May 30, 2024

Sea, sand and sky along with everything nice–Mexico has it all! This latin american country is land of contrast and contradictions. With calming seas of the Caribbean to Mayan civilization ruins. This is a country draped in a cultural tapestry. There is so much here that the only mood you will feel here is joy!   Indulge fun activities for kids to secret islands for young adults, boat rides for couples, and rich cultural activities for senior citizens, Mexico has unlimited things to offer, irrespective of age. In short, Mexico is a land of contrast and contradictions, so why don’t you join us as we take you through 10 of the most incredible and the best places to visit in Mexico to spice up your vida!

10 best places to visit in Mexico

  1. San Miguel de Allende
  2. Cancun
  3. Copper Canyon
  4. Guanajuato
  5. Oaxaca
  6. Mexico City
  7. Puerto Vallarta
  8. Teotihuacan
  9. Tulum
  10. Chichen Itza

San Miguel de Allende

Visit the beautiful and charming city of San Miguel de Allende! Regarded as one of the best places to visit in Mexico, you can observe the magical look around the city. Standing on the bank of Rio Laja, the city is beautifully located on a steep hillside. Look at the cobbled streets and delightful colonial architecture and treat yourself with amusement. Raise your head to see the tall statue of Ignacio Allende in Plaza Civica, symbolizing his bravery and leadership in Mexico’s independence from Spain. 

Observe the well-preserved colonial-style architecture and the rich history of San Miguel de Allende at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel and the Jardin Principal. Visit the nearby art galleries of The Louvre if you are an art-lover and want to spend a day among some of the best paintings the world has ever seen like Mona Lisa, The Corporation of Napoleon, The Raft of Medusa, The Sleeping Hermaphrodite, and marble sculpture of Venus de Milo, marble statue of a Kouros, and slave statues.

Treat yourself to La Posadita, Los Milagros, and El Pato Barbacoa y Mixiotes in some of the great restaurants of this city ,like Centanni Ristorante or La Unica San Miguel de Allende. Give yourself a break from your daily hustle and bustle with a sip of mezcal, elderflower Li,queur or lemon verbena at any of the famous bars like La Adelita or Cantina el Cucu.

The best time to visit San Miguel de Allende in Mexico is November through April in pleasant weather. The city doesn’t need a car to explore, you can just walk around the city. If you are travelling from Mexico City airport then you can rent a car or travel by bus. Two days are generally enough to explore the city.

Cancun

Cancun is home to some of the picturesque beaches in the world so you cannot say you have gone to Mexico without being here.You will also find the ancient ruins of the Mayan civilization here and with perfect weather almost all year round, this makes it one of the best places to visit in Mexico,  Go for sailing, snorkelling, and parasailing tours, swim with dolphins, and scuba diving with your children on the beaches but be careful of the strong current of high sea waves at Riviera Maya.

Observe the authentic Mexican tone of the historic architecture of Cancun in the downtown area, known as El Centro. Witness the ancient place for fishing and agriculture composed of Chaak palace, the highest building designed for public functions and a pyramid temple in El Rey, with stone columns and a large tiered design. Visit the large ruins of former meeting places, with sweeping gallery spaces, and ancient columns. If you want to enjoy the nightlife of Cancun then visit salsa clubs and dance with the beats.

Take some time to try the cheap eating options at The Surfin Burrito, Dons Tacos and Burritos or can taste delicious Tamales, Sopa de Lima, Tacos al Pastor and Empanadas. You can relax with a drink of Bloody Maria, Mexican Coffee, Mexican Mule or Mexican Martini.

Plan a trip to Cancun during the spring months as you would have less footfall and low humidity. You can commute around Cancun via bus.

Copper Canyon

You must come and see the Copper Canyon. This is a network of six canyons that got their name from the copper-green colour of the canyon Walls. Located in the Sierra Madre, you get to enjoy the majestic ropeway ride across the canyon. You can also explore the canyon through the Chihuahua-Pacific Railway and you get to witness some fantastic visuals.

Take a 30-minute family-friendly hike of Anna Ruby Falls. The best time to visit Copper Canyon to avoid crowds and get cheaper prices is August or September. 

Guanajuato

Visit the colonial city of Guanajuato that is located in a narrow valley of Central Mexico. The city was founded in 1554 next to one of the richest silver mining areas of the country. The 16th-century mining boom led to the construction of beautiful haciendas and five colonial mansions. Many of them are built out of pink and green sandstone. Visit the colonial architecture, stunning churches, and museums like the Mummies museums to observe the ancient Mexican culture.

Talk a long walk on the Guanajuato streets and colourful alleyways spread out in every direction while most of its traffic is served by a network of underground tunnels making it an excellent city for pedestrians.

Experience the beauty of nature and authentic Mexican experience at the vineyards of Guanajuato. Visit the Diego Rivera Museum to relive the stories that dealt with Mexican society and referenced the revolution of 1910. Guanajuato is famous for its enchiladas which are tortilla wraps with fillings of beans, cheese and meat and is then rolled, then topped up with a sauce, onions and extra cheese. You can also try one of Mexico’s famous street foods here Enmoladas i.e., enchiladas covered in mole sauce. 

A good three days are enough to explore the city. We recommend you to visit here from January to April or during October and December. To move across Guanajuato, you can rent a car or taxi and even a bike. There are public transport options as well.

