A guide to Mexico
A guide to Mexico
There is no shortage of things to do in Mexico; from the lively capital to ancient Mayan and Aztec ruins; from natural splendours to whale watching off the stunning coast. We’ve collated some of the highlights of Mexico in this guide.
Mexico City & Surrounds
Vibrant and busy Mexico City offers an exciting mix of history, culture and modernity. In the city centre, visit the vast main plaza (Zócalo), the ruined Aztec Templo Mayor and the superb Museum of Anthropology. To the south lie the charming historic districts of San Angel and Coyoacán, where visitors can browse art galleries, relax at a pavement cafe or visit the former homes of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.
Travel north-east from the city to visit the magnificent Sun and Moon pyramids in the huge ancient city of Teotihuacán.
The Yucatan peninsula is covered in jungle and dotted with ancient ruins, while its beautiful beaches and azure waters are perfect for relaxation. Explore inland using the delightful colonial city of Mérida as a base or stay in a beautifully converted rural hacienda. Discover the awe-inspiring pyramids and temples of Mayan sites such as Uxmal, Chichen Itza and Coba, make a side-trip to the historic walled town of Campeche or swim in a cenote, a unique freshwater sinkhole created by underground rivers. Visit the mangroves of Celestún, a coastal reserve with abundant birdlife, or little Holbox island where placid whale sharks congregate.
Offering some of Mexico’s most dramatic scenery, the Copper Canyon is a series of spectacular rugged and forested canyons, some even deeper than the Grand Canyon. It is home to the Tarahumara people, who still live in small settlements and caves in the canyon. The Chihuahua Pacific railway (El Chepe) offers one of the most breathtaking train journeys in the world.