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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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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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Xcaret

Xcaret

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With unparalleled access to the Caribbean Sea and all of its bounty, a visit to the Xcaret eco-archaeological park is a must when on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Snorkeling, ziplining, river rafting, exploring underwater rivers, and hiking tropical trails through jungle ruins are all options within this natural adventure park, which gives fast access to many of Cancun’s greatest attractions.More
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Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas

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Love it, hate it, or can’t remember it, there’s no denying that Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas is a town fueled by fun and firewater. From deep-sea fishing to fishbowl sipping, Cabo always delivers on its reputation as the Baja Peninsula’s favorite resort town thanks to its combination of kid-friendly water sports, whale-watching opportunities, world-class beaches, and raging nightlife.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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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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Xplor Park

Xplor Park

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Set in the middle of the Yucatan jungle, Xplor Park allows visitors to experience Mexico’s environmental treasures firsthand. Here you can raft down a stalactite-filled underground river, swim in cenotes, ride in an amphibious vehicle, or zipline above the canopy. There’s also a nighttime option to explore after dark.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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Grand Cenote (Gran Cenote)

Grand Cenote (Gran Cenote)

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The circular cavern, clear water, and colorful fish of the Grand Cenote (Gran Cenote) make it one of the top natural attractions in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The natural pool is surrounded by a boardwalk where you can take photos in the light that filters from above before venturing into the water to swim, snorkel, or scuba dive.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

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days on the Riviera Maya

How to Spend 3 Days on the Riviera Maya

Top activities in Mexico

3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
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Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
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Best ATV Tour, Ziplines + Cenote Swim w/ Lunch + Transport Included from Cancún
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Horseback Riding in Cancun Includes ATV, Cenote, Ziplines, Lunch and Transfer
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From Cancun: Adult-Only Cancun Party Cruise to Isla Mujeres
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Sunset Cruise from Cabo San Lucas

Sunset Cruise from Cabo San Lucas

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Private Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour From Cancun with Open Bar
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Jungle Buggy Tour from Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim
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Recent reviews from experiences in Mexico

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Great exploring ride
Alison_G, Jan 2022
URBAN GALLERY Mexico City Street Art Bike Tour
Our bike ride felt more like a chance to see different neighborhoods of Mexico City, and we felt very safe because our guide knew the city so well.
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Enjoyed biking in Mexico City
James_Z, Jan 2022
URBAN GALLERY Mexico City Street Art Bike Tour
Pedro’s love of his city and culture and being able to see parts of the city that are not on the main intersections We always felt safe n they used an additional bike to help block traffic when crossing busy intersections In general the drivers in Mexico City are very courteous and respectful of pedestrians and bicyclist
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Highly recommended trip from Mexico City
Luz_A, Jan 2022
San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato
Great cities to visit outside of Mexico City.
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Fun, informative, colourful.
Keri_C, Jan 2022
Go Flamingo (Rio Lagartos - Las Coloradas - Ek Balam) from Valladolid
This was a super easy way to see three great sites.
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Memorable Experience
GraceCalope_A, Jan 2022
Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Visit
He was great and I recommend him to anybody who gets to visit Mexico City!
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Mexico City history tour
Carmen_C, Dec 2021
Historic Downtown Walking Tour
He spoke excellent English.
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Excellent Combo tour! It...
BEN_I, Dec 2021
Teotihuacan & Guadalupe Shrine + Xochimilco, Coyoacán & Frida Kahlo Combo Tour
Our English guides (Emmanuel and Edita) were both professionals and knowledgeable and respectful too!
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Itza Birthday
MichelleJ_C, Dec 2021
Chichen Itza Private Tour with Sacred Cenote
I waited ain't time to visit Chichen Itza.
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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 + Cenote Swim w/ Lunch + Transport Included from Cancún
An amazing day, with lots of fun activities and all the staff were so funny and friendly.
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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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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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