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Uncover the mysteries of the ancient Mayan civilisation in Mexico. Visit the breathtaking ruins and immerse yourself in history at Tulum and Chichen Itza.

About Mexico

With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture Mexico has become a popular tourist destination in North America; attracting millions of visitors annually.

Mexico offers a diverse range of attractions, including beautiful natural settings, lively cities, rich cultural heritage, and and an abundance of historical sites.

However, it is important to be aware of certain considerations and safety precautions when travelling to Mexico.

Countries neighbouring Mexico: Belize, Guatemala and USA; or rather, the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

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Map of Mexico

After independence, New Spain chose to be named after its capital, Mexico City.

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Mexico Overview

Mexico is a diverse and vibrant country located in the southern part of North America.

Mexico shares borders with the United States to the north and Belize and Guatemalaa to the south.

Mexico is a country that offers a rich tapestry of history, culture, natural beauty, and warm hospitality.

Its people are known for their friendliness, and the country's diverse landscapes and attractions make it an interesting destination for travellers from around the world.


Like any country, Mexico faces its share of challenges.

It grapples with issues such as poverty, income inequality, corruption, drug trafficking, and violence associated with organised crime.

However, the Mexican government has implemented various initiatives to address these problems and promote social and economic development.


Mexican culture is a fusion of indigenous traditions and Spanish influences.

It is known for its colourful festivals, music, dance, and cuisine.

Mariachi music, with its vibrant melodies and distinctive attire, is a popular Mexican genre.

Traditional Mexican cuisine is celebrated worldwide, with dishes such as tacos, enchiladas, tamales, guacamole, and salsa gaining international popularity.


Mexico has a mixed economy with a combination of modern industry and agriculture.

It is one of the largest economies in Latin America and has a diverse range of industries, including automotive, electronics, tourism, petroleum, and agriculture.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), has played a significant role in promoting trade between Mexico, the United States, and Canada.


Mexico has a varied topography that includes deserts, mountains, tropical rainforests, and beautiful coastlines along the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.


Mexico has a long and fascinating history.

It was home to several ancient civilisations, including the Maya, Aztec, and Olmec.

The Spanish arrived in the early 16th century and colonised the region, leading to the establishment of New Spain.

Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821 and has since experienced political, social, and economic transformations.


Mexico is a popular tourist destination, attracting millions of visitors each year.

Its diverse attractions include ancient ruins like Chichen Itza, Teotihuacan, and Tulum, which offer a glimpse into the country's rich pre-Columbian history.

The beautiful beaches of Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Puerto Vallarta are renowned for their crystal-clear waters and stunning resorts.

Mexico City, the capital, is a bustling metropolis with a rich cultural heritage, museums, and historical sites.

Visiting Mexico

Mexico is a vibrant and diverse country known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality.

Whether you're interested in exploring ancient ruins, relaxing on beautiful beaches, immersing yourself in local culture, or indulging in flavourful street food, Mexico has something for everyone.

Cancún and the Riviera Maya

Located on the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, Cancún is renowned for its pristine beaches and turquoise waters.

It's a popular destination for sun-seekers and offers a range of water activities, including snorkelling and diving along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.

Additionally, the nearby Riviera Maya is home to the ancient Maya ruins of Tulum and the natural wonders of Xcaret and Xel-Ha.

Chichen Itza

As one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza is a must-visit archaeological site in the Yucatán Peninsula.

Admire the impressive Maya pyramids, including the iconic El Castillo (The Castle), and learn about the fascinating history of this ancient civilisation.


This colourful colonial city is known for its charming streets, vibrant architecture, and rich cultural heritage.

Explore the historic city centre, visit the iconic Juarez Theatre, and wander through the famous Callejón del Beso (Alley of the Kiss).

Guanajuato is also famous for its annual Cervantino Festival; a renowned international arts and music event.

Mexico City

As the capital and largest city of Mexico, Mexico City is a bustling metropolis filled with fascinating landmarks, such as the historic centre with its stunning architecture, the impressive National Palace, and the ancient ruins of Templo Mayor.

