What would your perfect day entail? Perhaps spending it in a beautiful location, with a dash of adventure, a splash of culture and a decent dollop of sunshine, washed down with some delectable cuisine? Mexico is the perfect place for just such a day and if geography and time were not an issue, here's how I'd spend it…

chitzen itza mexico

1. The early bird catches the worm

It's an early wake up with a quick cup of delicious Mexican coffee. Head to one of Mexico's many incredible archaeological sites - Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula would be my pick. Crowned one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, catching sunrise with a private tour of these ruins would impress even the most hardened travel nut.

uxmal yucatan

2. On the culture theme

Next up is a tour of the ruins of Uxmal. Each of Mexico's archaeological sites is unique and fascinating in their own right and Uxmal is no exception. After all that historical learning it's time to head back to the lovely Hacienda Temozon in Merida for possibly the best breakfast on the Yucatan Peninsula. Fresh fruit, home-cooked waffles and eggs are the order of the day.

3. Time for some refreshing morning exercise

And where better to get a sweat on than at Puerta Vallarta? Head from Hotelito Desconocido to the beach for some surfing and cliff diving - adrenaline fix sorted.

Santo Domingo church, Puebla

4. Stop in at the Templo de Santo Domingo in Puebla

Unassuming from the outside, the baroque chapel 'Capilla del Rosario' is the most beautiful in Mexico (in our humble opinion!), adorned in gold, paintings and sculptures - spot the mermaids on the roof!

beach in tulum

5. Aaaaand relax

The lovely little beach at Be Tulum on the Riviera Maya is the perfect spot. Indulge your inner cool kid by biking to any number of Tulum's boho-chic barefoot boutiques, conveniently located just behind the beach, complete with juice bars and world-class restaurants. Dreamy.

6. More culinary delights.

In Oaxaca - the epicurean epicentre of Mexico - head out to the amazing local markets to handpick your ingredients before a cooking lesson followed by, most importantly, eating all your culinary creations. For those with a penchant for local eats the dried grasshoppers are highly recommended… not by myself, might I add!

7. An underground adventure

On to some adventure in the underground caves at Rio Secreto... float in total silence amongst stalactites and stalagmites, far away from the hotels and towns of Riviera Maya.

8. As sun sets...

It's time to get your culture vulture hats on again. Don't follow the crowd, instead head to Palenque and watch the sunset across this beautiful archaeological site while on a private tour, learning all about the Mayan civilisation that once existed here. If you fancy something even more off the beaten track, we love Yaxhiclan and Bonampak, which are just 3 hours from Palenque. Very Indiana Jones.

9. Before dinner

Head to the award-winning spa at Maroma Resort & Spa or relax in the well appointed hammocks at the charming Casa Lecanda in Merida

mexico city aerial view

10. Finally

Following a private tour of the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, enjoy a late night taco tasting tour taking in all the local spots and avoiding the tourists, before heading back to the lovely boutique Las Alcobas in the quirky Polanco district for a night cap.