A trip to Our Cabaña from the United States usually requires 2 years of planning, raising money and learning some Spanish. Girls under 18 years of age may have to have written, notarized consent from both parents for their travel.
If you plan to attend a program (event) session, you may need to apply 18 months in advance as there may be a group limit for certain sessions. You also need to make a deposit to hold your reservation so you need to be aware of the various payment schedules. Mexico uses Mexican Pesos (MXN).
Most groups start their fund raising two years out and costs do fluctuate but you need to develop a budget to include: passport fees, air fare, travel insurance, accident insurance, bus, overnight and meals, program (event) fees as listed in the activity brochures. Don’t forget laundry, internet access, souvenirs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, pins, and patches.
Mexico uses pesos but Our Cabaña and Ticalli (the Girl Guide center in Mexico City) will accept US dollars (actual cash not a check or credit card) for your fees. Elsewhere you will need pesos. It is much easier to convert spending money into pesos in the U.S.
Cuernavaca is situated in the city of eternal spring with 365 days of sunshine. The year is split into two distinct seasons, the dry season from October - May and the rainy season from June - September.
The climate of Cuernavaca is unique. The weather becomes warmer in April and May (may reach 90° F). In the dry season from November to April they enjoy warm mornings and cool nights (68-70° F). December and January are the coolest months of the year (no less than 65° F). During summer time (August especially), it rains in the evenings and nights.
You need to pack only what you can carry (or pull). Appropriate dress in Mexico is different from the United States. Shorts should be long (mid-thigh to knee) and shirts should have sleeves (no spaghetti straps or bras showing). The Girl Scout uniform (pin, vest, scarf, white blouse) is appropriate for flag ceremonies and the group photo. The group may also want to have a group/event t-shirt or scarf to wear for informal occasions. Sheets and towels are provided at both Our Cabaña and Ticalli. Laundry facilities are available at Our Cabaña.
If you plan to spend time in Mexico City at the beginning and/or end of your visit to Our Cabaña, you may wish to stay at Ticalli. Ticalli is a Girl Guide and Girl Scout hostel owned and operated by the Guías de México and offers Our Cabaña visitors a place to stay while in Mexico City. It is centrally located near the Reforma and is surrounded by restaurants, churches, museums, public transportation and Chapultepec Park.
Ticalli has six dormitory rooms accommodating eight to twelve people as well as two double rooms plus five bathroom units. This will accommodate eighty people at a time. Cots and camp beds are also available if required. Bed linen and towels are provided. Ticalli can offer Bed and Breakfast accommodation which includes a continental breakfast of cereal, juice, coffee, tea, rolls, butter and jam.
To reserve space at Ticalli, complete the form below and email to