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Tulum Ruins

Tulum is one of the most visited archaeological zones in Mexico and for good reason: it’s sublime. The ruins sit on seaside cliffs, high above turquoise…

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Parque Nacional Isla Contoy

A white sand beach with manta rays gliding through the shimmering turquoise waters. No hotels. No nightclubs. No roads or cars of any kind. It’s hard to…

Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico.

Teotihuacán

North of Mexico City

This fabulous archaeological zone lies in a mountain-ringed offshoot of the Valle de México. Site of the huge Pirámides del Sol y de la Luna (Pyramids of…

SFER IK

Wandering barefoot through the contemporary art museum at Azulik hotel, you feel like you’re in a giant cocoon. Nature surrounds you, inside and out:…

Palace Bellas Artes

Palacio de Bellas Artes

Alameda Central

Immense murals by world-famous Mexican artists dominate the top floors of this splendid white-marble palace – a concert hall and arts center commissioned…

Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden.

Jardín Botánico de Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

For a change of scenery from the beach, head for the tropical highlands of the Sierra Madre mountains and wander the well-curated Jardín Botánico de…

Museo Maya de Cancún

Museo Maya de Cancún

Surrounded by dense tropical forest, the contemporary Museo Maya de Cancún is a welcome respite from the beach and buffet lines of the neighboring high…

Beach in Yelapa, Mexico.

Home to a small fishing community, the picturesque beach of Yelapa hugs an emerald coastline backed by jungle-shrouded mountains. The remote coastal…

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Oaxaca City

Looking for cheap street food? Look no further. Dozens of good, clean comedores (food stalls) fill this large market where wait staff will thrust menus to…

Museo del Tequila y el Mezcal

Museo del Tequila y el Mezcal

Centro Histórico

This museum on Plaza Garibaldi has exhibits explaining the origins and production process of Mexico’s two most popular distilled agave drinks. The tour…

Los Danzantes

Los Danzantes

Excellent Mexican fusion food in a spectacular architect-designed patio makes Los Danzantes one of Oaxaca’s special dining spots. The hierba santa …

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Museo Frida Kahlo

Coyoacán & San Ángel

Renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was born in, and lived and died in, Casa Azul (Blue House), now a museum. Almost every visitor to Mexico City makes a…

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Instituto Cultural de Cabañas

Guadalajara

Standing proudly at the eastern end of dramatic Plaza Tapatía is one of Guadalajara’s architectural landmarks, and a Unesco World Heritage site since 1997…

The ruins of the Templo Mayor in Mexico City.

Templo Mayor

Before the Spaniards demolished it, the Aztec 'Great Temple' Teocalli of Tenochtitlán covered the site where the cathedral now stands, as well as the…

Mural at Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso.

Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso

Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Siqueiros painted murals here in the 1920s. Most of the work on the main patio is by Orozco; look for the…

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Plaza Garibaldi

Every night the city’s mariachi bands belt out heartfelt ballads in this festive square. Wearing silver-studded outfits, they toot their trumpets and tune…

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Jardín Etnobotánico

In former monastic grounds behind the Templo de Santo Domingo, this garden features plants from around Oaxaca state, including a staggering variety of…

Trajinera or punt on the canals and floating gardens of Xochimilco Mexico City

Xochimilco Canals

Mexico City

Hundreds of colorful trajineras (gondolas) await passengers at the village’s 10 embarcaderos to paddle you through the waterways dotted with birdlife and…

Plaza de los Mariachis

Plaza de los Mariachis

Just south of Avenida Javier Mina and the Mercado San Juan de Dios, this is the very birthplace of mariachi music. By day it’s just a narrow walking…

Los Cocuyos

Los Cocuyos

Suadero (beef) tacos abound in the capital, but this always-open stand reigns supreme. Follow your nose to the bubbling vat of meats and go for the artery…

El Vilsito

Auto-mechanic shop by day, taco diner by night. No worries, though: the experts slicing down those excellent al pastor (spit-cooked pork) tacos aren't the…

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Playa Carrizalillo

Puerto Escondido

Small is beautiful at Carrizalillo, set in a sheltered cove west of the center that's reached by a stairway of 157 steps. It’s popular for swimming and…

Museo Memoria y Tolerancia

Museo Memoria y Tolerancia

A mazelike, unique museum of 55 halls dedicated to preserving the memory of genocide victims. The multimedia exhibit chronicles crimes committed against…

Museo de la Tortura

Museo de la Tortura

Displaying European torture instruments from the 14th to 19th centuries, including a metal-spiked interrogation chair and the menacing skull splitter,…

Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City.

Museo de Arte Popular

A major showcase for folk art, this is a colorful museum that even kids love. Crafts are thematically displayed from all over Mexico, including carnival…

Mano Santa Mezcal

Mano Santa Mezcal

Often compared to having a drink at home because of the cheap, quality mezcal (or because you live in a designer-school laboratory), this small bar…

Museo de la Revolución

Museo de la Revolución

This pockmarked 19th-century house was the scene of the first battle of the 1910 Revolution. The renovated house retains its bullet holes and some…

Bósforo

Blink and you might walk right past the coolest neighborhood mezcalería in town. Behind the Bósforo’s nondescript curtain await top-notch mezcals, an…

Por Siempre Vegana Taquería

Por Siempre Vegana Taquería

Vegans can join in the street-food action with soy and gluten taco versions of al pastor, loganiza (sausage) and chorizo. The late-night experience is…

Rivera's mural entitled "A Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park," in the Museo Mural Diego Rivera in Mexico City.

Museo Mural Diego Rivera

This museum is home to one of Diego Rivera’s most famous works, Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central (Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the…

Museo del Calzado El Borceguí

Museo del Calzado El Borceguí

At this shoe museum – and the oldest shoemaker in Mexico, operating since 1865 – there are over 2000 pieces of footwear on show, many from famous feet…

Pirámide Tepanapa

Pirámide Tepanapa

The incredible Pirámide Tepanapa looks more like a hill than a pyramid, but it's still the town's big draw, and with miles of tunnels veining the inside…

Mercado Medellin

Mercado Medellin

Self-caterers can stop into this colorful market for quality cuts of meat, fresh produce and nuts amongst the piñatas. It's also a popular spot for lunch:…

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While most people visit Mexico for its big tourist centers like Tulum , Cabo, Cancun , or Cozumel, there’s a lot more to the country than just its luxurious resorts.

Now, I’ll be honest: I was late to visiting Mexico.

But when I did, I fell in love with it. Mexico is an incredible destination with a rich history, amazing food, and friendly people.

It’s an awesome country to backpack around, drive through, or just vacation in. There’s a ton of stuff to do here, and the locals are some of the friendliest people on the planet.

From Mayan ruins to pristine beaches to Mexico City’s art and food and Oaxaca’s mezcal scene, Mexico has it all.

And the food? World-class. Gorge yourself on delicious tacos, tostadas, tamales, sopas, seafood, and mole (to name a few items from Mexico’s very long list of traditional dishes).

I could go on forever as to why I love this country. Whatever amount of time you’re planning to visit is not enough — you’ll always leave wanting more.

This Mexico travel guide will help you get out of the touristy towns, explore the country, and fall in love with what you discover!

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Top 5 things to see and do in mexico.

The famous ruins of Chichen Itza, the Wonder of the World, in beautiful Mexico

1. Explore Oaxaca

Located in a valley surrounded by craggy mountains in southwestern Mexico, Oaxaca and its surrounds have been inhabited for thousands of years by indigenous Zapotec and Mixtec peoples. A city of colorful buildings, scenic rooftop restaurants and bars, street art, historic Spanish colonial churches, cobblestone streets, and many parks, it’s a center for heritage tourism. It’s also one of the gastronomic hotbeds of Mexico as well as the hub of mezcal production too. With fascinating museums, bustling markets, historic buildings, delicious food and much more, there really is something for everyone in Oaxaca . I loved my time there ! You must visit!

2. Tour Mexico City

Found in the Valley of Mexico at an altitude of around 2,225 meters (7,300 feet), Mexico City is a sprawling, chaotic, messy city in the best way possible. Originally built over a lake, it has some 150 world-class museums, sprawling markets, tons of historic buildings, city squares, and more. In the historic center, you can visit the impressive main square (the only one bigger in the world is Red Square in Moscow). To the south of the city there’s a network of beautiful canals, and Teotihuacan, the City of the Gods, is just a 45-minute drive away. The city also has an incredible foodie scene and is fast becoming one of the centers of gastronomy in the world.

3. Relax on the Pacific Coast

Vacation spots like Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, and Sayulita on Mexico’s Pacific Coast offer just as many epic beaches and resort properties as the Caribbean Coast. Go to Puerto Vallarta or Los Cabos to hang out on the pristine white sandy beaches, or head to Sayulita to check out the busy surf scene. Surf and enjoy watersports, visit historical monuments, and check out all the local art by day. By night, you can indulge in sunset cocktails, enjoy fresh shrimp tacos or seafood skewers, and salsa the evening away.

4. See the Mayan Ruins

Mexico is filled with ruins. You have Chichén Itzá, which dates back to 550 CE and is one of the largest (and most popular) Mayan sites in Mexico for its enormous Kukulkan Pyramid (which is considered one of the new Wonders of the World). Other ruins worth visiting are the Tulum Archaeological Zone, the Palenque Archaeological Zone, the Calakmul ruins (which are inside the huge Calakmul Biosphere Reserve), the ruins at Ek Balam, and so many more! Admission is 571 MXN for the Wonder of the World Chichén Itzá while the rest cost anywhere from 80-500 MXN.

5. Visit a volcano

Other things to see and do in mexico, 1. wander through mexico city’s chapultepec park.

Chapultepec is one of the largest city parks in the world, spanning over 1,700 acres. It encompasses the Mexico City Zoo, La Feria amusement park, and the Museum of Anthropology, which houses a vast collection of sculptures, jewels, and artifacts from ancient Mexican civilizations. The museum costs 85 MXN, as does the Chapultepec Castillo (Castle) which houses the National History Museum. You can also rent a rowboat or paddle boat and go out on Chapultepec Lake for 60 MXN. Entry to the park itself is free.

2. Visit the markets

Just about every town in Mexico has a busy, diverse market where you can enjoy traditional food, pick up some bargain items, and purchase souvenirs. Two of the best are the Mercado Ciudadela in Mexico City (for handmade textiles and artwork), and Oaxaca’s Mercado Benito Juárez (for local foods like fresh ground coffee beans, juices, and grasshopper tacos). If you’re in Merida, check out Mercado Santa Ana for their Yucatecan cuisine, like cochito horneado , a marinated pork dish that is slow-cooked in underground pits, or head to El Mercado Lucas de Galvez for their specialty seafood cocktails (the locals swear by it to cure your hangover).

3. Explore Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución)

Zócalo is the main plaza in the heart of Mexico City. It dates back to the Aztecs, encompassing both the Templo Mayor (an ancient Aztec temple) and the Palacio Nacional (a colonial palace with offices of Mexico’s president). Situated just off the Zócalo is La Catedral Metropolitana, a magnificent cathedral with a gold altar. It’s a perfect example of Spanish colonial architecture.

4. Go diving

The seas surrounding Mexico have some of the world’s best diving spots thanks to their diverse marine life, large coral reefs (including the second largest reef system in the world, the Great Maya Barrier Reef), and excellent visibility. The Gulf of Mexico is home to five different species of sea turtles, blue whales, lemon sharks, and dolphins, and so much more! Aside from diving, the waters are popular for snorkeling, sports fishing, waterboarding, surfing, and more or less any other watersports. A two-tank dive starts at 2,800 MXN. Some of the best places to dive in Mexico are Discovery Bay, Cenote Dos Ojos, Revillagigedo Islands, and Isla Mujeres.

