Anyone who knows me, knows very well just how much I love Mexico – it’s one of my favourite places to visit! So here are a few of my highlights (though there are many more places to explore in this vast and very diverse country):
One of the highlights of my trip was visiting the ruins at Palenque first thing in the morning before the crowds arrived. The mist was still low over the forest, making it a beautiful yet eerie place to be…
The Chihuahua-Pacific Railway is a stunning train journey which passes through the impressive Copper Canyon. It runs from inland Chihuahua to Los Mochis on the coast, taking in some incredible scenery en route… the Barrancas del Cobre is made up of six canyons and is larger than the Grand Canyon.
Chichén Itzá, Yucatan
Probably the most famous ruins in Mexico! Although they are usually heaving with package tourists (particularly in peak season), the scale of its much-photographed pyramid makes it worth braving the crowds.
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas
San Cristóbal is a beautiful town in the Mexican State of Chiapas. Its colonial buildings are pretty and the vibe is arty and creative – it’s a great place to hang out as well as being a convenient base for exploring the fascinating villages in the region!
Oaxaca is a beautiful colonial town where you can easily spend many hours just wandering round looking at the architecture and soaking up the atmosphere (well, I could anyway!).
Day of the Dead, Michoacán
If you are in Mexico between 31 October and 2 November, you should definitely head to Janitzio in Michoacan to check out the incredible Day of the Dead celebrations taking place.
There are lots of very beautiful beaches in Mexico but, in my opinion, those on the Pacific coast are generally the loveliest as they are not so busy and are less developed than those on the Caribbean coast.
That said, the beaches around Tulum are also stunning and are great for chilling out! Rent a cabaña on the beach and wake up to amazing views of the ocean!
Just the scale of Teotihuacan is absolutely breath-taking! Situated just outside Mexico City, these imposing ruins are a must see if you are in Mexico. They provide a glimpse into the lives of the previous inhabitants of this important city…
Cliff Divers, Acapulco, Guerrero
The spectacle of these graceful divers launching themselves into the choppy waters below made our visit to Acapulco a worthwhile detour… Unfortunately, the security situation in Acapulco is somewhat precarious at the moment, so make sure you check current guidelines before travelling to the area.
Taxco is a beautiful town in the mountains south of Mexico City and is famous for its silver. It’s a pretty place to break your journey… and to pick up some beautiful pieces of jewellery before you head home!
Note: Mexico is an amazing and diverse country, but poverty and corruption means crime can be a problem for tourists (although taking reasonable precautions and heeding any advice will minimize the risk). Mexico has also suffered several serious earthquakes in 2017, causing damage to buildings and loss of life. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico