Mexico Activities

Activities in Mexico…where to start? “Something for everyone” is an overused travel industry phrase, but in this case it’s nothing less than the truth. Mexico has everything, from water sports to ruins, museums to wildlife. On the coasts, you will find beaches, water sports, diving and snorkeling. In the center of Mexico, there are many quaint colonial towns where you can shop, relax and do other active sports like rock climbing. Mexico City is full of theaters, museums, bookstores and great places to shop. What more could you ask for? This activity guide will help get you started.

  • Pre-Colombian Ruins of Xochicalco
  • Teotihuacán Ruins
    One of the country's cultural highlights, these impressive ruins can be visited easily in one day even if your base is Mexico City. Dating back to the days of the Maya, this former urban center has been impressively preserved. Two gigantic pyramids - including the world's third largest, the Pyramid
  • Chichen Itza trip
    This is a must-do if you are in this area and trips are offered not only from Playa but also Ancun and Tulum. Organised tours usually put small groups into minibuses but do not befooled by the salesmen - groups to tour around the site are unlikely to be small and it
  • The Great Pyramid
    Covered in grass and crowned by the Catholic shrine to La Virgen de los Remedios, the Great Pyramid, built in 200 BC, initially resembles a big hill. Upon closer inspection you´ll be able to see that, although not as toweringly magnificent as the ruins at Teotihuacan, the pyramid beats even its E
  • Tulum Ruins
    This is one of the prettiest Mayan sites you can visit, neatly cared for with trimmed grass and palms surrounding well-restored ruins. The buildings themselves may not be as impressive as somewhere like Chichen Itza but the layout, sitting overlooking the sea, is stunning.
  • Palacio Nacional
    This building looks a little bland from the outside but go through the doors and you will find an impressive courtyard and some pleasant gardens out back. But the main reason for visiting is to see the stunning Diego Rivera mural that lines the large sweeping stairway and depicts the history of Mexi
  • Catedral Metropolitana
    Mexico City's prize cathedral is impressive from the outside and nice from the inside but a trip up the bell tower is one for aficionados only. The tour, which lasts around 20 minutes, is interesting if you speak Spanish and want to know about bells, but if you are going for the views then save the
  • Acapulco Beaches
    Acapulco offers beaches for all tastes and all are easily accessible from anywhere along the Costera road. West of town are the small bay beaches of Caleta and Caletilla, both of which are tightly packed with restaurants at the roadside, umbrellas and seats on the b
  • Palenque Ruins
    Deep in the forests of South Central Mexico sits a ruined city, once known as Lakam Ha, capital of the B'aakal city-state during the classical Maya era (roughly the fifth century to the ninth century A.D.) During the centuries of B'aakal rule at Palenque, the city became the most
  • Uxmal
    Maya legend tells of a dwarf in the ancient city of Uxmal, who claimed to have magical powers. Uxmal's ruler, confident that the dwarf was a fraud, made a foolish wager that if the dwarf could construct a pyramid overnight he could take over rule of the city. By the next morning, the ambitious dwarf
  • Zócalo
    The Zócalo is the place to see and be seen any night of the week in Oaxaca. A plaza surrounded by coffee shops and restaurants, it is the favorite hangout of locals and foreigners alike. It is at its prime on weekend nights, when bands play in the center, and the plaza is filled with people. Some
  • Ruins of Cholula
    The ruins of Cholula, constructed between 200 BC and 800 AD, are the bread and butter of the town´s tourist industry. Once a majestic city of 400 temples and rival to the mighty Teotihuacan, the location was also considered Mesoamerica´s greatest ceremonial center due to its shrine dedicated t
  • Lands End and Lover's Beach
    Take a trip to Lover's Beach by water taxi and you get a tour of the fantastic Lands End headland thrown in. Visit Pelican Rock, where a family of Pelicans pose for photos, and also stop off at a Sea lion colony before rounding the headland to see the impressive El Arco, a natural arch at the very e
  • Church of Santo Domingo
    A former monastery, the Church of Santo Domingo's impressive baroque architecture is a must see in Oaxaca. It was founded by the Dominican order of monks, and construction begun in 1572. It took over 200 years for the building to be completed. Between 1608 and 1857 it was an active monetary, but was
  • Playa Angelito
    This is definitely the kiddie beach of Puerto Escondido. Lots of locals bring their families here, and you can see everyone from infants to the elderly enjoying themselves. Bring your inner tubes and inflatable beach toys because this is the place for it. Because is located in a bay, there are vi
  • Isla Ixtapa
    The beach at Isla Ixtapa is Ixapa's version of Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo. It is very popular and filled with restaurants, beach chairs, umbrellas and families having a good time. Because it faces the bay and not the Pacific, the waves are almost nonexistent making snorkeling a primary activity.
  • Playa Las Gatas
    Based on the crowds, this is easily Zihuatanejo's most popular beach both in and out of tourist season. Water taxis from the downtown pier at Playa Municipal only cost $3.50 roundtrip. This is the best beach to take the kids to because the waves are blocked off by a rock wall making the water here v
  • Playa Linda
    This beach in Ixtapa is frequented by the locals. Busses go back and forth all day for about sixty cents. Patio chairs, tables, and beach umbrellas can be rented for about $5 to $10 for the day. Get there early because the day ends at 5 p.m. There is one restaurant, La Langosta Loca, that serves fo
  • Playa Del Palmar
    This beautiful white sand beach is lined with all of the area's big resorts. Resort-goers are plentiful, and the chairs set up along the beach are for them. There are public entrances to the beach, but they are not easy to find. The beach is also accessible by going through one of the resorts. Only
  • Templo Santa Domingo Guzman
    With its ornate, pinkish exterior and gold interior, Santo Domingo is without a doubt the most beautiful and well-known of the San Cristobal churches. The large interior is filled with life-sized statues of saints; the church is perpetually decorated with fresh flowers and lit candles. The hand-carv
  • Sumidero Canyon
    This is probably the best trip to do out of San Cristóbal and it is cheaper to do it on a tour than it is to go individually. It is only an hour to the boat dock from where launches go when they fill up but generally as there are lots of people who come to do this trip there is rarely a wait. The b
  • Bullfighting at Plaza Mexico
    Bullfights, or la corrida de toros, is a Spanish tradition that was enthusiastically embraced by Mexicans from all walks of life. While bullfighting is declining in popularity in Spain, it remains an integral part of Mexican culture. The 48,000-seat Plaza Mexico in Mexico City is the biggest bullri
  • Cañon del Sumidero
    Crocodiles, Vultures, and Rodents, oh my! Guides point out all these creatures and more on the 35 km. trip through the canyon (not the yellow brick road). The ride starts at one of three embarcaderos in Chiapa de Corzo or one of two in Cahauré, just to the east. Hefty guys bolt adventurous visitors
  • Football (Soccer)
    Mexico may not have won the FIFA World Cup, at least not yet, but the country's record is definitely not for wont of enthusiasm from the fans. Fútbol (known in the United States as soccer) is a massively popular sport all around the country; other than Guadalajara's Chivas (recognizable by their re
  • Ball Courts
    The presence of two ball courts in the ceremonial center of Tula is the biggest ace in the hand of the “Toltecs fled to Chichen Itza and established a regime there” camp of historians. Although the theory has never been able to be proved, the ball courts join the Chac-mool as examples of u
  • Playa Zicatela
    This is the surfing beach. New and experienced surfers alike come here to test the waves. The waters are pretty rough here, so swimming is not recommended. It is a great place to hang out and get some sun, watch the surfers and do some wading in the water. There are restaurants and bars that lin
  • Tlatelolco Ruins
    The city of Tlatelolco was around years before the founding of its more famous neighbor, Tenochtitlán. The two cities shared one of the largest islands on Lake Texcoco, the site of modern Mexico City. The two governments were allies until 1473, at which point the Aztecs started gettin
  • Lucha Libre (Mexican Wrestling)
    Gangs of excited Mexicans waving beers and swearing at their favorite villains, bikini clad models parading around the ring and enormous wrestlers in glittery masks flinging their opponents into the howling crowd- this is Mexican wrestling, or lucha libre, a fast paced mixture of sport, theat
  • Montaña Sagrada
    A guide is essential on this three-and-a-half to four hour trek as the paths can get a little confusing. Heading south out of town the route leads to the ruins of an old mine then climbs to a plateau of rolling hills where the sacred mountain, said to look like an elephant, comes into view. From the
  • Playa Carrizalillo
    This quiet, secluded beach is in a lagoon and the waters here are quite calm. This is a place to relax without the busy atmosphere of the other beaches. Buy a drink from the palapa bars so you can use the beach chairs. Lounge back in the sun or shade while you listen to the water splash on the ro
  • Lago Chapala
    This is a pleasant destination for a day out from Guadalajara and a trip can take in two different towns for two different aspects of what is Mexico's largest natural lake. Chapala is a functional town with a pleasant lakefront from where you can hire boats out onto the water or stroll the artisan m
  • Grutas de San Cristóbal
    This large cave is nothing special but is an interesting short outing that lies about 30-minutes from the town. Illuminated with natural light and with a footpath running its full length, it is not a hard spot to visit alone but child guides can guide you in for a few pesos and point out several roc
  • Monumento a la Revolución
    At the height of his power, President Porfirio Díaz, who ruled from 1876 to 1910, sought to construct a new legislative palace for his puppet government. He himself laid the first stone at the Plaza de la República after a scandalous competition that ended with the project awarded to French archit
  • Whale watching
    From January to March this area buzzes with people seeking a glimpse of the migrating grey and blue whales that play in the bays of Baja California Sur. Some are so tame the boats can slide up to allow people to touch them and there are plenty of places in town offering trips to do just that.
