt (twice!), and had beautiful views of Izta Volcano.

The signs pointing to La Joya are very obvious and easy to follow. There were also side trails to a secluded rest station with picnic tables where we stopped for an early lunch, and others that leave the main road and branch into the prairies on the mountainsides.

We left Paso de Cortez around 8:45am and reached La Joya at 11:15 (with lots of breaks, picture stops, and lunch in between). The whole hike so far had been easy, flat, or just gradually uphill. Once you get to La Joya, that changes.



At La Joya there is a parking lot where a lot of people opt to start their trek instead. This is where you can finally step foot on the Izta Volcano. The main trail veers upwards, and it’s a steep climb. It does even out eventually, but the high altitude and uphill battle mean it’s definitely not easy. We only climbed on Izta for about short amount of time.

After abut 15 minutes, we saw a small path that left the main one and went right. We climbed it and emerged on the ridge to the most amazing views of Izta behind us, Popo to the left, and the sweeping valley and city laid out to our right. Seriously amazing photo op.

From there, we decided to turn around because we still had a LONG way back to Paso de Cortez. We started the trek down, walked past La Joya, and continued the 6.2 miles back to Paso de Cortez.

With two miles left (we had walked 11.5 in total at this point) a taxi driver passed us. He was headed back to Amecameca from dropping a passenger at La Joya, and we happily flagged him down. It was only 150 pesos to get us back to Paso de Cortez and then all the way down to Amecameca bus station.

If a taxi doesn’t pass you (I wouldn’t count on the good luck) you can wait at Paso de Cortez for one. They come to drop of tourists fairly often and it shouldn’t be a problem finding one for the way back.



La Joya to Paso de Cortez One Way – 7 Miles

After our experience, I had another idea for a great way to see the Izta-Popo National Park hike in Mexico City. This option gives you a chance to see the awesome landscape without having to hike all 12.5 miles of Paso de Cortez to La Joya and back.

If you want to cut your hike to 7 miles, have your taxi driver take you from Amecameca all the way to La Joya. You can start your hike here and climb up Izta for a bit, and then turn around and hike down to Paso de Cortez. You’ll see all the gorgeous views we did, without having to back track or repeat upon yourself.

The total trek distance would be a mile or two up and down Izta from La Joya, and then 6.2 miles from La Joya to Paso de Cortez. Definitely a good option to consider!



Hiking Izta-Popo National Park in Mexico City

A trek in Izta-Popo National Park is a great one day hike in Mexico City. It’s easy to access, the trails are extremely well maintained, and the views are truly stunning. You can hike on Izta Volcano herself, and watch Popo erupt multiple times from afar. You can even bring some camping gear and spend a night or two here… I bet the starry nights would be beautiful.

I highly recommend a trip to Izta-Popo National Park the next time you need some fresh air and an escape from the city!

All my love,

PS want to challenge yourself to reach the peak of Izta Volcano? Check out this guide on Summit Post to learn more about the permits, timing, and where to sleep in the park.





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8 Things to Do in Chapultepec Park

Did you know Chapultepec Park in Mexico City is the largest park in Latin America? Spanning over 1,600 acres, it’s an oasis of greenery and an escape from the bustling city outside it. However, Chapultepec isn’t your usual park, and there’s MUCH more to it than just some trees and jogging trails. Here are eight awesome things to do in Chapultepec Park on your next visit.


1. Enjoy the View at Castillo de Chapultepec



This is the best thing to do in Chapultepec Park, and you should definitely prioritize it. Entrance to the castle costs 70 pesos per person and is so worth the money.

We started our day walking up the winding road to the top of “Grasshopper Hill” where the castle sits. Once there, we explored the gardens and took in the beautiful panoramic view of Mexico City. On a sunny day, it’s really stunning.



There’s also a museum explaining the history of the castle, and lots of totally ornate and over the top bedrooms, bathrooms, and sitting rooms you can check out. We spent about two hours here, but if you’re a huge history buff you’ll definitely want to stay longer.


2. See the Giant Pandas!

I looooooove pandas! It’s been my dream for years to see them live, and despite all the traveling I do I’ve actually never gotten to see one. Because of that, I was so excited when I found out there are two at the Chapultepec Zoo, and that the zoo is free! This was second on our list of things to do in Chapultepec Park, and was about a 20-minute walk from the castle.



