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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 15 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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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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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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Arch of Cabo San Lucas (El Arco)

Arch of Cabo San Lucas (El Arco)

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A signature landmark of Los Cabos, El Arco de Cabo San Lucas—known locally as simply “El Arco” or “the Arch”—is a limestone arch carved by time, tide, and wind. The natural attraction runs runs down to the water’s edge at Land’s End, the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas (which itself is at the southern end of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula) and into the Sea of Cortez. From a distance, the rock formation looks like a dragon; up close, the arch frames sky, sea, and sand for prime photos.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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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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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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CoCo Bongo Playa del Carmen

CoCo Bongo Playa del Carmen

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From circus performers swinging from the ceiling and dancers crowding the floor, to celebrity impersonators and Broadway-style musicals, Coco Bongo is a nightclub unlike any other. At the Playa del Carmen location, you’ll find extravagant stages, multiple bars, VIP table service, and a dance floor known to rock through the wee hours.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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Marietas Islands (Islas Marietas)

Marietas Islands (Islas Marietas)

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The small, uninhabited Marietas Islands (Islas Marietas) are located in the Bay of Banderas off Mexico’s Pacific coast. Making up a UNESCO-listed biosphere reserve, the islands are famous for their abundant wildlife and provide a chance to escape the crowds of many Mexican beach resorts, hop on a boat, and explore the islands’ natural delights.More
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Coyoacán

Coyoacán

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Coyoacán, one of Mexico City’s oldest districts, is alive with color and culture. Centered around twin plazas perfect for people watching—Plaza Hidalgo and Jardín Centenario—Coyoacán is characterized by museums, quaint cobblestone streets, and roadside churro vendors.More
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La Bufadora

La Bufadora

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With its thunderous crash and sky-high jet of water, La Bufadora blowhole—a grey whale turned to stone, according to local legend—is one of the world’s largest marine geysers and an easy trip from nearby Ensenada. Prepare to get drenched as you watch from the surrounding viewpoints as the saltwater squirts up to 100 feet (30 meters) into the air.More
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Los Arcos National Marine Park

Los Arcos National Marine Park

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At Los Arcos National Marine Park in Puerto Vallarta there are islands to visit, reefs to dive, tunnels to swim through, and caves to explore, providing plenty of the arches that give Los Arcos (the Arches) its name. This protected area is famous for its abundant wildlife, both above and below the ocean’s surface, and is a popular snorkeling spot.More

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Top activities in Mexico

Tulum and Cenotes Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Mexico

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Wonderful host, delicious food!!
Angela_S, Nov 2022
Polanco Food Tour in Mexico City
Victor's english was really good and he answered lots of questions about Mexico and his personal history.
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Hot Air Balloon fun over the Teotihuacan ruins - near Mexico City
Ken_D, Nov 2022
Hot Air Balloon Flight over Teotihuacan, from Mexico City
put it on your list of things to do!
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Best three hour intro to Mexico City
Beverly_P, Oct 2022
Mexico City Custom Private Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems
Lando was amazing, pushing us to see everything abd taking us to the best places.
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The e bike was an awesome...
Sandy_L, Oct 2022
Mexico City E-Bike Tour with local foodie
The e bike was an awesome way to see the beautiful Mexico City!
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Money and time well spent
patrick_l, Oct 2022
Full-Day Teotihuacan & Basilica Guadalupe Tour
Carlos was awesome at speaking both Spanish and English so that everyone understood the history of Mexico City and the surrounding areas.
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Highly recommend
Qiwei_G, Oct 2022
San Miguel de Allende Tour from Mexico City
San Miguel is a colorful and tasteful place to visit.
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Rancho santa Rita hot springs
Susan_A, Oct 2022
Los Cabos: Hiking at the Fox Canyon
Even though Fox Canyon wasn’t accessible Carlos took us on a great adventure to the hot springs.
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Excellent walking tour with an excellent guide- Emiliano
Matthew_T, Sep 2022
Historic Downtown Walking Tour
Excellent English speaking guide!
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Great service!
Kenneth_B, Sep 2022
Cancun Airport to Cancun Hotel Zone Roundtrip Private Transfer
I hope next time I’m in Mexico Eddie picks us up again it be great to see him
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The best experience we had in Mexico
Quincy_P, Sep 2022
Best ATV Tour, Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included
Ps this was the most English we heard being in Mexico
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It was very interactive…I...
Tashunda_S, Aug 2022
Captain Hook: Pirate Show and Dinner Cruise in Cancun
It was very interactive…I only wish there were more English speaking pirates during the show as it was mainly in Spanish but then again we were in Mexico so we just went with the flow…overall everyone had a nice time!
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Must Do!!
Priyanka_D, Aug 2022
Half-Day Sea Turtle and Cenote Snorkeling Tour from Cancun & Riviera Maya
We were lucky to see 6 sea turtles.
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Best tour experience
Andres_C, Aug 2022
Teotihuacan: Private Tour From Mexico City
He was also able to give us tips of fun things to do with the rest of our stay in Mexico City!
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Amazing amazing amazing!!
Samantha_Z, Aug 2022
Round Trip Airport To Cabo Resort Private Transportation VAN Up To 7 Passengers
The team gave us an amazing overview of The area we were staying in and things to do.
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Great tour and amazing guide
Ryan_G, Aug 2022
Frida Kahlo Museum Private Tour & Coffee
I highly recommend this tour as it was a great opportunity to see the museum, get unique insight and to see the surrounding area.
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We had a time last night....
Jazmine_G, Aug 2022
ATV Jungle Adventure with Ziplines, Cenote & Tequila Tasting
Will book again if I was to visit Mexico again.
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Our tour guide was very...
Kwanisha_A, Jul 2022
Cuernavaca and Taxco Tour
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and she spoke English and Spanish!
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Great experience. Highly recommended.
David_P, Jul 2022
Mexico City Segway Tour: Chapultepec Park
And they made some other good suggestions for things to do while we we were in Mexico City.
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3 in one ocean tours combo
Stephen_W, Jul 2022
Viator Exclusive Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
Snorkelling amazing - got to see turtles and rays.
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A memory for a life time!
Paul_H, Jul 2022
*6 Hrs City Tour -Divers - Baby Turtles - Chapel of Peace - ALL the Attractions
Not only did my wife and I see the attractions listed on your itinerary!
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All about Mexico

Currency
Mexican Peso (MX$)
Time Zone
CST (UTC -6)
Country Code
+52
Language(s)
Spanish
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