Mexico is a treasure trove of beautiful landscapes, cultural riches and architectural landmarks. In the dense jungle alone, over 20,000 historical archaeological sites are waiting to be discovered by you. In addition to the Mayans and Aztecs, the Spanish colonial rulers also left their mark on Mexico. In front of the backdrop of imposing volcanoes, tropical forests and extensive deserts, cities with magnificent mansions and churches invite you to take long tours of discovery.
Discover the Mayan culture at numerous historical sites. Immerse yourself in the Mexican way of life in vibrant cities. Or enjoy the coast with its secluded bays and sandy beaches, which invite you to swim, dive and relax. The hospitable and cheerful Mexicans will do the rest to get you excited about the multi-faceted country.
The island of Cozumel is located off the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula and awaits you with white sandy beaches and countless excellent diving spots. From mid May to September you can also swim with the majestic whale shark. On Cozumel there are also some worth seeing ruins of the Maya, because for them the island was considered holy and was dedicated to the moon and fertility goddess Ixchel.
In the south of Mexico, amidst the tropical landscapes of the Yucatan Peninsula, the largest Mayan site is Chichen Itza - one of the very special sights of Mexico. The numerous, well-preserved buildings and pyramids will take you back to times long past and give you an insight into this special high culture. Especially the pyramid of Kukulkán will enchant you, because it is even more impressive in reality than in any photograph or picture.
The most important prehistoric ruined city in America welcomes you to the central highlands of Mexico. Especially the stepped temples, such as the Great Pyramid of the Sun, are famous worldwide. Until today it is not quite clear which people are responsible for the construction of the site. What is certain, however, is that the Aztecs found the site abandoned in the 15th century and assumed that it was built by gods. You can easily visit Teotihuacán on a day trip from Mexico City.
Off the coast of Cancún, only 15 minutes by boat, is the Women's Island, Isla Mujeres. On the white beaches, like Playa Norte, you can relax, swim in the turquoise waters or go snorkeling with sea turtles. You will also find the underwater museum MUSA here. If you would like to see the whole island, you can rent a golf cart and drive from north to south along the east coast in about one hour.
The former Maya metropolis Palenque is located in the middle of deep jungle, not far from the modern city of the same name. Only about five percent of the site has been uncovered, the rest is still hidden among the jungle plants. Since 1987, the buildings, such as the palace and the Temple of the Inscriptions, have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unlike comparable Mayan sites, Palenque is one of Mexico's less visited tourist attractions, but it is best to get here early in the morning.
Translated Puerto Escondido means "hidden port" and this name actually applies to the small town despite its 25,000 inhabitants. The local beaches are especially suitable for surfing, or you can go swimming, snorkeling, and watch turtles and dolphins. The Laguna de Manialtepec is also home to fluorescent microorganisms that make the water glow when you go swimming in it. Less
Mexico is not only culturally and scenically very diverse, but also the Mexican climate offers a wide spectrum. The north is rather cool, while the south belongs to the tropical climate zones and has a high humidity all year round.
December to April: Best time for a beach vacation, as the probability of rain is rather low and also the water temperature reaches its maximum.
January to March: Best time for a round trip through the country.
May to September: During the rainy season in Mexico you will meet few other travelers, the prices are correspondingly lower during this time.
September to October: Official hurricane season in Mexico, so you should avoid Mexico during this time.