  • Piramide de la Luna
    Although smaller than the Pyramid of the Sun, this dedication to the Moon stands just as high thanks to its elevated position at the end of the causeway. The Plaza de la Luna in front of the pyramid is like a royal court before a Queen, providing space around its lines and accentuating its grace, ma
  • La Ciudadela
    The giant sunken square of La Ciudadela “the Citadel” is the first thing you see as you come through the main entrance at Puerta 1. This was the city's beating heart for administrative activities during its heyday, and priests and civil servants lived in houses surrounding the plaza. A sma
  • Piramide del Sol
    Teotihuacan is dominated by the massive Pyramid of the Sun, a towering 70 meters (230 ft) high monster on the east side of the Calzada de los Muertos, near the Pyramid of the Moon. It's Mexico's second biggest ancient structure after Cholula, and much more impressive than its collapsed, grass covere
  • Templo de Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli
    The pyramid dedicated to the god Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli (the Morning Star), is the pride and joy of Tula's ceremonial center. It's not as big as the ones at Teotihuacan, but you can climb up it fairly easily and gawp at the five meter tall Atlantes. These towering basalt giants were originally built
  • Monumento a la Independencia
    This smart monument (also known as El Ángel de la Independencia), located in the middle of Mexico City's main diagonal thoroughfare, consists of a tall white column topped with a golden angel. It has survived some troubles in its time - one earthquake toppled the golden eagle from its perch - but
  • San José
    For tourists with time to see just one church, San José is a good choice. It does require a bit of a walk from the other attractions in the very center, but the reward is a ‘best of' what Puebla's churches offer. Talaveras and red bricks cover the facade, while inviting colors brighten the in
  • Puente de Alvarado
    Nowadays, the only clue to the rich history of the busy, dirty thoroughfare called Puente de Alvarado is its name, which literally means Alvarado Bridge. The moniker refers to the days when Mexico City was still the island metropolis of Tenochtitlán. It more specifically refers to what is called th
  • Fuerte de Guadalupe
    A fortress wall, some ruins, a couple of cannons, lawns with a few bushes cut to LOOK like cannons - and that's about it. What might justify the entry fee to Fuerte de Guadalupe is that it is one of the few relatively peaceful places in Puebla, but that pleasure can also be found free of charge by w
  • Templo Conventual de las Cinco Llagas de San Francisco
    Once you have taken in the red-brick facade with its talaveras, walk in through the oldest door (located on the side of the church) or the elaborately ornamented front entrance. Inside, the simple, white walls are sparesely decorated, but the few icons there are do stand out: rows of life-size statu
  • Teopanzolco
    Aside from its location in the middle of modern Cuernavaca, Teopanzolco is not the most remarkable ruin you can visit. The three-hectare, handicap accessible site contains four large, and several other smaller remnants of a pre-Hispanic ceremonial center. Two large buildings show stonework represent
  • Museo Pantéon de San Fernando (San Fernando cemetery museum)
    Big names were laid to rest in the Pantéon de San Fernando, which became a public cemetery in 1835 and then the Museo Pantéon de San Fernando in 2006. The huge marble tomb of revered President Benito Juarez (1806-72) is encircled by Greek columns, and he's depicted via sculpture, dying in his moth
  • Paseo de la Reforma
    Emperor Maximilian had the Paseo de la Reforma constructed in the 1860s to connect his residence at the Castillo de Chapultepec with the Palacio Nacional. At the turn of the 20th century, President Porfirio Díaz expanded the project, and added side lanes to the broad center avenues. The paseo, then
  • Tren Escénico
    The cute little Tren Escénico (scenic train) is a great way to rest a bit if you're weary of walking around the huge first section of the Bosque de Chapultepec. It is especially handy for traveling from the exit of the Zoológico de Chapultepec to the Castillo de Chapultepec. (But, take note: The t
  • Templo de San Fernando (San Fernando church)
    This Catholic convent church was founded by Franciscan missionaries in the 1730s, but the convent was heavily damaged in the 1858 earthquake and the remaining property was scooped up by the Mexican government thanks to the 1860 reform laws. Situated on the leafy and peaceful Plaza de San Fernando, t
  • Archaeological Site
    The ruined city below the tunnel exit of the Great Pyramid is known as the Zona Archeologica. From this angle the pyramid becomes distinctly more impressive. The ancient city´s central plaza, the Patio de los Altares, and the various other buildings and shrines that archeologists have already ex
  • San Cristóbal
    The saint himself welcomes churchgoers and travelers to the church, in the form of a powerful statue just inside the entrance portal. Inside, talavera ceramics make a nice background for some very expressive holy figures. Don't forget to also look up at the ornamented ceilings.
