The birthplace of famed artist Frida Kahlo, Mexico is a melting pot of stunning beaches, tropical forests, and lively cities. Its diverse landscape plays host to deserts as well as mountains, and warmth pervades the Spanish-speaking land all year round. While we recommend you visit Mexico for its Mayan history, we suggest you explore its enchanting cenotes and clear pools. White-water kayaking at Veracruz will set your heart racing, and the Copper Canyon Railway introduces you to the scenic north. Surfing at the Mexican Pipeline, paddling at the pools & learning about the process of making tequila are some of the other reasons why travellers visit Mexico. Here is our Mexican Travel Guide –
Must Know – Basics :
When to Visit
Most travellers plan their visit to Mexico between December and April when the weather is dry. The rest of the year witnesses rainfall. But if its cooler weather you’re aiming at, book your trip between December and February.
Getting There & Getting Around
There are many flights connecting major cities to Mexico City, the capital. There are also international airports in Cancun, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and other destinations. For visa formalities, it is best to check with your agent or the website of the Mexican Consulate. However, if you have a Schengen visa or a valid visa for Canada, Japan, or the UK, you won’t need a visa to visit Mexico. You can avail of the large network of intercity buses in Mexico.
Where to Go
Cancun: This coastal city on the Yucatan Peninsula is a major travel destination due to its scintillating beaches and nightlife. Similarly, it is known for its proximity to interesting archaeological ruins, plentiful luxury hotels, and exciting marine life. The weather is hot and humid all year round.
Puerto Vallarta: This resort town on the Pacific coast is popular among tourists for its gorgeous beaches, clubs, and thrilling water sports. The city centre is replete with architectural marvels such as a quaint church and various sculptures.
Los Cabos: 20 miles of breath-taking seaside fronted by lavish boutique resorts connect Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, together known as Los Cabos. Located in Baja California, this is a great spot for golfers and those who enjoy diving and snorkelling.
Riviera Maya: Lying on the Caribbean coast, Riviera Maya is a treasure trove of all-inclusive resorts, palm-fringed beaches, and colourful coral reefs. The ruins of Tulum and Xel Ha Park are also a major draw for tourists.
Others: Mexico City is a pleasure to explore, with its numerous museums and the archaeological site of Teotihuacan. In West Mexican Jalisco, Guadalajara is a must-visit for its thriving music culture, agave plantations and tequila tasting. Ixtapa is also a well-established seaside resort town.
Where to Stay
The beachfront Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta boasts of five relaxing swimming pools, a private beach, eleven restaurants for adventurous dining, and an open-air lobby that brings the fragrance of the sea right to your senses. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit on Banderas Bay treats visitors to mesmerising views of the Sierra Madera Mountains, and its dreamy infinity pool has the magnificent ocean as its backdrop. Known for its couples spa treatments, ME Cabo is an adult-only, pet-friendly resort located on the only beach in Los Cabos where it’s allowed to swim. Likewise, luxury gets redefined at Casa Dorado Los Cabos Resort & Spa, a family-friendly resort with a beach-front fire pit, spacious suites, sauna, and a kids club. In Cancun, Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres is a great choice, and features suites with expansive terraces and exclusive outdoor seawater tubs.
What to Do
Visiting the archaeological ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza, and swimming in the secret cenotes nearby should be at the top of your list. Second comes scuba-diving and snorkelling in the sparkling waters of Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos. Whale-watching and swimming with whale sharks in Los Cabos, touring Isla Mujeres and Rio Secreto, splashing around in Xel Ha Park, and watching cultural performances are other top things to do in Mexico. For an offbeat adventure, go on a half-day jungle buggy tour in Quintana Roo.
What to Eat
Mexican cuisine has spicy and flavourful, and top dishes to try include tortillas, quesadillas, burritos. Served with delicious fillings, tacos and guacamole, and enchiladas and tomato salsa. Slow-roasted pork is a must-have while visiting the Yucatan Peninsula. In fact, every region has its own specialty but thanks to the world-class restaurants, you’ll have most at your disposal.
What to Pack
If visiting the coastal towns, do pack your swimming trunks, sunscreen, snorkelling gear, shorts, sandals, and beach dresses. If planning to dig deep into the jungles, bug spray might come in handy. Hats, sunglasses, and beach bags are always nice to have.