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Things to do in Mexico

Things to do in  Mexico

Welcome to Mexico

Mexico conjures images of ancient ruins, colonial towns, endless beaches, and cities pulsing with life. The country's two long coastlines lure travelers with countless opportunities for fun in the sun. On the west coast, the Pacific Pipeline—legendary among surfers—runs from Baja all the way past Puerto Escondido, while the Caribbean side is better known for spectacular coral reefs and warmer, gentler seas. On either coast, you'll find boating, parasailing, diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, and more. Whether you prefer the flashy resorts of Los Cabos and Cancun, upscale Playa del Carmen, or the more traditional glamor of Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco, Mexico has a beach town for you. Blessed with natural beauty and a rich heritage, Mexico also boasts the largest number of UNESCO-listed sites in North America, including the Maya ruins of Palenque, Chichen Itza, Tulum, and Coba. From grand colonial cities like Puebla and Oaxaca, to the many pueblos mágicos (magical towns) such as Taxco and Valladolid, Mexico's colorful streets and regional cuisines never fail to enchant. The country's abundant tropical rainforests are home to a variety of wildlife, and eco-adventure parks like Xel-ha on the Riviera Maya pack in family-style fun with ziplining, hiking, and guided safaris. Many visitors arrive via Mexico City, and while the sprawling capital can be overwhelming at first, don't be deterred. Cultural riches await you, including a world-class art scene, historical museums, cosmopolitan dining, nonstop nightlife, and easy access to the Teotihuacan pyramids.

Top 10 attractions in Mexico

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Tulum

Tulum

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Tulum, the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city and a port for Coba, is one of the best preserved coastal Mayan cities in the Yucatan, in tandem with Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. Highlights of this archaeological site include the Temple of the Frescoes, which has spectacular figurines of the 'diving god.'More
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Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

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Rio Secreto, or the “Secret River,” is a series of caves carved out by the flow of an ancient underground river in Mexico. While the reserve is most famous for its large half-sunken cavern—a popular diving spot—you can also explore eerie passageways, swim in the river, and admire dripping stalactites, stalagmites, and colorful mineral formations.More
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Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres

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Isla Mujeres (the “Island of Women”) is known for its rich marine life and pristine beaches. Here you can snorkel at Manchones Reef, scuba dive in the Cave of Sleeping Sharks, or stretch out on the white sands of North Beach (Playa Norte). On land you’ll find bustling nightlife, with oceanside bars and restaurants serving fresh seafood.More
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Bay of Cabo San Lucas

Bay of Cabo San Lucas

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The bay (bahia in Spanish) of Cabo San Lucas is the cape’s hub for water sports and beach activities.Rent jet skis and kayaks at Medano Beach, or hang out at the resorts lining the long stretch of sand overlooking the bay.Take an underwater snorkel tour of the bay and nearby Sea of Cortez, or go diving off the Chileno reef or Cabo Pulmo Marine Park.There are charter boats for sports fishing in the world’s marlin capital, or more gentle cruising in a glass-bottom boat on the bay at sunset. For youngsters, what could be better than a cruise aboard a pirate buccaneer’s cruise, me hearties.More
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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

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One of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Chichén Itzá is among Mexico's most visited and iconic archaeological sites. Known for its main central pyramid, this impressive Maya site—once the ceremonial center of the Yucatán—also features temples, ball courts, and a cenote (freshwater sinkhole).More
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Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan

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Known as the City of the Gods, Teotihuacán was the metropolis of a mysterious Mesoamerican civilization that reached its zenith around AD 100. Once the largest city in the region but abandoned centuries before the arrival of the Aztecs, Teotihuacán boasts towering pyramids and stone temples with detailed statues and intricate murals.More
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Mr. Sancho's Beach Club Cozumel

Mr. Sancho's Beach Club Cozumel

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Set on a private stretch of white sand, Mr. Sancho’s Beach Club Cozumel allows you to avoid the island’s beachfront crowds and offers amenities for a relaxing seaside experience. Here you can swim in the Caribbean ocean, sample all you can eat from the restaurant and bar, float in the infinity pool, and relax in shaded cabanas.More
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El Malecon

El Malecon

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Like most boardwalks, Puerto Vallarta’s promenade, known as El Malecon, is dotted with sightseeing opportunities, cafes, shops, galleries, and performers. Overlooking the Bay of Banderas, the mile-long stretch offers scenic views during the day. And in the evening, the waterfront nightclubs and discos open their doors to party-seeking locals and visitors.More
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Xochimilco

Xochimilco

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With its brightly paintedtrajineras (flat-bottomed boats), traditionalchinampas (floating gardens), and network of flower-perfumed canals, Xochimilco—the “Flower Garden”—is the kind of place that will have you reaching for your camera at every turn.More
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Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo)

Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo)

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Known as the Blue House (La Casa Azul) for its bold blue façade, the Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo) was the birthplace and childhood home of the well-known Mexican artist. Inside, the fascinating collection of personal items, furnishings, sketches, and paintings offer insight into both the life and art of Frida Kahlo.More

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Top activities in Mexico

Best ATV Tour, Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included
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3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
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From Cancun: Adult-Only Cancun Party Cruise to Isla Mujeres
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Puerto Vallarta Cruise and Candlelight Dinner Show
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Sunset Cruise from Cabo San Lucas

Sunset Cruise from Cabo San Lucas

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Recent reviews from experiences in Mexico

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Great experience!!!
Lucas_B, Jul 2021
Sian Ka'an Adventure
We spent the day seeing a part of Mexico we would not usually get to see and were so glad we did!!
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Must try city and food experience!
Michael_T, Jul 2021
Mexico City Custom Private Food Tours with a Local Guide ★★★★★
We can’t wait to come back soon to see more of Mexico City!
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Great way to experience Xochimilco!
Alex_S, Jul 2021
Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Tour
I highly recommend this tour if you are planning to visit Mexico City!!!
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Great excursion
Dena_W, Jul 2021
Priority Access: Xel-Há All-Inclusive Day Trip with Transportation
We experienced new activities and all agreed that this was by far the best excursion we went on in Mexico.
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Best adventure
Shanice_I, Jul 2021
Best ATV Tour, Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included
This was one of the best activities I did while visiting Mexico.
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AMAZING and wonderful experience
Sue_C, Jun 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
And Summer was a wonderful tour guide, could not expected for any better!!!
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Couldn’t recommend higher
Pooja_R, Jun 2021
Teotihuacan Early Morning Tour from Mexico City
Our guide June was informative, engaging and spoke excellent English.
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Typical Mexico Snorkeling.
Eric_J, Jun 2021
Reef and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour in Cancun
Not much to see under water in Mexico but my daughter loved it anyways.
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Great activity
BarbraS-G, Jun 2021
Maroma Beach Adventure Tour: Speedboat or Waverunner Plus ATV Ride
The only reason I’m not giving this 5 stars is because the activities were delayed by over 30 minutes each, other than that, the jet ski and atv rides were awesome!
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Mothers day trip 2021
Carmenique_C, May 2021
Sailing Experience to Isla Mujeres in a Catamaran with Open Bar
We plan on coming back to Mexico next spring and bringing our daughters and going on this same excursion
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Best car service we've ever had!!
Maria_Dwyre, May 2021
One-way Airport Transfer to Cancun or Playa del Carmen
He also gave us some great restaurant suggestions and ideas on things to do in Playa del Carmen.
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Great
Ryan_B, Apr 2021
Mexico City Night Food Bike Tour
Recommend to anyone wanting to see the real Mexico City
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Great value!
gambale6, Apr 2021
Full-Day Puerto Vallarta City Highlights Tour
My guide was June, she speaks very good English and gave us lots of information on local good food!
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Great boat ride and hospitality, check-in could be better
Sunsetter, Jul 2021
Jazz and Wine Sunset Cruise in Los Cabos
Only knock was the check-in process; not really organized with folks asking where to stand, what to do etc.
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Unforgettable experience, and tour guide
Maria, Jul 2021
Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
He speaks both and English and Spanish and the tour is available in both languages when you get there.
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Amazing experience. Great tour guide (David)
Ali_M, Jul 2021
3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
We got to see plenty of fish, small squids, huge manta rays, and we even got lucky and seen a huge sea turtle.
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Travel guides make a big difference
Ricky_N, Jul 2021
From Mexico City: Private Tour to Grutas Tolantongo
For an additional fee, we detoured to give us the opportunity to see the pyramids.
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Great value and Great fun
Zachary_D, Jul 2021
Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
The chicken was falling off the bone.
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Amazing experience overall!
Samantha_T, Jul 2021
Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Tour
The day was filled with information and activities, even when we had an hour and a half to kill before our tour of the Casa Azul, Josue did a great job of filling that time with facts and a tour of Coyoacan.
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Awesome tour perfect tour guide!
NataliaandMatthew, Jul 2021
Teotihuacan: City of the Gods. The best Private Tour
Miguel spoke English and Spanish perfectly and that was very helpful.
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