Two pandas were gifted to Mexico City from China in the 70’s, and the two living at the park today are their surviving offspring. They were just laying and chilling and doing super cute panda stuff while we were there and I loved it! The zoo also has tons of other animals and exhibits, but it was so crowded when we went that we decided to just see the pandas and call it a day.


3. Chill at the Lake

Bring a blanket and a good book to Chapultepec Park, and you’ll be set for the day. After walking all around the castle and the zoo, I was ready to relax. There’s a large lake on one side of the road where you can rent boats to ride around in, and a smaller lake that has green space and trees around it. We plopped down in a shady spot and spent Sunday doing what Sundays are for… nothing 🙂


4. Explore the Market

I’m not sure whether or not the market is open all week, but it was definitely poppin’ on the weekend. Tons of vendors had stalls set up selling food, snacks, ice cream, treats, souvenirs, and toys. It honestly felt like the road never ended. Anything you want to buy… it’s here.


5. Eat Lunch

I had the best meal at Chapultepec Park, and it was so cheap! Near the zoo entrance and market there is a road with a bunch of small restaurant stands on it.

I ordered chicken milanese, which was a HUGE piece of fried chicken, rice, a salad, french fries, and tortillas for only 75 pesos. Pretty much everyone around us was eating something different, and literally everything looked and smelled amazing. I don’t think you can go wrong with the Mexican food at Chapultepec Park.



6. Visit a Museum

There’s a museum in Chapultepec Park for every taste. There’s a Museo Tamayo featuring contemporary art, the Museum of Modern Art (free on Sundays), the National Museum of Anthropology (the most visited museum in Mexico City), the National History Museum (located in Castillo de Chapultepec) and others.

We visited the Casa de Lago Cultural Center, located on in a beautiful lake house with an interesting gallery inside. If you’re an art lover, you may need to consider making more than one trip to Chapultepec Park just to see it all.


7. Ride a Roller Coaster

This park is so big, there’s an entire theme park in it! We didn’t visit it, but La Feria Chapultepec Magico is a great thing to do in Chapultepec Park if you have kids. Day passes are 200 pesos per person (you can get them for 180 online), and the park has food, drinks, and over 40 different rides and attractions to check out.


8. Chill in the Hammock Zone

This is seriously such a good idea, I don’t know why more parks don’t implement it. There’s a hammock zone in Chapultepec Park with poles set up just to hang a hammock on and relax. There are some already there that you can use if they’re not already taken, or you can bring your own to enjoy. Definitely won’t be forgetting mine next time we go!



Honestly, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are a million more things to do in Chapultepec Park, like ride a bike, practice yoga, meditate, climb a tree, go for a run, ride the carousel, take a nap, the list goes on and on. If you’re only in Mexico City for a short visit, you should definitely prioritize the park as a must-see while you’re here!

All my love,


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Tepoztlan Day Trip From Mexico City – Ruins, Views, Markets & More!

The Tepoztlan day trip from Mexico City combines hiking, ruins, views, markets, and food all into one perfectly packaged escape just 1.5 hours from the city. If you want to head out to Tepoztlan for the day, here’s how you should do it, what it will cost, and everything you need to see!



How to Get to Tepoztlan

The best way to start your Tepoztlan day trip from Mexico City is to take a bus from Terminal Tazqueno. Once there, buy your tickets at the OCC counter. They have busses leaving to Tepoztlan multiple times an hour, and a one-way ticket will run you 130 pesos each.

The trip out is supposed to take an hour and 20 minutes. We hit traffic from a few accidents and ours ended up being closer to two hours, but I don’t think it’s very common. Once we arrived in Tepoztlan, we were dropped off at the gas station/ticket office and had to walk a mile to get to the center. It’s on a nice path along the road though and it really wasn’t too bad.


Tepoztlan Day Trip: What To Do

We didn’t know it, but we actually arrived in Tepoztlan during their Carnival celebration! The streets were shut down, and everyone (and I mean everyone) had a beer or a mojito in their hands. Music was blasting, bands were playing, and the vibe was super fun.


