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2 Weeks in Mexico... what to take?!?

 
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Feb 10, 2012 17:02 |  #31

I took the a fair amount of kit with me travelling the Yucatan from the beach at Tulum to the sites at Coba, Uxmal and Chitzen Itza, to the colonial town of Merida, and ending up in Mexico City / Teotihucan.

The least used were my tripod (not allowed on archaeological sites) and my 15mm fisheye (can't use tripod, so can't take the 9 or 27 shots required for a VR).

The most used lens was my 70-200mm, fantastic for detail and people shots.

But I would have regretted not having any of my other lenses with me (15 fisheye, 16-35, 100 macro, 24 ts-e, 70-200 and 1.4x tc). I actually regretted not taking my 24-105, as I missed the IS for internal shots and low light shots, especially with the tripod being not allowed nearly anywhere in Mexico.

If I were you, I would not even think about leaving anything behind. You may struggle a little with the lack of wide angle (24mm on 600D is not wide at all), especially with the scale of the Mayan sites.


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Feb 10, 2012 17:06 |  #32

We were in Cancun in December, weather was perfect - 85 during the day and low 70's at night, always a nice off-shore breeze, and no humidity to speak of. Everyone we met no matter where we went was very friendly and treated us with nothing but respect. Some of the locals we met even went out of their way to make sure we had a good time and saw the more important stuff and went to the safer stores were and what to watch out for in town. I took my 40D and 50D and 3 lenses, filters, etc. With all we went to see one lens wouldn't have cut it, two might have, but as others have said, it's too nice a trip to not have options.


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Feb 10, 2012 17:30 |  #33

tolyD wrote in post #13864491 (external link)
Oh and make sure you drink bottled water only.

No joke, the water quality in Central America is not an urban legend. I have been there several times. Drank out of a tap one day after a long hike in Costa Rica because I was parched. Was sick for weeks when I got home, couldn't keep anything in my stomach. Never again. Sealed water bottle or can of coca cola only.


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Feb 10, 2012 17:39 |  #34

Billginthekeys wrote in post #13864688 (external link)
No joke, the water quality in Central America is not an urban legend. I have been there several times. Drank out of a tap one day after a long hike in Costa Rica because I was parched. Was sick for weeks when I got home, couldn't keep anything in my stomach. Never again. Sealed water bottle or can of coca cola only.

yep i feel you man, i had the same experience :(


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Feb 10, 2012 18:39 |  #35

Body armor

Have you seen this?

U.S. extends travel warning to Mexico over violence

http://www.reuters.com …mesticNews&rpc=​22&sp=true (external link)

be careful




  
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Feb 10, 2012 19:25 |  #36

Take an Instamatic with you and leave your good stuff at home. Relax at Carlos N Charilies (every tourist town has one) and enjoy the fishbowl margaritas.
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Feb 10, 2012 19:32 |  #37

tolyD wrote in post #13864131 (external link)
sooo not true, not at cancun. no need to spread false info..

yeah, not at acapulco either :D...............

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Feb 10, 2012 19:45 |  #38

When I go to Mexico I take my BC, regulator, mask, fins, dive computer etc. I also take my UW gear for my T2i. I take few worries for my safety as the folks in that part of the country are exceptionally nice. Now granted I have only been on the other side of the channel on Cozumel but absolutely love the people, food, tequila, and the underwater beauty. Check my link for an idea what it holds. If you are not a diver I suggest you give a discover SCUBA session a go. It is the perfect complement to photography.


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Feb 10, 2012 20:43 |  #39

Agree you do need to watch what you eat and drink, my wife and I got quite sick on our honeymoon there after eating BBQ sauce at Carlos & Charlies (our last meal there), the sauce was brought to us in a bowl and we were not thinking about it containing water. Drink beer and sealed bottled water, stick to cooked food and you should be fine. We did lose a lot of weight after the trip so that was a plus!

Congrats and enjoy!


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Feb 10, 2012 20:45 as a reply to  @ T2i4me's post |  #40

Imodium, lots of it.




  
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Feb 10, 2012 20:46 |  #41

Honeymoon? I would take a point and shoot and buy postcards.

I would also get disposable underwater cameras and go diving there.


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