  • Snorkel Cozumel - close reefs
    Making a trip out to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen is worthwhile to head out to some good snorkeling sites, although it can cost a bit when you add on the ferry ride so make the most of it and stay for dinner! There are plenty of places to arrange a trip from, but it is better to get there early the
  • Pyramid of the Magician (Pirámide del Adivino)
    The most famous structure at Uxmal is the Pirámide del Adivino, variously translated as the pyramid of the magician, soothsayer or sorcerer. A beloved and oft-told Mayan legend relates that the adivino had to construct the pyramid in only one night, or face execution by Uxmal's king. But this was n
  • Uxmal - Governor's Palace (Palacio del Gobernador)
    The Governor's Palace is majestic, a dwelling truly fit for kings. Completed in 987 AD it is the architectural opposite of the Pyramid of the Magician: rectangular rather than oval, a residence rather than a place of worship, and low-slung rather than soaring. The palace's vast manmade platform ris
  • Uxmal Ruins - Nunnery Quadrangle (Cuadrángulo de las Monjas)
    To the Spanish this perfectly proportioned complex resembled a convent and so they called it a nunnery. Warriors might have studied here, or perhaps astronomers and astrologers. John Stephens captured the Nunnery's grace in 1841: "...we enter a noble courtyard, with four great façades looking dow
  • Snorkel Cozumel - far reefs
    There are several stalls at the ferry dock who offer this trip, which usually heads to two sites, but bargain hard and you should be able to get an affordable price or an extra site. It takes around 45 minutes to reach the further away sites but it is worth it as the coral is more interesting (and s
  • Cortes Palace
    From about 1519-1521, Hernan Cortes and his ruthless band of conquistadors laid waste the mighty Aztec Empire, bringing Central Mexico under the control of Spain and sending the King uncounted tons of gold and silver in the process. For his efforts, Cortes was rewarded with a noble title and vast la
  • Patio de los Altares
    When you first arrive at the Patio de los Altares, you might look at it and think it was once a form of Toltec era football pitch. It´s a wide grassy expanse surrounded by ancient stone slabs, in the shadow of the Great Pyramid. In reality though, the altars were put to a more macabre use. They c
  • Belén
    Talaveras depicting the sun stand out from the red bricks and dark stones on the front of the Belén church. Less overloaded than other catholic churches, Belén's cream-colored interior gives the visitor a feeling of serenity and purity. Those who want more can visit the temple's Ignacio Zaragoza M
  • Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán, with Capilla del Rosario
    Santo Domingo is a must-see for aficionados of old churches, and even those less enthusiastic about religious monuments can easily spend an hour in the stunning interior. Worshippers and tourists entering from busy shopping street 5 Mayo will see a row of chapels on each side, as well as a souvenir
  • Catedral Basílica de la Puebla de los Angeles
    The sheer size of the Basilica de la Puebla is impressive: the cathedral is the second-largest in Mexico and its towers are the country's highest. Inside, highlights include a very bloody life-size Christ figure in a glass box and the octagonal High Altar. Also worth a look through the bars is the
  • Mezcal Real Minero
    Chicken breast liquor anyone? Mexico's only producer of organic mezcal sells this and six other varieties, and offers guided tours. They are in Spanish and led by Graciela Ángeles Carreño who runs the family business. On appointment, she will take groups of at least five through all phases of cu
  • Templo de San Bernardino and Ex-Convento de Sisal

    Stroll down Valladolid's loveliest street, the Calzada de los Frailes (Street of the Friars) from the Zocalo to this former Franciscan church and convent, which dominates a wide semi-circular plaza. Erected between 1552 and 1560, the fort-like complex was built above a cenote, wh

  • La Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
    The approach to the shrine of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is a wild mass of pilgrims, salesmen hawking Virgin souvenirs, tourists, and the ubiquitous traffic that characterizes every part of the metropolis. Fight through the crowds, though, and you'll be amply rewarded. From peaceful gardens at the
  • Palacio del Ayuntamiento
    In 1720 the impressive Palacio del Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) that today dominates the entire southern side of the Zócalo was rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original, constructed over the ruins of Tenochtitlan in 1524. The building was formerly purely administrative, but since 2006 the section ar
  • Merida Palacio de Gobierno (State Capitol Building)
    Yucatán's 19th century state capitol building, the neoclassical Palacio de Gobierno, is a required stop on any visit to Mérida for two reasons: the excellent tourism office on the first floor corner of Calles 60 and 61 and the second floor Hall of History with its 17 impressive murals by Yucatán'
  • Uxmal Ruins - Other sites of interest
    At the Uxmal Ruin complex, the big draws are the Magician's Pyramid, the Governor's Palace and the Nunnery Quadrangl
  • Casa de Montejo (House of Montejo)
    Highlighting the Calle 63 side of the Main Square, the Casa de Montejo was built in 1569 by Mérida's founder, Francisco de Montejo and remained the family home until 1831. The house is a masterpiece of Spain's Plateresque style. A monumental façade features carved images of conquistador and indi
  • Iglesia de Santiago
    The Spanish victory over the Aztecs at Tlatelolco was divinely attributed to Santiago, patron saint of Spain, whose legendary defeat of the Moors in the Old Country gave him mythical infidel-crushing qualities. The church the Spanish built on the ruins of the Aztec temples was named in honour of San
  • Merida Palacio Municipal (City Hall)
    Facing the cathedral, Mérida's city hall was built on the site of a Mayan pyramid called Bakluum-Chaam. Erected in 1735, the current façade was added in 1928. The clock tower displays the coat of arms of Mérida, granted by King Phillip III of Spain in 1618 and displaying a banner reading, â€
  • Universidad de Yucatán (Autonomous University of Yucatán)
    The headquarters of the Autonomous University of Yucatán (UADY) at the corner of Calles 57 and 60 is a fine, yellow painted Colonial structure, constructed in 1701 as the Seminary of St. Peter. Inside you will find a broad patio paved in stone and surrounded by a three-story cloister. The Universi
  • Templo Mexicanos
    Although it is located near Santa Domingo, Templo Mexicanos is not a tourist destination. As of writing (November 2008), the 1904 exterior of the church is undergoing construction, but the inside is still open to the public. Templo Mexicanos is exactly as the name suggests - a typical no-frills trad
  • Santa Lucia's Temple
    Santa Lucia is not only the name of a church, which matches the sky with its bright blue and white exterior, but also serves as the namesake for the surrounding part of town. Mixing Neo-Gothic and Neo-Classic elements, the interior of the one-room Santa Lucia church is filled with vibrant red and wh
  • Iglesia de Jesus (Church of Jesus of the Third Order)
    The Church of the Third Order (or Church of Jesus, as it is also called) stands one block from the Main Square on the corner of Calles 59 and 60. Built in the 17th century by the Jesuits the church was attached to the order's College of St. Francis Xavier. Roughly finished stone walls - some contain
  • Teatro Peón Contreras (Peón Contreras Theater)
    The Yucatán Symphony Orchestra and other local, national and international artists present performances of the highest quality at Teatro Peón Contreras. It was named for Yucatecan poet and playwright Jose Peón y Contreras and designed by the Italian architect Pio Piacentini and engineer Enrico De
  • Xochimilco Canals
    This area was formed in the Aztec era for produce growth but now the waterways are lined with gardens and trees, as well as some ugly concrete buildings, and filled with brightly colored boats. It is a bit out the way but it is worth heading south from the center to take a look at the explosion of c
  • Lago Chapultepec (Lake Chapultepec)
    Despite being about as green as antifreeze, Lago Chapultepec (Lake Chapultepec) is a beloved part of the Bosque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Forest), mostly because you can rent all sorts of rowboats and paddleboats to mess about with on the lake. This is really the only reason to go near it. Prices
  • San Martín Tilcajete
    Head south of Oaxaca on Highway 175, and within a half hour you'll reach three towns that produce unique handicrafts. Make it an easy daytrip, or stop on your way to Huatulco, where these souvenirs tend to cost more. After passing San Bartolo Coyotepec, continue south another 12 km to San Martín Ti
  • Santo Tomás Jalieza

    Many women in tiny Santo Tomás Jalieza (25 km south of Oaxaca), continue the traditional weaving taught to them as children. You can see them in the town square working on looms tied around their waists

  • Catedral de San Ildefonso
    The Door of Forgiveness leads into the first cathedral completed in the Americas, which is dedicated to San Ildefonso of Toledo. Construction began in 1562 on this sober, Renaissance-style house of worship. If the interior seems sparsely decorated it is because anti-church vigilantes ransacked the c
  • Oaxaqueño Chocolate
    Treat your senses by experiencing the oaxaqueño equivalent of Willy Wonka's factory in the chocolate shops at the corner of Mina and 20 de Noviembre. Follow the delightful aroma to the chocolate-making process, as cocoa beans and sugar are freshly ground in front of your eyes. The most popular is
  • Convento de San Gabriel
    Convento San Gabriel, a massive, mustard-colored convent dedicated to the archangel Gabriel, is one of the oldest in Mexico. Construction started in 1529 on a site previously dedicated to quite a different deity, the plumed serpent god Quetzalcoatl. Behind the convent is the Capilla Real, built by i
  • San Bartolo Coyotepec

    Head south of Oaxaca on Highway 175, and within a half hour you'll reach three towns that produce unique handicrafts. Make it an easy day trip, or stop on your way to Huatulco, where these souvenirs tend to cost more. The first town (11 km out) is San Bartolo Coyotepec, famous fo

  • Tai Chi, Yoga
    Travelers wanting to relax and take an hour or two for a journey into their inner self can find the right spot for this at Casa del Angel. Classes in yoga, tai-chi, belly dance, and meditative movement are offered throughout the week. Stop by Jacobo Dalevuelta 200 for a schedule. Drop-ins are acce
  • Tren Turistico
    For a quirky mix of history and guide antics, hop onto el Tren Turístico, which leaves the Palacio de Cortés numerous times a day on various routes. The most frequent trolley tour takes about an hour and passes by the cathedral and the Castillito, with a guided walk along the urban canyon called
  • Jardin Borda
    Jardin Borda, a 30,000 square meter garden in the city center, is curious for its 225 year history of well-to-do owners, like Emperor Maximilian, and wife Charlotte. The garden itself is pretty, arranged in a series of pathways, surrounded by tropical plants and trees, and Baroque style fountains gr
  • Ex-mercado La Victoria
    Built in the late 19th century, the market is now a modern centro comercial. Those in need of a break from 5 de Mayo can turn into La Victoria where there is more space and a less stressful pace, but as much choice: department stores, small stalls selling everything from school uniforms to lottery t
  • Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery
    Dolphin Discovery offers educative swim-with-dolphins programs in the sea in Isla Mujeres, Cozumel Island and Puerto Aventuras in the Mayan Riviera.
