Mexico is a colorful country both in its culture, people, and even its buildings. While many tourists tend to head here for the beautiful beaches (and yes, they’re gorgeous), there’s so much more to see the more inland you get. Whether you’re in the sprawling center of Mexico City or the vast desert in the Yucatan, exploring the pyramids or chowing down on Mexican food, this country is absolutely amazing. Want to do a tour of Mexico? It’s hard to choose where to go, but this list should help.
1. Explore Mexico City
A tour of Mexico City will take you through one of the largest capital cities in the world. Needless to say, you can spend weeks here and you still won’t see it all. Head to the Archeological Museum in Chapultepec Park or spend hours in the Frida Kahlo Museum. Visit the trendy neighborhood of La Condesa, or the historic buildings at Zócalo, the main square.
2. Relax at the Turquoise Beaches and Find Hidden Gems
Mexico is sandwiched (or should we say, ‘taco-ed?’) between the Pacific, The Gulf, and the Caribbean, and whatever side you travel to, you’ll be in for a treat. Check out Los Cabos in Baja California del Sur, or enjoy an all-inclusive resort in Cozumel or Cancun, where you can do a tour of the ancient ruins of Tulum. Though these beaches are amazing, you can also search for something less crowded. Try the beaches at Oaxaca or look for the pink lake in Las Coloradas.
3. Sing Along with the Mariachi Bands
If you thought Mariachi bands were just an occasional thing about Mexico, well…they’re not. Whether you’re eating a restaurant in the middle of the afternoon or trying to fall asleep at three o’clock in the morning, the Mariachis will find you. Let them serenade you while they sing beautiful and classic Mexican tunes.
4. Put The Lime in the Tequila, Corona…Whatever!
If you come to Mexico and don’t try the tequila, you are seriously missing out. After all, Mexico is home to tequila and all the best brands are manufactured here. Order a glass at a local “cantina” and make sure you squeeze some lime into it! If tequila isn’t for you, there are plenty of other drinks to try here, like Corona, margaritas, and micheladas.
5. Climb the Pyramids at Teotihuacan
There are pyramids to be found all over Mexico, but none are quite as impressive as the Pyramids of Teotihuacan. The entire area is filled with archaeological ruins, so there’s a lot to see. Make sure you climb up to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun! Just bring water and a hat.
6. Take Part in the Festivals
If you love festivals, specifically cultural festivals, then Mexico is the country for you. There are countless festivals and celebrations throughout the year, including Semana Santa, Carnival, El Dia de Los Muertos, or the Equinox at Chichén Itzá.
7. Shop For Awesome Souvenirs
Mexico is the kind of place where it’s okay to play the tourist and indulge in as many souvenirs as possible. Buy a wrestler mask, a colorful poncho, a wide-brimmed sombrero, bottles of tequila, cowboy boots, skulls, or incredible jewelry made from Huichol beadwork.
8. Eat Your Heart Out
Mexican food is a favorite cuisine for people around the world. No matter where you live, it’s easy to find some kind of Mexican-fusion restaurant. But, Mexican food in Mexico is obviously the best…and, it’s affordable. Try delicious tacos on fresh tortillas, tender barbacoa, yummy tortas, flavorful ceviches, scrumptious seafood, etc. It’s all amazing.
9. Admire the Outdoors
Mexico’s geography makes it a great place to travel to because there’s something here for everyone. First of all, the weather is pretty much sunny and warm all year round, with the occasional rainfall to cool you off. But, even more than that, Mexico is home to yellow deserts with cool cacti, enormous national parks, breathtaking volcanoes, and more. Go camping, do a road trip, visit caves and hot springs, or go ziplining over Copper Canyon. You won’t regret it!
Mexico has a lot to see. Get going and book your tour of Mexico now!
Hana LaRock is originally from New York, though has called other places around the world her home for the last two years. She currently lives in South Korea as an English teacher and freelance travel writer. When she’s not working, she enjoys writing, reading, spending time with her dog, and of course, traveling. You can find her at www.hanalarockwriting.com.