5. Relax in Cancún

Depending on what you’re looking to do, Cancún can offer you a crazy-fun party in the sun or some quiet and hidden local markets and restaurants. You have spas, resorts, and picturesque beaches as well as Mayan ruins, archaeological sites, and little nearby villages. There’s a ton to see and do here if you leave the resorts!

6. Get lost in Guadalajara

Guadalajara is the second-largest city in Mexico and is known for its tequila and mariachi. It’s chock full of museums, such as Cabañas (a UNESCO building with incredible murals), MUSA (paintings & sculptures by local artists), and the Páramo Galeria (contemporary art); nightlife venues, and a labyrinth of old colonial streets. Visit the Hospicio Cabañas, a hospital built in the 19th century, and then spend some time at the Guadalajara Cathedral. The cathedral’s Gothic interior features artworks from famous Mexican artists like Murillo (a Baroque painter).

7. See Teotihuacan

The Aztec empire left an enormous mark on Mexico. Don’t miss the awe-inspiring Aztec pyramids at Teotihuacan, located 48 kilometers (30 miles) outside of Mexico City. Teotihuacan was founded as early as 400 BCE, but its biggest structures weren’t completed until around 300 BCE. Its three giant pyramids are known as the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of Moon, and the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, and they dominate the landscape. If you’re going to visit just one Aztec site, this is it. It’s unsheltered here, so bring sunscreen and a hat. Admission is 85 MXN. Full-day guided tours from Mexico City cost 880 MXN.

8. Visit the bizarre Island of Dolls

Known as “La Isla de la Muñecas” in Spanish, this is perhaps one of the creepiest tourist attractions in the world. Decades ago, a hermit named Don Julian Santana moved here, learned a girl drowned in the nearby lake, and started collecting and hanging dolls all over the island to please the drowned girl’s spirit. It’s creepy. Like beyond creepy. You’ll have to hire a boat from Xochimilco to get there but it’s worth it!

9. Honor the Day of the Dead

Yearly on November 1st and 2nd, Mexico celebrates a major festival: Día de Los Muertos. The festival is a vibrant and lively affair with celebrations for those who are gone but not forgotten, including parades and elaborate and colorful costumes. Families also commemorate their dead relatives by setting up ofrendas , or altars, with pictures of the deceased, candles, yellow marigold petals, and food. This meant to encourage the deceased to cross back over into the land of the living and join in the celebrations. Oaxaca or Mexico City are the two best places to experience this celebration.

10. Visit the UNAM Botanical Garden

If you need to escape the hustle and bustle of Mexico City for a little while, the Botanical Garden at the National Autonomous University of Mexico is the perfect place. Keeping with the Aztec traditions of having gardens for both medicinal and ornamental purposes, there is also an added focus on conservation and environmental education here. Built on top of and around lava formations from the eruption of the volcano Xitle (which happened over 2,000 years ago), visitors can explore the naturally formed grottoes, ponds, and waterfalls. This garden has the most diverse cactus collection in the world (800 different kinds!), and ponds full of koi and turtles, an orchidarium, and a medicinal garden. Admission is free.

11. Relax on Isla Holbox

Holbox is an island located off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and is home to white sand beaches and crystalline waters. It is a relaxing, slow-paced island that’s easy to get stuck on. One day can easily turn into a week. It’s an island paradise where you can relax in a hammock on the beach, hike in the jungles, swim, dive, snorkel, and everything in between! While it used to be a hidden gem, it’s slowly becoming more and more popular (and developed). Be sure to see bioluminescent waters here. From Cancún, you can get to the ferry port at Chiquilá in around two hours by bus. The ferry takes 25 minutes and costs 220 MXN. If you just want to visit for the day, full-day tours from Cancún/Playa del Carmen cost 3,000 MXN.

12. Visit Mérida

Mérida is one of my favorite places in all of Mexico. It is a safe and wonderful city filled with history, cool mezcal bars, and some of the best food in the country. Some of my favorite places to eat and drink in town are La Chaya Maya Casona, Acervo Mezcalero, La Negrita Cantina, and Café Créme. Also, don’t miss the nearby Uxmal ruins, which are just one-hour away. There are also some cool museums here, like the Folk Art Museum of Yucatan, the Yucatan Music Museum, and the City Museum (which has all kinds of Mayan artifacts).

13. Enjoy San Cristóbal de las Casas’ architecture

San Cristóbal is a highland town known for its charming colonial architecture. There are narrow cobblestone streets, local craft markets, and the entire area is enveloped in pine forests. Don’t miss the town’s 16th-century cathedral, and if you want to get out and explore the nearby nature, take a boat tour of the Cañón de Sumidero. You’ll see tons of birds, monkeys, and crocodiles. For a view of the town and surrounding area, visit the Guadalupe Church to enjoy the view from the roof. Free Walking San Cristóbal offers daily tours if you want a guide to show you the highlights.

14. Sample the Cenotes of Yucatan

Cenotes are natural sinkholes that are full of groundwater. They were used by the Mayans as sources for freshwater, however, today they are popular swimming holes for locals and tourists alike (you can even scuba dive in some). There are tons of them all around the Yucatan Peninsula. Some are completely exposed, some are walled in by cliffs, and some are covered entirely by caves. Calavera, Cristalino, Casa Cenote, Yaxmuul, Choo-Ha, and Escondido Cenote are some of the most popular cenotes in the region. If you’d rather do a tour, you can join a cenote tour for around 1,350 MXN.

15. Visit Sayulita

Located on the Pacific coast, Sayulita is a hip beach town with a lively community of expats and surfers. The town has a laid-back vibe owing to the sizable surfing and yoga community. It’s a great place to surf and there are plenty of yoga retreats available here. You can also take a jungle trek, go zip lining, ride ATVs along the coast, and simply soak up the sun on the beach. It’s the perfect place to chill for a few days. Canopy tours start at 1,800 MXN.

16. Explore Campeche

Campeche is located just south of Merida on the Yucatan. It’s home to UNESCO World Heritage colonial architecture, including fortified walls and over 2,000 historic buildings. Visit the Museo De La Arquitectura Maya for Mayan history and antiquities, see the Mayan ruins at Edzná (which is just 45 minutes away and sees very few tourists), and wander the old city wall to take in the view.

  For information on specific cities in Mexico, check out these guides:

  • Cancún Travel Guide
  • Mexico City Travel Guide
  • Oaxaca Travel Guide

Mexico Travel Costs

The beautiful beaches and coastline of Cancun, in sunny Mexico

Accommodation – In Mexico, hostels start at 250 MXN per night for a dorm bed, but average closer to 300 MXN. Private hostel rooms cost anything from 600-1,900 MXN per night. Prices are usually a bit lower in the low-season or shoulder-season. Free Wi-Fi and free breakfast are both common, as are self-catering facilities.

For those traveling with a tent, a basic plot for two people without electricity costs around 200 MXN per night.

For budget hotels, expect to pay 700 MXN for a basic room in a two-star hotel. These two-star rooms typically include an en-suite bathroom and free Wi-Fi, but not always air conditioning.

Airbnb is also an option in Mexico, with private rooms starting around 300 MXN but averaging much more (usually between 600-1,200 MXN). Entire homes and apartments average around 1,000-1,800 MXN although you can find them for as little as 600 MXN if you book early.

Food – You’ll find a lot of rice, beans, fruits, and veggies like tomatoes, corn, avocado, and peppers in Mexican cuisine, which is a mix of Mayan, Aztec, and Spanish traditions. Typical Mexican dishes include tacos, mole (a sauce with lots of ingredients, often including chocolate), salsa, enchiladas, tamales (stuffed corn pockets), pozole (hominy stew topped with onion, avocado, and chili), and guacamole.

Street stalls and markets are the best way to go for authentic and inexpensive food. Tacos, quesadilla, sopas, tortas, and other street foods are generally 15-45 MXN. Sometimes, you’ll find tacos for as cheap as 10 MXN. In Mexico, street food is the best — and most affordable — option.

A meal at a local Mexican restaurant serving traditional cuisine costs around 150 MXN. Look for the ones filled with locals as that is generally a sign that the food is really good. Expect to pay around 300 MXN for a multi-course meal in a mid-range restaurant.

A beer is about 20 MXN in the street but double that at a restaurant, while a cocktail shouldn’t cost more than 80 MXN in most places. A combo meal at McDonald’s costs around 120 MXN and a cappuccino costs around 50 MXN.

Tap water is not safe to drink in Mexico. If you’re buying bottles of water, expect to pay 15 MXN (less if you buy in bulk but a more environmentally friendly (and cheaper) solution is to bring a portable water purifier ( LifeStraw makes a good one.

If you plan to cook your meals, expect to pay between 750 MXN per week for groceries including rice, vegetables, chicken, and beans.

Backpacking Mexico Suggested Budgets

If you’re backpacking Mexico, expect to spend around 800 MXN per day. This budget gets you a hostel dorm, street food and self-cooked meals, public transportation, and a few attractions (such as museums and galleries) each day. If you plan on eating out more or drinking, you’ll need to add another 100 MXN per day.

On a mid-range budget of about 1,800 MXN per day, you can stay in a private hostel room or Airbnb, eat out at restaurants serving cheap traditional cuisine for every meal, visit more attractions, enjoy a few drinks, and take the occasional taxi to get around.

On a “luxury” budget of 3,600 MXN or more per day, you can stay at a hotel, eat out for all your meals, enjoy plenty of drinks, take taxis everywhere or rent a car, and do some guided trips and tours. This is just the ground floor for luxury though. The sky is the limit!

You can use the chart below to get some idea of how much you need to budget daily, depending on your travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages — some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less (you might spend less every day). We just want to give you a general idea of how to make your budget. Prices are in MXN.

Mexico Travel Guide: Money-Saving Tips

Mexico is incredibly budget-friendly. Unless you’re splurging on food or resorts, it’s really easy to visit on a budget. That said, it never hurts to save more money! Here are some ways to save in Mexico:

  • Shop at the markets for food – Mexico’s markets are a great place to eat inexpensively and stock up on food for day trips. Most towns have a local market selling fresh fruits, veggies, and other goods for cheap.
  • Eat street food – Street food is the best food in the country — and the cheapest. Stick to street stalls to save money and enjoy the country’s best eats.
  • Take a free walking tour – Many cities have free walking tours that give you a solid introduction to the main sights. Both Mexico City and Oaxaca have excellent free tours — just be sure to tip your guide!
  • Travel off-season – By traveling between late April and early December, you can pick up bargain accommodation, food and travel rates as this is low season.
  • Venture inland – Mexico’s coasts are the most famous, most touristy parts of the country, but the interior has an amazing amount to offer. Prices are cheaper, and you’ll be more likely to meet some locals if you head away from the coast.
  • Stay with a local – Use Couchsurfing to stay with locals and connect with people who can share their insider tips and advice. Just make sure to send your requests early.
  • Embrace “comida corrida” – This hearty mid-day meal option is usually available between 2pm-4pm and is often quite affordable. It’s a set menu, but it’s much cheaper than most lunch or dinner options. If you plan on eating out on a budget, aim for places that offer comida corrida.
  • Drink less – Alcohol is cheap in Mexico, but it’s definitely more expensive at bars and clubs. Try to buy your alcohol from a local store instead of drinking at the bar if you’re on a budget.
  • Skip the taxis – Taxis are overpriced and not always safe. Skip them. If you do need a taxi, don’t just hail one on the street. Head into a nearby hotel/hostel and ask them to call one for you. Only get in taxis that use a meter.
  • Being a water filter – Since the tap water here isn’t safe to drink and single-use plastic is bad for the environment, bring a water bottle with a built-in filter. LifeStraw makes reusable bottles with a built-in filter so you can ensure your water is always clean and safe.