  • Barrio del Artista
    Coming to life in the late afternoon, the artist's quarter is a romantic place to take a little walk. Each artist has a tiny atelier under an arch in the low red-brick building. Strollers can always watch at least a couple of them working, and more showing their paintings on the sidewalk. On the oth
  • Templo de San Hipólito
    Founded in 1521, the Templo de San Hipólito was supposedly erected on the site where Spanish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado saved his neck by leaping across a canal during the "noche triste" (sad night) of June 30, 1520. That is when the Aztecs, revolting after a massacre by the Spanish, chased the
  • Divisadero Walk
    The famed train stops at Divisadero for 15 minutes but there is no way you can do such a fantastic view justice in a quarter of an hour so try to plan for a day trip as well. To hike right out into the canyon you will need to set up a private trip, which can be a little tricky to organise but there
  • Paseo de Montejo (Montejo Avenue)
    Created in the late 19th century, the Paseo de Montejo showcased the enormous wealth and European tastes of Yucatán's henequen barons. Many elegant mansions remain on the avenue, including the Peon de Regil and Vales Houses at Calle 35, the twin Cámara Houses at Calle 45 and the Palacio Canton at
  • Plaza de Las Tres Culturas
    To wander around the Plaza de las Tres Culturas is to feel the weight of the three cultures that have shaped modern Mexico. The ruins of the ancient city of Tlatelolco surround a colonial church, both of which are glowered over by the Edificio Chihuahua, an ugly high-rise h
  • Plaza de la República
    Existing only for the Monumento a la Revolución and the museum under it, the Plaza de la República lies west of Alameda Central. The plaza and its mammoth Art Deco monument, which commemorates the Mexican Revolution that began in 1910, are visible from quite a distance. The approach up Avenida de
  • Auditorio Nacional (National Auditorium)
    This ugly concrete building in the middle of the Bosque de Chapultepec seats 10,000 and is the venue for big stars who come to Mexico City. The walk of fame in front of the Auditorio Nacional (National Auditorium) is a who's who of recent performers. The list includes Bob Dylan (2008), Depeche Mode
  • Estadio Azteca
    If there is a match on at the Azteca (Aztec Stadium) it is worth heading to the south of the city to check it out. This 100,000-seater is one of the world's most famous stadiums and when it is full the atmosphere is unforgettable. Home to the local team "America" as well as the National side there a
  • Mina El Eden
    This attraction offers the chance to head into a silver mine but it has been rather overdeveloped by a US$5m refit in 2005. Instead of a natural experience, visitors to the cave walk along a flat concrete floor past different levels of mine in which models of miners hang in positions demonstrating w
  • Hill to Cerro del Fortin
    Gaze upon the whole of Oaxaca after just a ten-minute and well rewarding stair climb. It's a popular spot for exercise seekers, with many trails stretched over the hill and endless stairs, or just a place to study Oaxaca's surroundings. Also located here is a fabulous statue of Benito Juarez and Aud
  • Complejo Ecotouristico Arareko
    This is an excellent day walk or half-day cycle from town as it takes you through unique communities and unusual scenery. The whole area is full of Tarahumara people, who live in caves or wood houses, and there are good opportunities to see their bright traditional dress. Natural sites of bizarre ro
  • Misol-Ha, Agua Clara and Agua Azul
    If you have time to do something other than go to the ruins around Palenque, then make sure this is it. After a short drive you will arrive at the first spot, the pretty jungle waterfall of Misol-Ha, which was used in the movie Predator. Next stop is the incredibly blue river and bordering limestone
  • Guadalajara walking tour
    A stroll around the city's compact old town is best to start at the Plaza de Armas and check out the impressive Jose Clemente Ozorco mural in the Palacio del Gobierno then head around the Cathedral to the cafe-fringed Plaza de los Laureles, the statue-filled Plaza de los Jaliscense Ilustres and the
  • Village tour to San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán
    This is an interesting half-day side-trip if you want to learn about the local culture but the villages are not particularly pretty. Guides will give you a full run-down of the dual-religion in the area as well as detailing all things about local life. A visit to the candle-filled church is fascinat
  • Taxco Village viewpoint
    A short but energetic climb up the narrow streets that rise from the back of the Zócalo will take you to the Ex-Convento de San Bernadino, a fairly unimpressive church with an extremely impressive view over the centre of town and the surrounding hills. Spectacular.
  • Galerías Pictóricas y Museo José Luis Bello y Zetina
    Art collected through three generations is exhibited in this house just next to Santo Domingo. The classical-art lover who finds the entrance - look for the talavera sign on 5 de Mayo - will be guided through richly decorated rooms with painted portraits, French furniture, old photographs and porcel
  • Uriarte Talavera
    Decorated with those famous Puebla tiles, already the entrance stands out. It leads into a patio, sky-lit and even more decorated, with access to the workshop and the shop. Everything from tiny pots to meter-high vases are available - even talavera-style phones - and shoppers can have it all shipped
  • Parque México
    The elliptical shape of Parque México betrays its origins as a horsetrack, but no one visiting here seems in much of a rush nowadays, except perhaps the joggers who loop this little island of lush vegetation in the Condesa district. Officially known as Parque San Martin, the park is an oasis for sm
  • La Feria
    About 2 million people visit this popular amusement park in the second section of the Bosque de Chapultepec every year. Many come just for the Montaña Infinitum, the roller coaster that makes three 360-degree loops at 90 kilometers per hour. At its top, the coaster is 40 meters in the air; i
  • México Mágico
    The big attraction at this theme park in the second section of the Bosque de Chapultepec is the collection of 92 scaled-down versions of great archaeological sites, colonial buildings, churches, monuments and more from across Mexico. Many of the models are taller the average visitor. The little wond
  • Chapultepec (Hill of Grasshoppers)
    In the 1300s, the Aztecs came from the north to Chapultepec, which in the Aztec language Náhuatl means "Hill of Grasshoppers." Considering the place sacred, the Aztecs carved images in solid rock at the foot of the hill, erected buildings and used the natural springs around the hill for water. Toda
  • Monte Alban Ruins
    No one knows what happened to the Olmecs. This fierce Central Mexican tribe came to the rich valleys near present-day Oaxaca, where they founded a settlement whose name has been lost to history. Around 500 B.C., some newcomers arrived in the region: the Zapotecs, who defeated
  • Bosque de Chapultepec
    This area of the Bosque de Chapultepec, around the Chapultepec metro station, is the most interesting area as it includes the impressive Monumento a los Niños Héroes, the busy Lago de Chapultepec, which is a boating lake that fills with fa
  • Parque Alameda Central
    This is a lovely spot to take a stroll in the sunshine, particularly on the weekends when there are plenty of people around. The paved walkways are set out in a criss-cross pattern leading from one end to the other passing pretty central fountains with good views across to the Torre Centroamericana.
  • Plaza Grande/Zócalo (Independence or Main Square)
    For more than 450 years the Plaza Grande, or Independence Square as it is officially known, has drawn Méridanos to this shady and spacious park, which is surrounded by the city's most important civic and religious institutions. Sundays are an especially fine time to visit because the surrounding st
  • Jardín del Arte

    On Sundays, local artists head to the Jardín del Arte (Garden of Art), just off the Paseo de la Reforma, to sell their work, talk shop and even buy art supplies. The art market takes place from about 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., though some artists arrive at noon, and others pack up

  • Zoológico de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Zoo)
    The Zoológico de Chapultepec has roots that date back to before the arrival of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés; he raved about Moctezuma's zoo of exotic species but nonetheless burned it down. Some 400 years later, the modern zoo at Chapultepec opened in 1924 with 243 animals. Today, the Zool
  • Parque Juárez
    Parque Juárez is the perfect place for people-watching without the tourist hustle. El Llano, as it is often called, even advertises itself as a wireless zone while the fountains and greenery beckon the traveler to one of the many benches. The oldest tree in Oaxaca can be found next to the Guadalup
  • Centro civico 5 de mayo
    For the kids as well for the parents, the recreational area around the fortress makes for a pleasant day away from the city center. There are playgrounds and museums of the colorfully interactive type as well as the more dustily classic kind. Green areas such as the Jardín de la Biodiversidad offe
  • Botanical Gardens
    The Botanical Gardens in University City can be a bit of a mission to get to but the effort is well repaid once the sounds and smog of the capital fade away and all that's left is flowers and forest…and the occasional pack of school kids. The well-tended grounds are a godsend for parents, who c
  • Recohuata Hot Springs
    These pools, set in a pretty forested canyon, make a pleasant half or full day side trip from Creel. You will generally be dropped off just past the entrance, 3km away from the springs on a bumpy cobbled road. From here a windy descent into the canyon offers impressive views right up to the springs,
  • Poza Azul and Las Arenales
    Cuatro Cienegas' two main tourist attractions are havens for endemic species. Poza Azul, one of many desert pools connected by underground rivers, is home to the visitor's centre, a bright blue pool and three rare semi-aquatic endemic tortoises. Las Arenales is an area of white calcite sand dunes, p
  • Poza la Becerra
    This Poza has been turned into to a recreational area where you can swim, something you cannot do in the other pools. There are straw pagodas for shade but bring drinks as the shop is only open on weekends. Steps lead down to the pool, which is filled with fairly warm water but fed with cold water f
  • Cliff Diving
    The famous Clavadistas of Acapulco perform four times per day and are spectacular to watch. Each show features around seven divers who scale the cliffs then dive into the surging water in a narrow inlet. There is an attractively created viewing platform and the best spots are either low dow
  • El Paraiso Bar
    This is a beach-meets-Soho spot. The atmosphere is created through the pastel-colored, faux-leather rectangular and circular beds spread out on the beach in front of a fully-stocked bar. It is a place where you can chill for an entire day or just pop in for a drink after visiting the nearby ruins.
