Best Places to Visit in Mexico
Mexico is a wonderful country and has everything for a perfect escape. Golden beaches, archaeological and historical wonders, brilliant shopping, dazzling nightlife, the country has it all. In this post, we look at some of the best places to visit in Mexico.
Mexico City is one of the most exotic cities in the world. It has recently undergone a bit of a makeover for its bicentennial year. Over 21 million people live in Mexico City and like most cities has plenty of diverse offering that should be on your itinerary to visit.
Mexico’s colonial influence can be seen in many of the buildings and wondering through mariachi-filled Plaza Garibaldi gives you a good snapshot of the city’s past fusing with the present. Condesa and Polanco offer good dining options and every kind of nightlife imaginable can be found in Mexico’s capital city.
Few cities in the world, however, can offer Aztec pyramids, canals, Frida Kahlo’s old studio and the Diego Rivera. There are plenty of immersive museums which give you historical context.
Given its diverse offerings, it is a good idea to stay in Mexico City for your trip, at least for a few days. Some of the best hotels in Mexico are in the capital so you can easily find one to suit your budget.
In terms of crime rate, the great city has around one third the crime of Washington D.C.
Todos Santos is an intriguing town on the coast of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. There was a time when this town was one of the country’s best kept secrets. Now the mountain based community consisting largely of artists and featuring museums and art galleries is quite well known and the tourist traffic is increasing.
Nonetheless, the town’s creative vibe and surfing beaches will delight you and make you feel relaxed.
It is a few hours from either Cabo or La Paz airports and Sammy Hagar has a bar here. So have a beer.
As Mexican resorts stand Huatulco is a good example of the right way to establish one. The resort was built on the site of a former fishing village. The 12-mile beach is largely unspoiled and buildings have been kept under six stories high. It is fair to say that this has become the Oaxacan beach resort of choice.
Plenty of water based activities can be found here. Tour operators offer snorkelling, diving, kayaking, surfing, cycling and rafting trips. Do a little research on each company to find a good one. As well as activities tour operators offer trips to waterfalls and coffee farms so there is something for everyone.
Two hours bus journey from Mexico City and you find yourself in ‘Mini Mexico City’, Puebla. The city is hardly microscopic, however, with 1.5 million residents. The city has strong colonial influences featuring plenty of cathedrals. It has brilliant museums so a visit here is a culture treat.
As well as the history, the food is something you must try. Treats include taco árabe (Arabic taco). This consists of marinated pork served on Middle Eastern-style flatbread. If you are up for adventure and want to try something new try escamoles. This is a rice-like ant larvae sautéed in butter.
Situated on the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea, Cancun is known for lively nightlife and gorgeous beaches. In many ways, this is two cities merged together. Downtown, the city center has the traditional array of shops and commerce you would expect, while the beaches are flanked by nightclubs, stores, restaurants, and hotels that reach into the sky. It is a popular tourist destination with plenty to do and good accommodation options. Search Iberostar.com in the first instance.
This destination sees plenty of students in the summer break period.
Guanajuato is built on a hill a little like San Francisco. It is full of bright coloured buildings and 16th-century cathedrals. Laurel trees lined the road.
Arguably, the best time to come is when the Festival Cervantino is in full blast. Held in October, it features orchestras, ballet folklórico, modern art, mariachis together with Mexico city punk bands. The event is to be savoured and most of it is free. If you come outside of October the colourful town has something to offer everyone and a trip to San Miguel de Allende could easily be combined with any visit.
This city has made a reputation for itself as having the best food in Mexico. Food wise you can eat mole at various restaurants and drink the best mezcal to be found on the planet. The markets are phenomenal and if that isn’t enough soaking the nearby archaeological sites like Mitla and Monte Alban are wonderous.
The city is the perfect place to visit on the way to Todos Santos where you can make a two-hour plane journey from Oaxaca City.