Don't miss visiting the famous Frida Kahlo Museum and exploring the trendy neighborhoods of Condesa and Roma.


Located in southern Mexico, Oaxaca is a cultural gem known for its indigenous traditions, culinary delights, and artisan crafts.

Explore the beautifully preserved historic centre, visit the impressive Santo Domingo Church, and indulge in the local cuisine; including traditional dishes like mole and tlayudas.

Don't miss a visit to the nearby archaeological site of Monte Albán.

Mexico City

Founded in 1524, on top of the ancient Aztec capital of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and the point of entry for most international visitors, unless they're going straight to Cancun or travelling overland.

Map of Mexico City

Map of Mexico City

Where to Stay in Mexico City

Hilton Mexico City Airport Hotel

Hilton Mexico City Airport Hotel

Hilton Mexico City Airport Hotel: Aeropuerto International, Mexico City, Mexico.

The hotel is located inside the airport terminal at Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport (Terminal 1), with free transportation available to and from Terminal 2.

The Hilton Mexico City Airport boasts views over the runway. The bar is open 24 hours and the restaurant starts serving breakfast at 5:30am for early flights.

Hotels in Mexico City.

Popular Cities in Mexico

Acapulco, Cancun, Chetumal, Chichen Itza, Cozumel, Guadalajara, Isla Mujeres, Leon, Loreto, Mazatlan, Merida, Mexicali, Mexico City, Monterrey, Oaxaca, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Escondido, Puerto Vallarta, San Cristobal de las Casas, San Miguel de Allende, Tijuana, Tulum, Veracruz.

Getting To and Around Mexico City

Mexico City by Bus

Mexico City has four long-distance bus terminals, depending on which direction you're travelling.

North - Terminal Norte

Located at Avenida de los Cien Metros, this is Mexico's largest bus station and deals with most buses coming from the US/Mexico border.

There are also services to the Pacific Coast, as far south as Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta; the Gulf Coast, as far south as Tampico and Veracruz; and to the cities of Colima, Durango, Guadalajara, Morelia, San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas.

Buses also leave here for the pyramids of San Juan Teotihuacan and Tula.

East - Terminal Oriente

Also known as TAPO, buses from here travel to Amecameca, Oaxaca, Puebla, San Cristobal de las Casas, Veracruz, Xalapa and the Yucatan Peninsula.

South - Terminal Sur

Also known as Terminal Tasquena, the bus station is located at Av. Taxquena 1320 (next to the Taxquena Metro stop - last stop on Line 2).

Buses from here go to Acapulco, Cuernavaca, Taxco and Zihuatanejo.

West - Terminal Poniente

Located at Sur 122 and Tacubaya (next to the Observatorio Metro station), this is the smallest terminal and serves the route between Mexico City and Toluca.

Buses also go to Acapulco, Colima, Guadalajara, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Ixtapan de la Sal, Morelia, Queretaro, Uruapan and Valle de Bravo; although Terminal Norte is a better choice for some of these.

Mayan Riviera

Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen

Sandos Caracol Eco Beach Resort

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort: Carretera Cancún Chetumal Km 295, Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

This all-inclusive beach resort is in a naturally beautiful area at the edge of an exotic jungle surrounded by mangroves and natural lagoons making it the ideal destination for taking things easy.

The Sandos Caracol Eco Beach Resort sits on the exclusive Mayan Riviera in Mexico, ten minutes away from the charming village of Playa del Carmen.

Hotels in Playa del Carmen.


Cancun has gone from a small jungle village to one of the world's best-known holiday resorts.

Cancun is located south-west of Miami, west of Cuba and south-east of Mexico City.

Cancun  International airport is close to the Cancun hotel zone, along the beach and the downtown area, where you'll find the local markets and bus station; for exploring more of Mexico.

The best restaurant in Cancun, for sea food and Yucatecan specialities, is La Habichuela.