Visit the Market

I know we just got lucky, and you probably won’t be in Tepoztlan for Carnival. However, the town is still really cute with small churches, the main square, and a large artisanal market set up year round. Buy the traditional clay mugs, different handicrafts, and of course my favorite… street food! We ate giant bbq chicken kebabs, strange patty things (I have no idea what was in them), and corn on the cob, but seriously everything looked really good.



Check out the Convent

This beautiful convent is worth checking out because entrance is free from 11 am to 5 pm. The green space outside is nice, and the inner courtyard had stunning arches painted with intricate designs. Everything was written in Spanish so I don’t know too much about the convent, but it’s still a nice place to stop by for a few minutes.


Hike to the Tepozteco Ruins

This is the main reason why people take a day trip to Tepoztlan. The Tepozteco Pyramid sits on top of a mountain, and while the ruins themselves aren’t super impressive, the view definitely is.

To hike to the ruins, all you have to do is walk down the main road of the town and just… keep walking. The road will turn into a staircase which then turns into a trail. The hike is pretty steep and straight uphill. It’s also CROWDED! Obviously, some of that was due to Carnival, but I still recommend going on a weekday or early morning to avoid the masses.



If you’re looking for a peaceful experience, this is not for you. You won’t be “one with nature” at all (but you’ll definitely be one with the family of eight that you just. can’t. pass.) Honestly, the crowds kind of made the trek up feel more like a chore than something I had willingly chosen to do, but it was worth the climb in the end.

It took us about an hour and 15 minutes to get to the top. I wore leggings and boots, but lots of people were hiking in dresses, sandals, and even high heels, drinking beers as they went. It was not an easy climb at all (remember, even though it may not feel like it you ARE at high altitude in Mexico City) so definitely go slow and take your time… my legs are still sore two days later!



One we finally reached the summit, the views were absolutely phenomenal. You have to buy a ticket at the top to see the pyramid, but also just to see the view (lame, I know). The tickets cost 55 pesos each and let you go down to the overlook and hike up to (and on to) the Tepozteco Pyramid.

After about 20 minutes, we headed back the way we came. I bought a fresh strawberry popsicle from a vendor on the trail, and the way down was just a little easier and more enjoyable than the trek up 🙂



Getting Back to Mexico City

We spent about six hours total in Tepoztlan, exploring the market, climbing to the pyramid, and eating lunch.

After our Tepoztlan day trip, getting back to Mexico City was easy. Just walk back to the gas station and you can buy a ticket there for the next bus. The price 130 pesos per person again, and though they do seem to go back to Mexico City less often than they were coming out, we still only had to wait 30 minutes for the next bus.


The Tepoztlan day trip from Mexico City is a really great escape. It’s not too far away and the small town feel, vibrant market, and amazing views from the Tepozteca Temple were definitely worth the trip. I hope this guide helps you make the trip, and if you enjoy it or have any suggestions to add to the to-do list, please comment below!

All my love,

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The Colorful and Crazy World of Wrestling in Mexico City

Wrestling in Mexico City isn’t just an event, it’s a lifestyle. The Lucha Libre (literally “free fight”) shows are a totally unique experience, and the stars are well known around the country. I’ve been living in Mexico for almost six weeks now, and the wrestling in Mexico City is definitely one of my favorite experiences in the country so far.

If you love spandex, screaming, and total disconnect from the real world, I HIGHLY recommend adding Lucha Libre to your Mexico to-do list. Here’s everything you need to know to attend the show!


Wrestling Match in Arena Mexico


The Essentials

Where: Arena Mexico

When: Friday night shows start at 8:30 pm. You can also go most Sundays at 5 pm, and sometimes on weekdays as well. See the full schedule here.

Length: Two hours

Buying Tickets: You can buy tickets all the way up until the show starts. We opted to go early and buy at the box office to avoid the lines later. Afterwards, we walked to the Zona Rosa district for dinner (about a mile away) and then back for the show. Tickets cost 100 pesos for the cheapest seats and go up to 420 pesos for the front row. We bought seats in row 11 for 220 pesos each.

On top of the entrance cost, we also bought beers at the show. You can get a massive cup with two Coronas in it for 80 pesos, and lots of other snacks like chips, nachos, and even ramen noodles were all cheap.

