When most people think of Mexico travel opportunities, they think of beach destinations and all-inclusive vacations. On the west coast, places like Baja California and Los Cabos, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo and Acapulco come to mind. Mexico’s east coast boasts top-notch beach resorts in Cancun and the Mayan Riviera with locations such as Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. The year-round balmy weather in Mexico certainly adds to the appeal of this country which is among the top 10 global tourist destinations in the world. To help you plan your trip to Mexico we have put together a collection of links with Mexico travel information on this page.
But Mexico travel has a lot more to offer than gorgeous beaches: with its 31 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Mexico has the highest number of these designated sites in the Americas and the sixth highest rank world-wide. Mexico has a long and proud historic and cultural heritage, created by civilizations such as the Olmec, Zapotec and Mayan cultures. Archeological sites such as Chichen Itza, Palenque, Tulum and Uxmal, among many others, bear witness to the country’s proud past civilizations. Mexico has a long history of human settlement, and the Olmec civilization dates back more than one and a half millennia. Teotihuacan, just 30 miles northeast of today’s Mexico City, was established around 100 BC, reached a population of more than 120,000 people and became the largest city in the Americas during the pre-Columbian period.
From the 16th century onwards, Spanish colonists brought with them the Catholic Church and European building styles. As a result, Mexico boasts a tremendous collection of colonial architecture in places such as Puebla, Oaxaca, Mérida, Guanajuato, Morelia, San Cristóbal de las Casas and many more. Mexican’s silver cities such as Taxco and Zacatecas are a testimony to Mexico’s mineral wealth. The riches extracted by the colonial rulers from the 16th to the 18th century built tremendously beautiful towns, some of which are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
With its mild climate throughout the year, Mexico has also become a very popular retirement destination. Many American, Canadian and European retirees can be found at Lake Chapala, San Miguel de Allende, Mérida, Guadalajara, Baja California, Puerto Vallarta and other places. Mexican travel offerings are very broad, and the country not only boasts impressive beaches, but also rainforests, volcanoes and deserts.
As far as cities go, Mexico City and Guadalajara are the country’s largest urban centres and offer a wide range of cultural and entertainment opportunities. One of Mexico’s most amazing art forms is Mexican muralism which started in the 1920s and focussed on social and political messages. Artists such as Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros became famous the world over for their expressive wall paintings. And one of the world’s most well-known and enigmatic female painters, Frida Kahlo, created most of her life’s work in Mexico.
Although railway travel is almost non-existent in Mexico, there is one iconic train trip called the “Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway” that takes adventurous travellers through the Cooper Canyon (the “Barranca del Cobre”) with amazing views of the spectacular mountains and a top altitude of 2100 metres. This railway was a true engineering masterpiece when it was started in 1898. Due to political problems and difficult terrain, completion was delayed until 1961. Today, this famous railroad trip features 86 tunnels and 39 bridges and provides interesting insights into the harsh living conditions of the indigenous Tarahumara native people.
A Mexico travel itinerary can include a wide variety of activities, from surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving, to hiking in ecologically protected areas to studying Spanish in one of the many Mexican universities and language schools. The colourful Mexican festivals also draw countless visitors throughout the year, particularly the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. Mexican cuisine has also conquered a place among the world’s most renowned cuisines. Traditional dishes from this country include enchiladas, tacos, tamales, quesadillas, tostadas, guacamole, carnitas, chilaquiles, sopes and moles and represent a fusion of Mesoamerican and European flavours.
In recent years, Mexico travel safety has become an increasing concern, especially set against the backdrop of the Mexican Drug War. Corruption among public officials is also a major problem. Various international governments issue Mexico travel advisories from time to time to warn tourists about the possible dangers of travelling in this country. Tourists should generally not be affected by these issues, especially if they stay away from the American-Mexican border cities. Another practical piece of safety advice is to only drive a car during the day time; this not only helps to avoid bandits who may roam the roads at night; it also helps prevent collisions with cattle and other farm animals that may be wandering along the roadways at night.
Overall, Mexico is an absolutely fascinating, vibrant and colourful destination. With its interesting history, its mix of cultures and its wealth of travel opportunities, it is no surprise that this country attracts millions of visitors from all over the world.
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Yesterday I had spent my day in Taxco for the famous happenings of Semana Santa. I watched two religious processions: at noon time there was the Las Tres Caídas procession and at 5 pm I… Read more.
My last couple of days in Mexico were approaching fast and furiously. I packed my overnight bag early this morning and took the 9:15 am bus to Taxco again. I had already been here last… Read more.
This morning I headed off on the Ruta no. 2 to the Túnel area of town and started my last day at the Cetlalic Language School. We had a very interesting day, during the first… Read more.
At roughly 10 in the morning I walked through beautiful residential streets in the north end of Cuernavaca to the so-called Glorieta de Zapata, a traffic circle featuring a statue of one of Mexico’s freedom… Read more.
I have a habit of cramming a few too many things into my schedule, and I think yesterday was such a day. I started my day with a nice breakfast and then took a taxi… Read more.
A new week began yesterday, after my wonderful weekend in Taxco, and after a quick breakfast I took a taxi to my school which is located in the El Túnel neighbourhood. The school is called… Read more.
This morning I woke up early, way before 6 am. I lay awake looking at the blinking lights of Taxco right outside the window of my beautiful accommodation at the Posada de la Misión. I… Read more.
My friends Alberto and Elisabeth picked me up early Saturday morning and dropped me off at the Estrella de Oro bus station at 8:45. We chatted for another little bit until the bus left at… Read more.
After my visit of the Newcomers Club I took a taxi to the Museo de la Ciuadad which is located directly about the Tourist Office of the City of Cuernavaca. There I connected with some… Read more.
This morning I got up early and had a nice breakfast in the inner courtyard of La Nuestra. Shortly before 9 am Andie and I left for her monthly meeting of the Newcomers Club, a… Read more.
I am currently staying at, “La Nuestra“, a comfortable bed and breakfast with 4 guest rooms, a private swimming pool and an outdoor breakfast area complete with microwave and fridge, which has a rather interesting… Read more.
Today was my last day at the Ideal Language School. My teacher Estela and I had a very interesting conversation about Mexican culture, the church, and relationships between men and women. It appears Mexico is… Read more.
After a beautiful breakfast in the garden at Roxana’s place with Helga, the young lab with shiniest black coat, dancing all around me, I went to my private tutoring session at the Ideal Language School… Read more.
As a gesture of appreciation for Marta Elena’s outstanding hospitality, I decided to get her some flowers since I know that she absolutely loves gardening. Around the Palacio de Cortés I started asking around where… Read more.
spend my mornings in Cuernavaca studying Spanish and I arranged to have the afternoons free to explore the city. At the Ideal language school today I had chance to talk with the founder, Hermilo Brito,… Read more.
After my arrival in Cuernavaca and the lovely dinner at Vanessa’s aunt’s place the whole family took me to my temporary home for the next couple of days: Villa San Marcos is a bed and… Read more.
This morning, on our last day in Mexico City, we had one more relaxing breakfast with “hot cakes” (the Mexican version of pancakes) and around noon Vanessa had to leave for the airport to go… Read more.
This morning another wonderful Mexican breakfast was in store: Vanessa had made “tlacoyos con nopales“ (fried dough covered with fruits of the prickly pear cactus and melted cheese on top) which I really enjoyed. Around… Read more.
Last night after our big first discovery of Mexico City I had a couple of hours of rest before Vanessa and her mom took me to one of the most picturesque areas in the city:… Read more.
After our visit to the huge government-owned pawnshop, Nacional Monte de Piedad, we saw a side view of Mexico City’s and Latin America’s biggest cathedral: the Catedral Metropolitana. It is also at the heart of… Read more.
This Friday morning the chirping tropical birds in the courtyard outside the building woke me up early. Vanessa had fixed a real Mexican breakfast: fruit – melon and papaya, with yogurt and sweat bread. Appropriately… Read more.
After a few very hectic days before my departure I got up at 4:30 am yesterday and my husband drove me to the airport. Since my flight was with Delta Airlines and had a stopover… Read more.
I had been to Mexico twice before, once many years ago in Manzanillo, and more recently in 2003 in Puerto Vallarta. Essentially both of these vacations were typical tourist experiences and ever since I got… Read more.
On a gorgeous sunny morning my last full day in Mexico had begun. The last 12 twelve days had been an absolute whirlwind. After barely a full day in Guadalajara I had gone on my… Read more.
After our interesting visit in Quiroga, a colourful market town less than half an hour from Morelia, we had now arrived in Tzintzuntzan, literally translated “the place of the hummingbird”. This historic town is the… Read more.
Brilliant sunshine greeted me again on another gorgeous day in Mexico’s colonial heartland. After a restful night of sleep at the venerable Hotel Catedral, I enjoyed a delicious buffet breakfast and then took the elevator… Read more.
My second and last weekend in Mexico had arrived and I was ready to start my next out-of-town excursion from Guadalajara: I was planning to take the ETN bus to Morelia, the capital of the… Read more.
My second last day at the Guadalajara Language Centre had begun. During my two hours of instruction we had a great discussion about cultural differences between the United States (or Canada) and Mexico. As we… Read more.
After a nice tour through the Municipal Market in Tlaquepaque and a Spanish lesson, I was going to head out of town this afternoon. Local expert and professional tour guide José Orozco picked me up… Read more.
After two excursions to Lake Chapala over the past couple of days, I had another busy day ahead of me. In the morning I was planning to spend some time with Wouter Stut, the owner… Read more.
I got up early again to download all my photos from my Lake Chapala trip yesterday and headed to the Guadalajara Language Center, my Spanish school, at about 8:30 am. Located in the pretty neighbourhood… Read more.
I had enjoyed my personal tour through “El Centro Cultural El Refugio” in Tlaquepaque and gotten good insight into the historical and artistic highlights of this Guadalajara neighbourhood. Now it was 3:30 pm and it… Read more.
After an interesting excursion to downtown Guadalajara yesterday, I had needed a good night’s sleep to rest up for another busy day. This Tuesday morning I got up early and walked the few steps to… Read more.
On this sunny Monday morning I got up early to download my pictures from my exciting three-day weekend in Guanajuato. I also had to get ready for my first language class at the Guadalajara Language… Read more.
After this morning’s exciting mountainbiking adventures outside of the city, this afternoon I would have a chance to delve into Guanajuato’s cultural attractions one last time e before my early evening departure back to Guadalajara…. Read more.
Over the last day and a half I had received a great introduction to the city of Guanajuato. From the beautiful downtown of Guanajuato, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the historic… Read more.
Mexico Travel – Guanajuato: The Callejón del Beso, the Mummy Museum of Guanjuato and the Famous “Estudiantina” On this busy Saturday morning we had already seen so much in Guanjuato. From a nice breakfast at… Read more.
After a beautiful restful night in my suite at the Quinta Las Acacias I had woken up really hungry and was looking forward to breakfast. This family-owned boutique hotel was built as a private mansion… Read more.
My first few hours in Guanajuato had already exposed me to so much of the unique history and architecture of this gorgeous Mexican silver mining town. We had started our tour with a visit to… Read more.
During my language study trip to Guadalajara I had allocated two weekends for out-of-town excursions with the goal of visiting some of Mexico’s other colonial cities. I had done extensive research, had surfed the net… Read more.
After my very chilly first night in Mexico I woke up at 7 am at my homestay in Tlaquepaque, a pretty suburb of Guadalajara. Although I had three blankets to keep me warm, the wet… Read more.
There are two things that I am very passionate about: traveling and learning languages. I like to combine both of them where I can and at least once a year I try to go on… Read more.
During the cold North American winters, the warm weather and the beautiful Mexico beaches draw millions of tourists to relaxing vacations and holidays in all-inclusive resorts. Mexico is one of the most affordable vacation destinations, especially for North Americans,
Among the most popular Mexico travel opportunities are beach vacations in coastal resort towns, and this article focuses on the eastern coast of Mexico from Tampico in the north to Playa del Carmen in the south.