Subject: Re: Mexico
Hi Judy,

I must say you've put together an excellent journey through the Bajío. And I would say 14 days is fine. You'll get an adequate sampling of all the towns. If one really catches your fancy stay an extra day.

One of the keys to traveling by bus in this manner is to take notes on departure times for your get away bus. That is, upon arrival, before exiting the station gather all the info you'll need regarding the various bus lines and departure times for the next town on your itinerary. That way you won't have to try and phone the bus line or head back to the bus station before necessary. And some of the bus stations are a taxi ride from the center of town (notably Querétaro).

I'd suggest staying a night or two in Pátzcauro. Much better than making a day trip from Morélia. If it were me I'd do the same as you regarding Guadalajara (keeping an open schedule in case you feel like leaving one day early), then give extra days to Pátzcuaro and Guanajuato, and the same amount to Morélia, Querétaro and San Miguel de Allende. Your longest travel day will be 3 to 4 hours. The Guadalajara to Morélia, Morélia to Querétaro, and Guanajuato to Guadalajara routes all are about that long. If you stay in Pátzcuaro you'll have the additional connection through Morélia most likely (add another hour). You can check fares and times at: This is just one of several lines which will be available. And remember for the short trips such as Querétaro to San Miguel or San Miguel to Guanajuato you may want to consider second class as a means of having more departure times to choose from.

I'll write again regarding hotels, restaurants and sights. Ironically, Sara and I may be in B.C. when you're in Mexico. We'll be skiing the areas around Kelowna this year.

John in San Diego