Also, DON’T FORGET to buy a mask before the show! There are a lot of vendors outside the stadium selling them for anywhere from 40 to 250 pesos each. Daniel and I couldn’t resist and each bought one. I wore it for the whole show, and now have my Halloween costume for this year ready to go 🙂


Lucha Libre wrestlers in the ring in Mexico City


WTH goes on at a Lucha Libre Show??

Every Friday night show follows this basic outline. The first fight is a 2 vs. 2 match, where one team is “evil” and one team is “good.”

When I was watching the first one, I was like… oh no. Is this something that the internet totally overhyped but actually sucks?? The acting was terrible and no one was really into it.

However, I quickly realized the night starts with the amateurs and new luchadores (wrestlers) who are trying to make it big, so don’t judge the Lucha Libre experience too soon.

Next came the girls. This 3 vs. 3 match was definitely one of my favorites. The Lucha Libre shows should really let the girls do more. They were already way better actors, and they threw each other around, slapped, punched, and pulled hair as we cheered along.

It was really weird because it’s obviously fake, but everyone in Arena Mexico agrees to suspend disbelief and pretend it’s all really happening, which makes for a seriously entertaining atmosphere.

The show continued with seven more matches after the girls. In some, the good guys win, and in others the bad guys do. As the night went on, the audience and the luchadores got crazier and crazier. I promise by the end you will know their names, have your favorites, and be on your feet screaming with the rest of ’em.

One wrestler threw another into the audience, and beat him up in a chair two rows in front of us. Another grabbed a beer from a guy in the front row and threw it all over the other team. A third was held down and unmasked, running from the ring in shame.

Mystico, a major star, came out in an all gold outfit and stole the show, while Marco flaunted his abs in a speedo. Shocker wore a shirt stating he was “1000% Guapo” (agree to disagree there) and another luchador had the audience doing his raise the roof catchphrase after every crazy move.


Luchador punching another in the audience


Wrestling in Mexico City

Free up your Friday and make plans to go to a Lucha Libre show. One of my favorite things about traveling is experiencing things that you can’t anywhere else, and wrestling in Mexico City is definitely one of them. It’s a cultural staple, and I honestly think it’s right up there with seeing a soccer game in Barcelona or a Broadway show in New York City. The shows are incredibly unique and seriously fun from start to finish.

Have a few beers, relax, and let the colorful and crazy world of wrestling in Mexico City consume you for a few hours. It will definitely be a night you’ll never forget!

All my love,



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Lima vs. Mexico City: Which Should You Visit?

Are you trying to decide between Lima and Mexico City? I spent one month in each, living and working as a digital nomad. In the end, I got to know both cities pretty well. If you’re debating which one you want to visit, here’s my ultimate showdown of Lima vs. Mexico City to help you decide.



Both Mexico City and Lima are considered food capitals of the world. However, Lima edges out Mexico City just a bit because they have three of the Top 50 Restaurants Best Restaurants in 2017, as well as Chef’s Choice Award for Best Chef. Mexico City only has two.

However, I think you already know who’s going to win this round. Mexico has one of the best cuisines in the world. Tacos, burritos, sopes, enchiladas, quesadillas, and more are all super cheap and soo delicious. By contrast, Peruvian food is definitely not as good. It’s mostly fish, chicken, beef, rice, and beans.

If you love high-end restaurants, you will prefer Peru, but if you’re a backpacker, budget, or long-term traveler like me, Mexico City food wins hands-down.

Lima vs. Mexico City Food Winner: Mexico City




Craft beer in Mexico City is amazing, and we tried a lot of different breweries. Even most restaurants in the city will have a few options to try outside of the usual Corona or Negro Modelo. In Lima, the brewery scene is definitely picking up steam as well. We visited the Barranco Beer Co, Brewpub Wicks (which I loved and definitely recommend) and had craft brews at a few other places. In both cities, there’s a lot of great beer to try.

As far as nightlife goes, I think they’re tied. Personally I prefer Zona Rosa in Mexico City to Miraflores in Lima, but both have tons of bars and clubs, are walkable, and you can find honestly anything that you’re looking for. If you’re big into nightlife, capital cities are usually the place to be, and neither of these disappoint. For me, it’s a definite tie.

Lima vs. Mexico City Nightlife: Tie


Day Trips

This one is a no-brainer. The day trip options in Lima we’re pretty sparse. There’s a waterfall you can hike to, and the Caral Ruins, but that’s about it. The beaches can be nice in high-season (Dec – April) but if you go any other time it’s gray and cloudy pretty much every day. During our month in Lima the only weekend trip we took was to the Islas Ballestas and Huacachina Oasis. However, they are four and five hours from Lima by bus and not suitable for just a day trip.

Mexico City, on the other hand, has so many choices. In one month here I definitely can’t even check off all I want to do (always a good problem to have). There’s the beautiful colonial town of Taxco, the traditional puebla of Tepoztlan, ruins of the Cholula and Teotihuacan pyramids, national parks and hiking, the list goes on and on and on. This category isn’t even close

Lima vs. Mexico City Day Trip Winner: Mexico City



Nature and Hiking

In Mexico City, there are multiple national parks for hiking nearby, including one fully within the city limits. My favorite was our hike in Itza-Popo national park about an hour from the city, where you can trek at high altitude and see the still erupting Popo volcano. We also visited the massive Central Park-like green space called Chapultepec Park, which has so much to do you can easily spend an entire day there and not see it all.

In Lima, there is no central park area, and no national parks nearby for hiking. The closest we got to nature was the wildlife at the Islas Ballestas. Lima is a stark contrast to the rest of Peru where stunning and unique hiking is available at almost every turn.

Lima vs. Mexico City Nature and Hiking Winner: Mexico City



Ease of Transport

The traffic in Lima is HORRIBLE. We would regularly get stuck in our Uber for an hour or more, going at an almost standstill pace. The traffic in Mexico City is a little less bad, and we’re not stuck in traffic jams as often for sure.  Mexico City and Lima also both have metros, but the one in Mexico City is a bit more extensive. Ubers are cheap in both cities.

Lima vs. Mexico City Ease of Transport Winner: Mexico City

Things To Do in the City

There is so much to do in Mexico City! Even for digital nomads just looking for evening activities in Mexico City, there are plenty of options. Visit the gorgeous Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Lucha Libre wrestling matches, soccer games, major Catholic historical sites, the ballet, cooking classes, craft beer breweries, the list is endless.

In Lima, there wasn’t as much to do. For sure, Barranco in Lima is an amazing area, but the Coyoacan neighborhood in Mexico City easily rivals it. Mexico City has the biggest park in Latin America with a free zoo with giant pandas, a castle, and skyline views. In Lima, green space was hard to come by. You can find cooking classes and churches in Lima too, but nothing rivals a night at a Lucha Libre event. I know they are both massive cities, but for me, I’m having WAY more fun in Mexico City.

Lima vs. Mexico City Things To Do Winner: Mexico City


utra modern book shelves at biblioteca vasconcelos


Cost of Living

This category is pretty close. Our apartment was almost the exact same price in each city, about $575 a month, but in Lima that got us a studio, and in Mexico City we have a nicer two-bedroom apartment.

Groceries and drinks were also a little more expensive in Lima than they are in Mexico City, I think mostly because we can shop at a Walmart here and there are more options available. I don’t have a definitive write up with my monthly budget in each city, but just anecdotally, for me, Mexico City seems just a bit cheaper to live in than Lima… but it’s so close I’m going to call it a tie.

Lima vs. Mexico City Cost of Living Winner: Tie


Day to Day Life

Are you a digital nomad? In that case you’ll be interested in the day-to-day life outside of tourism. For sure, internet is better in Mexico than in Peru, and we have better and faster access here in Mexico City than we did in Lima.

Groceries are also cheaper in Mexico City. We can shop at Walmart which has tons of American stuff that wasn’t as easy to come by in Lima. In Peru, the supermarkets were more expensive and definitely had less options.

Finally, the smog. Ew. The pollution in Lima is terrible, and a gray haze hung over the city at almost all times. It’s the most polluted city in Latin America, which was very clear while we were there. Mexico City is also very polluted, but not as bad as Lima. Taking these three factors into account, for digital nomads Mexico City is better.

Lima vs. Mexico City Day to day life Winner:  Mexico City



And the Winner in Lima vs. Mexico City is…

Well, this is embarrassing for Lima. The city didn’t win a SINGLE round, and only tied two. The final count has Mexico City winning six categories, and Lima winning zero. Yikes.

I think you can definitely tell which city I prefer. Mexico City has better food, more to do, and easy access to day trips and national parks. If you’re debating between the two, I’d choose Mexico City hands down!

All my love,

PS Now that you know which city to visit, plan your trip with my Mexico guides 🙂

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The Complete Guide to Playa del Carmen Coworking Spaces

The rise of remote working has also lead to a massive rise in coworking spaces in the past few years. I’ve worked from home for the past year and a half, so I know sometimes you can go crazy sitting in your house all day. Daniel and I are living in Playa del Carmen for one month, so we decided to try out the four Playa del Carmen coworking spaces in the area. Here’s my review of each (and how you can get a free day pass to them!)


Nest Coworking

Location: Avenida 10 Mza 31 Lote 6, Col. Centro Between 12th and 14th streets
Cost: $15 per day, $75 week, or $250 per month. You can also buy a 4 hour pass for $7
Website: www.coworkingnest.com
Free 1 Day Pass: Click Here!
Fast and no problems. They have a bit of a complicated set up that requires getting a personal login and code to access it, but it only took a couple minutes.
Vibe: I really liked the vibe here. It is open with high ceilings and large spaces. There were about 10 people there when we arrived in the morning, and it felt lively without being too crowded.


Nest Coworking outdoor space


If you book one day here, you receive free coffee and tea, as well as some small snacks like cereal and milk. You also get 10 copies from their printer and use of lockers.

If you book one week, you get 50 copies as well as 1 hour of use in the boardroom and 20% off classes they offer.

Finally, if you book one month you receive discounts to local events and tours, a local mailing address to receive packages, 100 copies, 5 hours of boardroom use and 20% off conference room costs. The weekly and monthly plans come with 24/7 access to the space.

Most Comfortable Playa del Carmen Coworking Space

This space was cool because it had multiple different areas. The downstairs was the common area that is more relaxed, with tables, couches, and even a counter to use as a standing desk, as well as plenty of outlets.

Second was the outdoor courtyard. It had a table, comfortable chairs, and even a hammock to chill in. It was quiet and nice to be able to write while also enjoying the fresh air.

Finally there was the upstairs area. It was for focused work and it’s a quiet space without talking or phone calls. There were even private cubicles for serious seclusion, as well as private large offices with monitors that you can rent out for $25/hour. For large meetings they also have conference rooms you can rent for the same price.

I give this place 5 stars! We used it for a day and loved it. The location is in the heart of Playa del Carmen’s downtown area, and it’s easy to walk from here to the beach or restaurants after work. Definitely check it out if you’re in the area.



Location: Avenida Aviación, between av 50 and av 10, Calle 7 south, Mza 29, lot
4, Fracc 26, local 1., Playacar phase II
Cost: $13 for a day, $67 for a week, and $241 per month. You can also pay hourly for $2.50/hr.
Website: www.coworkinplaya.com
Free One Day Pass: Click here!
Wifi: Fast, we had zero problems with it.
Vibe: Definitely more serious than Nest. It was quiet and felt like an office more than a community space.


Shared space at Cowork In


The Cowork-In space was small, but had everything we needed. There are two large tables and counters to work at in the main room, couches, a small patio out front, standing desks, and private offices and a conference room. As long as the offices or conference room aren’t scheduled and taken, you can use them for calls. With the daily rates listed above though, free/guaranteed use of the offices isn’t included and requires a higher payment. The weekly rate includes an hour use of the conference room, and the monthly rate includes five hours of scheduled use. All of them include copies as well.

We also liked the kitchen and free coffee and cookies here. It felt very focused and is definitely designed to bring out the productive part of you (no matter how small that may be haha).

Perfect for Workers Staying in Playacar

Some benefits of the Cowork-In space is that it is close to the popular Playacar Community, and the monthly plan comes with 24/7 access to the space.

Some things I didn’t like were that it is small, so there’s less of a variety of spaces to choose from like we had at Nest, and is also farther away from the downtown area. To get to the shops, restaurants, and beaches of Playa del Carmen, you will need to take a taxi. There were also some loud planes overhead at times because it’s near the airport.

The Cowork-in space was good. Of the four Playa del Carmen coworking spaces, this one is ideal for people staying Playacar, or for those who want a quiet, serious, and focused workplace away from the distractions of downtown Playa del Carmen.


Work Zone

Location: Av. Colosio # 459, Mz 1 Lte 46, Santa Fe, Playa del Carmen
Cost: $11/day, $54/week, and $135/month. You can also get a 3 days/week plan for $81/month. This is the most budget friendly option by far.
Website: www.oficinascompartidas.com
Free Day Pass: Click here!
Wifi: The wifi went out a few times in the morning, but then we had no issues for the rest of the day. I’m not sure if it was a one time thing or not.
Vibe: My favorite so far! The owner was extremely welcoming, and I could tell that a lot of the people working there got to know each other and became friends. It was really relaxed.


Work Zone Coworking common space


Work Zone is built into a house. So, it has a back yard with hammocks and tables, private office and conference room, a big kitchen, some shared spaces, and even a chill room upstairs with a TV and Wii. They also have a closet full of games and a ping pong table to take a break with.

The location is outside of the main downtown area, but easy to take a taxi to. I liked how flexible and friendly the owner was. You can get a 3/day per week pass, you can come in late at night, basically I get the feeling that whatever kind of schedule you’re looking for, he would be happy to help you make it happen.

Most Social Playa del Carmen Coworking Space

My favorite part of Work Zone is the relaxed vibe. If you want to use a coworking space for business, but also to make connections and friends in the area, this is the one for you. There was also a cute little coffee truck just a few steps away from the space.

My least favorite part of Work Zone was the wifi issues we had in the morning, although the place was packed and everyone seemed to be regulars, so I’m inclined to believe thats not a normal occurrence.

All in all, I really liked Work Zone, and out of the four Playa del Carmen coworking spaces, it’s one of my favorites because of the social aspect. The price is good, and the community vibe was nice. Recommended!


Altus Business and Coworking

Location: Av. C.T.M 20, Luis Donaldo Colosio, 77728 Playa del Carmen, Q.R.
Cost: $15/day, $150 for two weeks, and $235 per month.
Website: www.altusmx.com
Free Tour (no day passes here): Click here!
Wifi: I didn’t use it, but based on the quality of the space my guess is that the wifi is great too.
Vibe: Without a doubt the nicest and most professional of the four spaces. This one looks like a high end office in the US.


office space at altus business and coworking in playa del carmen


Altus is pretty cool. It’s definitely the nicest of the four Playa del Carmen coworking spaces. This one is good for people who seriously need to get work DONE, and who want a nice office space to meet clients in. I only took the tour and did not work here, but when I was there it was very quiet. Some people were working in the private offices, but no one was in the shared work space.

I talked to one man who has been renting an office here for nine months and he said he loves it because the location is great (right in downtown Playa del Carmen) but he can also always find a parking spots. That’s something I hadn’t even considered for the others. Another plus is that this space is next door to a super hip vegan restaurant that looks delicious based on the crowds inside.

The cost for Altus Business and Coworking is $15/day, $150 for two weeks, and $235 per month. These prices are just for the shared space though, and come with various amounts of copies, the weekly and monthly come with a few hours in the conference room as well.

For a private office, the cost is $600/month and comes with seven hours in the conference room. This seems to be the most popular choice here at Altus. There are two sizes of offices, with the larger one going for $800/month. Both offices come with a key and 24/7 access to the space.

Most Professional Playa del Carmen Coworking Space

I only toured Altus and didn’t spend a day working here, but my impression is that Altus is for the most serious coworker. There’s no camaraderie or community here, it’s for quiet, focused work in private offices. If I was just getting a day or week pass, I would probably choose a different space with a more relaxed vibe and more people around, but if you’re looking for something long term and have the finances to splurge on a private office, this is definitely the best choice.


Are you thinking about coworking on Mexico’s beautiful beaches? If so, these four Playa del Carmen coworking spaces are all great options, and the one you choose just really depends on your budget, work style, and personality. I hope my reviews help make your decision a little easier! If you’ve worked at and love one of the four, please comment below cause I’d love to hear your opinion 🙂

All my love,



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