Where to Stay in Mexico

Hostels are plentiful in most of Mexico’s cities. Here are some of my favorite places to stay in Mexico:

  • Suites DF Hostel (Mexico City)
  • Mexico City Hostel (Mexico City)
  • Hostel Ka’beh Cancún (Cancún)
  • Mama’s Home (Tulum)
  • Gran Hostal (Playa del Carmen)
  • Casa Angel Youth Hostel (Oaxaca)

How to Get Around Mexico

Ancient buildings in bustling Mexico City, Mexico with a MExican flag in the foreground

Public transportation – Public buses (also known as camiones ) are the most common way to get around in cities and towns (and to nearby villages). These buses are also the cheapest, costing no more than a few pesos per journey. In some cities, smaller microbuses have replaced the older buses, but the cost is still the same.

Mexico City and Guadalajara have subway systems. One-way tickets for the subway and the bus system are around 5 MXN. In Mexico City, you’ll have to buy a rechargeable Metro Card at any of the Metro stations for 15 MXN, and you can use the card for the Metro, Metrobús, Light Rail, Ecobici, Trolleybus, RTP buses, and on Cablebús.

Bus – Most of Mexico is served by buses. On longer journeys, make sure to take an express bus (called a “directo”) if you can as they are much faster and stop less. A bus from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara (5.5 hours) costs around 585 MXN. A bus from Cancún to Mexico City (27 hours) costs around 1,800 MXN. A bus from Puebla to Mexico City (2 hours) costs around 200 MXN.

Some of the biggest and most reliable bus companies include:

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  • Omnibuses de Mexico
  • ETN (Enlaces Terrestres Nacionales)

Most cities have a central bus terminal from where all long-distance buses depart. You can show up to buy your ticket, or research routes and ticket prices via each company’s website.

To find bus routes and prices, use BusBud .

Train – There are virtually no passenger train services remaining in Mexico. For long-distance travel, you’ll need to fly or take the bus.

Flying – For long journeys, consider flying. The route from Cancún to Mexico City by bus takes 27 hours and costs around 1,800 MXN but a flight starts around 470 MXN and only takes two hours. A one-way fare from Mexico City to Guadalajara is about 525 MXN. Even a four-hour flight from coast to coast from Cancún to Puerto Vallarta is just 1,200 MXN one-way.

Aeroméxico is the biggest airline in Mexico, but low-cost carriers are becoming more popular. These include:

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Car rentals – Car rentals are surprisingly affordable in Mexico. You can find week-long rentals for around 3,000 MXN. Renters must be 21 years of age and have had their license for at least two years. Some companies require renters to be over 25 and it’s best to carry an International Driving Permit (IDP). Avoid driving at night, when crimes against drivers are more likely to occur. Also, don’t leave any valuables in your vehicle overnight as break-ins can occur.

For the best car rental prices, use Discover Cars .

When to Go to Mexico

Summer (June to October) is the rainy season in Mexico, but this is mostly just in the center of the country. You can expect it to rain each day heavily, but the downpour is usually short. It hardly ever rains in the northern part of the country, and humidity is thick in the south and along the coastal areas. Temperatures during this time hover somewhere between 26-32°C (79-90°F).

September to the middle of October is hurricane season and is not a good time to visit.

December to the end of April (winter) is the busiest tourist season as temperatures are hot, but the coastal areas provide plenty of relief for vacationers. This is the best time to visit if you’re looking to take advantage of Mexico’s tropical environment. It’s the dry season, so you’ll experience very little rain. You can expect big crowds as people flock to the resort areas around Cancún and Puerto Vallarta.

The average daily temperature during this time is 28°C (82°F). But if you’re in the mountains, pack lots of layers! It can get frigid, especially in the evenings.

How to Stay Safe in Mexico

The media (especially the American media) likes to paint Mexico as a dangerous place to visit but the reality is far more complex. While petty theft is very common in Mexico, most of the serious conflicts occur between the authorities and Mexican drug cartels. The people who tend to be involved in major incidents are usually doing drugs or taking part in sex tourism. Avoid those, and you’ll drastically increase your chances of staying safe.

Moreover, where you are greatly influences how safe you are. Yucatan and Oaxaca are incredibly safe states to visit while states near the US border are less so and more likely to experience violence and crime.

Officials looking for bribes are pretty common in Quintana Roo, as is drug-related violence due to tourists looking for drugs there. States near the southern border can also be sketchy and it’s wiser to keep an eye out on your stuff there though violent crime is pretty uncommon.

So don’t believe the media that “Mexico is unsafe.” Mexico is like any big country – some parts are safe, and some parts aren’t. Use some common sense when you travel: don’t flash your money, avoid wearing expensive watches or jewelry, don’t walk along drunk at night, make copies of your passport and official documents, and tell people where you are regularly.

Another important safety tip to keep in mind is about the water. While Mexico’s water purification and treatment systems have improved, it still is not safe to drink ordinary tap water when visiting. Luckily, bottled water is available everywhere. Bringing water filter like LifeStraw is advised as it has a built-in filter so your water is always clean and safe.

Keep an eye out for common scams against tourists , such as fake ATMs, taxis that don’t use a meter, and questionable tour operators.

The emergency services number in Mexico is 911. However, if that doesn’t work (since it isn’t in use in every region of Mexico), try 066.

The most important piece of advice I can offer is to purchase good travel insurance. Travel insurance protects you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past.

Mexico Travel Guide: The Best Booking Resources

These are my favorite companies to use when I travel. They consistently have the best deals, offer world-class customer service and great value, and overall, are better than their competitors. They are the companies I use the most and are always the starting point in my search for travel deals.

  • Skyscanner – Skyscanner is my favorite flight search engine. They search small websites and budget airlines that larger search sites tend to miss. They are hands down the number one place to start.
  • Hostelworld – This is the best hostel accommodation site out there with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability.
  • Booking.com – The best all around booking site that constantly provides the cheapest and lowest rates. They have the widest selection of budget accommodation. In all my tests, they’ve always had the cheapest rates out of all the booking websites.
  • Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide is a huge online marketplace for tours and excursions. They have tons of tour options available in cities all around the world, including everything from cooking classes, walking tours, street art lessons, and more!
  • SafetyWing – Safety Wing offers convenient and affordable plans tailored to digital nomads and long-term travelers. They have cheap monthly plans, great customer service, and an easy-to-use claims process that makes it perfect for those on the road.
  • LifeStraw – My go-to company for reusable water bottles with built-in filters so you can ensure your drinking water is always clean and safe.
  • Unbound Merino – They make lightweight, durable, easy-to-clean travel clothing.
  • Top Travel Credit Cards – Points are the best way to cut down travel expenses. Here’s my favorite point earning credit cards so you can get free travel!

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  • Yucatan Peninsula: Indulge in the stunning coastal scenery and ancient Mayan ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula . The Riviera Maya offers world-class resorts, white-sand beaches, and access to archaeological wonders like Tulum and Coba. Begin your exploration in the colonial city of Merida , a gateway to the region's enchanting cenotes and the iconic Chichen Itza .

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  • Parque México: Relax in the green oasis of La Condesa neighborhood, where you can stroll through the park's manicured paths, enjoy the shade of its trees, and people-watch while sipping on an espresso or hot chocolate.
  • Frida Kahlo Museum: Explore the vibrant world of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo at La Casa Azul in Coyoacán, where her personal belongings, paintings, and dresses are on display.
  • Mercado de Artesanías La Ciudadela: Discover a wide range of ceramics, silver jewelry, wool blankets, and art handmade by local artisans from various regions of Mexico.
  • Bosque de Chapultepec: Immerse yourself in this sprawling urban park, which houses a zoo, eight museums, a recreational lake, and monuments to Mexican heroes. Don't miss a visit to Chapultepec Castle, offering panoramic views of the city.
  • Museo Soumaya: Explore this jaw-dropping art museum, known for its striking architecture and a private collection of over 66,000 art pieces, including works by renowned artists like Rodin, Dalí, and Van Gogh.
  • Biblioteca Vasconcelos: Visit this architecturally stunning library with cantilevered bookshelves and smoked glass floors, offering a unique and immersive reading experience.
  • Mercado Sonora: Explore the unique Mercado Sonora, where you can find occult products, medicinal herbs, Santería statues, and materials for Day of the Dead altars alongside traditional market goods.

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With year-round warm weather and diverse destinations ranging from metropolitan Mexico City to the sands of Tulum, Mexico boasts vacation spots that appeal to all sorts of visitors. To help you determine which locale is best for you, U.S. News compiled this list of the best places to visit in Mexico by factoring in cultural attractions, food options, beaches, water-based activities and nightlife, along with traveler votes and expert opinions. Vote for your favorite vacation spots below to help us determine next year's ranking. (Note: The U.S. Department of State advises against traveling to certain Mexican states due to crime; check the  website  for updates before booking your trip, and be cautious if you decide to travel.)

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Located on Mexico's Pacific coast, Zihuatanejo offers travelers an authentic Mexico experience full of brilliant sunsets and laid-back vibes. In this fishing village, shopaholics can buy local handicrafts (think: ceramics and woodcarvings), and foodies can savor fresh fish tacos and ceviche along the beach. The city's Playa La Ropa serves as the main beach and stands out because of its clean, family-friendly atmosphere. Playa Larga, another excellent beach option, is set slightly outside of town, so it offers a quieter atmosphere and plenty of room to sprawl out. Just off the coast, divers and snorkelers can pick from several dive sites brimming with marine life.

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Home to Mexico's most famous waterfront Mayan ruins, Tulum appeals to history buffs and water lovers alike. Positioned along a coastal stretch of the Riviera Maya, about 40 miles south of Playa del Carmen, Tulum offers some of the best hotels in Mexico , ranging from small boutique hotels to wellness retreats to all-inclusive resorts. Regardless of where you stay, you can spend time lounging on some of the world's most beautiful beaches (try traveler-approved Playa Paraíso or Playa Ruinas), exploring ancient ruins (consider booking a daytrip to nearby Chichén Itzá for a larger-scale site) and swimming in secluded cenotes, unique underwater caves located around the Yucatán Peninsula.

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This island is probably best known for two things: coral reefs and cruise ships. Travelers love this destination's brilliant blue water and laid-back beaches, plus its abundance of water sports activities. Numerous outfitters and resorts offer kayaks, paddleboards and snorkeling gear. While you could spend every minute in the water or on the beach with a good book, Cozumel is also a quiet place to learn about Mayan culture. Visit the Mayan ruins at San Gervasio archaeological site for a dose of pre-Hispanic history.

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Ixtapa's curved coastline is packed with hotels, restaurants and nightlife, giving the Pacific coast city (located just north of Zihuatanejo) a bustling vibe. Playa El Palmar, the main beach, often proves better for sunset strolls and people-watching than swimming or snorkeling due to the strong waves. Still, warm, clear and generally gentle water and coral beds farther offshore make Ixtapa one of the best places for beginner scuba enthusiasts. Anyone interested in the area's history should also explore the Archaeological Museum of the Costa Grande, a small museum that details the various cultures and events that make the region unique. 

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A great option for a weekend stay or a quick daytrip tour , Isla Mujeres is set off the coast of Cancún and offers beautiful beaches perfect for relaxation and coral reefs ready for exploration. In fact, it's one of the best places to go snorkeling in the world thanks to a unique underwater museum and one of the world's largest coral reefs (home to all sorts of colorful fish). See marine life from another perspective on a glass bottom boat. When you want to catch some rays, Playa Norte is the most popular beach, framed by white sand, turquoise water and swaying palm trees.

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Quiet beaches, a relaxed atmosphere and stunning crystal-clear water are some of Isla Holbox's standout attributes. This up-and-coming slice of paradise is perfect for travelers looking to truly get away from it all, thanks to its car-free, off-the-beaten-path location. Isla Holbox is situated off the northern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula and only 26 miles long. Expect quaint boutique hotels, stretches of white sand beaches (Playa Punta Cocos and Punta Mosquito are two top spots), opportunities for snorkeling and sailing, and more than 100 species of birds, including vibrantly colored flamingoes.