This restaurant is somewhat hidden behind Parque las Palapas but as it's been open a long time, all taxi drivers can drive you to the place.


Just off the coast of Mexico's Riviera Maya lies the small island of Cozumel, a Caribbean gem of an island. Read more on Escape to Cozumel by Emma Beyn.

Isla Bicycleta is the only bike rental business on the island of Cozumel offering high quality, nearly new, bikes; including mountain bikes, comfort bikes, and road bikes.

Where to Stay in Cozumel

Hotels on Cozumel Island.


Acapulco Destination Guide.

If you love swimming, shopping and an exciting nightlife, then Acapulco could well be the ideal holiday destination for you.

We moved the Acapulco links over to our Acapulco City Guide section. See you there.

Los Cabos

One of the oldest settlements in Baja California, San Jose, was founded in 1730 as a Jesuit Mission.

The ten block 'historic district', in central San Jose, still retains its colonial atmosphere to this day.

Some of the best restaurant values can be found in the small town of San Jose del Cabo - with world class chefs starting their own small restaurants: El Chilar, La Dolce Vita, Chiantis and Baan Thai.

Where to Stay in Los Cabos

Dreams Los Cabos Resort and Spa

Dreams Los Cabos Resort and Spa

Dreams Los Cabos: Carretera Transpeninsular, El Bedito, Los Cabos, Mexico.

The open-air hacienda-style architecture offers spacious luxury suites in varying sizes, all with ocean views from private and furnished terraces.

The all-inclusive plan at Dreams Los Cabos covers all meals, snacks, beverages, activities, entertainment, taxes and gratuities.

El Encanto Inn

El Encanto Inn and Suites

El Encanto Inn and Suites: Calle Morelos No 133, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.

Enjoy a stay at this romantic, colonial hacienda-style boutique hotel with an intimate ambiance and secluded gardens yet close to San Jose del Cabo's beaches, restaurants and galleries.

The El Encanto Inn and Suites is the only hotel located in the heart of the Art District of the historic centre of San José del Cabo in Los Cabos, Mexico.


Mazatan has ten miles of sandy beaches, and is visited by more than a million outsiders a year.

Unlike other holiday destinations that were developed strictly to lure tourists, Mazatlan is first and foremost a flourishing Mexican seaport. Here the visitor will experience Mexico's rich cultural heritage and traditions.

Mazatlan Attractions

Mazatlan is an ideal, affordable vacation choice for the family as it offers something for everyone: fishing, sailing, surfing, kayaking, bird-watching, golf, tennis, horseback riding, great dining and nightlife, shopping, music and entertainment.

Where to Stay in Mazatlan

In the heart of the Golden Zone, Mazatlan's hotels elegantly complement the excellent Pacific Ocean beaches.

There are a variety of Hotels and Resorts in Mazatlan to suit everyone's needs; from newlyweds to families.


The pleasant sub-tropical climate and the serenity of distant places attract most travellers to the Oaxaca Valley.

Located in the south-eastern region of Mexico, Oaxaca State borders with Veracruz to the North; Puebla, Chiapas to the East; Guerrero to  the West; and has the Pacific Ocean to its South.

Mexico Travel

Mexican Festivals

As in Spain, it seems like there's always a feast or a festival going on somewhere in Mexico; many of them closely related to Feast Days of Catholic Saints.

San Miguel de Allende

As it's located in the mountainous region of central Mexico, visitors to San Miguel de Allende are advised to bring a good pair of comfortable walking shoes and even some warm clothing in the warmer months of March to May, as the night time temperatures can be chilly.

The rainy season runs from June to October but don't let that put you off. The air is cooler when the rains come and the desert starts to flower.

TThis magnificent city is a famous art and crafts colony, a shoppers delight, with treasures from all over Mexico. There is also a golf course, tennis courts and mineral baths nearby.

Colonial San Miguel

There's nothing more romantic than walking down the history-soaked, narrow cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende.

