Whether you want to bask on palm-fringed beaches, explore ancient Mayan ruins or trek through verdant jungles, you’ll find a full spectrum of experiences in Mexico. Swim with whale sharks on the Yucatan Peninsula, discover the legacy of beloved natives like Frida Kahlo and dive headfirst into the colourful art, music, culture and cuisine.
Things to do in Mexico
Of all the archaeological sites in Mexico, Tulum is one of the most iconic. The ruins are perched on rugged coastal cliffs and command sweeping views over the jewel-toned Caribbean Sea. The enormous palaces, temples and defensive walls offer a fascinating window into Mexico’s ancient Mayan civilisations.
Embarking at Parque Nacional Isla Contoy feels like stepping into a postcard. White sand and sparkling blue water surround the finger-shaped island. The entire island is a protected wildlife sanctuary and home to more than 170 bird species, including pelicans, cormorants, herons and flamingos. The marine life is incredible, with the chance to swim with manta rays, turtles and majestic whale sharks.
Baja California feels completely different from mainland Mexico. The peninsula borders both the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, with cacti-strewn deserts and rugged mountains in between. Party in the legendary border town of Tijuana and in Cabo San Lucas on the tip of the peninsula. Be charmed by colonial towns like Loreto and Todos Santos and head to the San Ignacio Lagoon for incredible encounters with grey whales.
Cuisine in Mexico is as colourful and exciting as the local culture. Start your day with “huevos rancheros” eggs served with corn tortillas and spicy tomato salsa. Bite into piping hot fish tacos and snack on zesty guacamole and “tostada” tortillas topped with ground beef, cheese, refried beans and shredded cabbage.
Getting around Mexico
Domestic flights are a good way to travel between major cities and resorts in Mexico, while long-distance buses are another good option for long distances. Taxis are a safe and affordable way to get around cities, towns and resorts. Rental cars can be a good way to explore Mexico at your own pace, depending on what part of the country you’re in. Ferries run between mainland Mexico and the Baja Peninsula.