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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Top activities in Mexico

3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
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Best ATV Tour, Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included
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Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
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ATV, Ziplines and Cenote Tour at Extreme Adventure Eco Park Cancun

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ATV, Ziplines and Cenote Tour at Extreme Adventure Eco Park Cancun

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Horseback Riding in Cancun Includes ATV, Cenote, Ziplines, Lunch and Transfer
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Sunset Cruise from Cabo San Lucas

Sunset Cruise from Cabo San Lucas

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From Cancun: Adult-Only Cancun Party Cruise to Isla Mujeres
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Chichen Itzá, cenote and Valladolid Small groups day Trip
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Recent reviews from experiences in Mexico

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Experience of a Lifetime
Holly_S, Nov 2021
ATVs through the mountains and city of Guanajuato
Incredibly caring and knowledgeable about the area, with perfect English.
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A great day trip within Mexico city!
Ryan_C, Nov 2021
Private Tour: Xochimilco, Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City
We highly recommend this tour for everyone who wants to see a little bit of the real Mexico City!
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Must do tour
Alexandra_B, Nov 2021
Historic Downtown Walking Tour
He gave great recommendations for what to do while in Mexico City and places to eat.
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You must go on this trip!
Sophie_H, Nov 2021
Best ATV Tour, Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included
An amazing day, with lots of fun activities and all the staff were so funny and friendly.
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We were able to see lots...
Eskedar_D, Oct 2021
Private City Tour Mexico City
We were able to see lots of areas in a short amount of time.
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Grasshoppers and more
maria_g, Oct 2021
Mexico City Highlights E-Bike Tour With Foodie Stops
An E bike is definitely the way to see Mexico City since it is so large.
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If you like riding bikes this tour is a must
Marnie_R, Sep 2021
URBAN GALLERY Mexico City Street Art Bike Tour
Such a fun way to see areas of Mexico City and amazing wall art we wouldn’t have seen on our own.
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Recommended! Great service!
Teresa_A, Aug 2021
Los Cabos Shuttle Airport Roundtrip Transfers
driver is fluently in English and courteous.
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Bike Tour Mexico City
Gregory_H, Aug 2021
Sights on Bikes
This is certainly the best way to see Mexico City and you don’t need to be a super cyclist as it is safe and flat all the way!
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Fun for the Whole Family
Robert_B, Aug 2021
Jungle Buggy Tour from Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim
Chris and Rocio were excellent guides and we spent a wonderful afternoon getting to see Mexico’s beautiful countryside.
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Atv trail ride
Todd_C, Aug 2021
ATV Adventure Tour in Puerto Vallarta Including Tequila Tasting
Ride through the rugged terrain of part of Mexico mountains and see a waterfall after a little hike.
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Insightful tour, Emiliano is amazing
EVAN_F, Aug 2021
Anthropology Museum Private Experience Walking Tour
We were pretty much able to see the entire place thanks to our incredible guide Emilliano and have a deeper appreciation for ancient Mexican art and indigenous history.
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Amazing Tour
Patrick_K, Aug 2021
Mexico City: Private Walking Tour of the Historic Center
Mexico City is a great place to visit.
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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
Raj_R, Jun 2021
Teotihuacan Early Morning Tour from Mexico City
Our guide June was informative, engaging and spoke excellent English.
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