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About 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita is a small beach town known for awesome surfing conditions and scenic stretches of sand. If you've never surfed before, sign up for a lesson from a local to learn. Visitors can also go whale watching, snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding or zip lining, or hop on a relaxing boat tour. After a day of fun in the sun, head into town to check out the local art galleries and grab a bite to eat at one of the tasty restaurants (Sayulita is a burgeoning foodie destination), which feature everything from cheap eats to fine dining.

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Anglers recognize Manzanillo as a world-class deep-sea fishing destination for anyone searching for sailfish and marlin, but many types of travelers will enjoy a trip to this Pacific coast destination, located 170 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. The city's two bays mean there is no shortage of beaches for visitors to swim and sunbathe on: Top spots include Playa la Audiencia and Playa Salagua. Water sports like snorkeling and kayaking are also popular activities to enjoy here. If you have time, visit the small town of Barra de Navidad (about 30 miles northwest) for charming hotels, restaurants and stores along the beach. 

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Dreamy white sand , nightclubs, all-inclusive resorts and inexpensive flights from the U.S. make Cancún a go-to spot for spring breakers and vacationers seeking an easy beach getaway. But this city on the Yucatán Peninsula also sits close to lush jungles and tranquil cenotes, making it an excellent option for nature lovers. Not to mention, travelers will find diverse and cheap street food served from various carts in the downtown area. Visiting in fall or winter will ensure you see this city (one of the most-visited spots in Mexico) in its most tranquil light, but December through April is when the weather is closest to perfect.

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Ornate baroque and neoclassical buildings, busy plazas and colorful homes are everywhere you turn in this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. Guanajuato, situated about 50 miles west of San Miguel de Allende, is known for its subterranean streets and tunnels, which you can explore on a walking tour or at your own leisure. After admiring the city's cobblestone roadways and charming colonial architecture, grab a souvenir or bite to eat at the bustling Mercado Hidalgo. If you enjoy art, arrive in October when the popular Festival Internacional Cervantino takes place.

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As the capital of Yucatán, Mérida's rich culture is visible around every turn. White stone mansions line Paseo de Montejo (the city's main street), while vibrant Sunday markets provide a taste of old-world Mexico. Those looking for Mayan ruins are also in luck; many ancient archaeological sites are in close proximity, including the famed Chichén Itzá just 75 miles east. Meanwhile, museum and art enthusiasts praise El Gran Museo del Mundo Maya de Mérida, as well as the city's art galleries and local murals. When it comes to lodging, travelers will have their pick of quaint boutique hotels.

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The most populous city in Mexico is steeped in history and culture. Mexico City boasts delectable cuisine, ancient Aztec sites and world-class hotels – all at fairly low costs – but if you feel like splurging, you'll find an array of high-end shops along the tree-lined Avenida Presidente Masaryk in the Polanco neighborhood. Must-see attractions in Mexico City include the Zócalo, the Palace of Fine Arts, Chapultepec Castle and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. And if you want to eat your way through the city, consider signing up for a food tour .

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For a vacation packed with authentic character, head to Puebla. This city, which sits about 80 miles southeast of Mexico City, is filled with colonial architecture and numerous churches, but its main draws are its stunning Talavera pottery, its historical forts and museums, and its sweet and spicy cuisine. Visitors must try mole poblano (made with numerous ingredients, including chiles, meat, chocolate, cinnamon and garlic) and chiles en nogada (chiles stuffed with beef and served with a walnut sauce and fruit like peaches, apples and pomegranate seeds). When the sun sets, venture to Callejón de los Sapos to listen to live music.

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Playa del Carmen boasts an exciting food scene, with eateries dishing out everything from delectable tacos and tostadas to sushi and expertly cooked seafood, plus an even hipper bar culture. What's more, this destination in the Riviera Maya beckons to vacationers with its soft white sand blanketing its beaches and its stunning shoreline views. Visitors can also bike to a nearby cenote for a refreshing dip or hit the links at one of the numerous surrounding golf courses. All-inclusive resorts , vacation rentals and boutique properties abound in Playa del Carmen, too, giving travelers plenty of options to find the best fit for their preferences and budgets.

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This secluded vacation spot is known for its luxurious lodging options (from vacation rentals to high-end hotels like the St. Regis and the Four Seasons), golf courses and charming beaches, such as El Anclote and Playa de Punta Mita. The small resort village of Punta Mita sits on a peninsula in Banderas Bay and most appeals to travelers seeking a relaxing atmosphere. Those interested in scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and surfing will be able to enjoy those activities here as well. If you're visiting between December and March, book a whale watching tour for a chance to see humpback or orca whales.

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Journey Mexico planned a wonderful anniversary trip for us. Zach and his team really know the best spots in Mexico. They were there with ideas and support throughout the trip. Fantastic and super responsive. Highly recommend.

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We worked with Journey Mexico on our recent trip to Merida. The trip was amazing and exceeded all expectations. Each day and activity was well planned. For a family of 5 (including 3 children) it’s often hard to find something for everyone. Everyone that we encountered was phenomenal, from our travel assistant Jesús, to our driver Sergio, to our tour guide Angel. They worked hard to make sure that our trip was all that we wanted it to be, and it was perfect! I highly recommend!

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Wonderful, attentive and responsive Travel Agency based in Mexico. My wife and I booked a 10-day trip to Oaxaca, Mexico with Journey Mexico. They were very helpful and responsive during the planning stage. Followed up to make sure we were ready for the trip and assigned a travel assistant to assist during our trip. She was always just a text message away - 24/7. Very helpful. We had an issue come up during the trip and she immediately responded and did everything possible to solve the problem. Highly recommend this group - we will use them any time we are traveling in Mexico.

Steven C. October 2022, Oaxaca City & Puerto Escondido

Thanks for following up. We had a lovely time - most specifically the property was perfect for the weekend & the staff, Rodolfo & Chef Hector & team were absolute perfection. They were the perfect addition to making our stay so personal (and with the most amazing food & cocktails!). Our driver for our Tulum trip was also very kind & attentive. Thanks again for all the help and support from your side setting up the activities & managing our menu & grocery, and responding to our many questions!! The group is already looking forward to booking with Journey Mexico again.

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I just wanted to thank you for all you did to arrange our stay at Villa Mariola. Everything was ready for us when we arrived and the safety gates created the safe environment that we needed with 4 toddlers. The villa was comfortable and the staff was pleasant, hard working and accommodating. The chef’s Rafael and Alex are amazing, every meal that they created was like eating in an upscale New York restaurant. Thank you again, Debbie and the Tosi and Muser families

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Welcome to the captivating world of Mexico , a country that boasts a rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and a vibrant spirit. If you're planning a 14-day adventure in this enchanting land, you're in for an unforgettable experience. In this guide, we'll present you with five unique 14-day in Mexico itineraries that will take you on a journey through diverse regions, revealing the hidden gems and iconic landmarks along the way.

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The Magic of the Yucatan and Mexico City

17 days  / from 1590 USD

The Magic of the Yucatan and Mexico City

Explore the magic of the Yucatan Peninsula: from colonial towns like Merida to Archaeological sites like Uxmal and Calakmul, close to the Guatemala border, to beaches in Bacalar and Tulum, this itinerary shows you the real Yucatan before heading out to explore Mexico City.

Mexico City, Oaxaca & the Yucatan

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Mexico City, Oaxaca & the Yucatan

Explore Central Mexico with its ever-busy capital Mexico City, visiting Teotihuacan and the famous museums in the city. Further on to Oaxaca City, the gateway to the Archaeological Site Monte Alban. Afterwards, continue to the white beaches of the Yucatan: Cancun and Isla Holbox await.

Fascinating Mexico: From Guanajuato to the Yucatan

18 days  / from 1735 USD

Fascinating Mexico: From Guanajuato to the Yucatan

Discover Mexico from fascinating San Miguel de Allende over busy Mexico City all the way to the Yucatan Peninsula. This itinerary combines public transportation with domestic flights to ensure you can make the most of discovering fascinating Mexico within two weeks.

Marvelous Mexico: From Yucatan to Mexico City

18 days  / from 2190 USD

Marvelous Mexico: From Yucatan to Mexico City

Your trip starts on the wonderful coast of Yucatan, exploring the beaches and archaeological highlights like Chichen Itza and Tulum. From there on continue the exploration to Palenque and Oaxaca before taking a flight to Mexico City - 3 days in the capital await your discovery.

Mexico's Highlands and Coast

10 days  / from 2147 USD

Mexico's Highlands and Coast

Discover Mexico City's historic highlights and the wonders of sites like Teotihuacan, Campeche and Palenque before you jet off to the Central HIghlands. Discover archeological ruins and traditional tribal villages, then fall for the charms of Mexico's old colonial cities and glitzy Caribbean coast.

Mexico's Mayan Trail

7 days  / from 1499 USD

Mexico's Mayan Trail

Follow the Mayan Trail around Mexico on this archaeological adventure. Begin your journey with a refreshing taste of sea and salt air in the Yucatán Peninsula on one of Playa del Carmen's gorgeous Caribbean beaches before heading off to discover magical Mayan ruins and glorious colonial towns.

Itinerary #1: The Gems of Yucatan - Self-Drive Trip

With this 14-day itinerary , you will discover the Peninsula de Yucatan with its many archaeological sites, colonial villages, and stunning beaches. Having your own car allows you the maximum freedom to explore, and the easy road access makes driving yourself a breeze.

Day one begins with picking up your rental car at Cancun airport and launching your adventure to Tulum.

Day two takes you to the Tulum Archaeological Site, a vital Riviera Maya landmark. Day three offers leisure time in Tulum, followed by a drive to Coba on day four , where Playa Paraiso's beach awaits.

Day five introduces Coba's own archaeological wonders. Day six leads you to Valladolid, a colonial gem with remarkable architecture. Day seven invites exploration of Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas, revealing tranquillity and natural beauty.

Day eight calls for a visit to the revered Chichen Itza , an ancient Maya capital. Day nine 's journey to Izamal unveils the Ex Convent of San Antonio de Padua. Day ten connects you with Merida, a vibrant capital with cultural riches.

Day eleven offers a free day in Merida , followed by a self-drive tour of Uxmal's impressive Mayan structures on day twelve . Day thirteen explores Dzibichaltun's archaeological site, steeped in Mayan heritage.

Day fourteen marks your Yucatan departure, either to Merida or Cancun airport, concluding an enriching exploration of the region's historical and natural treasures.

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  • Self-drive from Cancun to Tulum.
  • Overnight in Tulum.
  • Self-drive to Tulum Archaeological Site.
  • Overnight in Tulum. 
  • Day at leisure in Tulum.
  • Self-drive from Tulum to Coba.
  • Overnight in Coba. 
  • Self-drive to Coba Archaeological Site.
  • Self-drive from Coba to Valladolid.
  • Overnight in Valladolid. 
  • Self-drive to Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas.
  • Self-drive to Chichen Itza.
  • Overnight in Chichen Itza. 
  • Self-drive from Chichen Itza to Izamal.
  • Overnight in Izamal. 
  • Self-drive from Izamal to Merida.
  • Overnight in Merida.
  • Free day in Merida.
  • Overnight in Merida. 
  • Self-drive Day Tour to Uxmal.
  • Self-drive Day Tour to Dzibichaltun's Archaeological Site.
  • Self-drive to the airport and departure.

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Itinerary #2: Mexico City, Oaxaca & the Yucatan

Embark on a 14-day trip to Central Mexico, starting from the bustling capital, Mexico City . The journey kicks off with a warm welcome and transfers to your downtown hotel. Day two features a full-day shared tour to the Basilica de Guadalupe and the Teotihuacan Pyramids, immersing you in both modern and ancient history.

