Things to do in Mexico

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 Mayan temples in the south.

Places to Go

Love diving? Then you’ve definitely come to the right place to discover the exotic marine life in Mexico. One of the top Mexico things to do is 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. If you prefer to stay dry then witness the tropical sea life from a glass-bottomed boat.

With 6000 miles of coastline, it’s no surprise that stunning beaches are a must on any attractions in Mexico list. Cancun in the Mayan Riviera is renowned as being one of the most beautiful in the world, while Puerto Vallarta attracts visitors to its pristine, white sands lapped by clear, azure waters. Swanky Los Cabos is a favourite with celebrities. Away from the beaches, you’ll discover the beautiful Oaxaca frozen waterfall and take a dip in the manmade pools perched above. Chiapas’ Agua Azul is another top tourist destination, thanks to its dazzling blue rapids.


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 and visit the sacred cenotes for an unforgettable and inspiring experience. 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. Enjoy a scenic rail trip, or if you’re more adventurous you can hike, cycle or go on horseback. Another unique excursion is to paddle in the fascinating Las Coloradas pink salt lakes.

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.

Places to Visit

Unmissable places to visit in Mexico include the exciting capital, Mexico City. Visit world-class museums such as the National Museum of Anthropology, alongside designer shopping and art galleries. Be sure not to miss the stunning historic centre with impressive colonial architecture dating back to the 16th century. Highlights include the bustling Plaza de la Constitucion, the spectacular Catedral Metropolitana, the National Palace and the Aztec relics at Temple Mayor. Add to this a visit to the majestic volcanic mountains of Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl, providing a dramatic backdrop to the city and plenty of opportunities for adventure in the scenic highlands. Take a look at some of our other favourite things to do in Mexico below

3. Xel-Ha Park

Xel-Ha Park is a theme park with a difference. This is a place where nature lovers can discover the wonders of the Riviera Maya.
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4. Wet 'n' Wild

Heading to Cancun with the family? Wet ’n Wild Cancun should be on your list of things to do. Splashing around at this waterpark isn’t just great way to cool off from the Caribbean sunshine;
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5. Discover Mayan Food

With today’s emphasis on healthy eating, ancient Mayan food is making an unexpected comeback. The Maya, Inca and Aztec civilisations of Mexico and Central America had a relatively simple and healthy diet.
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7. Crash My Playa Mexico

Music festivals might conjure up images of muddy fields, wet weather, and cold tents but the Crash My Playa country concert in Mexico is definitely not a wet weekend in Somerset!
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8. Isla Mujeres Mexico

Isla Mujeres is a beautiful island close to Cancun and a day-tripper’s paradise for visitors staying at Playa Muyeres on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
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9. Chichen Itza In Mexico

The most famous and the most completely restored of all the archaeological sites on the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza still continues to draw visitors in their thousands.
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10. BPM Festival

Whether you’re a hard-core house-head or just dipping your toe in the waters of techno, The BPM Festival is an absolute must for electronic music lovers.
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13. Cenotes In Mexico

With searing, subtropical temperatures, choosing a beach holiday to Mexico is ideal: you’ve got the sea on your doorstep and when the sun gets a little too much, you can dive into azure waters for a refreshing dip.
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16. Xcaret Eco Theme Park In Mexico

Pronounced ‘essh-caret,’ this once sacred Mayan site has been transformed into the gigantic eco-archaeological complex. Half zoo, half theme park it’s perhaps best described as a 300 acre playground.
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19. Catamaran Cruise Trip In Cancun Mexico

Enjoy a spectacular day out on the Caribbean Seas and sail on a Cataman cruise to the islands secret gems such as the secluded Isla Mujeres beach or stunning El Farito reef. The reef is considered a natural marine park with a variety of exotic fish.
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