Hey there, all of you global hippies, have you all packed for your next trip. The destination is Mexico and we bring you absolutely awesome activities that you can indulge in to make your time in Mexico totally memorable! Well, to start, it’s a huge country and expectedly the country offers you with umpteenth choices to choose from if you want to kill some time. Here’s our tiny list of things to do in Mexico that you can try your hands on. Are you ready?
17 Best Things To Do In Mexico
Don’t give yourself a hard time figuring out a good itinerary. We have done your share of homework! Our pick of top activities will give you a peek into all the wonderful possibilities that you can indulge into while in Mexico.
1. Floating Gardens Of Xochimilco
Xochimilco has gained its status of a world heritage site back in 1987 when the declaration came. Interestingly it’s also Xochimilco which stands as the last remnant of unique and vast man-made canal system. This very canal system gives you a glimpse of the ingenuity of the historical Aztec Empire. Xochimilco is also considered a must-see attraction and is famous for the floating gardens in here that is called “chinampas”. Tourists can choose and board anyone from the many colorful boats here and they also get to sample the best of Mexican cuisine in their spare time, when they are not floating.
Nearby hotels: City Express Plus Periferico Sur Tlalpan
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2. Museo Frida Kahlo
If you are into the art of Frida Kahlo and like her captivating self-portraits pay a visit to the Museo Frida Kahlo. Frida Kahlo has been considered one of the most famous Mexican artists in the history of Mexican art. Museo Frida Kahlo is better known as “La Casa Azul”. It has another nickname, Blue House. The museum is located in the Coyoacan suburb. It’s in the building which was once the residence of Kahlo.
Nearby hotels: Holiday Inn Mexico City
3. El Angel De La Independencia
Don’t forget to plan a visit to see one of the most iconic symbols of Mexico City, El Angel de la Independencia. The icon is also known as “El Angle.” The symbol represents the Mexican Struggle for Independence from Colonial Spain. The symbol was conceived by President Diaz way back in 1902 and architect Antonio Rivas Mercado directed the work and he was also the architect of the Juarez Theatre in the City of Guanajuato.
Nearby hotels: Real Inn Perinorte
4. Palacio Nacional
Next in line is the National Palace of Mexico, El Palacio Nacional. The structure also houses the Mexican Government’s branch of the federal executives. This absolutely ravishing building, stunningly ornate, showcases murals by Diego Rivera, the husband of Frida Kahlo. These murals are the depiction of the chapter of Mexican history and were all painted between 1929 and 1951.
Nearby hotels: Hotel Del Rey and Best Western Majestic.
Tip: You need to carry your passport and ID.
5. Universidad National Autonoma De Mexico
You should not skip the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, as in The National Autonomous University of Mexico, which boasts to be the largest university in entire Latin America. It also ranked as the best university in all of the Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. Founded way back in 1551, the university is one of the oldest in North America. The campus is capable to expand more and has been designated as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Nearby hotels: Radisson Paraiso Hotel Mexico City and Royal Pedregal Hotel.
6. Catedral Metropolitana
Your next destination is the Catedral Metropolitana, it is the national cathedral of Mexico which features one of the most iconic structures of the Mexico City. The cathedral was founded way back in 1573, it was again renovated in 1813. There is no entrance fee but the visitors are prohibited to wander around while the mass is in the session.
Nearby hotels: Hotel Boutique Catedral and Best Western Majestic.
7. Museo Casa Luis Barragan
The renowned Mexican architect Luis Barragan was known and celebrated for his signature modernist style. The museum is built on the house which was once the residence of the famous architect. Museo Casa Luis Barragan is his former house and as expected the house is one of the rare examples of his excellence. This house exemplifies the architect’s work in the post-war period after WWII. The house was built in 1948. The architecture is considered one of the masterpieces that characterize all the attributes of the modernist movement. The site was then recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, back in 2004.
Price: 400 pesos ($23) per person
Nearby hotels: The Green Park Hotel and JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City
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8. Day Of The Dead
The Day of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most celebrated festivals and to attend this festival is one of the top things to do there. Known as dia de los muertos, this is a festival which celebrates the living and the dead. The festival is an important part of the Mexican culture and heritage and the day is full of festivities. People gather together and offerings are made to the deceased. It is a great time to visit Mexico during the festival and to be able to witness the celebrations. The best parts to watch these celebrations are the states of Michoacan, Oaxaca, and Chiapas.
Nearby hotels: Hotel Posada del Centro in Oaxaca, Hotel Mision Patzcuaro Centro Historico in Michoacán and Marriott Tuxtla Gutiérrez Hotel in Chiapas
This is an island in the Caribbean Sea and a great spot to go scuba diving. So, if you are looking for adventurous things to do in Mexico then add Cozumel to your list of places to visit in Mexico. Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park, a state park of Mexico has some of the best diving spots and one can view here the Mesoamerican Reef and other submerged sculptures. One can also explore the ruins at Cozumel and for those looking for a relaxing time, can chill at the beaches here.
Nearby hotels: Hotel Cozumel & Resort
10. Chichen Itza
Another tourist destination in Mexico and a place to definitely visit is Chichen Itza. It is one of the largest archaeological cities and also a World Heritage Site. Chichen Itza got this status in 1988. Chichen Itza can be visited from Cancun and covered as a day trip. If one plans to stay overnight, then they can visit the site in the morning. The place is open from 8 in the morning until 5 in the evening.
