Mexico

→ Ancient historical landmarks
→ Unique culture
→ Varieties of delicious cuisines

Mexico offers diverse landscapes from deserts to lush forests, the world's second largest barrier reef, fantastic beaches, vibrant culture with unique festivals, varieties of amazing cuisines and booze.

Outdoor Activities Lover

Snorkeling and Scuba diving, Surfing, Wind surfing, Swimming with dolphins, Sea Cruising White water rafting, Trekking/Hiking, Exploring National Parks, Bungee jumping, Sky diving, Sailing, Sea Kayaking, Four-wheel driving, Bike riding, Caving, Paragliding, Water sport activity, Horse riding

Wildlife and Nature Lover

Beaches, National Parks, Forests, Mountains, Scenic Landscapes, Geological Sites, Whale watching

Art, Culture and History Lover

Architecture, Museums and Galleries:
Culture and Traditions:
Festivals and Events:
Archaeological Sites

Recreation and Fun Lover

Amusement Parks:
Theme Parks:
Fun Parks:

 The best months to visit Mexico are between December and April.

top destinations in Mexico

This is the list of top destinations in Mexico where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destinations to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.

Mexico City

Best for culture lover

Mexico City

Best for foodies

  • Mexico City is packed with famous arts and culture scenes.
  • This city offers you the world’s best cuisines.
  • It is close to the ancient site, Teotihuacan Pyramid.
  • Basilica de Guadalupe
  • Zócalo
  • The National Museum of Anthropology
  • The Frida Kahlo Museum
  • Catedral Metropolitana
  • The National Palace (Palacio Nacional)
  • Templo Mayor
  • The Palace of fine arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes)
  • Teotihuacan Pyramid
  • The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Chapultepec Castle
  • Xochimilco
  1. Explore the city’s cathedrals, museums, and temples
  2. Take a boat and sightseeing around Xochimilco’s canal
  3. Wander around Teotihuacan
  4. Savor varieties Mexican culinary delights
  5. Participate in Mexico’s cultural and traditional events and festivals

MERIDA and UXMAL

MERIDA and UXMAL

Merida:

  • Daily concerts and dance
  • Easy day trip to Maya site of Uxmal and Chichen Itza
  • Appealing restaurants

Uxmal:

  • Famous archaeological site to explore Mayan ruins

Top sights in Merida:

  • Mayan World Museum of Merida
  • MACAY (The Museum of Contemporary Art)
  • Plaza Mayor (Plaza Grande)
  • Merida Cathedral
  • Parque Cepeda Peraza
  • Palacio Canton
  • Museo Casa Montejo

Top sights in Uxmal:

  • Magician’s Pyramid
  • The Great Pyramid
  • Pyramid of the Soothsayer
  • Palacio de Gobierno (The Government Palace)
  • Games Court

Nearby Yucatan’s attractions:

  • Dzibilchaltun Ruins
  • Mayapan Mayan Ruins
  • Chichen Itza
  • Celestun
  1. Explore the City’s historic and archaeological sites
  2. Visit Cenotes
  3. Discover Mayan ruins at Uxmal
  4. Sample some Mexican dishes
  5. Boat tour in Celestun
  6. Participate in Merida’s festival and relish its culture

Cancun

Cancun

  • Proximity to Isla Mujeres, Isla Holbox, and Tulum
  • Easy day trip to Maya site of Chichen Itza
  • Spectacular beaches
  • Chichen Itza (Day trip from Cancun; at a distance of about 2 hr 21 min from Cancun)
  • Beaches like Isla Mujeres, Playa Tortugas
  • El Rey Ruins
  • El Meco Archaeological Site
  • The Maya Museum
  • The Cancun Underwater Museum
  • Visit Chichen Itza
  • Ferry ride to Isla Mujeres
  • Relish in the Cancun’s spectacular beaches
  • Discover the ancient ruins
  • Visit the museums
  • Taste Tequila at Tequila Herradura Sensory Museum
  • Enjoy various water sports
  • Visit Xcaret, an eco theme park
  • Try authentic Mexican cuisine

PLAYA DEL CARMEN and TULUM

Maya site

PLAYA DEL CARMEN and TULUM

Beach Town

  • Playa del Carmen is a coastal resort town with nightlife
  • Playa del Carmen is close to Cozumel Island and Tulum.
  • Tulum is a favorite place for history lovers because it is home to the world’s only waterfront Mayan ruins.
  • Tulum is easy to reach from Cancun.