Day three brings cultural delights at the Frida Kahlo Museum and the charming Xochimilco canals. Following this, a domestic flight takes you to Oaxaca on day four . Day five unfolds the UNESCO World Heritage City of Oaxaca, showcasing art, crafts, and historical wonders.

Monte Alban, the ancient Zapotec capital, awaits exploration on day six, while day seven offers petrified falls at Hierve El Agua and the significant ceremonial centre, Mitla.

On day eight , fly to Cancun , where days nine and ten allow you to relish the alluring Mexican beaches and leisurely pursuits. Day eleven ushers in a serene escape to Holbox Island, known for its tranquillity. This calm paradise continues to captivate on days twelve and thirteen.

Concluding on day fourteen , bid farewell to Holbox and Mexico. A shared golf cart ride takes you to the ferry dock, followed by a transfer to Cancun airport for your departure.

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Sunrise over rural mountain town in Oaxaca Mexico © OverlandTheAmericas/Shutterstock

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Tropical beach setting on Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo, Mexico © Shutterstock

  • Arrival in Mexico City.
  • Overnight in Mexico City.
  • Basilica of Guadalupe and Teotihuacan Pyramids from Mexico City.
  • Overnight in Mexico City. 
  • Day trip to Frida Kahlo Museum, Xochimilco and University City.
  • From Mexico City to Oaxaca.
  • Overnight in Oaxaca.
  • Oaxaca City Tour.
  • Overnight in Oaxaca. 
  • Day trip to Monte Alban.
  • Day Tour to Hierve el Agua, Tule Tree and Mitla.
  • From Oaxaca to Cancun.
  • Overnight in Cancun. 
  • Cancun Free Day.
  • Beaches in Cancun - Free Day.
  • Overnight in Cancun.
  • Cancun to Holbox Island by boat.
  • Overnight in Holbox. 
  • Holbox Island Day at Leisure.
  • From Holbox to Cancun Airport.

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Itinerary #3: Mexico City and the Yucatan - from the city to the beaches

Join us on a captivating 14-day Mexican trip , starting in Mexico City and culminating in Cancun. Arrive in Mexico City and settle into your downtown hotel on day one . Dive into the city's history on a guided UNESCO-listed historical centre tour on day two .

Day three brings a shared full-day tour of the Basilica de Guadalupe and Teotihuacan Pyramids, immersing you in their mystique. Transitioning on day four , transfer to Merida, where day five unveils Uxmal's history, Yaxcopoil hacienda, and a refreshing cenote exploration.

Discover the enchanting Pink Lake and Rio Lagartos' splendour on day six and explore Chichen Itza's grandeur on day seven before relaxing in Playa del Carmen . Day eight takes you to Xel-Há Park and Tulum's archaeological wonder, while day nine offers Playa del Carmen's Xcaret Park.

Day ten's unique Xenses park challenges perceptions. Days eleven and twelve are for leisure in Playa del Carmen. Day thirteen sees you transfer to Cancun, where you'll enjoy your final leisure moments.

Bid Mexico farewell on day fourteen as you embark on your international flight (or continue your trip).

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San Ildefonso Cathedral, Merida, Mexico @ Shutterstock

Xochimilco, Mexico © Shutterstock

Xochimilco, Mexico @ Shutterstock

  • Mexico City Tour.
  • Basilica de Guadalupe and Teotihuacan Pyramids.
  • From Mexico City to Merida.
  • Day Tour to Uxmal, Yaxcopoil and a cenote.

Day six 

  • Day Tour to Lago Lagartos and Las Colorados.
  • Merida to Playa del Carmen via Chichen Itza.
  • Overnight in Playa del Carmen. 
  • Day tour to Xel-Ha Park and Tulum Archaeological Site.
  • Day Tour to Xcaret Park.
  • Day Tour to Xensen Park.
  • Overnight in Playa del Carmen.
  • Day at Leisure at Playa del Carmen.

Day thirteen

  • From Playa del Carmen to Cancun.

Day fourteen

  • Transfer to Cancun Airport.

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Beach on Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Mexico © Shutterstock

Beach on Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Mexico © Shutterstock

Itinerary #4: From Mexico City over Chiapas to Cancun: The Best of Mexico

Join us on a 14-day odyssey that perfectly encapsulates Mexico's diverse beauty and history. This journey is designed to give you an unparalleled experience, blending the cultural richness of Mexico City, the natural wonders of Chiapas, and the coastal allure of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Your expedition kicks off in Mexico City, a dynamic metropolis teeming with museums and ancient pyramids. Ease into the adventure with a guided exploration of the UNESCO-listed historic centre. Immerse yourself in Frida Kahlo's world at Casa Azul and navigate Xochimilco's enchanting floating gardens.

On day four , your path takes you to Chiapas, where the rugged Sumidero Canyon and its wildlife await your discovery. Dive deep into local cultures on shared tours of indigenous communities and unveil El Chiflon's cascading waterfalls.

Days seven through nine unveil ancient wonders like Agua Azul Falls, Yaxchilan, and Palenque Archaeological Site, each a testament to Mexico's rich heritage.

Transitioning to the Yucatan, marvel at Celestún's coastal splendours, visit Chichen Itza, and unwind on Playa del Carmen's shores.

Eager to seize Mexico's allure? Let's craft it together .

Day of the Dead altar is seen in Zocalo square, downtown Mexico City, Mexico © Shutterstock

Zocalo Square, downtown Mexico City, Mexico © Shutterstock

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Cathedral San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas - Mexico @ Shutterstock

  • Xochimilco and Frida Kahlo Museum Day Tour from Mexico City.
  • From Mexico City to San Cristobal with Sumidero Canyon.
  • Overnight in San Cristobal de las Casas.
  • Indian Communities San Juan Chamula and Zincantan Tour.
  • Overnight in San Cristobal de las Casas. 
  • Day Tour to Montebello Lakes and Chiflon Waterfall.
  • San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque visiting Agua Azul and Misol Ha.
  • Overnight in Palenque. 
  • Day Tour to Bonampak and Yaxchilan Archaeological Site.
  • From Palenque to Merida.
  • Day Tour to Celestun.
  • Overnight Merida.
  • Merida to Playa del Carmen with a visit to Chichen Itza.

Bonampak is an ancient Maya's city. Chiapas. Mexico © AntonBkrd/Shutterstock

Bonampak is an ancient Maya city. Chiapas. Mexico © AntonBkrd/Shutterstock

Itinerary #5: Chiapas, Tabasco, Yucatan: Explore the Eastern Highlights

Explore the eastern highlights on this 14-day trip , merging adventure and relaxation. Begin day one at Tuxtla Airport, escorted to your San Cristobal de las Casas hotel. Day one takes you through Sumidero Canyon on a shared motorboat cruise, witnessing stunning cliffs and wildlife. How does this natural wonder captivate you?

Day two connects you with indigenous communities, delving into their traditions and lifestyle. How does engaging with local cultures enrich your experience?

Explore Agua Azul Falls, Misol Ha pools, and Palenque Archaeological Site on day three . Day four leads to La Venta Park's archaeological wonders, then a domestic flight to Merida.

Day five's captivating walking tour unveils Merida's allure, surrounded by haciendas and ancient Mayan sites. Day six uncovers the secrets of Kabah and Uxmal archaeological sites. What echoes of ancient Mayan civilization intrigue you?

Days eight to thirteen offer freedom in Cozumel, beach relaxation, and Playa del Carmen's vibrant atmosphere.

Day fourteen bids farewell to the mesmerizing Mayan Riviera. Reflect on your unforgettable Mexican adventure.

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Cozumel Island El Mirador beach in Riviera Maya of Mexico © Shutterstock

  • From Tuxtla Airport to San Cristobal with the Boat Tour of Sumidero Canyon.
  • Transfer to Palenque and Day Tour to Agua Azul and Misol Ha.
  • From Palenque to Merida via Villahermosa
  • Merida City Tour.
  • Day Tour to Uxmal Ruta Puuc including lunch.
  • Merida to Cozumel via Chichen Itza.
  • Overnight in Cozumel. 
  • Free Day in Cozumel.
  • Cozumel to Playa del Carmen.
  • Free Day in Playa del Carmen.

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The Grand Park Royal Cancun Caribe is known for it's customized service, classic Caribbean décor, and many outdoor excursions. Situated in the coveted La Isla inlet in the Cancun area, this hotel is just 15 miles from the airport, with many taxis offering affordably fixed fares. Mahekal Beach Resort is perfect for travelers looking to combine their intimate private accommodation with a bustling city nightlife in Playa del Carmen. The resort offers safe, non-stop transportation to and from Cancun International Airport for a seamless transition on your next Mexican trip.

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Occidental at Xcaret is an intimate eco-archaeological hotel with over 40 on-site attractions which combine the best of ancient Mayan culture with modern first-class amenities. Take advantage of the coastline views with a rental car for added flexibility when you travel from Cancun International Airport.Crown Paradise Club Hotel is a 5 star hotel just minutes from prime shopping centers which offers incredible Mexican travel deals when you book its all-inclusive packages. It's easy to pre-book your hotel shuttle for travelling between Cancun International Airport and Crown Paradise Club Hotel.

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Mexico Unplugged Tour

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Head across the border and make Mexico your next vacation destination. With cuisine as colorful as the culture, and scenery as spellbinding as the ancient Mayan sites, there is so much to see and do. For a cheap Mexico vacation package, head to Cancun for its popular nightlife and relaxing days on white sandy beaches, or if you’re looking for something a little more grownup, try laidback Tulum . Mexico City is a melting pot of arty neighborhoods, lively nightlife, and big city buzz. While over on the west coast’s Baja California peninsula, Cabo San Lucas is the scuba diving resort of choice.

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Beach Vacation Packages in Mexico

Spend your days sprawled out on powdery white sands and swimming in tropical waters with one of our Mexico Beach Vacation Packages . You’ll have your pick of spectacular shorelines for your Mexico vacation, like Akumal Beach in Akumal , Paradise Beach in Cozumel and Norte Beach on Isla Mujeres . Or soak up the sun on iconic stretches like Playa Ruinas in Tulum and Playa de los Muertos in Puerto Vallarta .

When it comes to choosing your seaside stay, Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun – All Inclusive – Adults Only in Cancun is hard to beat. Just moments from Marlin Beach , this 5-star oceanfront retreat features a spa, seven outdoor pools and suites with sea views. For something a little more budget-friendly, check out Illusion Boutique Hotel By Xperience Hotels . This option in Playa del Carmen is within walking distance of Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Mamitas Beach . To find your dream stay for your Mexico vacation, use our handy filters to search for ocean views, your preferred hotel star rating and more.

Mexico Luxury Vacation Packages

Dreaming of a Mexico vacation full of rest, relaxation and indulgence? Book a Mexico Luxury Vacation Package . Choose from a range of upmarket accommodations like Nizuc Resort and Spa Hotel . Located in Cancun, this 5-star escape offers private beach access, five pools and a full-service spa. Stays don’t come much more luxurious than Viceroy Riviera Maya All Inclusive , nestled in the rainforest of Riviera Maya . Add this escape to your Mexico vacation package and kick back in a villa with your own private plunge pool, lounge in overwater hammocks and treat yourself at the spa.

For more ideas, check out our luxury hotels and resorts in Mexico . They come with the best of everything, from poolside bars and Champagne service to upmarket restaurants and round-the-clock concierge services. Use Expedia’s filters to search for 5-star properties with premium amenities like hot tubs, spas and pools. When you’ve found your favorite, bundle your accommodations, airfare and car rental into a Mexico vacation package for the ultimate luxury of convenience.