Nearby hotels: Hotel Chichen Itza
11. Tacos El Huequito
One of the adventurous things to do in Mexico City is to try Mexican food. The culture of a place often reflects in its cuisine and Mexican food is getting famous worldwide. But what would be better than trying it where it originated. So head to a Mexican restaurant and dig into your favorite filling tacos. One of the places that one can check out to have delicious tacos is Tacos El Huequito in Mexico City.
Nearby hotels: Clarion Hotel Denver Central, Radisson Hotel Denver Central
If you like exploring ancient places and heritage sites intrigue you, then another thing to add to you list of things to do in Mexico is visiting Teotihuacan. Located at a close distance of 50 km from Mexico City, one can head to Teotihuacan as a day trip from the city. The city was once a pilgrim place, during the Aztec times but today is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites and attractions of Mexico.
Nearby hotels: Hotel Quinto Sol, Hotel Teotihuacan
13. San Miguel De Allende
A visit to Mexico isn’t complete unless one explores the colonial towns here. One of the colonial cities of Mexico is San Miguel de Allende and this colonial town deserves a visit on a trip to Mexico. Famous for its Baroque Spanish architecture, the city has some interesting sites to visit. Located in the central highlands of Mexico, this town has beautiful art and architecture scenes. The cobblestoned paths and neo-Gothic church add on to the colonial beauty of this town.
Nearby hotels: Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, Hotel Monteverde Best Inns
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One of the fun things to do in Mexico is to sample Tequila and Mezcal. Did you know that Mexico has a town called Tequila? Yes, and wouldn’t it be fun to sample the drink tequila in that town itself. Tequila city is situated in the western state of Jalisco in Mexico. Close to the foot of Tequila Volcano, one can find blue agave which is the drink’s main ingredient. One can also visit the Museo Nacional del Tequila to know more about the history of this drink.
Nearby hotels: Hotel Plaza Rubio, Hotel Casa Dulce María
Street Art is another important part of Mexico. It adds on to the aesthetic value along with producing some timeless art. Zocalo, the centre of Mexico City is the place where one can witness the beautiful art. And one need not visit a museum to appreciate this art but the streets of the city centre where it is beautifully flaunted. There are tours too that are organised and one can explore the art scenes in groups. Other than street art, one can also enjoy the other art and cultural scenes at the square which includes shows of Aztec dancers and other performers.
Nearby hotels: Hotel Canadá, Hotel Ritz
16. Basilica Of Guadalupe
Another place to visit on a trip to Mexico is the Basilica of Guadalupe. Head to this church in Mexico City and seek blessings. The church that one sees today is what was constructed on the old site due to the sinking of the foundations of the older Basilica. It is a Roman Catholic church and an important pilgrim site. The best time to visit the church is in December during Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Feast day.
Nearby hotels: Hotel Villa Quijotes, Hotel Unión
Another unique thing to experience in Mexico is Temazcal. It is a traditional Mexican sweat lodge. It promotes healing and physical well being and today it is being used as a cleanser of mind, body, and spirit. There are some places that offer this indigenous experience, and if you are looking for adventurous things to do in Mexico City, then try this activity. The sweat lodge ritual takes place in a dome shaped structure which is usually made of mud or stone and it can accommodate from 2 to 20 people, depending on its size. This can be experienced at Maroma Resort & Spa, Rosewood Mayakoba, and Tides Riviera Maya.
Nearby hotels: Maroma Resort & Spa, Rosewood Mayakoba, and Tides Riviera Maya
So if you are in Mexico and are in for some action, don’t forget to try out the above-mentioned things to do in Mexico with your pals. Take a trip to this fabulous country!
Frequently Asked Questions About Things To Do In Mexico
A. Travel is comparatively affordable in Mexico, and there are certain things that are cheap here, like food but it is totally subjective.
A. One of the best things to do in Mexico is shopping and some items that one should shop for here are Mexican coffee and Mayan chocolate.
A. Some of the best things to do in Mexico includes the Museum Hop in Mexico city, enjoying the Day Of The Dead, Go Diving in Cozumel, explore Chichen Itza, Take a swim in a cenote and also enjoy partying at Guadalajara.
A. To enjoy the best of your time in Mexico city make sure to not miss out on these attractions like the Zocalo, ruins of Templo Mayor, Chapultepec Forest, Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Sunday Lagunilla Flea Market.
A. Mexico is known for its extraordinary cuisine which is popular worldwide which also includes avocados, chocolate and pumpkins. Alongside that the country is also famous for serving tequila which is made of agave cactus. Soda is also a popular drink to have here as the country is known for its well-developed beverage industry.
A. Some of the things which one should not do in Mexico includes not carrying knives, guns and ammunition, and avoid drinking water here. Alongside that also don’t accept the first price offered in the local markets. Be aware while traveling in taxis.
A. Mexico city is considered to be one of the safest countries in the world for solo traveling. It all comes up to traveling smart for the backpackers and people can still be safe despite all the violence.
A. Some of the interesting facts related to Mexico includes that the official name for Mexico is the United Mexican States. Mexico is known as the 11th most populated country in the world which has around 117 million people (as of July 2012). This is the 14th largest country by land area and there are 31 states in Mexico as well as the capital city (Mexico City).
A. The mexico is located in North America, which is one of the continents of the world.
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