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Average Costs

The daily total includes all lodging, food, booze, transportation, sightseeing, visas, etc. I don't include the money I spend on gifts for friends and I do not include the flight price.

Being Vegetarian in Mexico

Spanish Vegetarian Phrases

Language Meaning Phrase / Pronunciation


chicken stock / bouillon
(also caldo de pollo)
consome de pollo
cohn-soh-meh deh poi-yo

Does this have animal products? Esto tiene productos de animales?
eh-stoh tyeh-neh proh-dook-tohs deh ah-nee-mah-lehs?

Does this have chicken stock? Tiene caldo de pollo?
tyeh-neh cahl-doh deh poi-yo?

I am vegetarian soy vegetarian(a fem.)(o male)
soy ve-he-TAH-ree-YAH-nah

I don't eat meat, chicken, or fish no como carne, pollo o pescado 

Is this made with water or chicken stock?
(handy for asking about the gallo pinto)
Está hecho con agua o caldo de pollo? 

no meat, no chicken, no fish ni carne, ni pollo, ni pescado
nee CAR-ne, nee POY-o, nee pes-CA-do

with vegetables instead of mean (chicken), please con verduras en lugar de carne (pollo) por favor 

Useful Local Phrases for Mexico

Language Meaning Phrase / Pronunciation


health / Cheers! salud

pure life / Cheers!
(means; Pure Life)
(Costa Rica)
pura vida
POO-rah VEE-dah

excuse me
(to get someone's attention)
desculpe me 

excuse me
(to get by)
con permiso 

goodbye adiós 

hello hola 

please gracias 

please por favor 

sorry perdon

Where is the bathroom? ¿Dónde está el baño? 

with pleasure (you're welcome)
(Costa Rica)
con gusto 

a cacao and blue corn drink
(full of antioxidants)

a light rain, like mist
(literally cat’s hair)
(Costa Rica)
pelo de gato
PEH-lo deh GAH-toh

awesome, con todo, all great
(Cachete is literally a cheek, but locals use the phrase “a cachete” to define that something is good or doing good. For example, if you ask your friend how things are doing on his business, the response can be “Mae, a cachete” meaning that everything is going great. Sort of like "all good".)
(Costa Rica)
a cachete
ah cah-CHEH-teh

(Costa Rica)

Do you have ...? ¿Tiene ...? 

do you speak English? ¿habla Inglés? 

(it's acceptable to use this in every other sentence. LOL)
(Costa Rica)

giddy up
(use it slangly like you do in English for "let's go" or "get going")

good morning, good afternoon, good evening buenos días, buenas tardes, buenas noches 

hangover resaca 

(resaca is the common word for hangover)
(Costa Rica)

How are you? Good, thank you. ¿Cómo está? Bien, gracias. 

I don't understand no entiendo 

I need ... (a ticket, a hotel, help) necesito ... (un boleto, un hotel, ayuda) 

I would like .... Me gustaría .... 

Is there ...? No, there isn't .... Hay ...? No, no hay .... 

it doesn't work no funciona 

last drink of the night, although there are usually multiple last drinks
(Costa Rica)

outdoor gazebo or pavilion
(Costa Rica)

(short for por favor, use in informal conversation)

see you later hasta luego 

the check la cuenta 


Same as most countries where the default is instant coffee. You can ask for milk and you might get it.

What to Wear

This certainly varies all over Mexico. On the beaches of the Mayan Riviera, you can wear almost whatever you want. But in Mexico City, you will find the local women all wearing jeans, t-shirts or blouses, and tennis shoes. I felt comfortable in a knee-length skirt and was okay in my above-the-knee dress but barely. The only shoe I brought was a pair of Tevas but I certainly looked like a tourist in them!

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Articles & Adventures

Helpful information and fun adventures!

Blog Entries

More of a personal nature, my un-related diary-like (hmmm or blog-like?) daily thoughts and activities; the things that don't warrant their own article/adventure post.