Places to Visit in Mexico
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Mexico or in official term the United Mexican States is a country with various dream destinations on the bucket list of travelers. Located in the south of North America, Mexico never fails to amaze its visitors with alluring and magnificent beauty. The country also shares its borders with the USA, the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea, which makes it one of the most visited countries in the world. In Mexico, you can indulge in many water sports, witness some natural phenomenon, explore the history of Mayan Civilisation and the spread of Spanish people, take history tours of the archeological sites or just spend your day relaxing at the spas or beaches or doing shopping.
Some of the best places to visit in Mexico are:
This Mexican city Cancun is a great place to visit in Mexico. It is divided into 2 major areas i.e., the downtown area El Centro and ZonaHotelera, a beachfront line of nightclubs, high-rise hotels, shops, discos, various restaurants, entertainment centers, marine entertainment bars, cafes. Traveler can also enjoy the tranquil white beaches, renowned archaeological zones and nature reserves. Some of the places to be visited on a trip to Cancun city of Mexico are Koba, SakAktun, and the ruins of El Ray. Travelers can enjoy many tours ranging from air, helicopter, and balloon tours to underwater tours.
Providing its visitors with various interesting and picturesque views Acapulco is another port city of Mexico that is among the top places to visit in Mexico. It is also the favorite place of many celebrities. Witness the fascinating nightlife here at the bars, clubs, nightclubs, and restaurants. A traveler can also enjoy some quality time at the beaches here in Acapulco city. This beautiful port city is the oldest and largest port of Mexico and is a deep and semicircular bay. Some of the places of attraction in this city are the water park, La Quebrada, Punta Diamante, Isla La Roqueta, the botanical garden, and the museum Casa de la Máscara.
Sharing its boundary with the world’s 2nd largest coral reef which is about 700km, this island of Cozumel is a stunning place to visit in Mexico. It is an island in the Caribbean in Mexico. The island has many astounding places and activities that will keep the tourists on its toes. Enjoying the beach is a simple relaxing activity you can indulge in or you can go for the most exciting and thrilling adventure of this island i.e. Diving. Various other fun activities that Cozumel provides to its visitors are submarine ride, catamaran ride, and a ride in a boat of the glass bottom. You can enjoy the marine life and coral reef.
Cabo San Lucas
Located in the state of Baja California Sur, Cabo San Lucas is a quite popular city in Mexico. As the place is situated near the sea, it provides the best views and quaint beaches. It is also the 2nd most expensive ports in the world. Despite being expensive the visitors come here in huge numbers to enjoy many sites, beaches, underwater world, flora, and fauna. The best time to visit Cabo San Lucas is during winters when you can also witness whale migration. It is also famous as the perfect spa destination. Some of the places you can visit in Mexico while being here are Arco de Cabo San Lucas, Lover’s Beach, Playa Del Amor, Playa Del Divorcio, San Jose Del Cabo, and many more.
Ixtapa is one of the most popular tourist places in Mexico and is located in the state of Guerrero. This famous tourist destination is a significant resort in Mexico. Many cruise ships have their stoppage at Ixtapa. Quite famous for its beaches and water activities, it is loved by water sports lovers. If you are a golf lover then this city has a perfect 18-hole golf course for you. The private villas, restaurants, a beach club, shopping, and entertainment centers are also present to keep your visit exciting.
Playa del Carmen
The gorgeous city of Playa del Carmen is a famous tourist place located in Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is famous because of its prime location in the heart of the tourist zone of the Riviera Maya. It is also the 3rd largest city in Mexico. You can indulge yourself in many tours provided by the city from air and balloon tours to cruise everything is available here. The places of attraction to see here and are located nearby: Cozumel (an island), Shkaret (an ecological theme park), Tulum and Sian-Kaan, SakAktun, and Iksplor.
Playacar area is loved by many visitors. It is an upscale resort area with nice villas and beach areas. Travelers come here to enjoy some good time and engage themselves in water activities like snorkeling, kitesurfing, swimming and sunbathing at Playacar Beach. The 2 major parts of the Playacar area are Playacar Phase 1 and Playacar Phase 2. Playacar Phase 1 has beautiful villas and beaches while Playacar Phase 2 has a golf course. Playacar is one of the best tourist places in Mexico.
