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Things to do in Mexico

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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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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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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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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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Fifth Avenue (Quinta Avenida)

Fifth Avenue (Quinta Avenida)

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The pedestrian-only Fifth Avenue (Quinta Avenida) runs parallel to the ocean in downtown Playa del Carmen. This bustling tourist strip provides easy beach access and is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Lining Fifth Avenue are shops aplenty, including those selling artisan crafts, fine jewelry, and cigars.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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Priority Access: Xcaret Day Trip + Night Show + Transportation
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Sailing Experience to Isla Mujeres in a Catamaran with Open Bar
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Priority Access: Xplor Adventure Park with Hotel Pick up and Drop Off
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Horseback riding in Cancun, ATV, zip lines, cenote, lunch, drinks and transfer
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Sunset Mexican Dinner Cruise Fajitas dinner & live music
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Los Cabos Luxury Sailing, Snorkel and Lunch Cruise
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Recent reviews from experiences in Mexico

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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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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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3 in one ocean tours combo
Stephen_W, Jul 2022
3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
Snorkelling amazing - got to see turtles and rays.
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Cool Trip
Jeffrey_H, Jul 2022
Playa del Carmen Buggy Tour with Cenote Swim and Mayan Village Visit
We had so much fun and got to see the non commercialized Mexico and experience time with the wonderful people of a small Mayan village.
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The best tour we have.
Antonio_G, Jun 2022
6-Night Best of Central Mexico Tour: Teotihuacan Pyramids, Taxco, Cuernavaca and Puebla from Mexico City
Love Taxco my fever place Mexico City is a beautiful place to visit I recommend the tour we take.
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Memorable!!
Madeline_Y, Jun 2022
Hike and sunrise in the Ajusco forest with photos and video with drone
We met fellow hikers on top and got to see some cute dogs.
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Really epic experience,...
Laura_D, Jun 2022
Hot Air Balloon Flight over Teotihuacan, from Mexico City
Has to be one of the main activities you plan to do when in Mexico.
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Worth the Early Start
Ashok_F, Jun 2022
Teotihuacan Early Access tour with Tequila Tasting
Alexa, the English-speaking tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and energetic.
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Great and beautiful
Arlenee_H, Jun 2022
Priority Access: Xcaret Day Trip + Night Show + Transportation
A bit pricey, but beautiful sensory, beautiful history of Mexico, beautiful water falls.
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Great day out
Emma_S, Jun 2022
Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco Day Tour
Her ability to switch between English and Spanish was very impressive!
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Would recommend tour
Lena_L, Jun 2022
Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco, Guadalupe Shrine and Tequila Tasting Tour
Would recommend for a nice day trip to see things around Mexico City.
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Knowledgeable and well-organisdd
Natasha_S, Jun 2022
Teotihuacán Full Day Tour from Mexico City
Our guide Luis was extremely informative and friendly (and was great at answering any questions) and the multiple activities were perfect for getting to know the Teotihuacan area.
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Carlos(s) is our gain!
Laura_S, May 2022
Coba, Tulum, Cho-Ha Cenote and Paradise Beach, Premium Service.
We wanted to see historic and natural Mexico and there’s no better way than with this trip.
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Jamie was the best
Jack_D, May 2022
Pyramids of Teotihuacan Private Tour
Jamie was so knowledge and easy to converse with in English.
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Friday Night Lucha
Brian_L, May 2022
Mexican Wrestling: Experience Lucha Libre in Mexico City
A must see for anyone visiting Mexico City to see at least once!
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Awesome Experience
Martha_B, May 2022
Private from Mexico City: Pyramids of Teotihuacan & Basilica of Guadalupe
I would recommend this tour to anyone trying to see two of the most iconic places in Mexico.
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Definitely worth doing once!!!
Samuel_L, May 2022
Incredible Tolantongo Caves from Cdmx
The caves and hot springs were amazing.
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Great guide to a phenomenal site
Matt_B, May 2022
Teotihuacan: City of the Gods Private Tour From Mexico City
Kind, informative with a great grasp of English.
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All about Mexico

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