Where to Stay in Mexico

Whether you want to stay on a sun-drenched tropical beach, in a traditional mountain town or a bustling mega city, our southern neighbors have it all. Check out these top spots for your Mexico vacation:

  • Mexico City : Steeped in culture and history yet cosmopolitan and contemporary, the nation’s energetic capital is an ideal base. Aztec ruins, colonial architecture, spicy cuisine and excellent museums lure travelers here.
  • Oaxaca : Enjoy a more traditional taste of Mexico in Oaxaca, known for its colorful architecture, surrounding natural beauty, world-class gastronomy and festivals.
  • Tulum : Come to this chic coastal town for the picture-perfect beaches, stay for the Mayan ruins, fantastic shopping, beautiful cenotes (sinkholes) and epic nightlife.
  • San Cristobal de las Casas : Experience rich culture and history in this highland city. Wander its cobblestone streets, admire its colonial architecture and shop at artisanal markets.

Top Things to Do

Fill your Mexico vacation with historic attractions, natural wonders, adventure and more. Here are some epic ideas for your itinerary:

  • History : Marvel at iconic monuments including Pyramid of the Sun near Mexico City and Pyramid of Kukulkan in Chichen Itza .
  • Entertainment : Add a Coco Bongo Show & Disco or a bar crawl tour to your Mexico vacation package for a night out in Cancun to remember. Or catch the incredible spectacle of a lucha libre (wrestling) show at Arena Mexico in Mexico City.
  • Nature : Dive into the crystal-clear waters of Dos Ojos Cenote near Tulum, hike past glacial lakes at Nevado de Toluca National Park and discover the petrified waterfalls and mineral pools of Hierve el Agua in Oaxaca.
  • Culture : Visit some of Mexico City’s first-class museums and galleries including Museo Nacional de Antropologia , Frida Kahlo House Museum and Palacio de Bellas Artes .

Need more inspiration? Our Things to Do in Mexico guide has an amazing range of activities and experiences that can be added to your vacation package.

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Mexico is a short to medium-haul flight away from many major U.S. cities, making it an ideal destination for a spontaneous getaway. For example, the flight time from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Mexico City Juarez International Airport (MEX) is just under 4 hours. If you’re taking off from Texas, a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth Intl. Airport (DFW) to MEX takes around 2.5 hours. Ready to go? Check out our Last Minute Vacation Deals and find your dream vacation package to Mexico.

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Explore the Yucatan Coast with Tulum vacation packages

Tulum is both an archaeological wonder and a tropical paradise along the shores of the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. From powder-soft white sand to watersports, from exploring ancient archaeological sites to enjoying craft cocktails at a popular beach bar, you'll find a whole world of experiences here. Tulum offers shopping, dining, history, amusement parks, and party-all-night vibes, so there's something for everyone, adults and kids alike.

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Enjoy a vacation of the exciting, vibrant nightlife scene at Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas is in many ways the heart of Mexican nightlife with thumping beats at nightclubs, famous DJs, live music, and strong drinks, but it also offers a world of natural wonder. You can see fantastic beaches, iconic rock formations, with superb photo ops for your Instagram. From forests and deserts right next door to snorkeling among colorful sea life, you'll never be at a loss for adventure.

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Discover ancient culture and undersea ruins with Cancun vacation packages

Cancun offers endless stretches of soft sand and endless blue waters and features vast archeological ruins that date back thousands of years. It's a true melding of ancient and modern with Aztec culture alive in local markets and on display at the El Rey Archaeological Zone. You can swim with dolphins or snorkel underwater art exhibitions. A trip to Cancun is a trip you'll treasure for years.

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Explore the Riviera Maya strip with vacation packages in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is a famous resort town that draws hundreds of thousands every year to enjoy the scenic northern Yucatan Coast. You can enjoy hiking in a lush rainforest, visiting ancient ruins, soaking up unique local culture and relaxing on stretches of cotton-soft sand on the shores of the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean. From shopping and dining to extreme outdoor adventures, you're sure to make thrilling memories.

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Vacation in a premiere resort town along the Pacific in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a premier resort town famous for its thriving nightlife, endless beaches, and plenty of water sports and outdoor adventure opportunities. Whether you're in it for the surfing and paddleboarding, the snorkeling and scuba diving, you want to shop in local malls, or you want to dance, drink and party the night away, you'll find a world of fun here.

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Relax on vacation on the Caribbean resort coast at Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya opens the door to exploring the northern Yucatan peninsula and is famed as a popular resort area. Here you can get pampered as all your needs are met and be just steps from swimming pools, spas, sparkling sandy beaches, hot tubs, and even yoga retreats. The bars and clubs come alive in the evenings, and the arts and cultural scene shine during the day.

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Explore outstanding ecotourism with a vacation package at Xcaret

Xcaret is a privately owned park focused entirely on eco-tourism adventures, where you'll get up close to rare plants and animals and learn about the importance of our relationship with nature. You can sail down a river through a replica Mayan village with arts, crafts, and even an equestrian show. Learn about Mexican cultural traditions, and at the end, enjoy a spa to soothe your muscles and prepare for tomorrow.

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Mexico Travel: Rich Culture and Vibrant Beauty of Mexico

S teeped in history and bursting with color, Mexico beckons travelers with its diverse attractions and experiences. From ancient ruins and colonial architecture to mouthwatering cuisine and stunning landscapes, there is something for everyone in this enchanting country. As you explore Mexico , you’ll discover the richness of its culture and the vibrant beauty that makes it a top travel destination.

Importance of Exploring Mexico’s Diverse Attractions and Experiences

By delving into Mexico’s multifaceted attractions, you’ll uncover the layers of its fascinating past and present. Experience the warmth of its people, the energy of its cities, and the serenity of its natural wonders. Mexico is a treasure trove waiting to be explored, and Sunshine Travel And Tour is here to guide you through the best this captivating country has to offer. Don’t miss the chance to experience the rich culture and vibrant beauty of Mexico!

Mexico’s Cultural Heritage

Ancient civilizations and archaeological sites.

Dive into Mexico’s rich past by visiting its awe-inspiring archaeological sites. Walk among the remnants of powerful ancient civilizations and marvel at their architectural achievements.

  • Mayan ruins in Tulum and Chichen Itza:  Explore the breathtaking ruins of Tulum, perched on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, or venture to Chichen Itza to witness the iconic pyramid of El Castillo and the impressive Temple of the Warriors.
  • Teotihuacan’s Pyramids of the Sun and Moon:  Stand in awe before the towering Pyramids of the Sun and Moon at Teotihuacan, an ancient city that once thrived as a center of culture and commerce in Mesoamerica.

Spanish Colonial Architecture and History

Wander through the cobblestone streets of Mexico’s historic cities, and you’ll be transported back in time to the Spanish colonial era. Admire the grandeur of ornate churches, stately mansions, and bustling plazas as you learn about the country’s rich history.

  • Mexico City’s historical center:  The heart of Mexico City boasts an array of architectural gems, from the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral to the ornate Palacio de Bellas Artes.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Puebla and Guanajuato:  Discover the vibrant colors and intricate details of Puebla’s Talavera pottery, or meander through the narrow alleyways of Guanajuato, a city teeming with history and charm.

Traditional Arts and Crafts

Experience Mexico’s vibrant artistic traditions firsthand by visiting local artisans and admiring their exquisite handiwork. From colorful pottery to intricate silver jewelry, these crafts are a testament to Mexico’s rich cultural heritage.

  • Oaxacan pottery and textiles:  Marvel at the intricate designs and bold colors of Oaxacan pottery, or browse through vibrant textiles woven with traditional techniques passed down through generations.
  • Taxco’s silver jewelry:  Visit the charming town of Taxco, known for its skilled silversmiths and stunning silver jewelry designs that reflect both contemporary and traditional Mexican artistry.

Vibrant Mexican Cuisine

Regional culinary specialties.

Mexico is a paradise for food lovers, boasting an array of regional flavors and culinary delights. Indulge in the country’s gastronomic treasures and savor the unique tastes of each region.

  • Oaxacan mole:  Experience the rich, complex flavors of Oaxacan mole, a savory sauce made from a blend of chilies, spices, and chocolate, served over meat or vegetables.
  • Yucatecan cochinita pibil:  Delight in the succulent taste of cochinita pibil, a slow-roasted pork dish marinated in tangy citrus juice and achiote paste, served with pickled onions and warm tortillas.

Street Food Culture

Immerse yourself in Mexico’s vibrant street food scene, where you’ll find delicious bites and local favorites at every turn. Sample mouthwatering treats and experience the true essence of Mexican cuisine.

  • Tacos al pastor:  Enjoy the iconic tacos al pastor, featuring tender marinated pork cooked on a vertical spit, topped with pineapple, onions, and cilantro, wrapped in a warm tortilla.
  • Churros and elotes:  Indulge in crispy, sugar-coated churros or savor the irresistible taste of elotes, grilled corn on the cob slathered in creamy mayonnaise, crumbly cheese, and a dash of chili powder.

Fine Dining Experiences and Innovative Mexican Chefs

Embark on a culinary adventure at Mexico’s top restaurants, where renowned chefs combine traditional flavors with modern techniques to create innovative and delectable dishes. From upscale dining establishments to cutting-edge eateries, Mexico’s culinary scene is a playground for food enthusiasts seeking exceptional flavors and unforgettable experiences.

Natural Wonders and Outdoor Adventures

Beaches and coastal destinations.

Escape to Mexico’s idyllic beaches and coastal destinations, where you can soak up the sun, swim in crystal-clear waters, and unwind in paradise.

  • Cancun and the Riviera Maya:  Discover the pristine beaches and turquoise waters of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, home to world-class resorts, vibrant nightlife, and ancient Mayan ruins.
  • Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos:  Experience the picturesque beauty of Puerto Vallarta, with its charming cobblestone streets and lush mountains, or explore the stunning rock formations and vibrant marine life in Los Cabos.

Biodiversity and Wildlife

Marvel at Mexico’s incredible biodiversity and wildlife, as you encounter unique species and awe-inspiring natural phenomena in their natural habitats.

  • Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve:  Witness the breathtaking spectacle of millions of monarch butterflies converging in the forests of Michoacán during their annual migration at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.
  • Whale watching in Baja California: Embark on a thrilling whale-watching adventure in Baja California, home to migrating gray whales, humpbacks, and even the majestic blue whale.

Adventure Activities

Quench your thirst for adventure with exhilarating activities that showcase Mexico’s diverse landscapes and natural beauty.

  • Hiking and trekking in Copper Canyon:  Trek through the stunning Copper Canyon, a vast network of canyons in northern Mexico, offering breathtaking views, challenging trails, and encounters with local indigenous communities.
  • Scuba diving in Cozumel:  Dive into the underwater world of Cozumel, renowned for its vibrant coral reefs, crystal-clear waters, and abundant marine life – a dream destination for scuba divers and snorkelers alike.

Festivals and Celebrations

Traditional holidays and religious events.

Immerse yourself in Mexico’s vibrant traditions and spirituality by attending its lively holidays and religious events, where you’ll experience a unique blend of indigenous customs and European influences.

  • Day of the Dead:  Celebrate the colorful and festive Day of the Dead, a time-honored tradition where families honor their deceased loved ones with elaborate altars, vibrant decorations, and lively processions.
  • Semana Santa (Holy Week):  Witness the solemn beauty and religious fervor of Semana Santa, a week-long series of processions and rituals commemorating the passion, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Cultural Festivals and Music Events

Delve into Mexico’s rich cultural tapestry by attending its diverse festivals and music events, showcasing the country’s artistic talent, regional traditions, and festive spirit.

