Travel beyond the stunning beaches to discover a rich culture and heritage

Close your eyes and think of Mexico and what comes to mind?

Pristine white sandy beaches, lapped by turquoise green waters and fringed by languid palm trees lazily swaying in the warm afternoon breeze? In addition, venture further inland and experience a country with a fascinating history, with carefully maintained Mayan and Aztec ruins, and where sleepy hillside colonial era towns are brought to life by bustling markets.

At the heart of the country is a buzzing capital city, rich in contemporary art and with a burgeoning street food scene. The resorts of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula are amongst the best in the world, miles upon miles of unspoilt beaches imported straight from paradise; beyond the magnificent coastline, lies a remarkable country waiting to be explored.

Country Facts

Language: Spanish - Capital: Mexico City - Time Difference: GMT -6 Hours - Flying time from UK: 11H 30M non-stop - Currency: Mexican Peso

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Templo de los Guerreros (Temple of the Warriors) by Keith Pomakis - licensed under CC

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is the most visited of all the Mayan sites, and is probably the best kept. The buildings were built on an im…

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The archaeological site at Tulum is the only ancient Mayan village surrounded by a defensive wall, poised over 15m high c…

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jarnocan by Playa Del Carmen and Cancun Mexico Vacation - licensed under CC

Playa del Carmen

Once a sleepy village, Playa del Carmen is now a favourite of Europeans who enjoy a relaxed Mexican-Caribbean feeling wit…

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Beach Palm Trees Riviera Maya by Grand Velas Riviera Maya - licensed under CC

Riviera Maya

Stretches of secluded sandy beaches and crystal clear waters await you in the Riviera Maya, one of the Yucatan's premier …

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Cancun beach aerial by dronepicr - licensed under CC


Cancun is a poular resort on the Caribbean coast and is also the main airport for international flights into the Yucatan.…

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Holbox Island - Mexico-7 by Christopher William Adach - licensed under CC


This largely uninhabited island is an oasis of peace and quiet blessed with a warm, breezy climate and an abundance of na…

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Isla Mujeres by Andy Blackledge - licensed under CC

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres is great for strolling around both day and night and is completely surrounded by beaches. The downtown area …

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The colonial zocalo is ideal for watching the world go by, and it is nigh on impossible to resist one of the beautiful ha…

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Calle 59 by Guillén Pérez - licensed under CC


Explore Mexico's only walled city, with colourful Spanish architecture, imposing forts and old cobbled streets.

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Chicanná & Calakmul

These lesser visited Mayan archaelogical sites are located close together in dense jungle, in the state of Campeche.

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Flamingos in Celestún Estuary by Katja Schulz - licensed under CC


On the coast of the Gulf of Mexico is the small town of Celestún, home to a large nature reserve where thousands of pink …

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Uxmal Palomas N by HJPD - licensed under CC


Buried deep in the heart of the tropical rainforest are the Pre-Columbian ruins of Uxmal and perhaps the pinnacle of Maya…

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Monastery of San Bernardino de Siena, Valladolid, Mexico by Michael (a.k.a. moik) McCullough - licensed under CC


Valladolid is a pleasant city of colonial architecture and quiet parks, with a large square centred around the historic c…

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Patio de la Hacienda by Thomassin Mickaël - licensed under CC

Haciendas of the Yucatan

Enjoy the colonial decoration, architecture, gardens and swimming pool and visit the impressive Mayan Pyramids at Chichen…

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Ruins of Palenque by Jan Harenburg - licensed under CC


Palenque is therefore one of the best places in Mexico to appreciate the finer details of Mayan craftsmanship and design,…

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San Cristóbal de Las Casas, CHIS, Mexico by lllillji.koo - licensed under CC

San Cristobal & Sumidero Canyon

Laid-back San Cristóbal de las Casas is nestled in a fertile valley in the south-east of Mexico, amid pine forests, tradi…

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FacadeOlderChurchTehuantepec. by AlejandroLinaresGarcia - licensed under CC


Tehuantepec once a thriving city is and still the Center of the Zapotec Culture. A journey here takes travellers from cul…

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UNESCO World Heritage City Oaxaca by Matthias Ripp - licensed under CC


Oaxaca has a strong indigenous influence and a thriving artistic community, as well as some beautiful Spanish colonial ar…

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Mexico City - Palacio de Bellas Artes by Jose Francisco Del Valle Mojica Follow - licensed under CC

Mexico City

Spread out in a huge mountain bowl, Mexico City is a bustling, dynamic and cosmopolitan city, combining ancient heritage …

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Catedral de Taxco by Gloria - licensed under CC

Taxco & Cuernavaca

The colonial city of Cuernavaca is a popular destination for both Mexicans and visitors looking to escape the city. It of…

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San Miguel Concá by Pavel Kirillov - licensed under CC


Due to its excellent location being approximately two and a hlf hours to the north west of Mexico City, Querataro is a po…

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Puebla Mexico by Russ Bowling - licensed under CC


Puebla offers exquisite cuisine, a laid-back lifestyle, hidden museums and churches and an abundance of colonial archite…

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Panoramic view of San Miguel de Allende by Jiuguang Wang - licensed under CC

San Miguel de Allende

This walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a well preserved central square, with beautiful gardens, Baroque an…

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north beachfront at Puerto Vallarta by wisley - licensed under CC

Puerto Vallarta

The mountains, rivers and the Pacific Ocean come together to form extraordinary beach resort.

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Costa Careyes

The spectacular rugged topography of this unspoiled eight-mile-stretch of Mexico's Pacific Coast is a dramatic foil for t…

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Located on the Pacific Ocean, Manzanillo's miles of peaceful pristine golden beaches are some of the most beautiful on th…

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Zihuatanejo Bay by Michele Ursino - licensed under CC


Zihuatenejo has the old-fashioned charm of Mexico's traditional culture, and the main attraction are the pristine beaches…

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Glamorous, spontaneous and splashy, Acapulco is a city that invites superlatives. It delivers an action-packed, 24-hour e…

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Baja California

A peninsula of rugged mountains and islands facing out into the Pacific Ocean, known for being the southernmost point of …

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Copper Canyon

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Flamingos in Celestún Estuary by Katja Schulz - licensed under CC

Where to visit in the Yucatán: 7 step guide

It is famed worldwide for its Mayan ruins and glamorous beaches, but there's much more to Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula than…

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The 10 best train journeys in Latin America - Part II

Five more of our favourite train journeys from across Latin America.

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The 10 best wildlife experiences in Latin America

Latin America is full of wonderful wildlife opportunities, discover ten of our favourite places to indulge your passion.

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Christ on Corcovado mountain by Artyominc - licensed under CC

Travelling with children in Latin America: why do it and where to go

Read our six compelling reasons as to why you should take your children travelling. Then discover the five best family-fr…

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The beginner's guide to the Day of the Dead

November 2nd marks El Dia del los Muertos, known worldwide as the Day of the Dead, when Mexico remembers their loved rela…

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Nature and Wildlife in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

Discover the natural side of this historic part of Mexico

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