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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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Malecón

Malecón

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Stretching roughly 3 miles (5 kilometers) along the La Paz coastline, the Malecón is a wide boardwalk that’s frequented by travelers, locals, joggers, families, rollerbladers, and cyclists alike. Lined with restaurants, bars, and shops and dotted with sculptures and benches, it’s the ideal spot for a stroll at any time of day and offers sweeping views over the ocean.More
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La Quebrada Cliff Divers

La Quebrada Cliff Divers

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Acapulco's iconic attraction, made famous in Elvis flicks, Ray Austen stunts, and every cheerfully scrawled holiday postcard sent home ever since, are La Quebrada Cliff Divers. Beginning in the 1920s, these brave young men and women began leaping for the crowds some 45 craggy meters (150 terrifying feet) into a wave-crashed inlet just 4 meters (13 feet) deep. And that's if they time it just right.The ritual begins with a prayer at the shrine to La Virgen de Guadalupe, carved into the cliff-top platform. Then, the divers carefully calculate when their target will have enough water to soften their fall. Finally, they leap. First in the afternoon, and as the sun sets, again. The final dive of the night plunges past torches into a sea of fire (lit with flaming gasoline), no easy feat.More
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La Bufadora

La Bufadora

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On a peninsula along the Baja California coast, the blowhole ‘La Bufadora’ is a marine geyser that shoots ocean water straight up into the air. It occurs naturally from ocean waves that push water into a sea cavern, which causes the pressure to build and then explode when the water recedes. Depending on the level of the tide, the water can climb as high as 60 feet from the sea.It’s often seen after a short scenic drive from nearby Ensenada, and has become well known as a natural phenomenon of the area. Legend explains that one of the many grey whales that migrate off the coast here swam too close to shore, and that the geyser is reminiscent of the whale’s spout while waiting to be discovered. There are always beautiful views of the coast here, and a small local square with shops and restaurants nearby.More
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Xihuacan Museum and Archaeological Site (Museo Xihuacan)

Xihuacan Museum and Archaeological Site (Museo Xihuacan)

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Opened to the public in 2013, the Xihuacan Museum and Archeological Site offers a unique look at a pre-Columbian temple site as archeologists uncover it. Located in the area around Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, on Mexico’s Pacific coast, the archeological site include a religious pyramid about 45 feet tall and 300 feet square at the base, which remains only partially uncovered, and an ancient ball court that is one of the largest ancient courts in Mexico, second only to Chichen Itza’s. The nearby museum houses around 800 artifacts uncovered at the site, including ancient pottery, tools and art works, along with exhibits about the people who inhabited the area across more than four millennia.More
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Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California)

Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California)

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The Sea of Cortez (or Gulf of California) lies between the Baja California Peninsula and mainland Mexico. This stretch of the Pacific, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most diverse seas in the world and home to more than 3,000 marine species, including hammerhead sharks, sea lions, and sea turtles.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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Stone Island (Isla de la Piedra)

Stone Island (Isla de la Piedra)

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With calmer, warmer waters than other popular beaches in Mazatlán, plenty of opportunity for snorkeling, and several open-air seafood restaurants, Stone Island is one of the most popular day trip destinations in Mazatlán. Palm-lined Isla de la Piedra—which is not technically an island—is also a hub of soft adventure activity, such as horseback riding and hiking, as well as relaxation.More
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Our Lady of Pilar Church (Misión de Nuestra Señora del Pilar)

Our Lady of Pilar Church (Misión de Nuestra Señora del Pilar)

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Set against the sweeping backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the 18th-century Our Lady of Pilar Church (Misión de Nuestra Señora del Pilar) is the town’s most notable religious edifice. Originally built by Spanish missionaries and characterized by a yellow facade, an altar surrounded by stained glass, and sweeping views over the ocean, Our Lady of Pilar Church is a Todos Santos must-see.More
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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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Macroplaza (La Gran Plaza)

Macroplaza (La Gran Plaza)

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Build in the early 1980s, this popular town square is a hub for commerce and the fourth-largest plaza of its kind in the world. Impressive monuments line the pedestrian zone, including Faro del Comercio, which shoots green laser lights into the city sky each night.Visitors to the plaza can wander the halls of the Palacio de Gobierno, where local government offices are located, or explore the Biblioteca Fray Servando Teresa de Mier—the city’s iconic public library. Visitors can escape the noise of the city in nearby Jardin Hundido—located at the center of Macroplaza—where quiet fountains and well-kept gardens provide a true urban oasis.More

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Top Beaches in Mazatlan

Top Beaches in Mazatlan

Top activities in Mexico

3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
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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 Private Food Tours with a Local: 100% Personalized ★★★★★
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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