Enter the world of the Mayans, colourful ponchos, sizzling burritos and tequila, where visitors can enjoy an array of exciting things to do in Mexico. Immerse yourself in an exotic blend of Spanish and Mesoamerican culture where you can find modern cities sitting quite comfortably alongside ancient architecture. Sun-kissed deserts in the north give way to white, powdery sands and Coba Mayan Ruins in the south.
Love diving? Then you've definitely come to the right place to discover the exotic marine life in Mexico. One of the top things to do in Mexico is to visit the Mayan Riviera, which alongside its exquisite beaches, is home to the second-largest Barrier Reef in the world. Swim in the same warm, clear waters as the local sea turtles and dolphins, or go diving with a kaleidoscope of fish and beautiful corals to the Cave of the Sleeping Sharks in their submarine cavern.
Swimming in the cenotes in Mexico is a magical experience. Dive in crystal-clear waters and underground lakes formed within limestone caves. There are many types of cenotes from sunken pools where you’ll need a ladder to access them, to fully open ground level lakes found all over the Yucatán Peninsula. Another natural wonder not to be missed is the pink salt lakes of Las Coloradas.
Witness the tropical sea life from a glass-bottomed boat. With 6000 miles of coastline, it's no surprise that boat rides are a must when in Mexico. Cancun in the Mayan Riviera is renowned for being one of the most beautiful spots in the world, while Puerto Vallarta attracts visitors to its clear, azure waters. Away from the beaches, you'll discover the beautiful Oaxaca frozen waterfall and manmade pools. Chiapas' Agua Azul is another top tourist destination, thanks to its dazzling blue rapids.
The colourful culture of Mexico has been heavily influenced by ancient civilisations such as the Mayan and Aztec. Music and dance are essential aspects of Mexican culture. Just witness one of the events throughout the year to experience the extraordinary blend of vibrant colour, costumes, and movement.
Carnival, Day of the Dead and Hanal Pixan
Carnival is celebrated right across the country in early March, during which spectacular parades fill the streets for days on end. Another important event is the Day of the Dead, a symbolic two-day festival that celebrates life and death. The Hanal Pixan is a unique event to the Yucatán Peninsula celebrated from October 31st to November 2nd and offers food to the spirits. If you are staying in Riviera Maya or Cancun we recommend you catch the festival of “Vida y Muerte” in Xcaret Park during these months.
One of the most popular places to visit in Mexico is the world-famous UNESCO Mayan ruins in Chichen Itza. Travel back in time through passages, columned arcades and temples. Colonial Guanajuato and the ancient city of Tulum with its fortified fortress are also not to be missed. Away from exploring the archaic ruins, you can discover the outstanding natural beauty of Copper Canyon, Mexico's Grand Canyon bordering the US.
The whole family will enjoy visiting Xplor Park where you can indulge in a jungle adventure. Fly on fun zip lines, climb aboard amphibious vehicles, explore underground rivers, and enjoy a rafting experience for all ages. Take a look at some of our other favourite things to do in Mexico below