  • Edzná
    Edzná, located 61 km southeast of Campeche City, is one of the state's most distinguished archeological sites. Dating back to 600 BC, Edzná, The House of the Itzáes, enjoyed one of the longest periods of occupation in the Mayan world, being abandoned completely only in 1450 AD. Of course, lo

  • Playa Bachoco
    This beach is away from civilization on the outskirts of town and off the beaten path. Walk farther and farther away down this long beach to see what the land was like when it was uninhabited. There are very few people there (more in the high season) and it is a good place to surf without a lot of
  • Beaches Summary
    There are seven different beaches in Puerto Escondido, each with its own style and flair. Instead of choosing a beach based on its location, choose a beach based its atmosphere and the available activities: swimming, surfing, boating or those that are kid-friendly, peaceful, social or off the beate
  • Estadio Olimpico
    This 85,000-seat stadium resembles both a volcano and squashed hat, depending on who you're talking to. Originally known as Estadio Universitario, it was built by more than 10 million builders who worked around the clock to finish it in just eight months. Completed in 1952, the stadium was used in t
  • Surfing in Puerto Escondido
    Puerto Escondido was known for surfing long before it became a vacation paradise. One of the local beaches, Playa Zicatela, is home to the well-known “Mexican Pipeline,” a long, hollow wave formation. The consistency and difficulty of the waves make it one of the best surfing beaches aroun
  • Playa La Ropa
    This is the beach in the Zihuatanejo bay area most recommended for swimming. The waves are gentle, the beach is clean and the scenery is beautiful. Vacationers as well as locals gather here for fun in the sun alone or with the entire family. Restaurants line the beach and provide comfortable beach c
  • El Convento de San Agustín Acolman
    The 16th century Convento de San Agustín Acolman stands out with its daintily carved façade and excellently conserved murals of saints and priests. The church itself was built on a slightly raised platform: allegedly the remains of a former Aztec temple. The annex has two cloisters, both of whic
  • Iglesia de San Francisco Javier
    The stone façade on the front of the Iglesia de San Francisco Javier immediately catches the eye as you pass it on the central plaza with it's tower of intricately carved saints almost stretching to the sky. The front is just a pale negative; however, in comparison to the luscious interior of daz
  • Zócalo
    Plaza Principal, as it is also called, is a place to observe Puebla's rhythm. Businessmen reading the paper while the shoe-polishers do their job. Uniformed school children sitting at the fountain chatting and laughing. Couples noticing nothing but themselves on benches under the big trees. Tour
  • La Casa de los Azulejos
    One of the most striking buildings in the city, the Casa de los Azulejos (“House of Tiles”) was originally a palace belonging to the Marques del Valle de Orizaba. Its modern reincarnation is as part of the Mexican restaurant chain Sanborns. While the food wouldn't win any prizes, you can a
  • La Casa de la Primera Imprenta
    The Casa de la Primera Imprenta marks where the first printing press in the Americas was set up in 1536. The building itself shows little evidence of its grand literary beginnings, save the replica of the famous press near the door. However the recently opened (Jan 2008) Museo del Libro showcases so
  • Birdwatching in Alamos
    Alamos is popular among birders due to its location: it borders the world's northernmost tropical deciduous forest to the south and the Sonora desert to the north. It's also not far (about an hour and a half) from the Sea of Cortés, where several species of marine birds can be spotted. This stark c
  • Convento de la Merced
    The cloister is all that remains of the 17th century Convento de la Merced, but it stands alone as an incredible work of art and has been called the most beautiful in New Spain. The columns on the upper floor are intricately crisscrossed with delicately carved stone foliage, whilst the arches that s
  • Puerto Escondido Beaches
    As the name hints, Playa Principal is the main beach in town. It runs parallel with the road El Adoquin which the highest concentration of restaurants and shops is in town. The water here is calm, which makes it a good place to learn to surf. The beach is also used by some fishermen to bring in thei
  • Jesus Nazareno Church and Hospital
    The 17th century Baroque church of Jesus Nazareno is supposedly where the historic first meeting of Cortés and Moctezuma took place. A plaque on the side of the church commemorates the event accordingly, although it's not 100 percent certain that this is, in fact, the place. Orozco frescoes of the
  • Playa Marinero
    This beach is between Playa Zicatela and Playa Principal. It is a good swimming beach, and a good place to take the kids and the dog. There is even a lifeguard stand at this beach, but you still swim at your own risk. There are a couple of bars for drinks and snacks so you can use the beach chair
  • Bike Sunday (la Vía Recre-activa De Guadalajara)
    In what would usually be a death-defying activity, bicyclists get a chance to rule the road Sundays in Guadalajara. From 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., only bicyclists (and pedestrians, skaters and skateboarders) are permitted to travel on three main, usually vehicle-crammed, thoroughfares that span a total of
  • Playa Manzanillo
    It is possible to walk to this beach from Puerto Angelito, but it is over a lot of rocks, and it's rather dicey. Playa Manzanillo has a lot of boats, is very rocky, and is rather small with icky water. There are a couple of places for drinks or snacks here, and if you don't want to cross back over
  • Playa Principal / Playa Municipal
    This beach is the main beach right in front of the downtown area, and it is referred to by either Playa Principal or Playa Municipal. Though not a swimming beach, a few locals will take their kids there to get wet. It is lined with restaurants and shopping and is right next to the pier where water t
  • Bicycling
    For those that love to exercise, there are places in both Zhiuatanejo and Ixtapa where bicycles can be rented such as Bi-Zhiuanas at Cuauhtémoc 39 in Zhiuatanejo. In fact, there is a 15km bicycle trail that runs between Zhiuatanejo and Ixtapa as well as off road trails. Some tour operators offer to
  • Playa Principal
    Dive down 30 meters and see the San Andreas Fault, which is right in front of this beach. This is the bay where the boats are anchored, and they leave regularly for tours. It is not really a swimming area but some families with very small children will go there so the kids can play in the sand. T
  • Palacio De Gobierno
    The fire-and-brimstone visions of hell on earth painted by Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco are why visitors duck into the Palacio de Gobierno (seat of the Jalisco state government) and head to the stairs. There, whipping up an inferno of frenzy, is Miguel Hidalgo, the Catholic priest who i
  • Playa La Madera
    Playa La Madera is a very quiet beach that is mostly used by the beachside hotels. It is not set up with lots of chairs and umbrellas in front of restaurants like the other beaches, and therefore much less crowded. This is a great beach for collecting rocks and swimming because it is shallow a long
  • Palacio de Iturbide
    The magnificent Palacio de Iturbide was built between 1779 and 1785 and is considered a superb example of civil baroque architecture. It was absorbed into the Banamex bank as the Fomento Cultural Banamex in 1972, and from 2002-2004 the building was thoroughly restored and reopened to the public as
  • Scuba Diving in Puerto Escondido
    If you've never gone scuba diving before and want to learn, or if you're an experienced diver with an itch to venture into tropical waters, Puerto Escondido is a good place to start. There are signs advertising lessons for beginners at the more popular beaches; tours are available for the more e
  • Reef Diving
    Your diving experience in Tulum begins with the encounter of the second largest coral reef in the world. The reef extends 300 kilometers in Mexican waters and continues to Honduras. It crosses several natural reserves and most notably the Sian Kaan Reserve, listed in 1985 with UNESCO as Wor
  • Calle Moneda
    Turn east away from the ruins of Templo Mayor in the Zócalo and you'll find yourself treading the cobbles of one of the city's oldest streets. As well as being home to lofty cultural centers such as SCHP and the Museo Nacional de Culturas, its modern reincarnation is as a junk addicts paradise. See
  • Catedral
    Smack in the middle of downtown, Morelia's Catedral gets impressively shot up with fireworks every Saturday at 9 p.m. during an odd, long-on-talk illumination display. The rest of the time, the Catedral sits like a gorgeous cat and gloats in her coat of rose-colored "cantera" quarry stone. Begun
  • La Compañía de Jesús
    A few steps away from the musicians of the small square in Barrio del Artista, the church of La Compañía is a pleasant refuge from the city hustle and bustle. The little church welcomes the visitor with surprising pastel brown and yellow walls, and the paintings and icons are way brighter than in
  • San Javier Mission
    This trip takes you on a long dirt road into the Sierra Gigante to see the desert mountains close at hand. En-route you will stop at some rock art, which is not particularly spectacular, then do a second small walk before reaching the mission, which sits high in the mountains. It is, however, pretty
  • Calakmul Biosphere Reserve
    Calakmul Biosphere Reserve is absolutely spectacular - a natural and archeological wonderland. Located in southern Campeche state between Escárcega and Xpuhil, it encompasses 723,185 hectares (1,800,000 acres) stretching north from the Guatemala border. Forests, swamps, pastures and savannas c
  • Arcos Guadalajara
    Built in 1939 - 41 to commemorate the founding of Guadalajara in 1542, the neoclassical Arcos are double arches that once were on the edge of town, surrounded by nothing. They served as a symbolic gateway not just to the city itself but also to the newly constructed highway that went to Mexico (a
  • Discover Scuba Diving
    Level: beginner. Duration: ½ day. Maximum depth: 12 m. 2 options: Sea or cenote The discover scuba diving is dedicated to those old or young who have never dived before and dream of this wonderful adventure, respecting the highest safety standards. Before beginning, we assure that your eq
  • Padi Open Water Diver
    If you have never dived and always wanted to pass the first level 1 PADI(Open water dive, worldwide recognition), no problem! This first level allows you to dive up to 18 meters under. The classes are very progressive and lasts three days. You will alternate between theory(book provide
  • Guadalajara's Catedral (cathedral)
    Symbol of the city and a favorite focal point, the Catedral, whose construction began in 1561, is nearly as old as Guadalajara itself. But it wasn't until 1848, after earthquakes in 1750 and 1818 had destroyed the façade and toppled the original towers, that Guadalajara's cathedral soared to new
  • Horseback riding
    All along the beaches you will see an old man pulling along a row of horses. If you would like a ride, find an empty horse and ask its owner if it is available for a ride. You can also organize rides at some tour agencies within Puerto Escondido.
  • Lienzo Charros De Jalisco
    A lively subculture of "charros" (Mexican cowboys) springs out of the gate every Sunday at noon in Guadalajara, when competitors from Jalisco and beyond come to this little arena to strut their stuff in the saddle. Dressed in their best (tight jackets, tight pants, slick boots, ties and sombreros
  • San Marcos
    The Catedral de San Marcos flanks the plaza cívica to the south. The strange side-view reflects the many renovations inflicted on the building over five centuries. The landmark not only attracts historians who walk through time from the 20th century facade to the colonial apse, but also curiosity-s
  • Zócalo
    Comitán's Zócalo is the town's beating heart, with the majority of cultural events and community life taking place here. The portales are classic examples of local architecture, and shade several little restaurants which are usually full of comitecos snacking on local specialties and watching the
  • Cenote Diving
    Diving in a cenote is like floating in another universe. It's like evolving on a turquoise planet full of sacred history. The cathedral like stalagtites and stalagmites that dive deep in the clear, crystal waters are like masterpieces! Cenote diving is accessible starting with level 1 (CMAS,
  • Horseback Riding
    Meet Esther at the Cafeteria del Centro at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. for a four hour, guided horseback riding tour to the indigenous village of Chamula. This small tour company can also arrange to pick you up at any hotel or hostel in San Cristóbal de las Casas. While most tour operators offer the trip to C
  • Snorkeling Isla Coronado
    This is a pricy activity but it is worth it. Do not go here expecting to see sparkling reefs, head to La Paz if you want that. Instead you will be snorkeling around rocks with some of the largest sized reef fish you can get, including massive Angel fish, as well as green and yellow sea snakes, puf
  • Ex-Convento de Santa Domingo
    Before being restored in 1975, the building on the Westside of Santa Domingo was a former convent, chapel and, after the 1910 Mexican Revolution, was also temporarily a jail, library and cafeteria. Now the building houses the Cultural Center of Los Altos de Chiapas, a small historical museum (Spanis
  • Nacional Monte de Piedad
    The Nacional Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Compassion) is Latin America's biggest pawn shop and is over 200 years old. The front rooms are always full of crowds of people attempting to flog their jewelry, pottery etc., whilst further back the wares of the unfortunate are on sale. This huge building j
  • Teatro Degollado
    When not hosting a musical performance, the Teatro Degollado is mostly just a joy to look at. The portico of this Neoclassical theater (inaugurated in 1866) bathes in sun, which blazes on the Corinthian columns and the triangular frieze of Apollo romping with nine muses. The five-tier interior can
  • Pirámide de Cuicuilco
    Cuicuilco, Mesoamerica's only circular pyramid, was part of one of the first civil and religious centers in central Mexico. The heyday of the civilization that constructed the pyramid was from around 600 BC-200 BC; most of the city was destroyed by the eruption of Xitle, the volcano that created El
  • Piramide de Tenayuca
    The Pirámide of Tenayuca was constructed around 1224 by the barbarian Chichimeca tribe. The Chichimecas had wandered down from northern Mexico, wiped out the Toltecs in the city of Tula, and continued south to create their own capital in Tenayuca. They lived in splendor before the Azt
  • Piramide de Santa Cecilia Acatitlán
    The dinky pyramid of Santa Cecilia Acatitlán (15 meters/50 feet) makes up for in loving preservation what it lacks in size. Fully restored, the pyramid is simple and elegant, with just one shrine, crowned by a circle of sculpted skulls, at the top of a series of stairways. Historically allied with
  • Calzada de los Muertos
    The Causeway of the Dead is a long path linking a series of sunken plazas and staircases that run through the ancient city. It starts at the Ciudadela at the main entrance at Puerta 1, and stretches all the way to the Pyramid of the Moon about two kilometers away. The avenue originally ran an extra
  • Palacio de los Jaguares
    Half buried under the Palace of the Quetzal butterfly are the ruins of two older buildings, The Palacio de los Jaguares and the Templo de los Caracoles Emplumados. The Palace of the Jaguars has recognisable murals of the revered big cats blowing horns, and wearing traditional headdresses, overlooked
  • Frescoes at Tepantitla, Tetitla and Atetelco
    The residential neighborhoods of Tepantitla, Tetitla and Atetelco were home to some of the finest mural work found on the archaeological site. Bits of the most famous example, the Paradise of Tlaloc, can still be seen in Tepantitla, and a reproduction of the full mural can also be seen in the Nation
  • Casa de la Cultura
    Music, cinema, art exhibitions - there is always something going on in Casa de la Cultura. The best way to find out what is to simply go in and ask at the small information desk, look at the message boards, or chat with some of the many young people who seem to always frequent this cultural haven. W
  • Plaza México
    Before there was soccer, México's national sport was bullfighting and it remains extremely popular today. The world's largest bullring is located in México City, the Plaza México, with seats for over 50,000 cheering fans that have been coming to this stadium since 1946. The bullfighting season t
  • Pino Suarez Metro Station
    Pino Suarez metro station is a subterranean maze that stretches all the way to the Zócalo metro. If you can read Spanish, there are dozens of bookshops with titles on every topic imaginable lining the walkway. Otherwise, the main reason for visiting here (apart from taking the metro!) is to see the
  • Plaza de Santo Domingo
    The Plaza de Santo Domingo is a pretty cobbled square just north of the Zócalo, surrounded by grand 18th Century buildings. Nowadays the square itself is a bit dirty and usually full of workmen eating their lunchtime tortas. The arcades on the western side are home to public clerks and street print
  • Mariachi Music In Guadalajara
    Mariachi music originated in Guadalajara, so it's not surprising there's still tons of it around town. The word mariachi comes from the French word "mariage"; this romantic music was originally played at weddings--but only on stringed instruments, though nowadays bands are known for their brass. Mar
  • Centro Cultural Rosario Castellanos
    As you approach the Centro Cultural Rosario Castellanos, the first thing you notice is the brightly colored mural detailing local history on a patio sheltered by finely carved wooden pillars. Built on the grounds of the former Dominican convent, the building now offers locals and tourists alike a cu
  • Guelaguetza Shows
    Guelaguetza is a popular festivity here in Oaxaca, but you will only find the real thing on the two Mondays following July 16th. To see a depiction of this magical event, should you miss the real thing, head out to Casa de Cantera (shows nightly at 8:30, Murguía 102 ), Hotel Monte Alban (nightly at
  • Puerto Escondido Nightlife
    There is not a lot of nightlife in Puerto Escondido, especially during the off season. Don't expect to find many dance clubs or discotheques here, but there are bars on the Adoquín and on Calle del Morro by Playa Zicatela. These bars are mainly for drinking and socializing; some have pool tables
  • Palacio de Quetzalpapalotl
    The prettily named Palacio de Quetzalpapalotl (Palace of the Quetzal Butterfly, pronounced Ketzal-papo-lotluh for those who want to practice their Nahuatl) can be found on the left hand side of the Plaza de la Luna and offers an intriguing glace into the lives of the Teotihuacan movers and shakers.
