A trip to Mexico is a fabulous and unforgettable experience. Whether you are a fan of beaches, large cities, archaeological sites, or even volcanoes, there is something for everyone. That’s why we’ve decided to discuss with you our favorites and the best places to see in Mexico.
Trip to Mexico: Top 6 must-see places.
Cancún is a city located in western Mexico, more precisely in the northeast of the Yucatán Peninsula. It is considered one of the top tourist destinations in the world. It is also the most populous city in its state. Additionally, Cancun offers several activities such as horseriding, ziplining, parasailing, Mayan ceremonial nights, cenote tours, snorkeling, local beer tasting, or cooking classes.
1. El Museo de Arte Popular Mexicano.
The Museum of Mexican Folk Art is one of the most interesting places in Mexico. It will allow you to discover the cultural traditions of the 31 states of Mexico, with hundreds of everyday objects, crafts, and temporary exhibitions that will immerse you in the local culture. Additionally, if you fancy buying local crafts, you will find a shop selling the local artists’ creations.
2. El Meco.
One of the most important Mayan sites to visit during your trip to Mexico is El Meco. It is located on the road north of Punta Sam, just outside the limits of Cancun. From the city, you can get there by bus or taxi. El Meco will immerse you in the history of the Mayans, who settled in this region as early as 300 AD. The site does not lack charm with its beautiful ruins shrouded in roots, which are somewhat reminiscent of buried Buddhist temples in the jungle in Asia. Additionally, there are 14 temples at the site and you will also have the opportunity to meet iguanas and birds.
3. Isla Mujeres.
Almost half an hour by ferry from Cancún, Isla Mujeres is worth a visit as it has everything to please tourists. There are plenty of activities to do in the Garrafón Reefs National Park, starting with snorkeling, kayaking, biking, and even ziplining. Additionally, nearby, you can stroll through a garden among the sculptures, on the paths that skirt the reefs, and discover the ruins of the Mayan temple of the moon goddess, Ixchel. So what are you waiting for? Check now our limited Isla Mujeres offer.
4. Ka’Yok ’Planetario.
If you are traveling with children or like to admire the depths of the starry sky not far from the seaside, we invite you to visit Ka’Yok ’Planetario. Several activities are offered there such as sky discovery shows, photos of stuffed animals, paintings exhibits, and other specific objects from the culture of the Yucatán region.
Xcaret is a must-see during a trip to Mexico. It is the most famous theme park in Mexico. It is also a true paradise offering a sample of Mexican culture and various nautical activities. Be aware that the park is a bit expensive, but it is worth it. You will have a splendid experience with your family or friends.
II. Los Cabos.
Los Cabos attracts surfers who come to brave the waves of the Pacific and lovers of marine biodiversity. It is undoubtedly a must-see during your trip to Mexico. Additionally, if you want to fully explore Los Cabos sea wealth, don’t miss our special swimming tour or our parasailing experience!
1. San José Los Cabos.
one of the few Mexican regions that has managed to retain its colonial charm is San José del Cabo. It consists of two parts, the colonial village and the hotel zone 1km from the center. We invite you to discover the colonial church of San José, the Arroyo San José, and the Paseo del Estero. Also, stroll through the streets around the central square of San José del Cabo and enjoy its pretty terraces. Additionally, San José del Cabo allows you to enjoy wonderful beaches during your trip in Mexico. Playa Santa Maria is a very good example.
2. Cabo Pulmo.
Cabo Pulmo is a marine park that protects the only coral reef on the Pacific coast of the Gulf of California. To get there from Los Cabos, take the Cape East Coastal Road. Cabo Pulmo is very popular because it is the ideal place to go diving or snorkeling. Additionally, the Cape East road is spectacular. It’s an excursion in itself, although the other purpose of the expedition is underwater.
3. Sierra La Laguna.
Located between La Paz and Los Cabos, Sierra La Laguna serves as a reserve like an oasis in the middle of the desert. The nature reserve offers diversified sports activities. You can go horseback riding, mountain biking, mountaineering, and hiking. You can also take a bath in thermal waters or explore the remains of ancient Indian settlements. Additionally, Sierra La Laguna is recommended for experienced walkers who will be rewarded with wild and breathtaking landscapes.
4. Cabo San Lucas.
Cabo San Lucas is the bustling resort town of Los Cabos. The seaside resort marks the meeting point between the Sea of Cortes and the Pacific Ocean. The Mexican seaside resort is an American building. You can also walk to the Mercado Mexicano where you can find crafts from all over Mexico. Additionally, there is no shortage of activities in Cabo San Lucas. You have the opportunity to go diving, snorkeling, jet-skiing, banana boating, parasailing, kitesurfing, and many other activities.
