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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 attractions in Mexico for Spring

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tequila Tours from Guadalajara

Tequila Tours from Guadalajara

Best Beach Clubs in Cozumel

Best Beach Clubs in Cozumel

Top activities in Mexico

Best ATV Tour, Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included
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3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
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Sailing Experience to Isla Mujeres in a Catamaran with Open Bar
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Chichen Itza Monolingual Tour, Buffet Lunch, Cenote,Tequila tasting & Valladolid
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Priority Access: Xcaret Day Trip with Transportation
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Priority Access: Xplor Adventure Park with Hotel Pick up and Drop Off
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Horseback Riding in Cancun Includes ATV, Cenote, Ziplines, Lunch and Transfer
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Los Cabos Luxury Sailing, Snorkel and Lunch Cruise
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Camel Outback Adventure and Eco Farm from Los Cabos
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Los Cabos Shuttle Airport Roundtrip Transfers
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Los Cabos Adventure Park Pass

Los Cabos Adventure Park Pass

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Isla Mujeres Catamaran Sailing Tour with Snorkel, Open Bar and Buffet lunch
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Recent reviews from experiences 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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Excellent trip and guide
spencerfrankston, May 2022
Teotihuacan: City of the Gods Private Tour From Mexico City
The pyramids are incredible sites to see and are a must-see when visiting Mexico City, so make sure to see them with Ivan!
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Great tour with english...
Sumeer_T, May 2022
Teotihuacan Early Access tour with Tequila Tasting
Great tour with english and spanish speaking guides.
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Fun!!! Worth of the night! Especially the goodbyes tour!
Yi_L, May 2022
Captain Hook: Pirate Show and Dinner Cruise in Cancun
It’s our last day before return to US, it’s my friends’s first trip to Mexico , definitely the first time to meet Capitan hook for her, his ship & crew…… We would like to tell our friends to visit him!!!!
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Worth it
Celestia_M, May 2022
Local Walking Food Tour
I needed to see a different side of Mexico outside of the Tourist traps.
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Recommended to everyone who visits Mexico City!
Cees_v, Apr 2022
Hot Air Balloon Flight over Teotihuacan, from Mexico City
Everyone speaks English and takes safety serious.
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Hotsprings adelventure
Verna_S, Apr 2022
Shaded Hot Spring, Massage and Mex Grill in Puerto Vallarta
We had an amazing adventure with this fantastic guide to explore the hotsprings and beautiful small towns in Mexico.
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Jesus was accommodating and knowledgeable of history and local geographic
Veronica_L, Apr 2022
Mazatlan City Sightseeing Tour with Shopping Time and Lunch
Mazatlan is a great place for couples and families We recommend this tour to everyone who is ready to visit Mexico
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Great Half Day Tour with Alejandro!
Lauren_T, Apr 2022
Mexico City Half Day Tour with a Local Guide: 100% Personalized & Private ★★★★★
This tour was personalized based on your interests and what you want to see in CDMX.
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Must do tour when in Guadalajara!!
Kristina_N, Apr 2022
Tour Entre Charros
Not to be missed if you want to see real Mexico.
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Great experience and the...
Jessica_S, Mar 2022
Riviera Maya Jungle Half-Day Tour: ATV, Ziplines, Cenote Swim, Rappel
The guide was very informational and English was very good
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Great tour
Alfonso_M, Mar 2022
Teotihuacán plus Bike Tour
Our guide was very knowledgeable, spoke perfect English, and provided us not only with a great tour of the pyramids but also the area.
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Great!
Jakub_e, Mar 2022
Excursion Las Coloradas & Rio Lagartos
And about the views - Rio Lagartos is a thing you definetely have to see in Mexico.
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Great way to spend half your day in Mexico City
Laura_M, Mar 2022
Discover Mexico City Market Secrets & Enjoy Cooking Class Experience
We were able to see markets and parts of Mexico City that are off the beaten path with a wonderful guide full of information about the city.
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Very nice tour
thomas_s, Mar 2022
Chichen Itza Day Trip from Riviera Maya
They were fluent in English and Spanish and highly knowledgeable about the history of the ruins, Mayan culture and Mexico generally.
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Amazing Day, Highlight of Trip
olinger, Mar 2022
Small-Group Half-Day Whale-Watching Tour in Puerto Vallarta
Dont miss the opportunity to see the whales from the top level of the boat.
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An Enjoyable Experience
Max_X, Mar 2022
Teotihuacan Early Access tour with Tequila Tasting
The experience was very interesting, the guide explained everything in both Spanish and English, which was very nice for us as English speakers.
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Nice morning exploring
nathan_B, Mar 2022
Private Tour Museum of Anthropology and Chapultepec Castle.
This tour was a nice way to see a little bit of Mexico City and get pictures at notable landmarks.
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Alejandro was great
Kelly_D, Mar 2022
Mexico City's Historical Center Icons
Very thorough and speaks English well and clearly.
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