  • Guelaguetza Festival in Oaxaca:  Experience the vibrant colors, music, and dance of the Guelaguetza Festival in Oaxaca, a celebration of indigenous culture and heritage featuring traditional performances, parades, and regional cuisine.
  • Cervantino International Arts Festival in Guanajuato:  Explore the creativity and artistic talent on display at the Cervantino International Arts Festival in Guanajuato, a world-renowned event featuring music, theater, dance, and visual arts from around the globe.

Planning Your Mexico Travel Experience

Best times to visit mexico.

While Mexico is a year-round destination, the best time to visit depends on your preferences and the region you plan to explore. The dry season, from November to April, is ideal for sightseeing and beach vacations, while the wet season, from May to October, offers lush landscapes and fewer crowds. Be sure to consider local events and festivals when planning your trip, as these can enrich your Mexico travel experience.

Tips for Sustainable and Responsible Travel

As a responsible traveler, make an effort to minimize your environmental impact and support local communities during your visit to Mexico . Choose eco-friendly accommodations, respect cultural practices, and shop at local businesses. By making sustainable choices, you can help preserve Mexico’s natural and cultural treasures for future generations.

Mexico’s Cultural and Natural Attractions

From its rich cultural heritage and vibrant cuisine to breathtaking natural wonders and exhilarating outdoor adventures, Mexico offers an endless array of experiences for travelers to explore. By immersing yourself in the country’s diverse attractions, you’ll create unforgettable memories and gain a deeper appreciation for Mexico’s unique charm and beauty.

Embark on your dream Mexico vacation with Sunshine Travel And Tour , your trusted partner in crafting personalized itineraries and unforgettable experiences. Their team of experts is dedicated to helping you discover the best of Mexico, ensuring a memorable and enriching journey. Don’t miss the chance to uncover the rich culture and vibrant beauty of Mexico – contact us today to start planning your adventure!

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Steeped in history and bursting with color, Mexico beckons travelers with its diverse attractions and experiences. From ancient ruins and colonial architecture to mouthwatering cuisine and stunning landscapes, there is something for everyone in this enchanting country. As you explore Mexico, you’ll discover the richness of its culture and the vibrant beauty that makes it a...

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Peel back the lucha libre mask and you’ll find a patchwork of cultures and customs mixed into one tequila-drenched country.

The gregarious locals are just as likely to pull you up for a dance at one of Mexico City’s hip-shaking salsa clubs as they are to show you the way to one of the country’s many ancient ruins, all with a casual ‘hola’ and an inviting smile. While   our tours   get you up close with locals, they also show you the best sights from on and off the gringo trail. You can party until dawn in Playa del Carmen, eat your way into a food coma in Oaxaca, or, best of all, kick back with a horchata in the lazy seaside port of Merida.

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Mexico City (population 8.7 million)

129.9 million

(GMT-06:00) Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey - New

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Best time to visit mexico.

Mexico is generally most pleasant in the cool, dry season between September and June. July and August can be very hot and humid, but perfect for swimming, snorkelling and lazing on the beach. It is, however, the busiest months for travel as this is the time of the North American school holidays. Highland areas such as Chiapas and Oaxaca tend to be cooler year round, with cold nights.

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Culture and customs

Mexico lays claim to one of the richest and most historic cultures in the world. Characterized by strong regional identity, locals are affiliated directly to the region they hail from with each region having its own unique customs, cuisine and even language dialect. Despite this, national identity is still strong with all Mexicans sharing common bonds over their love of sport, dance, food and religion. With most of the country belonging to the Roman Catholic religion, religious festivals and celebrations are plentiful in Mexico. Parades, street fairs and parties held in honour of local saints are commonplace, and offer travellers the chance to witness the customs and rituals of this vibrant culture.

Eating and drinking

One of Mexico's biggest drawcards is its food and drink. From Oaxaca's indigenous staples to the sizzling street food of Mexico City, there's almost too much choice for the hungry traveller. By the end of your Mexico tour you'll know your tacos from your tamales, your enchiladas from your elote and your tequila from your mezcal.

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Geography and environment

Mexico shares land borders with the   United States ,   Belize   and   Guatemala , and has extensive coastline that runs along the Gulf of Mexico, Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Featuring a wide variety of natural environments, Mexico is home to tracts of tropical rainforests, vast areas of low-lying plains and desert, volcanic mountains and temperate beaches and lagoons. Its capital and major cities are typically built up, busy and lively – with a vast network of public transport, highways and roads. Rural areas, on the other hand, are distinctly less developed, with small-scale housing, unsealed roads and rustic farms.

History and government

Early history.

People have been living in Mexico for more than 13,000 years. Mesoamericans occupied the area early on, with archaeological evidence pointing towards Mesoamericans leading a hunter-gatherer existence. Maize farming is thought to have become commonplace by 1500 BC, which led to the farming of other commodities as well. A variety of cultures contributed to the early history of Mexico, with the Olmec, Toltec, Maya, Teotihuacan and Aztecs all bringing unique cultural, religious and artistic styles to the region, with the Mayan and Aztec Empires having the greatest (and most enduring) impact on the region. 

Mayan society can be traced back to 300 BC, while the Aztecs enjoyed prosperity from 1325 to around 1521 AD. Many ancient ruins and constructions from these periods are still standing all throughout Mexico, and can be visited and viewed today. By the 16th century, the Spanish had arrived in Mexico and what followed was a period of colonialism that lasted nearly 300 years. 

During this time, Mexico was seen as a part of ‘New Spain’ along with Cuba and Puerto Rico. This was not a particularly good time for Mexicans who (under colonial law) were generally not allowed to travel outside of Mexico and were denied access to education. Mexico achieved independence from the Spaniards after the War of Independence (1810-1821) but peace was short lived as two decades later the Mexican-American War brought more confrontation and armed conflict to parts of Mexico.

Recent history

Mexico’s Revolution of 1910 - 1921 was a period of instability, marked by political turmoil and bloodshed. More recently, Mexico has enjoyed an economic resurgence after decades of economic hardship, which lasted from the 1970s to the mid 1990s. The earthquake of 1985 didn’t help matters, with wide-scale damage and loss of life compounding the economic problems and political uncertainty of Mexico. Currently, Mexico is benefiting from a period of improved economic conditions, although the gap between the wages earned by Mexicans and their northern neighbours continues to widen. Mexico is now operating in a free market economy and the growth of tourism, agriculture and industry has ensured an improved economy for the country, although financial inequality still exists within.

Memorable moments of Mexico

1. ramble among the ruins.

A visit to the famed ruins of Chichen Itza reveals history, ancient architecture and wildlife in equal measures. Walk through the complex and hear jungle animal calls as colourful birds fly among the canopy. This is a stirring experience to treasure.

2. Bittersweet bites

The cult of chocolate is well and truly alive in Oaxaca! The flavours here are simply phenomenal and unlike mass-produced chocolate in the Western world. Spiced with chilli, cinnamon and cloves, you won’t soon forget the taste of Oaxacan chocolate.

3. Sunshine and snorkelling

Mexico’s Caribbean coastline showcases expanses of clear blue water, white sand beaches, vibrant reefs and plenty of sunshine. Snorkelling over colourful fish and sun-lit coral is simply unforgettable.

4. Mountain majesty

The cooler climate and fresh mountain air of San Cristobal de las Casas provides some respite from the city heat. Chilling out in this relaxed and visually stunning area is a magical Mexican moment.

5. Bus buddies

Catching a local bus in Mexico is a never-ending source of amusement. Overcome the language barrier and make friends with local commuters to pass the time.

6. Tequila!

No visit to Mexico is complete without downing a little bit of the national drink. While you may not remember every detail the morning after, good times and memorable holiday snapshots are guaranteed when tequila’s involved.

7. Volcanic splendour

Mexico’s volcanic landscapes are photo-worthy and awe-inspiring. Hiking past rocky escarpments and surreal scenery is a rewarding travel experience to remember.

8. Village people

Sharing smiles and laughs with locals while strolling through the rural villages of Mexico is a life-affirming and touching experience to cherish.

9. Mariachi melodies

Sway to the unique sounds of Mexico’s mariachi music in the streets and cafes of Mexico. The rhythms and beats will live in your heart for years to come.

10. To market, to market

Witness Latin America’s time-honoured commercial traditions unfold at Mexico’s well-patronized markets. Hear the banter of stallholders, smell the fragrant scent of sizzling meat and admire the colourful array of wares on offer.

Top places to visit in Mexico

This coastal town is well-known for its incredible cliff-top Mayan temple ruins with expansive ocean views. But outside of architectural wonders, Tulum also has quite a few natural wonders. Spend some time exploring the  numerous cenotes and caves  for unforgettable snorkelling and diving.

Explore Tulum on our  8 day Yucatan Peninsula Adventure   or on our   8 day Premium Mexico Yucatan Highlights  tour.

Numerous significant architectural sites, baroque churches and impressive cultural displays may have landed Oaxaca the badge of Unesco World Heritage Site, but in recent years, the city has gained notoriety as a culinary destination. Make sure to try regional specialties like tlayudas, mole and mezcal.

Get a taste of Oaxaca on our  9 day Mexico Real FoodAdventure.

3. San Cristobal

Set in a valley surrounded by pine forests, San Cristóbal de las Casas has a bright yellow cathedral, pastel houses and buildings draped in deep pink bougainvillea, making it one of Mexico's most colourful cities. Stop by the local markets to browse locally-made handicrafts with colours that rival those of the city itself.

Explore this colourful city on our  15 day Best of Mexico tour.

Travellers will be delighted with the range of good quality shopping available in Mexico. As usual, the markets offer some of the most cost-effective and fun ways to shop, although Mexico’s cities also showcase some excellent boutiques and galleries for more costly purchases. 

It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.

Things to buy in Mexico

1. Tiles, ceramics and earthenware

Mexico has a longstanding tradition in creating good quality pottery. Hit the artisan markets for colourful pots, vases and jugs. Don’t forget to pack carefully.

2. Bright textiles

Woven textiles can be found almost everywhere in Mexico. Hand-woven rugs, blankets, scarves and ponchos are a great reminder of your time in Mexico.

3. Jewellery

The silver in Mexico is among the world's best. Rings, necklaces and bracelets featuring bold Aztec designs are popular choices.

4. Lucha Libre masks

This Mexican wrestling phenomenon is growing in popularity worldwide, so grab a colourful wrestling mask - it’s a great souvenir for kids (and big kids) at home.

Festivals and events in Mexico

Mexico is the land of the fiesta and the locals will find any reason to party. Whether they're celebrating independence, the saints or the dead, you can expect vibrant colours, lively music and a whole lot of dancing. One to keep an eye out for is the Autumn Equinox, when crowds gather at Chichen Itza to witness the sunlight and shadows play tricks on this ancient relic. During the autumn (and spring) equinox, the sun moves across Chichen Itza, illuminating parts of the temple to reveal the moving body of a snake. Not seen on any other days, this natural spectacle draws thousands of pilgrims.

Read more about festivals in Mexico

Further reading

Mexico travel faqs, do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

When is the best time to visit Mexico?

Mexico is a country of varied landscapes and altitudes and the best time to visit depends on a variety of factors, the first of which is where you actually want to go.

Is it safe to visit Mexico?

Mexico has long been a popular tourist destination and most travellers do not run into any trouble. There are, however, areas that experience high levels of violent crime as a result of lawlessness and drug trafficking. That said, you can rest assured that Intrepid would not take you anywhere unless we were convinced it was safe.

Do I need a visa to travel to Mexico?

All tourists travelling to Mexico need a tourist permit, but not all need a visa. Citizens of the US, EU, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand are among those that do not need a visa and can obtain a tourist permit on arrival.

Is tipping customary in Mexico?

Tipping is expected in most parts of Mexico. The service workers typically earn a low wage and rely on tips to earn a decent living. We recommend leaving 10–15 per cent at restaurants (if the service charge is not already included), 5–10 per cent of your room cost for housekeepers, and a few dollars for porters, bartenders and guides.

