So how much does it cost us to bicycle in Mexico for three months (about 2760 miles / 4440 km)?
Around $35/day for two people, a little more than half of what we spent in the USA.
Could we have travelled for less than this on the bicycles? Absolutely! But there is only so much I’m willing to give up.
Let’s take a look at where all the money went:
Our lodging averaged $6.47/day. We free camped a lot but at the same time we stayed in more hotels than we did in the USA. It’s hard to pass up a bed and shower (regardless of the water temperature) in the $10-15 range.
Food & Drink averaged $15.60/day, less than half of what we spent in the USA even though we typically ate one meal a day from a food stall, comedor or restaurant. My beer consumption drastically decreased in Mexico. There wasn’t as much variety of liquid yumminess available.
In any particular place I had the choice of one to three brands of beer. Regardless of the brand it all tasted amazingly similar. It was a bit like a Simpson’s episode involving Duff beer. There is one vat of beer that serves multiple bottling stations producing Duff Dry, Duff Lite, Duff Dark, Duff Extra Cold, Raspberry Duff, Tartar Control Duff, Lady Duff, Duff Stout, Duff Blue, Duff Zero, Duff Ice, Duff Red, Duff Special Reserve, Duff Draft, Duff Malt, Duff Lager, Duff Christmas Ale, Duff Amber Fire, Duff Peanut Butter Lager, Henry K. Duff’s Private Reserve, Duff Champagne, and Duff High-Extra Beer.
We averaged $0.24/day on bicycle, camping gear, and photography related items. This is a pittance compared to the front-loaded costs in the USA ($8.16/day). I essentially rebuilt the bikes and put fresh tires on before entering Mexico. I expect some routine maintenance costs to creep in in the upcoming month or two.
Our communication costs simply consisted of skype charges and one phone call to our bank in the US, averaging $0.14/day. We did not have a phone in Mexico.
Our miscellaneous costs consisted of transportation fees (combi rides) and the ferry from La Paz to Mazatlan, visas, entrance fees to parks, medical related expenses and healthcare premiums. These averaged $12.30/day. Stripping out our USA based catastrophic health care insurance the average drops to $6.27/day. Furthermore, if we had travelled overland and had not taken the ferry from Baja to the mainland, these costs would drop to an average of $3.67/day.
If you are reading this for planning purposes, a rough per day cost to bicycle through Mexico for two people would be about $26/day (this excludes our healthcare costs along with the ferry ride from Baja to the mainland).