5. Baja California.
Baja California, 1300 kilometers long, is the coast of Los Cabos. They are bathed by the meeting of the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Cortez Sea. At the end of its course, the peninsula plunges into the sea, leaving behind a fascinating pile of rocks. Moreover, this is where you will find El Arco, a magnificent stone arch of perfect roundness.
Tulum, Mexico, has a reputation for being the perfect place for an unplugged beach vacation during your trip to Mexico. Be prepared to spend your days eating fresh fish tacos, doing yoga by the water, and reading on the beach.
1. Tulum Mayan Ruins.
Tulum Mayan Ruins are the main cultural attraction to visit during your trip to Mexico. However, we warn you that you have to descend steep steps to reach this place perched 12 m on a rocky promontory. In any case, you will quickly be rewarded with a superb view and a refreshing breeze coming from the sea. Also, you will have the opportunity to admire the unspoiled ruins of this ancient Mayan city. Additionally, don’t forget to take a look at the Castillo and the Temple of Frescoes or even the House of Halach Uinic.
Xel-Ha is a theme park in the city of Tulum. It houses the largest natural aquarium in the world. Additionally, its natural caves provide the best snorkeling spots for swimming with dolphins, fish, and over 90 marine species. It is arguably one of the best places to explore in Mexico.
3. Chichen Itza.
Near Tulum is the famous Chichen Itza. This is an ancient Mayan city that will undoubtedly charm you. Besides, its majestic structures leave any archaeologist perplexed. Chichen Itza includes the Kukulkan Pyramid, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. According to the legend, its 4 staircases, all oriented towards the 4 cardinal points (North, South, East, and West), are linked to the principles of the Mayan calendar. Additionally, once you get to the top you have an amazing view of the jungle. The best way to visit Chichen Itza is with Sonema! For that purpose, we created a special Chichen Itza experience tour.
Another place to visit in Tulum is Coba, located northwest of Tulum. Coba is known for its archaeological site, a witness to the rise of Mayan civilization between AD 500 and 900. JC. You can also explore the Coba jungle on a hike. Moreover, the jungle populated with incredible flora and fauna promises you a complete natural exploration. Additionally, you will discover many other monuments of the ancient city, buried in the jungle. So do not miss our Coba tour!
5. Quintana Roo.
With the name meaning “where paradise is born”, Quintana Roo is a protected reserve that is among the most beautiful natural resources of Mexico. Its splendid landscape is shared by mangroves, tropical forests, cenotes, and marshes. Regarding the flora and fauna of Quintana Roo, it is simply incredible. As for activities, swim near whales and sharks by taking part in our Quintana Roo Tour.
IV. Mexico City.
True Cradle of Aztec civilization, Mexico City is a colorful and multifaceted city. It is also the capital of the country and a trendy city where Mexican traditions are celebrated.
Nicknamed the Mexican Venice, Xochimilco is one of Mexico City’s most colorful and festive neighborhoods. During the weekend, tourists flock to navigate the canals aboard the Trajineras. These multicolored boats move at a slow pace and it is not uncommon to see people jumping from one boat to another. Also, you’ll see mariachis set the mood on some Trajineras while dining boats make sure you don’t miss out on anything.
2. Plaza de la Constitución.
Considered as the third-largest square in the world, Plaza de la Constitución is a great place to discover in Mexico. It is where you can see the largest flag. It is also where you will see the works of Siqueiros, Orozco, and Rivera at the Bellas Artes. To take a nice photo of Bellas Artes, head towards Torre Latinoamerica. Additionally, near the capital’s plaza, you will find the Museo Postal and the Metropolitan Cathedral.
3. Palacio Nacional.
Beyond the magnificent frescoes by Diego Rivera, you will be delighted to visit the Palacio Nacional for its calm and beauty. The Presidential Palace occupies the entire east side of the Zocalo. The Palacio Nacional was built in 1523 on the ruins of the ancient Tezontle palace of the Aztec emperor Moctezuma II. Above the front door sits the Campana de Dolores. It is the bell used by Miguel Hidalgo in 1810 in the town of Dolores to signal the War of Independence.
4. Metropolitan Cathedral.
The construction of the metropolitan cathedral began in 1571 and ended in 1813. The cathedral’s architecture follows a Baroque style, however, you’ll also find some neoclassical elements. Indeed, the many architects who have succeeded have all wanted to integrate the innovations of their time. Also, it is possible to take a guided tour and climb to the roofs of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City. There, you will observe the imposing bells and enjoy a beautiful panorama of Mexico City.
