Connecting ancient cenotes covered in mystical stories, colonial cities that lead you to travel through time, or stunning beaches with turquoise waters, few are the destinations in the world that can boast an immense cultural and historical heritage.
Mexico extends a range of opportunities for those tourists who want to have it all, among deserts, forests, beaches, mangroves, or volcanoes.
Engage yourself in their purposes, either walking through colonial cities like Morelia, Querétaro, and San Miguel de Allende, taking a trip back in time in their Archaeological Zones like Teotihuacán or Chichen Itzá, exploring their culture and customs through their Magic Towns, or wondering with the scenery that beaches, coastal towns, and unexplored destinations have to offer.
Mexico City is the nation's capital. Active, multifaceted, and always on the move. It is the political, economic, and cultural core of the Mexican Republic.
Walk through it's historic downtown, discover its imposing Cathedral and the Templo Mayor, which still preserves vestiges of what was once the great Aztec empire.
On Reforma Avenue, you can appreciate the Ángel de la Independencia (Angel of Independence) and recharge your batteries in one of the many restaurants that you will find in the Zona Rosa.
One of the must-see sites is the Bosque de Chapultepec, where you can also visit the Castillo de Chapultepec, the home of Maximiliano and Carlota. In this area, you will find a wide variety of museums, theaters, cultural and entertainment centers, as well as art galleries. If you go with your family, you can also enjoy various activities on the lake.
In the southern part of the city, you will find more museums and exhibitions inside University City.
Explore Coyoacán, the place where Frida Kahlo grew up. We also recommend visiting San Ángel and Tlalpan, which retain their provincial structure amidst the great city. Additionally, you can see Xochimilco and take a tour of its canals aboard a colorful trajinera. On this tour, you will try Mexican snacks, and surely you will dance and sing to the tunes of traditional music.
Cancun is distinguished worldwide for its magnificent white sand beaches and its charming sea in turquoise blue tones. With unique natural places, Mayan culture, water activities, and adventure. International cuisine, stunning golf courses, sophisticated spa facilities, fashionable shopping centers, typical handicraft markets, as well as shows, bars, and nightclubs that give fame to its unique nightlife.
Encompassed by abundant nature and incomparable landscapes, Chiapas is a beautiful state that preserves the traditions of ancient cultures.
It is located in the southwestern region of the country, joining Tabasco, Oaxaca, and Veracruz.
Its capital is Tuxtla Gutiérrez, which offers a perfect blend of modernity and natural landscapes. Explore the Jardín Botánico Dr. Faustino Miranda (Dr. Faustino Miranda Botanical Garden), where you will find a large variety of jungle plants, cacti, and medicinal plants.
Experience the sound and light show at the Catedral de San Marcos (San Marcos Cathedral) or soak up the festive atmosphere in the Parque de la Marimba (Marimba Park). You must visit the Cañón del Sumidero (Sumidero Canyon) or experience the thrill of abseiling from the Sima de las Cotorras.
Oaxaca de Juárez is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and the beauty of its architecture, traditions, and culture are proof of this recognition.
Discover the Templo de Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo Temple), which will take your breath away with its incredible construction, walk through its corridors and admire this wonder.
The history and legacy of ancient civilizations remain latent in Oaxaca. You will discover cities once inhabited by great cultures in its archaeological sites, such as the Mixtec and Zapotec. Visit Monte Albán, considered one of the most important ceremonial centers in the region, also visit Mitla, known as "The City of the Dead."
One of the best parts about this beach destination is that it's just as much of a city spot, as well. Puerto Vallarta's historic cobblestone streets spill right out onto the shoreline. But its magic lives away from the coast and in the heart of the city.
Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico's most prominent LGBTQ destinations, so that you can expect a friendly, welcome vibe among its hotels and restaurants, as well as its people. Shopping abounds in the city, from high-end labels to smaller, more local boutiques and crafts.
Surrounding Puerto Vallarta is many smaller beach towns that make for great side trips for a bit of peace.
The multi-colored capital of Yucatan, Merida, has sat like a best-kept intrigue in the country. It's almost shocking that Merida isn't more prevalent, but its under-the-radar charm is part of what makes it so great. Some even call Merida the cultural capital of the Yucatan, with its cosmopolitan modernity compared against its Spanish colonial and authentic Mayan heritage.
The colonial city has something for everyone, from fantastic museums, shady plazas, colorful buildings to the local symphony, shopping, dining along Calle 60, and live music every Thursday night in the parquet de Santa Lucia.
The city is just a half-hour from the laid-back Gulf of Mexico beach towns like Progreso and Celestin. And if you like ruins, the Mayan archaeological site, Uxmal, is not far away, either. Uxmal is a stunning example of a Mayan city, and the fact that it's off the tourist trail means you may have the bulk of the place all to yourself.
It is Mexico's second-largest city in the country. Bound with just as much culture, cuisine, and cosmopolitan swagger as Mexico City, Guadalajara offers a slower-paced alternative to Mexico City on a considerably less chaotic scale.
Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, is known for its museum, theater, legendary restaurant scene, and architecture. If you're interested in shopping for handicrafts, the suburb Tlaquepaque is known extensively as one of Mexico's top spots for artisan goods. The state of Jalisco is also the birthplace of Mariachi music, and it's always worth trying to catch a live performance while in town to set the scene.
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Chichén Itzá: The Mayan Metropolis
The magnificent Mayan city of Chichén Itzá is one of Mexico's most visited archaeological sites and one of the biggest and best restored. Highlights of a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site are copious. A must-see here is the massive El Castillo, also known as the Pyramid of Kukulkán, and at 30 meters high, the site's tallest structure.
A different noteworthy point of interest here is the magnificent Caracol, an almost 1,000-year-old observatory that stands testament to just how advanced the Mayans were. The structure is notable for the narrow slits in its walls, allowing the sun to penetrate twice per year, so priests could accurately determine the date. The site's numerous statues are also of interest, including many examples of the famous Mayan Chacmools holding their sacrificial vessels as they continue to protect these old temples.
Copper Canyon: Mexico's Grand Canyon
It is home to one of the country's most visited natural attractions. The stunning Copper Canyon (Barranca del Cobre) consists of spectacular deep canyons; Copper Canyon is more significant and profound than its better-known cousin, the Grand Canyon. These fantastic natural structures were formed by six rivers that converge in the Rio Fuerte before draining into the Gulf of California.
Thanks to the area's increased popularity as a travel destination, there are numerous options available to those wanting to explore this area of outstanding natural beauty, from scenic rail trips aboard the Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacífico to more adventuresome excursions by bike or even on horseback.
San Miguel de Allende
If you're looking for more of a small-town vibe, this one is a great choice. San Miguel de Allende is located almost right in the middle of the country in the state of Guanajuato. It's a stunning and colorful chilled-out town to escape the busyness of more prominent tourist spots quickly.
Playa Del Carmen
'Playa' or Playa Del Carmen is one of Mexico's most desirable resort towns and is known for more of an international vibe than a strictly Mexican one. It has excellent beaches and great restaurants and is close enough to Cancun without being right in the mix.
If beautiful cities are your vibe, then add Guanajuato to your list ASAP. Its colorful buildings and narrow streets up top are rivaled by its underground network of tunnels that add a fun twist to exploring the city.