It’s really difficult to choose what to visit in a country so rich with tourist attractions. Whether you’re into city breaks, seaside or historical sights, Mexico has it all. However, there are some things which are at the very top of your list and you mustn’t miss while you’re there.
So here are the places to visit first in this lovely country. If you are planning to visit, make sure to have an appropriate means of transport. A plane is okay if you’re only going to visit one of these places, or if you’re planning to rent a car later. However, a road trip can be a cheaper and more exciting, provided that you get all of your paperwork in order, especially your car insurance. In any case, here’s the list.
You probably already knew that, but just in case you’re one of those people who tend to avoid clichés and think some places are overrated – yes, you’re probably right, but not in this case. As any other capital, but even more so, Mexico City is bustling with energy and dynamism. This is the place for metropolis lovers, but also for those who enjoy culture and history and let’s be honest,especially for gourmands. From amazing taco stands to luxury restaurants, whatever you choose, you won’t be wrong. Start with a taco crawl, and then don’t miss the specialties, elotes, corn on the cob in Mexican crema and cotija cheese.
Besides opulent cuisine, excellent restaurants, and first-rate hotels, Mexico City is rich in Aztec historical sites, but also those from the colonial and other periods. While you’re there, don’t miss Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Museodel Palacio de BellasArtes, Templo Mayor and other well-known sites.
If you’re a beach bum and party animal, but at the same time wish to have an opportunity to do something more than that, Cancun is the place for you. Paradise beaches and a lot of beach activities like jet skiing and parasailing. Also, there are a lot of nightclubs and parties, especially during the spring break season. Early April is the peak of the season, it’s usually crowded, but if you’re into that type of vacation, it’s definitely worth it, since the weather is best in that period.
If you wish for a short break from the frenzy of Cancun’s busy day and nightlife, visit the nearby Isla Holbox in the Caribbean Sea, only 26 miles away from the city by ferry boat. This the complete opposite of the bustling city, an almost paradise island with peaceful, intact beaches.
Also, if you want to do something more than just lie on the beach and go out at night, visit the famous historical sight Chichen-Itza which is not too far from Cancun.
The capital of the Yucatan state, this is the colonial city build atop of the ancient Mayan city Tho. If you love history, this is the place to be, as Merida exudes the spirit of the old times. It’s full of elegant colonial mansions, narrow streets, and shady cobblestone plazas.
To discover the city’s rich history and to explore the Mayan culture from the anthropological point of view, visit Museo Regional Antropologia which is part of the Palacio Cantón. If you want to learn more about the music history of the city, go to Museo de la CanciónYucateca, and if you wish to see the relics from Mexico’s origins, visit El Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Don’t miss to walk the so called Champs-Élysées of Mérida, Paseo de Montejo which Is a historic block with lines of colonial mansions. Explore Barrio de Santiago and visit Igelsiade SantiagoApóstol from the 17th century. Wherever you turn in this city, you’ll find an interesting and important historical site. You can finish your tour in the Palcio deGobierno where you’ll find the murals depicting the Spanish takeover of the Mayans.
Don’t think for a second that this is all that Mexico has to offer. If you do embark on a road trip through this exotic country, you may discover the hidden gems Mexico is full of. All you need to do is pack your bags, get that car insurance and embark on an adventure.