What is the internet access like in Mexico?

Internet access is good in Mexico with wi-fi available in most accommodations, bigger restaurants, airports and in some public spaces. It’s also easy and affordable to buy a local SIM card for the duration of your Mexico tour.

Can I use my cell phone in Mexico?

If you wish to use your cell phone while in Mexico be sure to activate global roaming before leaving your home country. You should also check with your provider regarding any charges you may incur when overseas.

If you wish to purchase a local SIM card in Mexico, your phone must first be unlocked. For more information on local SIM cards, please read about   internet access in Mexico .

What are the toilets like in Mexico?

It's likely that you will encounter different types of toilets while travelling in Mexico. Western-style flushable toilets are commonly found in high-end resorts, hotels and restaurants, while squat toilets are common in rural areas and homes. Be prepared by carrying your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these aren't always provided.

What will it cost for a...?

Mexico’s unit of currency is the peso:

  • Cheap local meal = MXN 90.00
  • Domestic beer at a restaurant = MXN 24.00
  • One-way metro ticket in Mexico City = MXN 5.00
  • Mid-range meal = MXN 200.00

Can I drink the water in Mexico?

We do not recommend drinking the water in Mexico.

For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottle water and fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found; some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available, often boiled to use for tea or coffee.

It’s also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and to peel fruit and vegetables before eating.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Mexico?

Credit cards are generally accepted in Mexico at large stores and most mid- high-range hotels. Some cafes, bars and restaurants may accept card too, but the places with real character – and the best local food – tend to be cash only.

What is ATM access like in Mexico?

ATMs are available across towns and cities in Mexico. Travellers should not encounter trouble finding an ATM but be wary of international transaction fees. For your own safety, try to use ATMs in daylight hours.

What is the weather like in Mexico?

Mexico’s renowned for its sunshine and sandy beaches, but the weather can vary depending on the region you’re travelling to and the time of year.

What public holidays are celebrated in Mexico?

  • 1 Jan:   New Year’s Day
  • 5 Feb:   Constitution Day
  • 21 Mar:   Day off for Benito Juarez’s Birthday Memorial (variable)
  • April:   Maundy Thursday/Good Friday (variable)
  • 1 May:   Labour Day
  • 16 Sep:   Independence Day
  • Nov:   Revolution Day Memorial (held 3rd Monday of the month)
  • 12 Dec:   Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe
  • 25 Dec:   Christmas Day

Please note Mexico public holidays may vary.

Is Mexico safe for LGBTQIA+ travellers?

Mexico is becoming increasingly more accepting of same-sex relationships and has laws in place to protect those that identify differently, but it remains a country of strong Catholicism that has historically been hostile towards the local LGBTQIA+ community.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting  Equaldex  or  ILGA  before you travel.

If you are travelling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly. A single supplement is available on some tours for travellers who do not wish to share a room.

Is Mexico accessible for travellers with disabilities?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

Tourist destinations in Mexico including Mexico City and the resort areas on the Yucatan Peninsula are seeing an increasing number of hotels, restaurants and tourist sights fitted out to accommodate travellers with limitations. That said, it can still be difficult for those with mobility issues and visual and hearing issues, particularly on public transport. We recommend using taxis to move around locally and flying between cities if possible unless, of course, you are on an Intrepid Mexico tour.

If you do live with a visual, hearing or other impairment, let your booking agent or group leader know early on so they’re aware and suitable arrangements can be made. As a general rule, knowing some common words in the local language, carrying a written itinerary with you and taking to the streets in a group, rather than solo, can help make your travel experience the best it can be.

What to wear in Mexico

What you pack for your Mexico tour will depend on where you are travelling to. Mexico City, for example, will be much cooler than the coastal areas thanks to its high altitude. In the winter it can drop down towards freezing at night while reaching 23°C during the day, so it’s important to be prepared for both ends of the spectrum.

What's the accommodation like in Mexico?

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When travelling with us in Mexico you may find yourself staying in a basic hotel.

Intrepid prefers smaller character-filled hotels and guesthouses than hotel chains. When on vacation in Mexico, enjoy staying in small hotels owned and run by friendly locals.

Does my trip to Mexico support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveller. Trips to Mexico directly support our foundation partner, Gastromotiva Mexico.

Gastromotiva Mexico

Gastromotiva Mexico is tackling food scarcity and homelessness while promoting a sustainable food movement. Donations help them provide nutritious, balanced meals to community shelters for vulnerable people such as women affected by domestic violence and refugees.  

How do I stay safe and healthy while travelling?

From Australia?

Go to: Smart Traveller

From Canada?

Go to:  Canada Travel Information

From the UK?

Go to:  UK Foreign Travel Advice

From New Zealand?

Go to:  Safe Travel

From the US?

Go to:  US Department of State

The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

What is it like travelling on a small group tour?

Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or you’re about to embark on your first trip, travelling can be as intimidating as it is exciting. That's the beauty of a small group tour. From handling the logistics and organizing amazing cultural activities to local leaders who know each destination like the back of their hand (like which street has the best markets and where to get the most authentic food), travelling on a small group tour with Intrepid will give you unforgettable travel experiences without the hassle that comes with exploring a new place. Plus, you'll have ready-made friends to share the journey with. All you have to do is turn up with a healthy sense of adventure and we’ll take care of the rest.

Cancun without the crowds: Meet Isla Mujeres, a quieter Mexican getaway

The water surrounding Isla Mujeres is a vivid blue.

As soon as I arrived at Isla Mujeres, I knew I was going to experience a completely different side of Cancun.

With turquoise-blue waters, soft sand beaches and ancient Mayan ruins, Cancun is one of the top travel destinations for Americans seeking out a tropical getaway. Located on the Yucatán Penisula, the city drew 30 million visitors in 2022. It’s an easy place to visit and offers visitors the most hotels in the country . 

A gorgeous beach locale? Definitely. Peaceful? Not exactly.

But looking out to the bright blue horizon, you’ll see the secluded haven I’m going to instead: Impression Isla Mujeres by Secrets . 

Those looking to escape the loud parties and crowds of Cancun but still bask in the Yucatan’s natural beauty should consider Isla Mujeres, a small island 8 miles northeast of Cancun. In 2022, Isla Mujeres saw only 20% of Cancun’s tourist numbers , which makes it a more serene beach vacation.  

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Impression Isla Mujeres by Secrets is a newly opened all-inclusive luxury resort that caters to a quieter Mexican getaway. A personal butler, four levels of infinity pools and even private boat transfers to and from Cancun are just a few of the amenities guests at the luxurious adults-only resort can take advantage of.

Here’s what it’s like to vacation at Impression Isla Mujeres by Secrets. 

What makes Isla Mujeres so special?

Isla Mujeres translates to “Island of Women,” and it is said to be where the Mayan goddess Ixchel resides. The only way to reach the island is by boat, a 15-minute ride from Cancun.

Like Cancun, Isla Mujeres has pristine beaches but with a more laid-back vibe. Think of the island as a less overwhelming, more intimate version of the tourist hub. There is a downtown square, but it’s nothing like Cancun’s party block, which I found overwhelming the last time I visited. 

Here’s what Isla Mujeres has to offer visitors: 

  • On display is Isla Mujeres’ natural beauty. The island is surrounded by an azure sea so vivid it looks as if it were dyed. The calm waters invite travelers to spend most of their time there, and the island is known for flourishing marine life – it’s sometimes called the whale shark capital. If you don’t spot one of these docile sea creatures, whose population has declined more than 50% over the past 75 years, there are still plenty of fish and giant shells to see below the surface. Even the resort pays tribute to the gentle giants by being the home base for shark conservation nonprofit Saving Our Sharks Foundation. A portion of each stay at Impressions Isla Mujeres by Secrets goes to the local organization, meaning guests are supporting “marine biodiversity conservation, promoting sustainable fishing practices, conservation efforts and responsible tourism,” Erica Doyne, senor vice president of marketing and communications at Hyatt Hotels Corp., told USA TODAY.
  • As for non-living sea wonders, the island is home to the Museo Subacuático de Arte , one of fewer than 10 underwater art museums worldwide. Since 2010, visitors have been able to swim among the more than 500 life-size submerged sculptures, which also add biomass to the reef system. If going below the surface isn’t your thing, you can book a tour by glass-bottom boat.
  • Though the most popular of ancient Mayan temples, Chichén-Itza, is on the peninsula, Isla Mujeres has its share of cultural and historical sites. Visitors can make their way to the Mayan Temple of Ixchel, perched atop a striking seaside cliff in Punta Sur on the most southern point of the island, a short distance from the resort. On the mornings of the new year, Isla Mujeres residents gather here to greet the first rays of sunlight. 

What is it like to stay at Impressions Isla Mujeres?

Relaxing and recharging are the focal points of the adults-only resort, which opened in 2023 as the second property in the Impression by Secrets brand, run by World of Hyatt. You can skip the front desk; check-in is done on the boat. Upon arrival at the dock, guests are greeted with a welcome drink and their personal butler, who is easily reachable via WhatsApp. During my stay, I often forgot I was in Cancun and not some private island in the Caribbean (or at least, how I imagine that would be like).

The property: The ocean is the resort's centerpiece, and its vistas are prioritized, from the rooftop infinity pool to the oceanfront rooms with their private terrace complete with an outdoor hot tub. Woven throughout the property are subtle reminders of the sea and the creatures within, such as sculptures of whale sharks by Mexican artist César Menchaca using upcycled plastic and elegant lobby seating echoing the shape of a starfish. 

The property was once an abandoned hotel, but you’d never know it. Looking up, you can see how the whitewashed resort pays tribute to its location by resembling a seashell. Its cliffside location, tucked-away courtyards and archways give it a Santorini architectural feel. 

“Built into the natural landscape atop a coastal cliff, the development of Impression Isla Mujeres by Secrets was designed with purpose and inspired by a profound respect for the natural beauty and cultural richness of Isla Mujeres,” Doyne said.

A dock wraps around the 125-room resort’s beachfront, providing plenty of cabana space for guests to hunker down in and enclosing a swimming oasis. Hammocks hang off the dock, inches above the water, inviting you in for a daytime nap. 

With spring break around the corner, it'll cost two adults during the week of April 5-12 about $1,100 a night for an ocean-view room with two double beds, or one king bed and a sofa area. This rate includes a terrace, free laundry service, boat transfers, all amenities, and, of course, food and beverage. You can also use World of Hyatt points to book, and there’s a member rate.

The same week at fellow Isla Mujeres high-end resort Hotel Privilege Aluxes Isla Mujeres will run you more than $4,190 a night for an ocean-view suite, which has a large living area, food and beverage and similar amenities. (Although this seems a high rate, it is cheaper later in the year. A normal room is $1,949 in September, but there’s no terrace or promised ocean views.)

Eating well: The all-inclusive food and drink at Impression Isla Mujeres were top-notch, with eight dining options to choose from, ranging from Italian to Japanese cuisine and nine bars and lounges. My favorite restaurant was the breezy La Vista, which served Mexican fare to outdoor tables overlooking the water. 

It was my first time at an all-inclusive resort, and I indulged almost daily in the unlimited room service, with help from an in-room touchscreen tablet. If I didn’t hear the doorbell, staff would place the food in a two-way cabinet, lending to my peace and quiet.

To do: Besides the difficult choice between lounging by the pool or beach, guests can participate in robust daily programming, from wellness offerings to cultural enrichment workshops. I attended a smoke-cleansing session during sunset, and not only were the views breathtaking but I learned more about the Indigenous spiritual practice. Those who want more of a thrill can try out the four-story waterslide that empties into the ocean, go snorkeling or take one of the free bikes out for a ride. It takes only about 40 minutes to cruise the entire island. 

Kathleen Wong is a travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Hawaii. You can reach her at [email protected] .

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