5. Templo Mayor.
It would be a shame to visit Mexico City without going through Templo Mayor, a must-see during a trip to Mexico. Templo Mayor is a fascinating museum that exhibits many pieces found during archaeological excavations. In particular, you can see human-sized sculptures of warrior GODs. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to see the important Coyolxauhqui Monolith. Moreover, it was during the fortuitous discovery of the monolith in 1978 that the colonial buildings were destroyed to bring to light the Templo Mayor.
Puebla is nestled over 2000m above sea level, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. It is also a city highly influenced by Spanish culture, making it an important place to explore during your trip to Mexico.
It is impossible to visit Puebla without going through Zócalo, the heart of the historic center. The famous tourist site is listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Since the founding of the Puebla in the 16th century, Zócalo has always represented the center of the Mexican city. Moreover, the important buildings that are there bear witness to this. Additionally, Zócalo regularly hosts different events and shows.
2. Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepción.
Built between the 16th and 17th centuries, the Puebla Cathedral is a must-see on your trip to Mexico. With a Renaissance-style facade and a Baroque interior, you will find in the cathedral many paintings, sculptures, objects, etc. Additionally, don’t miss the “Mosaico Poblano” video mapping show. It is a projection on the facade of the cathedral that presents the history and culture of Puebla from its pre-Hispanic origins.
3. Capilla del Rosario.
Considered by many tourists to be one of the finest examples of Mexican Baroque, Capilla del Rosario is one of the best places to visit in Mexico. It is decorated from floor to ceiling with 24-karat gold leaf. Also, its walls are adorned with typical Puebla talaveras and large canvases by José Rodríguez Carnero.
4. Palafoxiana Library.
Located on the 2nd floor of the Casa de Cultura de Puebla, the Biblioteca Palafoxiana offers its visitors 43,000 volumes from the 15th to the 20th century. Palafoxiana is the first public library in the Americas. Also, Bishop Juan de Palafox y Mendoza donated his 5,000 volumes to the library. In 1981 Palafoxiana ceased to be a public place and became a museum.
5. Amparo Museum.
Located in a colonial-era palace and hospital, the Amparo Museum houses a large collection of Mexican art. The museum houses 3 rooms from the viceroyalty era and the 19th century, 7 rooms from the pre-Hispanic era, as well as exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. You will also find temporary exhibitions by national and international artists.
If there’s one city everyone loves in Mexico, it’s Oaxaca. Peaceful streets, cobbled floors, and colorful facades distinguish Oaxaca. Additionally, this Mexican city offers an ideal climate, blue skies, and local customs that will charm you.
1. Santo Domingo de Guzman temple.
The baroque exterior of the Santo Domingo de Guzman Temple is nothing to dream about. However, if you do not visit the interior you will regret it especially since the access is free. Every interior detail of the Santo Domingo de Guzman Temple was meticulously executed. Also, the whole baroque is harmonious, especially with the 3D effects. In short, the Santo Domingo de Guzman Temple is the most beautiful church in Oaxaca and is a must-see place during your trip to Mexico.
2. Mercado Benito Juárez.
Mercado Benito Juárez is one of the most popular local markets in Oaxaca. Many tourists visit this market because of its proximity to the streets of Zocalo. The Mercado Benito Juárez is a market where everything is available. Right next to the raw fish, you’ll find ceviche restaurants and plenty of other shops. Additionally, Mercado Benito Juárez is very lively and allows you to experience the local culture.
3. Hierve el Agua.
The petrified waterfalls of Hierve el Agua are one of the best places to visit in Mexico. There are a few small pools on-site and the water is lukewarm. Also, the surroundings are just as beautiful. Additionally, you can visit Hierve el Agua on a guided tour or your own.
4. Mitla Ruins.
Mitla Ruins are a very popular place in Oaxaca. These ruins are small but there is a column supposedly capable of giving you the date of your death. You just have to hug her. Unfortunately, it has been damaged so badly that it is protected now, so you will not be able to know the future. Additionally, you can see Hierve el Agua from there.
5. Teotitlan del Valle.
Teotitlan del Valle is a village of craftsmen specializing in dyeing and weaving wool. You can watch the artisans at work or take part in a workshop. The course is a bit expensive, however, you will have a handmade souvenir to take home with you. Additionally, Teotitlan del Valle is home to a market that livens up all of the villages.