Holding a significant and religious value in Mayan culture, the holy city of Chichen Itza is located in Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. This is also in the new list of 7 wonders of the world. During early times, this city had a powerful influence on Mayan culture. The place has many interesting archaeological sites which are also included in the World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Prime attractions of this place are the Temple of Warriors in Chichen Itza, the Mayan statues of Deities, Temple of Kukulkan, and Sacred Cenote.
Teotihuacan is the least explored and abandoned city in Mexico. It is home to the largest pyramids of Mesoamerica among which the pyramid of the Sun is the 3rd highest in the world. This city is also known to be the oldest city in the western hemisphere by Scientists. You can explore the city and witness many attractions like Square Citadel which is the center of the city, the 4 garden pyramids surrounding the area, and Teotihuacan.
Mexico City is another beauty of the country of Mexico which is the largest and capital city of Mexico. This city has everything that you can look for in your visit here. Being one of the top places to visit in Mexico, the city has numerous museums, parks, forests, nature reserves, and archeological sites. The city has a lot to offer that you will never be short of places to see and explore; the Palacio Nacional, Templo Mayor, the Catedral Metropolitana de México, Frida Kahlo Museum, Palacio De Bellas Artes, Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, Pyramid of the Sun, Plaza Garibaldi, The Angel of Independence, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Palacio Postal, The House of Tiles, Monument to the Revolution, Island of Dead Dolls, Square of the Three Cultures and a lot more. The main attraction that adds to the beauty of Mexico city is Plaza de la Constitución, the massive main square also known as the Zócalo.
Agua Azul Waterfalls
The mesmerizing waterfalls that are a must-visit place in Mexico are Agua Azul Waterfalls. This is a multi-cascade system of about 500 small waterfalls located in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. All these waterfall cascades are located just next to each other and the largest one falls from the height of 6m. The waterfalls are so beautiful that you won’t be able to take your eyes off. The waterfall has a blue color because of the high mineral content. The river of Agua Azul Waterfalls also forms another two beauties which are Agua Clara waterfalls and the Misol-Ha waterfall.
Copper Canyon is located in the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. It is a series of about six canyons in the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains. The canyon got its name from the beautiful copper-green hue of the canyon walls. You can also make a small stop at Divisadero which is a great photo stop and it offers views into Urique Canyon. The place to visit in Mexico is famous for biking, hiking, driving, and horseback riding. The copper canyon doesn’t only give you the views of the canyon but the surrounding areas also have many other attractions like Copper Canyon National Park, Basaseachic Falls National Park, and Basaseachic Falls.
Los Cabos is a large region housing two perfect towns: Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo. These two towns give their visitors a lot of activities to do and interesting places to explore. From fishing, diving, kayaking, surfing in summers to observing grey whales mating in Magdalena Bay, this municipality has a lot to offer. You can also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, El Arco rock which is also a major attraction place to visit in Mexico.
San Pedro Cholula
San Pedro Cholula is among the best places to visit in Mexico. The region has many interesting places to see. San Pedro Cholula located in Puebla, Mexico. Cholula is the home of the Great Pyramid of Cholula which is also known as Tlachihualtepetl. You can indulge yourself in activities like picnicking, hiking, jogging, mountain biking, and motor cross at Zapoteac which is a volcanic hill and encircles the wooded area of San Padro Cholula. Other attractions of this city are: Plaza de la Concordia, the Parish Church of San Pedro and the Museum of Cholula are among many places.
Isla Mujeres is a gorgeous island in the Caribbean Sea located in the Riviera Maya region. It is located in Quintana Roo, Mexico. This stunning island is a perfect place for vacationing and has been visited by many locals and tourists from all around the world. The eastern coast has the influence of the Caribbean Sea and is a good place for surfing. While the west coast has the absence of strong waves and most of the beaches are located here. The places and activities you can enjoy while being at Isla Mujeres Island are Playa Norte Beach, snorkeling and scuba diving at coral reefs, visit a Lighthouse, a sanctuary for sea turtles, and the remains of a Mayan temple.
Mexico has many ecological parks and these parks make a huge part of Mexico Tourism. One such theme park located here is Xcaret Park. Not only famous in the country but this park is known all over the world. The park is a beautiful home of species of native birds and endangered animals. Located on the Riviera Maya the park has many picturesque views to melt for. It has also played a vital role in the Mayan civilization as a port and trade center.
Six Flags México
Six Flags is a major attraction located in the south of Mexico City, Mexico. The place is listed by lots of tourists and locals. It is an adventurous amusement park. The park sees millions of visitors throughout the year which makes it the most visited theme park in Latin America. Not only you can have exciting, thrilling and fun extreme sports but also a nice quality time with family and friends. If you are here during the time of festivals organized by the park then make sure to visit one such festival as it will be remembered by you for years. It hosts Christmas in the park, the Festival of Terror, Mardi Gras Magic light parade, the educational presentation of Mundo Marino, BlackOut, and Ford Performance.
One of the places you can visit if you are visiting Mexico is Uxmal. It is located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The place is the ruins of a large Mayan city and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has been an important part of the Mayan culture and has been a political center. Uxmal is a large area in square shape having Pukk style building along the edges. If you are interested in knowing the history and culture of Mayan people then you should definitely visit the place in Mexico.
Ruinas de Tulum
Tulum has a great significance in Mayan civilization. It had served as a port for Coba and has been the site of a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city. The ruins can be traced back to the 13th century and it is situated in twelve-meter tall cliffs. The city of Tulum is also a fascinating place to visit in Mexico as it is known to be one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya. This archeological site is a must-visit place in Mexico. You can also see Tulum beaches, among which one is a protected area for nesting sea turtles.
San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful city in the beautiful country of Mexico. The city is also a great place to visit when you are in Mexico. This city is a prime example of Spanish colonial culture. This city is now known to be settled by many people from Mexico, the USA, and Canada. There are many places that you can visit here in the city include the Parish Church of San Miguel, the Oratorio de San Felipe Neri, the El Chorro district, the Juarez Park, the Casa de Allende Museum, the Cultural Center of Ignacio Ramirez, the Casa de Allende Museum and many more.
Located in the state of Jalisco in the country of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is a stunning resort town. This is a nice place to visit for a vacation in Mexico. The city does not only provide you with its amazing places but also has a variety of festivals to keep you up on your toes. Festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Festival of Flowers and Garden, and Electro Beach Puerto Vallarta are some of the festivals that you can enjoy. The places where you can wander around at Puerto Vallarta are; City Hall, Cuale Archaeological Museum, Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Plaza – de – Armas, Puerto – Vallarta Zoo, Playa Los Muertos, Playa Quimixto, and Playa Mismaloya.
Oaxaca has a mesmerizing beauty and is one of the top places to visit in Mexico. Known by the name “one of the three Central Valleys”, the city has been surrounded by oak and pine forests which adds greenery to the beauty of the city. Having its location in the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains, it is a worth visiting place for you. Some of the attractions that you can add to your bucket list while being here are, de las Culturas de Oaxaca, De Santo Domingo, Sokalo Park, the Church and the former monastery of St. John, the Cathedral of Our Lady, the Macedonian Theater of Alcala and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Serving as a capital city of the state of Morelos, Mexico, the city is also known as “City of Eternal Spring” due to its climate. The beautiful region of Cuernavaca is something that you should not afford to miss. It also holds sites that are of cultural importance to Mexico. The places you can roam around when you are here: Morelos and Juarez, the Robert Brady Museum, Palace of Cortez, the phytotherapy museum, Borda Garden, Cuernavaca Cathedral, the San Jose church, the Teopanzolco, Chapultepec Ecological Park, the castle El Castillito and NuestraSeñora de Milas church.
Tijuana is the beauty of Mexico which is often visited by many visitors due to its location which is opposite the American city of San Diego. You can visit the Downtown or the cultural center. This place is often crowded with American visitors. The city holds great financial value because of the American influence in the city. The place is perfect for clubbing and enjoying the nightlife. Some of the places to visit here are Jai Alai Frontón palace and Centro Cultural Tijuana and many beaches.
Love Mexican food then you should definitely visit Puebla de Zaragoza as it is the capital of Mexican cuisine. Not only, having a great and variety of Mexican food, the historical buildings of the city belonging to the colonial period is also listed on the World Heritage Site. The places worth visiting while in Puebla are Santa Rosa Monastery, Santo Domingo church, Chapel of the Virgin of the Rosary, Amparo Museum, and San Cristobal Temple. You can try delicacies of Mexican food at any restaurant here as the city is also best known for the chocolate-based mole poblano sauce.
Taxco is called Silver city as it is a primary center for silver mining. It is a nice place to visit in Mexico. The most attractive part of the city is the buildings and archaeological sites possessing stunning architectural design. The city has also been granted the title of pueblo mágico meaning magic city. Famous for its narrow cobbled streets, some of the places that you should put on your traveling list are Santa Prisca Church, The Santa Prisca Church bell towers, Plaza Borda, Plaza de Bernal, William Spratling Museum, Museum of Viceregal Art, Church of Veracruz, Church of San Bernardino, Borda House and Humboldt House.
San Juan de Ulúa
San Juan de Ulua is a marvelous and small complex of fortresses in Mexico. Visitors from across the globe visit this island to witness old forts. It is also known as the Castle of San Juan de Ulúa. The fortresses played an important role in the colonial period. Over time the fortresses have gone many changes which lead to them being a museum today. The complex is made into museums and made open to the public. Many areas are still under renovation and are closed to the public but the prison area is open to visitors. San Juan De Ulua has also been a part of popular culture where it has been featured in Hollywood movies.
Guanajuato is a splendid city in Mexico and it is the capital of Guanajuato state. The city also has many places for its visitors to see and explore. It is a must-visit city in Mexico. The most beautiful part of this city is that the tunnels here are typified by the CallejóndelBeso also translated to Alley of the Kiss because the balconies are so close that a couple could reach across and kiss. The many historical sites and interesting places to see here are: the Alhóndiga de Granaditas, Plaza de la Paz, GranaditaAlhondine Museum, Teatro Juarez, Diego Rivera House Museum, Monastery basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato, Valencia Mine Museum, Museum of the Mummies of Guanajuato, Monumento al Pipila Guanajuato.
If you love nature and are a fan of waterfalls then visit these alluring waterfalls located in the Sierra Madre Mountains. The waterfalls are made of the Basaseachic River. It is also the 2nd latest waterfall in Mexico calling from the height of 246m. You can also explore other parts of CascadaBasaseachic as it is located in the Basaseachi National Park. The 2 streams Arroyo del Dusnazi and Arroyo de Basaseachi together make waterfalls captivating. The surrounding pine forests add to the beauty of the falls.
Chapultepec is an astonishing beauty located in the heart of Mexico City. It means “at the grasshopper hill”. This hill lifts up the beauty of Mexico. The hills are encircled by a park of about 800 hectares. The park is also considered to be the largest of the city parks in America. The places you can explore while cherishing the beauty of Chapultepec Hills are Chapultepec Castle, Bosque de Chapultepec, Zoológico de Chapultepec, JardínBotánico del Bosque de Chapultepec, National Museum of Anthropology, Chapultepec Lake, Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola, Mariposario Del Zoologico De Chapultepec and many more.
Guadalajara is a stunning place and it is the capital of the state of Jalisco, Mexico. It is also the cultural capital of Mexico. The city is filled with many baroque architectural style monuments. Some of the places that you can visit here are San Francisco Church, Mercado Libertad – San Juan de Dios, Zoologico Guadalajara, Guadalajara Cathedral, TemploExpiatoriodelSantísimo Sacramento, Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan, Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Jalisco, Regional Museum of Guadalajara, Jose Cuervo Express, Rotonda de los JalisciensesIlustres, Bosque Los Colomos and a lot more. If you are during the time of festivals organised by the city then make sure to attend one, the International Book Fair, International Film Festival, Cultural Festival – de – Mayo.
