complaint is camping etiquette in Mexico. Because of the safety issue, the
concept of “camping to escape and be alone in nature” is not as revered in
Mexico as in other countries.
feeding from the ‘safety in numbers’ mantra, it’s not uncommon to have
neighbors set their tents right next to yours, even if there is copious space
around. Personal space is not the preference; but in exchange, you get hearty conversations
with the locals and invitations to share their food.
Loud blasting music is another headache, as people are happy to share their music with the entire campground.
campsites have tried to combat these trends by banning music and alcohol, or
setting a noise curfew; people strictly oblige, so you can be sure to have
peace by 11pm if there are such rules.
bed, and early to rise tends to be the custom in Mexican campgrounds. If there
is a tamale or coffee seller around, they have no qualms waking everyone up by
hawking their goods at 7am in the morning.
As for the
campgrounds, many are run by communities, called ejidos, rather than the government. This
means that prices and conditions can change on a whim – as a “flush” foreigner,
that whim might be you – although the more developed campgrounds have
advertised prices and official tickets. For example, in 2019 during Easter, the
ejido of Rio Ayutla decided to put up
barriers and charge everyone wishing to swim in the river that passes through the
town. Speaking Spanish helps a lot. In any case, camping prices are never
usually more than USD 10 per person, plus USD 3–5 for parking overnight.
camping sites in Mexico offer firewood (ask for leña, said len-ya),
usually from 30–70MXN per bundle. Toilets are also usually extra – 5MXN per
visit, for campers and visitors alike – and showers are usually 10–15MXN.
Almost all camping grounds in Mexico will also have at least a taco seller or
two, plus drinks for sale. Some also have grill areas, table and chairs, and
occasionally bags of ice.