Top Sights in Playa del Carmen:

  • Playa del Carmen’s beach
  • Rio Secreto
  • Xel-Ha
  • Coba Mayan Site

Top Sights in Tulum:

  • El Castillo
  • the Temple of the Frescoes
  • the Temple of the Descending God
  • Mayan Ruins of Tulum
  • Cenotes (Gran Cenote and Cenotes Labnaha)
  • Laguna Kaan Luum

Top activities to do in Playa del Carmen:

  • Snorkeling and Scuba diving in Playa del Carmen’s beaches
  • Cenote diving and snorkeling
  • Diving, Snorkeling, and swimming with dolphins at Cozumel Island
  • Swim with sea turtles at Akumal beach
  • Ferry ride to Cozumel
  • Walk down the 5th Avenue, also called ‘La Quinta’
  • Dance your heart out at Coco Bongo, a night club with live shows
  • Savor Mexican cuisines

Top activities to do in Tulum:

  • Visit Maya ruins
  • Dive in the Gran Cenote
  • Snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, etc. in Tulum’s beach
  • Enjoy water sports
  • Swim with sea turtles
  • Sample some local food

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California sur

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California sur

  • Cabo San Lucas is known for its stunning beaches with lots of water sports activities and nightlife.
  • Close proximity to La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur
  • You can watch whales, dolphins, and seals.
  • Land’s End (El Arco)
  • Playa del Amor Beach
  • Chileno Beach
  • Golf Courses
  • Whales and Sharks
  • Snorkeling with whale and shark
  • Kayaking, Paddleboarding
  • Ziplining
  • Tour by ATV
  • Hike to Mount Solmar
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Enjoy nightlife in Cabo Wabo
  • Eat delectable seafood

top activities to do in Mexico

Either a valid passport only or valid passport with a visa (depending on your country) may be required to enter Mexico.
For Australian, Canadian, USA and EU nationals visas are not required. For nationals from other countries, it’s better to check visa requirements (required for the nationals of your country) with the embassy well before you travel.

Citizens from the selected countries (countries that are in the visa waiver program) can stay up to 180 days without a visa for tourism purposes. But you have to obtain a ‘Landing Card’ from the port of entry/online/airlines.

Nationals from other countries have to apply for a visa which allows them to stay for 6 months.

Credit Cards and Debit Cards are widely accepted. ATMs are available throughout the country. Changing cash or traveler’s check is not that hard. It’s better to take a traveler’s check in US Dollars/Euros/Pounds Sterling.

Since there are lots of international flights to Mexico, you should choose one based on where you want to go and what you want to see.

Domestic Flights:
Since the major attractions are well scattered across Mexico, domestic flights are convenient and fast for traveling long distances.

Buses/Coaches:
Mexico has got a good public transport system. In the case of time availability, buses are a fair option for traveling not-too-long distances. Major towns and cities are well connected by roads. City buses/coaches are an affordable option as long as you are a familiar rider. You can hire a camper-van too.

Taxis/Cars:
Inside the city, you can get around on foot or by taxi. Hiring a car or picking up a taxi (registered) can be the best alternatives too. You can rent a bike too.

Railways:
There are metro systems available in major cities. The train provides long-distance services in limited routes.

Travel Tips:
Most of Mexico’s attractions are free to visit while others require fees.

Weather Tips:
Since the weather in Mexico can turn extreme (storms and hurricanes causing landslides and floods), it is a good practice to always check the latest weather updates before going to mountainous regions. Do not ignore the suggestions given by local people and always follow the instructions given by local authorities. 

