10 Best Things to Do and See in Mexico (with Map & Photos)

Do you want to know what are the Best Things to Do and See in Mexico? Keep reading, we take you on a virtual trip to the essential places to visit in beautiful Mexico (aiiiins, can't wait to come back!).

Things to Do in Mexico
Things to Do in Mexico

Apprehension about such a long flight or getting to know such a different country, or simply some prejudices may make you delay the trip, but the time will come – irresistibly – to find courage and travel to Mexico. Then you will quickly understand the mistake you made: taking so long to go! This country is a pa-sa-da, you can enjoy it with all five senses and the only bad thing is that you won't have time to explore it in its entirety.

Things to Do in Mexico
Things to Do in Mexico

The best places to visit in Mexico

Of course, many incredible places in Mexico will be missing from this list, it would be impossible to gather them all, but these 20 that we are going to detail are our favorites. If you think we have forgotten something essential, tell us.

1. Mayan Ruins: Chichen Itza

Few sites are as emblematic as the Chichen Itza archaeological site. These are the perfectly preserved ruins of one of the most important Mayan cities of pre-Columbian Mexico. The pyramid of Kukulcán is the jewel of the complex, but the enclosure is much larger and more surprising than you imagine.

And it is not the only one, in fact, the Yucatan Peninsula is full of spectacular ruins of ancient Mayan cities: Uxmal, Calakmul or Edzná are three other wonderful examples, but there are many more.

2. The island of Holbox, one of the essential places to visit in Mexico

We like to call it "The relaxed island", and the days we spent in Holbox were calm and peaceful. We weren't very lucky with the sea (instead of the typical postcard of blue waters, we found the chocolate-colored sea) but we still remember this corner of the Caribbean fondly. Perhaps the lobster pizzas and margaritas helped a little.

3. Mexico City

And, how not to name Mexico City ? Capital, engine and heart of the country, it is the perfect place to learn first-hand about Mexican culture and society.

And obviously, for tourism, because here there is no shortage of things to visit, such as the zócalo, the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology and, of course, strolling through some of the most characteristic neighborhoods, such as Roma, Coyoacán or Saint Angel.

4. Pyramids of Teotihuacan

You don't have to go far to enjoy another of the wonders of Mexico: the pyramids of Teotihuacán, which was the largest pre-Hispanic city in Mesoamerica, built by the Aztec people.

The Pyramid of the Sun, the Calzada de los Muertos, the Palace of Quetzalpápalotl or the Pyramid of the Moon are some of the treasures that await you here.

5. Laguna de Bacalar, our favorite corner of Mexico

Another of the things to see and do in Mexico is to sail and take a good dip in the Laguna de Bacalar, also known as "The lagoon of the seven colors", thanks to the different shades that the water seems to assume (in reality it changes depending of the depth).

Rent a sailing boat or a kayak and quietly discover this paradisiacal corner, with turquoise waters and cenotes up to 180 meters deep! Come on, this is without a doubt one of the most essential places to visit in Mexico.

6. Roadtrip through Baja California, an ideal plan to do in Mexico

The state of Baja California is one of our traveling dreams: we traveled through California from Seattle to San Diego, just a few km from the Mexican border, so we have an outstanding debt with that part of Mexico, so different that even geographically it seems like "unstuck". ” from the rest of the country.

A roadtrip through this peninsula, cradled by the waves of the Pacific Ocean on one side, and the Sea of ​​Cortez on the other, seems very, VERY interesting... Visit the Bay of Loreto, Cabo de San Lucas with its famous arch, the Valle De Guadalupe Vineyards or pray… to spot the gray whales! The plans are almost infinite.


Probably the most touristic area in Mexico is the Riviera Maya, with hyper-developed epicenters like Cancun or Playa del Carmen. However, we recommend Tulum as a base to, from here, explore the charms of this region (which are not few).

Starting with the Mayan ruins of Tulum, the only ones in Mexico located on top of a cliff, and continuing along a path of cenotes, visiting other sites such as Cobá, jumping from beach to beach (our favorite is the of Akumal ), for getting lost in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, and ending up putting on your boots in one of the many restaurants.

Also, in Tulum you can find super cool accommodations! The truth is, we wouldn't mind spending a little time here since Tulum is another of those places to visit in Mexico without fail.

8. Mexican cuisine

And speaking of filling your belly, if, like us, you are one of those who eat the countries they visit by mouthfuls, gastronomy in Mexico is a point in your favor. You will have the typical options, such as the ubiquitous and varied tacos, burritos, quesadillas, or enchiladas, but also local specialties such as ceviche, mole poblano, tamales, pozole, and other soups or stews of all kinds, such as our beloved cochinita pibil…

Okay, it can be spicy like hell, but sauces are usually served on the side, one less problem And don't forget to toast with a margarita!

9. Boil the Water

Can you imagine some petrified waterfalls in the middle of nature, with crystal clear water pools where you can take a relaxing bath? It is a dream that can come true in Hierve el Agua, a system of fossilized waterfalls (unique in America), in whose upper part a kind of natural pools with water at a constant temperature of about 22-25 degrees have been formed. They are found in the state of Oaxaca.

10. Izamal, the yellow city of Mexico

It is the yellow city of Yucatan, and without a doubt another of the best things to see and do in Mexico. We were lucky enough to walk quietly through its streets for a couple of days, enough time to fall in love with its all-yellow houses and get to know the main attractions, such as the Convent of San Antonio de Padua, which has the largest closed patio in America, and the second in the world.

Do you know why the whole town is monochrome? It was decided to paint it yellow in honor of Pope John Paul II, who visited Izamal in 1993. Don't you think it is one of the most interesting and curious visits to Mexico?