  • Coatepantli
    The Toltec tradition of building a Coatepantli, or snake wall, was later enthusiastically adopted in Aztec cities all throughout the empire. In Mexican cosmology, the walls determined the boundaries of the sacred space of the temples, so it is likely this Coatenpantli had a special significance for
  • Labna Ruins
    After visiting some of the Yucatán's larger and more famous ruins, Labná, which means old or abandoned house in Maya, is a refreshing, off the beaten path experience. Although much smaller in scale than Chichén Itzá and Uxmal, it is just opulent in design, a lot less crowded and provides a much
  • Las Monjas
    No, nuns did not live in this building - it received that name because the Spanish thought it looked like a convent. Probably a residential palace, the impressive building dates from 880 AD. On the adjacent La Iglesia (The Church), carved stone images of a crab, an armadillo, a snail and a tortoise
  • Dzibilchaltún
    A short distance north of Mérida lies the Mayan archeological site of Dzibilchaltún, “the place where there is writing on stones. ” Possibly settled as early as 500 BC the city originally extended over 19 square km, contained 8,400 structures and was ho
  • Aduana

    The old mining town of Aduana is worth a visit. Once home to 20,000, Adiana now houses about 400 full-time residents. A few kilometers away from Alamos, Aduana features a church dating from 1630: the church houses a “miracle cactus,” growing from one of the walls, which

  • Chinkultic
    The ruined Mayan city of Chinkultic is strategically placed within the 6000 hectares of pine forest that make up the Lagos de Montebello National Park. Although the ruins themselves aren't as impressive as those at other nearby Mayan sites in Chiapas or Guatemala, visitors who make the effort to hik
  • Tenam Puente
    The Mayan archaeological site of Tenam Puente dates back to 600 AD. Its name means fortress and although only a minor part has been excavated, with a little imagination you can still see that this was once a well-guarded frontier city. The site itself is small but offers great views of Comitán from
  • The Observatory or El Caracol
    El Caracol is a large platform surmounted by a round tower, remarkably similar to today's observatories. It received its nickname because the building's interior resembles the chambered shell of a snail. First built around 800 AD, and added to substantially over the years, the Observatory is tall en
  • Temple of the Thousand Columns
    In contrast to the typical small rooms formed by the Mayan arch, the Temple of the Thousand Columns was a vast, covered space. Whether a market or meeting hall, the quadrangle would have been a teeming intersection of life at Chichén Itzá, the gathering place of priests, warriors, merchants and go
  • Chichén Itzá Ruins
    Chichén Itzá fascinates historians and archeologists as a city with a long, complicated development, displaying in its construction elements of both Mayan and Toltec styles. This fusion has led to competing theories of origin and growth but one fact remains paramount: Chichén Itzá was long a cos
  • Palacio Quemado
    The Palacio Quemado, or Burned Palace, lies on the western side of the pyramid. It was destroyed by, that's right, fire, towards the end of the city's heyday. Despite it's name, it probably wasn't actually used as a palace in a residential sense. The three rooms are more likely to have been used for
  • El Castillo
    The Temple of Kukulkan, nicknamed El Castillo or “The Castle,” is instantly recognized around the world and has become the unofficial image of the Yucatan and Mayan Mexico. Dedicated to the supreme deity at Chichén Itzá, Kukulkan, or the feathered serpent, was also known to the Aztecs as
  • Ball Court
    The Chichén Itzá ball court, at 6.5 meters long by 30 meters wide, is the largest of more than 1,300 Mesoamerican ball courts, where a ritualized game of ballgame was played. The bloody practice of beheading the winner (or the loser) is displayed here on carved medallions.
  • Temple of the Warriors
    With individualistic portraits of warriors carved on its 200 columns, this temple represents the peak of Mayan-Toltec style. At the top of the staircase is found Chichén Itzá's iconic image, the reclining statue of Chac Mool, staring out, and ready to receive a sacrifice on his flat belly.
  • Sacred Cenote
    Chichén Itzá was named the â??mouth of the well of the Itzaes,â? after the Sacred Cenote. It was the home of the rain god Chac and an entrance into the underworld. The sinkhole is 60 meters across and 37 meters from rim to bottom, and contained over 4,000 ritual offerings, including jade, ambe
  • Tzompantli (Wall of Skulls), Temple of the Jaguars, Platform of the Eagles, Temple of Venus
    In the Great Plaza are found four unique structures, each with its own purpose: The Temple of Venus was likely the podium for rites, ceremonies or dances. Tribute was paid to fierce warriors in the Temple of the Jaguars and Platform of the Eagles. Freshly decapitated human heads were displayed on th
  • Plaza Loreto
    Walk east down Republica Venezuela after visiting the Museo de la Medicina, and you' ll be greeted with a bizarre sight. On the right hand side, opposite the enormous Mercado Presidente Abelardo Rodriguez, the Templo de Loreto (in all its gold-domed glory) is half tilted into the ground. Turn right
  • Zoológico Miguel Alvarez del Toro
    On the way to or from the Cañon del Sumidero, stop at the Zoológico Miguel Alvarez del Toro, otherwise known as ZOOMAT. Located on the Cerro Hueco hill on the southeastern edge of the city, ZOOMAT intrigues visitors big and small with their impressive collection of felines, birds and reptiles amon
  • The Dams of Huayapan
    When the kids have had enough of museums and churches, hail a cab and head to Las Presas de Huayapan. These dams were built in the foothills of the city to provide a quick get-away for city folk. Locals flock to the fondas on either shore to enjoy a leisurely lunch of fresh fish or other regional
  • Massage and Spa Treatment
    After a day of walking the streets or taking an excursion, a massage is the perfect answer for tired bones or some might consider an energizing massage in the morning instead. Whether you choose a hotel spa or a smaller venue, such as Schaá at Patio de Luz in the Historic District, you'll find trai
  • cooking school overview
    Take the taste of Oaxaca back home by enrolling in one of the city's renowned cooking schools. It may be difficult to get more than an appreciation for the term “complexity,” in the four-to-six-hour classes. However, the classes do offer value for the buck, leaving even food critics and c
  • Galería de periodistas ilustres de Oaxaca
    The portrait gallery of notable Oaxaca journalists decorates the two small reading rooms of Hemeroteca Pública de Oaxaca "Néstor Sánchez H," which is immediately next to the Botanical Garden. Local and national newspapers and magazines are available for free reading - visitors just have to
  • Las Grutas del Rancho Nuevo
    Skip the Comedy Club and head to the Rancho Nuevo Cave for laughs. The serious spelunker could undoubtedly find rhyme or reason to all the mysterious shapes in this dark and winding cave. For the average tourist, however, the site provides no geological or historical information. Yet it is worth mak
  • Monument to the Niños Héroes
    Legend has it that during the Battle of Chapultepec in 1847 six teenage Mexican military cadets chose to kill themselves rather than surrender to the American army. A monument sits at the entrance of Chapultepec Park honoring their braveness and fidelity to Mexico. In 1947 President Harry Truman was
  • Casa Crespo Cooking Classes
    Food lovers and cooking enthusiasts of all experience levels will enjoy this opportunity to learn how to bring the culture of Oaxaca home. Located conveniently in the Centro Historico, classes are every day at 10:00 am and include coffee and pastries before a trip to the local market to learn about
  • Centro Cultural Ex Teresa Arte
    The former temple (and convent, military prison, university, and newspaper printer to name a few) of Santa Teresa la Antigua is now known as the Centro Cultural ex Teresa Arte. It belongs to a non-profit organization, sponsored by the National Institute of Fine Arts, who aim to display “non-con
  • Colegio de San Ildefonso
    The Colegio de San Ildefonso comprises three floors surrounding a check-tiled, leafy courtyard, whose cloisters are a popular spot for snogging couples. The Colegio has been cited as the birthplace of Mexican Muralism. Artists such as Rivera, Orozco, Fermin, Revueltas and Ramón Alvade a la Canal go
