Fabulous beaches, spectacular festivals, alluring ancient cultures, dynamic cities brimming with astounding colonial architecture…and all that peppered with one of the world’s feistiest cuisines – Mexico is a tropical treasure trove. Here is our pick for the best things to do in Mexico.
The town of Taxco, an interesting place in itself, offers the most exquisite silver products in the country. Beyond the few sights, the way to enjoy Taxco is simply to wander the streets, nosing about in platerías and stopping occasionally for a drink.
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In vivid colour and detail, the murals show ancient Mayan civilisation. Seeing the Bonampak murals is one of the best things to do in Mexico.
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Most towns in Baja California Sur offer fantastic opportunities for diving, fishing and kayaking. Bahía Concepción, Loreto, La Paz and the remote settlements on the East Cape are the standouts among them. The blue-green waters, tranquil bays and white-sand beaches are spellbinding and relatively undeveloped.
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The migration begins as the days shorten and the pack ice thickens, with the majority of the whales arriving in January and February, though they can be observed here from December to April. Whale sharks and sea turtles can also often be seen.
Life here is equal parts laid back, edgy and cosmopolitan. The city's sheer size can be overwhelming – so deciding what to base yourself on can prove crucial. The eternal heart of the city, the capital’s main plaza is surrounded by its cathedral and the ruins of Aztec Tenochtitlán. Visiting Mexico City is one of the best things to do in Mexico.
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Their famous “dance” involves five “flying men,” dressed in bird-like costumes. With ropes attached to one leg, four of the men, representing the cardinal points, launch themselves backwards in a kind of slow bungee-jump from the top of a 32-meter (105ft) pole.
Second, Tulum offers one of the best beaches in the world, dotted with lodging options that range from bare-bones to ultra-swank. And lastly, it's a booming town and a real population centre. At any rate, this Quintana Roo city is worth a visit.
Take a refreshing dip in one of the best cenotes in Mexico, one with the roots of a huge alamo tree stretching down into it. Or try traditional Yucatecan food, as there are many excellent places to eat.
Visiting these incredibly interesting ancient ruins is one of the best ways to learn about Mexican history. This UNESCO world heritage site is one of the best things to do in Mexico.
A typical group consists of two or four violins, a brass section of three trumpeters standing some way back so as not to drown out the others, three or four men on guitars of varying sizes and a vocalist.
Every hall has its treasures. Exhibits in the marvellous Sala Mexica, on Aztec art and history, include the famous Sun Stone or Aztec Calendar, and a fascinating model of Teotihuacán. The Culturas del Golfo hall has two astonishing Olmec basalt heads from San Lorenzo in Veracruz, and the Sala Maya has a model of the tomb of King Pakal from Palenque. Even the less celebrated halls have superb ceramics.
To discover more about the Olmec culture we recommend you visit Tabasco, this Mexican region was under the radar for a long time but has plenty of interesting sites and fascinating things to do.
Playa del Carmen is heaving with restaurants of every kind, and even the traditional Mexican places stay open late. Take a street food tour while here,
Get some feel for the ancient city and its water-borne commerce, thriving markets and dazzling colour. You'll find here among other things, amazing food — such as tacos al pastor.
Any market in Mexico is a feast for the senses, but Oaxaca’s are especially vibrant, with everything from fresh produce to some of the country’s most imaginative textiles. Teotitlán del Valle is an Oaxaca city famous for its weavings and textiles of indigenous cultures and is a great place to start.
At its height, this must have been the most imposing city in pre-Hispanic America, with a population thought to have been around 150,000. Take a free walking tour of the area, or do as many others and opt for a hot air balloon ride over the ruins.
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Acapulco’s famed clavadistas (cliff divers) have been plunging some 35m from the heights of La Quebrada into a rocky channel since the early 1920s. They time their leap to coincide with an incoming wave. Mistimed, there’s not enough water to stop them from hitting the bottom.
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The train ride from Chihuahua to Los Mochis takes anywhere from 12 to 15 hours with short stops along the way to enjoy the splendid views – from alpine forests and rushing rivers to dusty gorges.
The museum, by the entrance, has a model of the site worth examining before you venture in, along with a collection of the more delicate stonework salvaged from the ruins.
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Painted between 1929 and 1935, these murals dramatically illustrate the history of this amazing country. The murals depict the pre-Hispanic past through the horrors of the Conquest to Independence and the Mexican Revolution.
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In the 1960s French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau made it known that as well as pristine beaches, the island had some of the world’s richest offshore reefs. Cozumel is considered one of the best diving destinations in Latin America and offers many amazing activities.
Seen at dawn, its cobbled, hilly streets are quite unlike anything else in the region. There are few major sights, but the whole town (which has been a national monument since 1926) is crowded with old seigniorial mansions and graceful churches.
Each spring and autumn equinox, the shadow of the sun forms a wriggling serpent on the steps of the Temple of Kukulkan. This is one of the most famous of the Maya sites. See the sprawling ruins and complex carvings over a couple of days.
This list could truly go on. There are countless fantastic things to do in Mexico. Ready to start planning your trip? Check out the Rough Guide to Mexico. Read more about the best time to go and the best places to visit in Mexico.
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