When people think about traveling to Mexico, they tend to envision relaxing in a beach chair with a margarita in hand. Naturally, there are a lot of exquisite beaches there, although going to Mexico for beach bumming would be a waste of your time. There are a lot of incredible things to do and see across the border!
Whether you’re planning on a big city break or an outdoor adventure, the history and culture of the United Mexican States is truly mind-blowing. Not to mention that Mexico is one of the cheapest travel destination with the best food in the world!
While you can dream of that exotic Caribbean getaway where you can enjoy world-class scuba diving, we have something a little less mainstream prepared for you. Here are our top 3 things to do in Mexico:
Visit Mexico City
This one might sound pretty obvious, but hear us out. Mexico City is the world’s most underrated capital. For some reason, it still remains a hidden gem for amateur travelers. Savvy travelers on the other hand know its worth. And, after visiting, you will too, most likely, return singing the city’s praises.
Mexico City is the cultural heart of the country. It has an intimidating number of museums and galleries filled with sculptures, artworks, and relics from pre-Hispanic cultures. Down in Mexico City, you’ll find art not only in the museums but on the streets as well. Large-scale modern sculptures are placed on the streets throughout the city.
The nightlife in Mexico City is also incredibly vibrant, especially if you happen to visit during a national holiday or local festival. You’ll experience a lot of music, dancing, delicious local cuisine and even learn about local traditions.
Go On A Road Trip
The United Mexican States is a massive country. It has a lot of geographic diversity. From sky-high mountains and highlands, to idyllic coasts and beaches. Of course, then there are the rushing rivers, desert plains and dense rain forests. In other words, going on a road trip in Mexico means that you have a lot to explore. From popular tourist hot-spots such as Cancun to off-the-beaten-track hidden places, there is a lot to see in Mexico.
Of course, if you prefer the comfort and safety of regular, well-paved roads, there are still a lot of places that most tourists miss. If you get in a car and simply drive, regardless of direction, you will eventually run into the Mayan ruins. Alternatively, you could go on a road trip to the Pacific coast. You would see the pyramids of Teotihuacan, as well as colonial towns and churches.
One of the best things about road trips in Mexico is freedom. Unlike other countries, tourist destinations don’t have a schedule. They are open 24/7. This means you don’t have to rush from one place to another. Instead, you get to enjoy both the journey and the destination.
Get Your Camera Ready For Chiapas
The least visited Mexican state is Chiapas. Usually, only tourists who want an outdoor adventure come to this southernmost state. Bordering Guatemala, Chiapas is full of dense rainforests, beautiful rivers perfect for rafting and archaeological sites such as the Palenque, Bonampak and Yaxchilan. So, if you want to explore wildlife in its natural habitat, this is the place to be. Of course, you’ll have to come ready with proper equipment, first-aid kit and a camera – you know, to immortalize the beauty of the place.
If you visit Chiapas, you might want to consider bringing binoculars, because it’s a birding destination. You might get the chance to spot Scarlet Macaws, and endangered species. Besides endangered species, you will see plenty of toucans, parrots, parakeets and wood-creepers flying around.
FUN FACT: Chiapas is the only Mexican state where you can see bright red birds in the wild.
All things considered, a trip to Mexico is well worth it. While popular tourist hot-spots are great to visit, getting off-the-beaten-track once in a while might prove more rewarding. So, whether you plan a big city break or an epic outdoor adventure, Mexico will certainly give you a lot of options to choose from!