Health Tips:
It’s better to take precaution against tetanus and mosquito bites (in summer) while traveling to Mexico Although immunizations are not required while traveling to Mexico, it is advisable to update your standard vaccinations of mumps, measles, rubella, polio, diphtheria, hepatitis A, rabies, tuberculosis, and tetanus.

It’s better to make full travel insurance.

Others:
You should be aware of the petty crimes (from pickpockets, thieves, scammers, etc.) as well as serious crimes (such as robbery, assault, drug-related crimes, etc.) taking place inside and outside the cities. You should take care of your travel documents, luggage, and other belongings. Don’t walk alone at night and don’t walk through less traveled areas alone.

our recommendations

Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries.

Must-visit destinations in Mexico:

If you are a beach lover:

  1. Los Cabos (Baja California Sur)
  2. Cancun
  3. Isla Holbox

If you are a water activities lover:

  1. Los Cabos (Baja California Sur)

If you are food lover:

  1. Mexico City

If you are nature lover:

  1. Los Cabos (Baja California Sur)
  2. Isla Holbox

If you are art, history and culture lover:

     For Ancient and Archaeological Sites:

  1. Teotihuacan (Near Mexico City)
  2. Chichen Itza
  3. Uxmal
  4. Merida

     For Cultures and Traditions:

  1. Mexico City
  2. Guadalajara

     For Museums and Galleries:

  1. Mexico City
  2. Guadalajara
  3. Merida

From the above list, you can see that Mexico City and Los Cabos overlap in three categories, whereas Isla Holbox overlaps in two categories. You can make your trip worthy by planning an itinerary according to your priorities and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.

Our Pick:  Since Mexico is all about tradition and culture; ancient and archaeological sites; beach vacations; varieties of culinary delights, our first pick would be Mexico City, Chichen Itza, and Uxmal. If you want a mesmerizing beach vacation, then our pick would be Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos (Baja California Sur), Isla HolboxZihuatanejo.

Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences  in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.

If this is your first-time visit to Mexico and 


If you have 7-8 days, then we recommend you to choose one from following itineraries depending on your interests:


(If you want to do just cultural and historical tour)

Mexico City (Day 1-3)→Merida (Day 4-5)→Day trip to Uxmal, Chichen Itza then to Cancun (Day 6)→Cancun, Isla Mujeres (Day 7)→Return (Day 8) (Must-do itinerary for first-time visitors)

Or,
(If you want to combine a historical tour with beach vacation)

Cancun (Day 1-2)→Playa del Carmen (Day 3-4)→Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Merida (Day 5)→Cancun (Day 6)→Return (Day 7)

or,
(If you want to combine a cultural tour with beach and water sports activities tour)

Mexico city (Day 1-3)→Cabo San Lucas (Day 4-5)→La Paz (Day 6-7)


If you have 10 days, then we recommend you to choose one from following itineraries depending on your interests:

Mexico City (Day 1-3)→Oxaca (Day 4)→Merida (Day 5-6)→Uxmal, Chichen Itza (Day 7)→Cancun, Isla Mujeres (Day 8-9)→Return (Day 10) (Must-do itinerary for first-time visitors)


If you have 14 days, then you can extend above itinerary.

(You can start your trip from Cancun)

Cancun, Isla Mujeres (Day 1-2)→Playa del Carmen, Tulum (Day 3-4)→Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Merida (Day 5-6)→Mexico city (Day 7-9)→Fly to Cabo San Lucas (Day 10-11)→La Paz (Day 12-13)→Return (Day 14) (Must-do itinerary for first-time visitors)

Or,

(You can start your trip from Mexico City)

Mexico City (Day 1-3)→ Fly to Merida (Day 4)→Uxmal, Chichen Itza (Day 5)→Cancun, Isla Mujeres (Day 6-7)→Playa del Carmen, Tulum (Day 8-9)→Fly to Cabo San Lucas (Day 10-11)→La Paz (Day 12-13)→Return home (Day 14)


If you are on your return visit, then choose another itinerary (from above) which you didn’t do in your first visit.


(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities, and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling cramped.)


We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout Mexico can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime.