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? It's what tempts visitors from far and wide, but venture 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 a world-famous Mayan archaeological site in the Yucatan Peninsula, it is remarkably well-preserved.

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Tulum is an ancient Mayan village surrounded by a defensive wall, perched on 15m high cliffs overlooking the sea.

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Playa del Carmen

With Caribbean beaches and lively night-life, Playa del Carmen is a great place to relax at the end of your trip.

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

Riviera Maya

Secluded beaches and crystal-clear waters define the Riviera Maya, home to some of the Yucatan's best beach resorts.

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Cancun beach aerial by dronepicr - licensed under CC


Cancun is a popular Caribbean resort 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


Holbox is a quiet island off the coast of northern Yucatan, an oasis of peace with an abundance of natural attractions.

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Isla Mujeres by Andy Blackledge - licensed under CC

Isla Mujeres

Across the bay from Cancun, Isla Mujeres is great for strolling between quiet beaches and enjoying stunning sunsets.

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Mérida is the capital of the Yucatan, a vibrant city with Mayan and colonial heritage, surrounded by sisal haciendas.

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Calle 59 by Guillén Pérez - licensed under CC


Campeche is 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 archaeological 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, Celestún's large nature reserve is home to thousands of pink flamingos.

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Uxmal Palomas N by HJPD - licensed under CC


Buried deep in tropical rainforest, Uxmal's large and impressive ruins are noted for their distinctive Puuc style.

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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 colonial city, a great base from which to explore the northern Yucatan away from the crowds.

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Patio de la Hacienda by Thomassin Mickaël - licensed under CC

Haciendas of the Yucatan

Explore the Yucatan from a traditional hacienda, steeped in colonial heritage and set within extensive gardens.

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Ruins of Palenque by Jan Harenburg - licensed under CC


Set amid jungle in Chiapas State, the Palenque ruins show some of the highest levels of Mayan craftmanship in Mexico.

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

San Cristobal & Sumidero Canyon

San Cristóbal is nestled in a fertile valley in south-east Mexico, amid pine forests, farmland and mountains.

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FacadeOlderChurchTehuantepec. by AlejandroLinaresGarcia - licensed under CC


Tehuantepec links Oaxaca with San Cristobal, via the dry isthmus and lush mountains of the Chiapas state.

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


Oaxaca is an artistic city in south Mexico, noted for its indigenous culture, colonial heritage and Zapotec ruins.

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

Mexico City

Mexico's capital is dynamic and cosmopolitan, with huge Aztec pyramids and hillside colonial towns nearby.

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Catedral de Taxco by Gloria - licensed under CC

Taxco & Cuernavaca

These nearby attractive colonial cities offer a year-round temperate climate and easy access from the capital.

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San Miguel Concá by Pavel Kirillov - licensed under CC


Querataro is a popular starting or finishing point for those seeking to explore the colonial cities of central Mexico.

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Puebla Mexico by Russ Bowling - licensed under CC


Close to Mexico City, laid-back Puebla offers exquisite cuisine and an abundance of impressive colonial architecture.

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

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel is a beautiful city, close to the capital, with classic colonial buildings and a towering cathedral.

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north beachfront at Puerto Vallarta by wisley - licensed under CC

Puerto Vallarta

This laid-back resort town is surrounded by lush mountains, golden beaches and the warm Pacific ocean.

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Costa Careyes

Costa Careyes is an exclusive private resort, with an unspoiled eight-mile-stretch of idyllic Pacific Coast.

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Manzanillo's miles of peaceful pristine golden beaches are some of the most beautiful on the Pacific coast.

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Zihuatanejo Bay by Michele Ursino - licensed under CC


Laid-back Zihuatenejo is beloved for the pristine beaches of its bay, well-protected from open ocean.

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Acapulco is a lively and glamorous resort city on the Pacific coast, with an array of attractions and activities.

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Baja California

Baja California is best known for its Grey whale-watching, as thousands migrate each January to its Pacific shores.

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L1002168 by Adam Singer - licensed under CC

Copper Canyon

The Copper Canyon in north-west Mexico offers some of its most breathtaking landscapes, best explored by train.

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