  • Convent and Church of San Francisco
    The elaborately decorated baroque Convent and Church of San Francisco are squeezed in amongst Zara and VIPs on one of the city center's busiest shopping streets. Once a 32,490 square meter convent (and the biggest in Latin America), the mushrooming of city center buildings and the Torre Latino Ameri
  • Whale Watching
    Between January and March the waters around the Loreto area are packed with whales of all types. Specific tours head out to sea to seek either jumping grey whales, which breach out of the water, or serene diving blue whales, which signal their presents with a flash of their tail as the head down to
  • Parque Agua Azul
    This lush, large triangle of green space south of downtown has a butterfly house in a geodesic dome, an amphitheater, cafeteria, lake, aviary, orchid house, mini "Parthenon" and more. With paved paths arranged in semi-concentric circles, the park is a nice place to go with children or on your own
  • Parque Centenario (Centennial Park)
    If the kids are tired of looking at Mayan ruins and the Zócalo's souvenir shops, take a bus or taxi to Centennial Park located 12 blocks west of the Main Square. Entrance is free to this shady retreat, which is filled with Mexican families, especially on Sundays. Children will find much to amuse th
  • Jardin Etnobotanico de Oaxaca
    The botanical garden in Oaxaca is not only for plant lovers. It is also a great place to learn about culture and traditional medicine as well. The garden is an impressive collection of 9,500 cacti and other plants that are native to Oaxaca, covering 450 species. Located in the Santo Domingo temp
  • Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots
    For those with a bit more time on their hands, this local charity offers a unique opportunity to become directly involved in the local community. Whether you're willing to teach English to adolescents, help tots glue sequins onto cardboard or lead a rousing chorus of 'Old MacDonald' on the guitar, v
  • Parque Nacional Lagos de Montebello
    The lakes of Montebello make up one of Mexico's most scenic national parks, with more than 50 lakes scattered like jewels along its southern border. There are miles of hiking tracks through the thickly forested land that surrounds the lakes, making this a great option for nature lovers with an energ
  • Shopping
    Unlike Ixtapa, downtown Zhiuatanejo is filled with shops that sell anything and everything the tourist might want as well as the forgotten necessities. Clothing, jewelry, shoes, beach supplies, curios and tacky souvenirs abound. The best part is that because it is such a small area everything is wit
  • Puerto Escondido Shopping
    The best shopping areas are on the Adoquín and at Playa Zicatela on Calle Del Morro. There are also a few shops at Puerto Angelito. There are surf shops, clothing shops, and all kinds of places to buy beachwear. There are also plenty of little touristy shops that sell souvenirs. Be sure to chec
  • Water Activities
    Water activities are plentiful in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa. The most popular places for snorkeling are Playa Las Gatas and Isla Ixtapa. Many places along the beach rent snorkel gear for about $6 per day. Arrive early for snorkeling as swimmers and boats tend to disturb the water later in the day. Ther
  • Horseback Riding and Birdwatching
    The best way to get in touch with nature in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa is to go through the tour operators. They offer tours that include horseback riding and birdwatching as well as many others and they know the best places to visit. The area has plenty of lagoons where many different species of birds
  • Magic World
    When the kids are tired of the beach or the hotel doesn't have a pool, this aquatic amusement park is there for a great day of family fun. Located near Ixtapa's Playa Palomar and between the golf courses, it includes waterslides, tube rides, toboggans and other things to enjoy. Cool off on a hot day
  • Tennis and Golf
    Ixtapa is the place to go for tennis and golf. There are two main golf courses in the resort area, Marina Ixtapa Golf Club, and Ixtapa Club de Golf Palma Real. Not only do they each have a full 18 holes, they also sport tennis courts and swimming pools. This can be a fun day for the entire family, e
  • Big Game Sport Fishing
    Fishing is a very popular activity in Zihuatanejo as well as one of the biggest industries. There are many sport fishing charters such as Whisky Water World that take people out. They have access to boats, captains and they know where the best areas are. The tag and release method is encouraged. The
  • El Chiflón
    El Chiflón is a series of waterfalls that are a 30 minute drive from Comitán. The falls are one of Chiapas' biggest sources of pride, and are certainly impressive, although be sure you bring a change of clothes, as the spray is also out to get your attention. You can swim in the pool at the bottom
  • Laguna Manialtepec
    A nature lover's paradise is just a short drive away (10 miles west along Highway 200) from Puerto Escondido proper. Laguna Manialtepec, which translates into 'place of lizards' in Náhuatl, is just under 4 miles (6 km) long and is connected to a river of the same name. Rising waters during the ra
  • Fishing in Puerto Escondido
    Puerto Escondido was once a small fishing village and ties to the ocean remain strong in the area. While in town, you can learn how expert fishermen supply the numerous seafood restaurants and get the chance to catch a tuna or marlin of your very own. You can hire boats at Playa Principal, next to t
  • The Zócalo
    The Zócalo is a large plaza near the main cathedral in Puerto Escondido. The plaza is the place to go if you want to check out local happenings or people-watch. During festive seasons, the Zócalo is often full of colorful decorations. At night there is often music and festive scenes. Sometimes
  • Turtle, Whale, and Dolphin Spotting in Puerto Escondido
    Whether you're an animal or ocean lover or just enjoy the thought of getting out on the water on a beautiful day, Puerto Escondido offers a variety of marine animal tours. Visitors can hire a boat and guide to take them to some of the best places to watch dolphins and whales leaping out of the wate
  • Snorkeling & Diving
    In the calmer bays snorkeling is offered. Many of the resorts in the area rent out gear for snorkeling. You can also find places along the main beaches to rent. If you would like to do some more intense viewing of sea creatures, you can take diving classes. There are many agencies along the beach th
  • Cerro de la Bufa
    This site offers an impressive wide view over the pretty town of Zacatecas and its desert surroundings and is a great spot to watch the sun go down. There is also a museum about the 1914 revolutionary battle here (entry 15 Pesos), several statues of revolutionary victors, a mausoleum and an observat
  • Palacio de Bellas Artes
    This must be one of the most attractive buildings in the whole of Mexico with its white marble façade and orange and yellow tiled roof. It is home to a large collection of art as well as concert halls for both local and visiting performers. Viewing the outside and the ground floor inside is free,
  • Tequila tour
    This is a must-do for any visitor to this area as it offers the chance to see the origin of one of Mexico's finest exports, Tequila. Two hours away from Guadalajara, this small town is surrounded by picturesque rolling volcanic hills and large fields of blue Agave, the plant used to make tequila. In
  • Surfing & Boogie Boarding
    Surfing enthusiasts flock to Puerto Escondido to try their luck on the â??Mexican Pipelineâ? on Playa Zicatela. There surfing contests held all year long at this beach. The two biggest contests are the International Surfboard Competition in August and the International Surfing Tournament in Nove
  • Cenote Snorkeling
    Snorkeling is a relaxing activity, adapted for all ages, whether you dive or not. It's great family fun and the best way to discover unbelievable cenotes! All you need to know is how to swim! We provide the flippers, masks and snorkels and then take off for a tour in the jungle! We pro
  • Pueblo Fantasmo
    Head past the tourist agency from the Plaza Hidalgo and the road will take you directly on a 40 minute uphill stroll from town where you will find an old mining town abandoned around 300 years ago. More of a ruin than a ghost town, most of the stone buildings have crumbled to leave just outer walls