Mexico is a vast country and that you will need a lot of time to travel through it and see everything it offers. This country has a great history, with many colonial cities and archaeological sites, its paradisiacal beaches, both to the east and the west of the country, its inexhaustible culture, its delicious food and the hospitality of its people, are just some of the reasons to choose Mexico as a destination in your next vacation.
If you are planning your trip to Mexico, read on and discover the 10 places in Mexico that you must visit.
1. Mexico City
The City of Mexico, Mexico, DF, is the capital of the country and one of the largest cities in the world. Perhaps because of its immensity, its offer is of the most varied. The Plaza de la Constitución, better known as “El Zócalo,” can be a good starting point to explore its historic center. The National Museum of Anthropology, the Castle of Chapultepec, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Cathedral and the House of tiles are some of the things you can not miss.
For art lovers, on the walls of the National Palace, you can admire magnificent murals by Diego Rivera. You can also visit the Blue House or Frida Kahlo Museum, a place that was the residence of the well-known artist.
Teotihuacán, the place where men become gods, is one of the must-visit things to see in Mexico. Located less than 50 kilometers from Mexico City, the archaeological zone of Teotihuacán still presents many enigmas around the town that built and inhabited it for centuries.
The huge Pyramid of the Sun is one of the largest pyramids in the world, welcomes the thousands of tourists who visit it every day. The Causeway of the Dead and the Pyramid of the Moon complete one of the places in Mexico that exceeded all our expectations.
3. Chichén Itzá
Chichén Itzá is a massive step pyramid, known as El Castillo or Temple of Kukulcan, overlooks the ancient city, which thrived from around 600 A.D. to the 1200s. Graphic stone carvings remain at structures like the ball court, Temple of the Warriors and the Wall of the Skulls.
It is one of the seven wonders of the modern world and one of the must-visit places in Mexico. Considered as the most famous Mayan ruin in the world, it is located in the tourist area of the Yucatan Peninsula and receives more than one million tourists each year.
4. San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende is one of those places that invite an extended stay. Perhaps for that reason, another of the things that attract attention is its cosmopolitan population.
Declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, the city is like a canvas of bright colors in which it is necessary to get lost in its historic center. Its cobbled streets surrounded by color, the colonial architecture of its houses, the markets of handicrafts, its squares and ancient churches form a complex obstacle to overcome.
The city of Oaxaca, capital of the homonymous state, is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in the country: its historic buildings, its handicraft markets, its delicious regional food and, above all, the warmth of its people, make this destination an essential place. As you walk through its streets and stroll through its markets, you will feel its culture, enjoy its smells and tastes and learn from its customs.
Besides, you can not miss two of its great treasures: the former convent of Santo Domingo, built in the sixteenth century and now converted into a museum, and the Basilica de la Soledad, a fascinating work of the Baroque style.
Tulum, located in the south of the Mayan Riviera, is one of the most famous holiday destinations in the world and one of the places to visit in Mexico. The archaeological zone of its ancient Mayan city with the iconic castle, located on a cliff above the turquoise green waters of the Caribbean Sea, form one of the most beautiful images of the country.
In Tulum, there are no large hotel chains or shopping centers. All its buildings try to respect the natural environment of the place, and its beaches continue to be almost virgin. This makes it the ideal destination for those who want to be in a quiet area and have contact with nature.
7. San Cristóbal de Las Casas
San Cristóbal de las Casas is a small city, of which you are invited to explore it on foot. Beyond visiting its emblematic buildings, it is best to walk through its cobblestone streets and appreciate its architecture, which highlights its roofs, balconies, and facades that can be transported centuries ago. Considered magical town, San Cristóbal is one of those cities that fall in love and invite you to relax.
A good option from here is to make a day trip to the Sumidero Canyon, a boat trip through cliffs of up to 1,000 meters, where pure nature will enclose you.
8. Cabo San Lucas
Where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean are the beaches of Cabo San Lucas, which offer options for all tastes. Surfing, snorkeling, diving, fishing or even sighting whales is also a possibility.
Here you can visit a classic postcard called “El Arco,” an arc-shaped rock formation created by nature. It is located next to the so-called “beach of love,” which is accessed only by water, which makes it one of the quietest in the area.
Izamal is a magical town of Yucatan, known by the nickname of the city of the three cultures, is another place to visit in Mexico, in which walking through its streets becomes a show where you can see from Mayan pyramids to beautiful colonial houses and churches, all painted yellow.
The impressive set that forms the temple of the Purísima Concepción and the Convent of San Antonio de Padua, built on a pre-Hispanic platform is one of the icons of Izamal.
10. Cenotes of Valladolid
There are hundreds of cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, although the cenotes of Valladolid and surroundings are the most interesting. These cave-style cenotes, full of incredible karstic formations, where you can bathe alone in its crystal clear waters or with very few people, a real wonder.