Bridging the two Americas, both culturally and geographically, Mexico is a kaleidoscope of colours and traditions; grinning skeleton figures parading on the Day of the Dead; Mayan pyramids dedicated to the gods, and diving adventures inspired by Jacques Cousteau. Then there’s Mexico City, one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world, home to both Aztec ruins and modern skyscrapers. It goes without saying that Mexico holidays will appeal to any avid foodies, with Oaxaca and San Miguel de Allende boasting some of the country’s finest authentic fares. Head out on a gastronomic tasting tour
for the chance to sample fresh seafood tacos, loaded burritos and sizzling enchiladas. Cancun may be the most notorious city along the Yucatán Peninsula, yet you’ll find plenty more peaceful hidden treasures scattered across Mexico’s northeast coast, such as Tulum, Valladolid and Playa del Carmen. Travel to ancient Mayan cities, including Chichen Itza and Uxmal, framed by gorgeous beaches, warm reef-lined Caribbean Sea and crystal-clear cenotes (fresh-water sinkholes) where you can play out your Robinson Crusoe dreams (far from the tourist crowds). Disconnect on Baja California’s golden coast, a peninsula divided from the Mexican mainland by the Sea of Cortez, and take a dip in its crystal clear ocean or kayak through its turquoise lagoons. In the hinterland, Mexico’s colonial cities, including Oaxaca and Chiapas, exude local flair through traditional cuisine and eclectic craft markets, which can be visited along with a local guide. Mexico holidays are all these things and much, much more.
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What can you find in Mexico that you won’t find anywhere else?
Mexico is a Central American luxury holiday hotspot with a little something for everyone; it is cloaked in jungle, ancient Mayan ruins, temples, tropical beaches, bustling cities, volcanic mountains, deserts and crystal clear waters. Mexico City, the country’s vibrant capital, is a good place to begin Mexico holidays. The bustling metropolis sits at an altitude of 6,600ft above sea level and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, in recognition of its rich history and mish-mash of cultures. The Yucatan Peninsula is perfect for those looking to combine hedonism and history, with swathes of white sand, turquoise Caribbean waters and ancient Mayan ruins peppered along the Riviera Maya coastline. The diving is also fantastic in this part of Mexico, either alongside the Lighthouse Reef (the world's second longest) or in collapsed limestone caves known as cenotes. As well as picturesque colonial towns and the vast and vibrant metropolis of Mexico City, the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas offer one of the most culturally diverse experiences a luxury holiday in Mexico can produce. Located between the Caribbean and Pacific coasts and to the south of Mexico City, Oaxaca is undoubtedly Mexico's creative hub and Chiapas is brimming with archaeological and natural wonders.
The inner cowboy/girl in you may enjoy venturing to the plunging canyons of Northern Mexico to explore Copper Canyon, which is four times the size of the Grand Canyon and no less stunning. This is a real adventure playground for hiking, zip lining and biking. A Copper Canyon tour would also combine perfectly with a jaunt to the beaches of the Baja Peninsula. Cenotes (natural sinkholes created from the collapse of soluble limestone rock) are another natural wonder of Mexico, with more than 6,000 found throughout the country (mostly along The Yucatan Peninsula). Once regarded as sacred water sources by the ancient Mayans and used as sites of sacrificial offerings, the tranquil waters are now excellent spots for snorkelling and swimming. Go diving in Cenote Dos Ojos, near Playa del Carmen, swimming in Cenote Dzitnup, near Valladolid, or snorkelling in Cenote Manatí, on the Riviera Maya.
Which experiences is Mexico best for?
Home to baroque gems, a strong cultural heritage and no fewer than forty UNESCO-listed landmarks, Mexico offers a plethora of experiences. Dig deep and you can discover lost cities built by pre-Columbian civilisations, and meet their descendants who frequent the highland markets. Mexico holidays allow you to explore myriad landscapes (and their flora and fauna), from Baja California’s cactus-studded deserts to the smoking Popocatepetl volcano. These and other landscapes create a platform for exploration; witness the great butterfly migration – a true wildlife phenomenon – and encounter exotic creatures such as the quetzal – a strikingly-coloured bird treasured by the Aztecs. Meanwhile, wherever you go, fiesta is never far away, with sultry salsa, roaming mariachi bands and delicious tequila on hand.
What are the best ways to discover Mexico?
Nine days in the Yucatan Peninsula is a good length of time to explore both Mexico’s ancient Mayan culture and its picturesque beaches. Those feeling a little more adventurous should consider hiring a car for a 12 to 15-day road trip combining Mexico and neighbouring Guatemala (although in Guatemala we recommend a driver and a guide). Or why not make the most of your trip by stopping in the United States from where you can detour to Belize, Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua, all exceptional destinations in their own right.
Who are Mexico holidays best for?
Mexico’s vast variety of landscapes and rich cultural treasures lend themselves to both romantic escapes and family holidays. Fans of archaeology can soak up the legacy of the ancient civilisations that dot Mexico’s landscapes, with private tours of the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and Uxmal, so you can experience their full glory without any tourist crowds. There’s much more to the Yucatan Peninsula than the city of Cancun, and the region is perfect for nature lovers who can enjoy 4x4 rides, rafting and boating in this tropical idyll. Tulum and Playa del Carmen, located on Yucatan’s Riviera Maya, are both renowned for their idyllic white-sand beaches and bohemian atmosphere, while further inland, the city of Valladolid is filled with culture in the form of Mexican folk art and colonial buildings.
Travel to the north of Mexico to discover contrasting landscapes, including vast deserts and deep canyons, which are perfect for adventure activities as part of a family holiday. Charming haciendas and postcard-worthy beaches make for a romantic retreat while children will no doubt enjoy climbing pyramids, meeting wildlife and playing pirate in the Caribbean Sea. With so much to explore, Mexico also makes a great place for solo travel, and can be combined with other Central American countries for the trip of a lifetime. Our travel experts will help design the perfect itinerary to suit your individual desires.
Special things to do in Mexico:
- Relaxing in a private villa or on a beach at the edge of the Tulum ruins
- Stay in a historic hacienda
- Go whale watching and swim with sea lions in Baja California
- Get close to whale sharks in Isla Holbox
Best time to visit Mexico:
Divided by the Tropic of Cancer, Mexico has two distinct climatic zones, which can make deciding when to visit difficult and dependent on the region where you’ll be spending the most time. The climate in the north is mild, with colder winters than in the south. The south generally sees stable temperatures year-round, yet the altitude also has an influence on the climate, with cooler temperatures at higher altitudes. Mexico also has a wet season, which takes place from June to October throughout most of the country (dry season runs from February to July). December to February are generally the coolest months, however temperatures can still reach as high as 28°C during the dry season. Overall, the best time to visit Mexico is between October and April.