Oaxaca

The capital city of the state by the name of Oaxaca is located in a valley below the Sierra Madre mountains. Visit the colonial architecture, archaeological sites of Monte Alban, the Historic centre of Oaxaca de Juarez, and the tranquil atmosphere of this popular tourist destination.

Regarded as one of the best places to visit in Mexico, you can explore the admirable colonial landmarks like the beautiful Santo Domingo church, and tour museums like the Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca, Museum of Oaxacan Painters, and MUSEO DE SITIO MONTE ALBAN in the charming town square at the heart of Oaxaca. Visit Mount Alban, the ancient capital city of the Zapotec inhabitants and watch the impressive views of the valley.

The best times to visit Oaxaca are during April to May and September to October for moderate temperatures and fewer tourists. It takes three to four days to visit Oaxaca, spending a few days in Oaxaca de Juarez. The best way to move around Oaxaca is on foot.

Mexico City

One of the largest cities in the world, Mexico City is the sprawling capital of the colorful land. This incredible metropolis is jammed full of history, scintillating culture and amazing art. Explore the buildings and move back to the Spanish colonial past as the capital of New Spain. Visit the Baroque churches and ornate palaces while walking around the cobblestoned old lanes.

You must come and enjoy a concert at the Palace of Bellas Artes abd taje a romantic horseback ride on the beach. Since you are on holiday, you can sneak in more than a few drinks by sampling some tequilla at a distillery too. We recomend you to visit Xochimilco, alias the Venice of Mexico too.

At the Chapultepec Castle, you get to learn about the fascinating history of the country and also get to witness the 18th-century palace built on a hilltop in Mexico City. In Coyoacan, you get to bear witness to the architecture and culture of Mexico worth five centuries. 

Explore the long relationship of this city with art by visiting the famous art galleries including Mexican icons Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The intellectuals and artists deserve appreciation. 

Treat yourself to a tasty Taco al pastor served with juicy meat cooked in spices and a thin tortilla. You can also indulge yourself with pozole which is a traditional soup or even some Tamales. The best time to visit Mexico City is in the Spring, between March and May when the temperature is mild and there’s little rain and also during the dry season between November to April.

Puerto Vallarta

Another popular destination on our top places to visit in Mexico is Puerto Vallarta. The city is a popular vacation spot in the Pacific coast. Apart from the beaches, this spot is also home to lush jungles and mountains.

For the beach people, they get to enjoy some kite surfing, deep-sea diving and fishing on the golden sandy beaches. You can watch the Giant manta rays, dolphins swim too but if you want to see the humpback whales, come here during December and March. This is a popular destination for young adults.

Pescado Zarandeado is one of the most popular dishes here along with Ceviche tostadas. We recomend you to visit here during January and March as they have pleasant weather.

Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan is one of the most famous Aztec Archaeological sites in the country, located right on the outskirts of the Mexican capital. Dive into history by exploring ancient ruins of this abandoned city. Explore the two iconic pyramids, the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon as well.

Come and explore Teotihuacan. Here you will find the most famous Aztec Archaeological sites in the country where you get to dive into history by exploring iconic historical sites such as the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon.

Tulum

The next item on our best places to visit in Mexico is Tulum. Explore the Mayan civilization and culture ruins and incredible views hat open to the Caribbean Sea.

Explore the beauty of the El Castillo pyramid and the beautiful mural inside the Temple of the Frescoes. Go for a swim at Tulum’s Secret Beach, surrounded by palm trees and sunbathing iguanas. Take a day trip to visit the ancient ruins and pristine beaches, and experience the laid-back vibe.

Here you must try some Mexican street food like tacos, tamales, tortas, quesadillas, and Mexican street corn Elotes. The best time to visit Tulum, Mexico is December to April for warm, sunny and beautiful weather. You can enjoy yoga retreats, and multi-day music festivals in Tulum.

Chichen Itza

Discover more about Mayan culture from the most famous archaeological sites on Earth, Chichen Itza City on the Yucatan Peninsula. Visit the Temple of Kukulkan, a giant stone pyramid with four stairways representing a compass and 365 steps. Spring and fall season are the best time to visit the pyramid. During the spring and autumn equinox, the sun creates a light show on the pyramid’s stairs. 

Chichen Itza symbolises the Mayans’ exceptional knowledge of astronomy, acoustics, mathematics, and geometry. It is considered as one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

Conclusion

As mentioned above, Mexico is a land of contrast and contradictions. From vibrant beaches of Cancun to the Aztec Archaeological sites of Teotihuacan. The flavorful delicacies await you from tacos and enchiladas to tamales and pozoles. A Mexican Extravaganza awaits you!

FAQs on Mexico

What currency is used in Mexico?

The currency used throughout the country is the Mexican peso. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are frequently available in Mexico.

How can I communicate in Mexico?

Spanish is the official language of Mexico however you can communicate in English in Mexico, especially in major cities and tourist areas. Mexicans are generally friendly and not going to be offended by you speaking your language.

How expensive is Mexico for tourists?

In Mexico, budget travelers can expect to spend around $30 to $50 per day, including accommodation, food, transportation, and activities, while Mid-range travelers can expect to spend around $60 to $100 per day.

What is the best way to get around Mexico City for tourists?

The best way to get around Mexico City is via Uber or a taxi, while the metro is another fairly clean and quick option.