Getting to San Miguel

San Miguel de Allende is about four hours by bus from Mexico City, although the nearest international airport is the Aeropuerto del Bajio (BJX); about 70 miles away and served by Aeromexico, Mexicana, Continental and American Airlines.

San Miguel Artists:
Find artists, art schools, instructors and galleries or use the calendar to learn about upcoming shows and other community events in San Miguel.

Where to Stay in San Miguel

Casa de la Cuesta

Casa de la Cuesta

Casa de la Cuesta B&B: 32 Cuesta de San José, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Enjoy the warmth of traditional Mexican colonial architecture, comfortable and quiet bedroom suites each with access to outdoor living areas and patios.

The fine collection of Mexican folk art, crafts and antiques at Casa de la Cuesta creates an atmosphere complimenting the location.

Casaliza Boutique Hotel

Casaliza Boutique Hotel

Casaliza Boutique Hotel: Bajada del Chorro 7, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

A 17th century colonial estate located in the historical centre of San Miguel de Allende; overlooking the ancient park-like grounds of El Chorro, the natural spring around which San Miguel was founded.

Guests at the Casaliza Boutique Hotel can relax around intimate terraces with tables, chairs and loungers.

Casa Quetzal

Casa Quetzal Hotel

Casa Quetzal: Hospicio 34, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Located in the heart of San Miguel’s historic downtown area, each room is unique with beautiful garden spaces and a terrace for relaxing after a busy day in San Miguel de Allende.

Considered a luxury boutique hotel, theme-based Casa Quetzal offers guests gracefully furnished suites with living room and kitchenette.

Hotels in San Miguel de Allende.


Yucatan Peninsula

The Yucatan Peninsula is divided into the states of Quintanna Roo, Yucatan and Campeche.

From coral reefs and sandy beaches to ancient ruins and Mexican culture, there's something for everyone in Yucatan.

One of the most culturally and ecologically rich regions in the world, a vast variety of flora and fauna can be found in the biosphere reserves, the lakes and the coral reefs; while Mexico's early Mesoamerican culture is still clearly visible around the the Yucatan Peninsula in the abundance of archeological sites ripe for exploration.

The specialist on-the-ground team at Travel Yucatan has extensive knowledge of hotels, transportation, restaurants and attractions and has done all the research so you don't have to.

Yucatan Living is for expatriates who are living, working and playing in Merida and the Yucatan, but especially for those who are discovering this unique location as a possible destination for retirement, starting a new business or owning a second home.

Yucatan Today is an online magazine for Merida, Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula with articles about Spanish colonial cities and cathedrals, Mayan ruins, haciendas, exotic birds, caves, cenotes and beautiful beaches.

The Official Website of the Yucatan State Government

Gobierno del Estado de Yucatán:
Calle 61 x 60 y 62, Col. Centro
C.P. 97000, Mérida, Yucatán, México.


Merida is a cosmopolitan city that retains its colonial air and majesty of its buildings with a marked French influence, from the beginning of the last century.

Places of note include La Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral of San Ildefonso, the Government Palace, the Santa Isabel Chapel and Santa Ana, Santa Lucia and Santiago parks.

An hour and a half away, the Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve offers a natural exhibition that shows off thousands of pink flamingos; an important wintering site on the Gulf of Mexico, for birds travelling within the central migratory bird flyway.

Where to Stay in Merida

Fiesta Americana Merida

Fiesta Americana Merida

Fiesta Americana Merida: Av Colon 451 Paseo de Montejo, Merida, Mexico.

This majestic hotel has a privileged location in the beautiful 'White City' where two of the most important avenues in Merida meet: The Colon and the Paseo Montejo.

The Fiesta Americana Merida is a belle epoque-style, five-star hotel with large, comfortable rooms. The building's architecture combines the Porfiria style with the highest technology in hotel services.

Hotels in Merida.

Mexico Adventures

Great White Sharks in Mexico:
November brings the largest Great White Sharks to Mexico; the eighteen foot long sharks a big draw for divers.

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