Things to do in Mexico
As the endless stream of resorts suggest, swimming at the beaches in Mexico is a must-do. For crowded fun, Cancun will see you get loose followed by a killer hangover, while more peaceful but still party friendly times can be found in Tulum in the Caribbean Sea and Cabo San Lucas on the Gulf of California. In addition to Mexico's expansive coastline, the country's other swimming spots can be found in its cenotes. Developed from collapsed limestone bedrock, these surreal, deep bodies of water can be found in Tulum and around the Yucatan Peninsula.
The Mayan city and archaeological site of Chichen Itza is also home to a number of cenotes, most notably the Sacred Cenote or Il-Kil, which was believed to be home to the rain god Chaac by the Mayan people. The site is also worthy of exploring for its fascinating Mayan history and ancient structures including a step pyramid.
More Indiana Jones-style adventure can be found within the breathtaking underground river of Rio Secreto and the Xel-Ha Eco Park where you can get up close to local wildlife alongside the stunning Mayan Riviera. Watersports of all kinds or just lazing on the beach are just some of the must-do experiences in this Instagram-worthy part of the world.
In addition to its natural wonders and beachside resorts, one of the must-dos in Mexico is to experience the local culture. Browse the street markets, try some local food and get amongst the colour and energy of it all at the myriad festivals such as the Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos. For more must-dos in Mexico, check out our favourites below.
Known as the Sacred Blue Cenote, Il-Kil is the most famous of the Yucatan Peninsula's 7,000-odd swimming holes or cenotes. This sacred sinkhole space trails with vines leading into clear blue water for a experience that's certainly spiritually cleansing!
As far as beauty goes, Tulum is thoroughly blessed. It's the Mexico you see in fashion shoots, all white with powdery sand and jade-green thanks to the crystal clear waters with stunning architecture and famous faces who come to holiday here.
Mexico's most famous Mayan ruins are that of Chichen Itza, located in the municipality of Tinum. Dating back to 600 AD, the ruins were once a large pre-Columbian city built by the Mayan civilisation.
An aquatic theme park and ecological park in one, Xel-Ha Eco Park is a great place to spend a sunny day swimming and having fun. Located on the Mayan Riviera in the municipality of Solidaridad, Xel-Ha takes its name from the pre-Columbian Maya civilization site of Xelha.
Lying just northeast of the city centre, visit the archeaological ruins of the Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan and its pyramids for a glimpse of what was once one of the biggest pre-Columian cities in the Americas.
Famous for her self-portraits, Frida Kahlo was Mexico's first lady of art. Check out her former abode in Mexico City, that's now a museum dedicated to her work and life, to gain an insight into the famous creative and her bohemian lifestyle.