MuseoSoumaya is a perfect place to visit in Mexico if you are interested in history and museum culture. The MuseoSoumaya or Museum of Art is located in Mexico City, Mexico. It was founded in the year 1994 and shifted to a new 6-story building in 2011. The museum displays Carlos Slim’s personal collection of work of art. It also displays works of Mexican and European artists in a permanent exhibition. The collection of the museum includes paintings by French Impressionists Pierre-AugusteRenoir, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Edgar Degas.
Sian Ka’an is a tourist destination located in the Quintana Roo. It is a biosphere reserve and a nice place to visit in Mexico. As the reserve is located on limestone soil it becomes a great place of attraction. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name Sian Ka’an means “a place where heaven begins” or “gate of heaven”. The biosphere reserve is partly located on the land and partly on the sea. There are also 23 archaeological sites that are also part of the reserve. The coral reefs are the highlight of this reserve among many attractions that are in Sian Ka’an.
The other nature’s beauty of Mexico is Misol-Ha Waterfalls. The waterfall consists of a single cascade and it is about 35 m high located the south of Palenque. The area of the waterfall pool is encircled by tropical vegetation. The rich blue color of the water is because of the high mineral content. If you like to spend more time in nature than city life then you should definitely visit this waterfall. There is a 20 m deep cave behind the waterfalls which also serves as a tourist attraction. This waterfall has also been a part of some Hollywood movies.
Pachuca is a city of Mexico in Hidalgo State. The city is known to be the most beautiful city as it is surrounded by high hills. From picturesque views of nature to archeological sites, you can get a hold of all these places here. The prime attraction of the city is Hidalgo – Street which is the oldest street in the city and homes the old markets, houses, and the infrastructure of the mining industry. The places you can visit here are Monumental Clock, Plaza Independencia, Cuarteldel Arte cultural center, FototecaNacional photo library, Museo de Minería, International Football Hall of Fame, El Chico National Park, Museo El Rehilete, Mineral del Chico, and many more.
Cancún Underwater Museum
Cancun city has a lot to offer to its visitors but one such thing that you should not miss is Cancún Underwater Museum. It is also known as MUSA. This museum is an interesting place to visit in Mexico as it is located under the waters of the Mexican Caribbean Sea. Opened in 2010, it serves as the largest underwater attractions in the world. It was founded in order to protect coral reefs by making it a tourist destination. Visit this place to witness the most unique underwater museum having around 477 sculptures.
Sayulita is a nice place to visit in Mexico. It is a small town which is located in the Bay of Banderas, Mexico. It is the perfect getaway for you during the summer months as it is famous for surfing. Also, the nightlife is quite active in Sayulita. People from various countries come here to enjoy the rushing nightlife too. Some of the places you can visit while being here are: Sayulita Beach, Los Muertos Beach, Marieta Islands, Riviera Nayarit, Playa De Los Muertos, Galeria Tanana, Mercado del Pueblo, Islas Marietas, Evoke The Spirit, Sayulita Plaza, Litibú Beach, and many more.
Mexico has an abundance of ecological parks among which Xel-Ha Park is located in Quintana Roo, Mexico. This aquatic theme park is also a part of Xcaret Experiencias Group which owns the Xcaret Park, Xenses Park, and Xplor Park. The Xel-Ha park allows its visitors to enjoy any of the tours and activities. The park is influenced by Riviera Maya and has rich marine and freshwater species. You can swim in the lagoon or walk around the park. The park also has a turtle reserve. Other than that you can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming with dolphins.
Chapala is a tourism destination in Mexico and it is the freshwater lake in Mexico. Being the latest freshwater lake, it attracts tourists in large numbers. The lake sits on a high plateau. The maximum depth of the lake is about 10.5 m. The lake has immense beauty and it is a home of Pink pelicans and about 1000 species of plants and animals.
Among many tourist destinations of Mexico, one with nature’s essence is Iztaccihuatl. This is a volcano with 4 peaks and it is also the 3rd highest peak in Mexico. In simple terms, it is also known as Ista. If you look at this peak from the west and east, the silhouettes will appear in the form of a sleeping female figure’s head, chest, knees, and feet. The snow-covered peak can be spotted from far away. It is a nice place to visit in Mexico when you want to spend some time on nature’s lap.