Mexico is an underrated tourist treasure, and mostly goes unnoticed by most travelers who’d rather travel to the United States or to Central America, and that’s where they make their big mistake! Mexico is a cultural hub filled with Spanish colonial architecture, beautiful beaches, fun-filled festivals and lots of guacamole! Who wouldn’t want to have such an exciting vacation? Contrary to popular belief, Mexico is actually a pretty developed place, with a lot of hotels for tourists, and as for transportation, there are plenty of car rentals in Mexico you can choose from.
Here are the top 10 things that make Mexico a unique experience you simply cannot miss out on:
1. Frida Kahlo Museum
This museum, also known as the Blue House, is the former house of artist Frida Kahlo, where she grew up and lived, and died eventually. She also shared this house with her husband, Diego Rivera, who was another famous Mexican artist during that time. A lot of work done by the artist couple is featured in this house and it is definitely one of the top places to visit in Mexico, and if you are in the area, do set some time apart to visit this museum.
If you love to dance and are in the mood for something groovy, then head to Mexico in July, where the Guelaguetza festival is celebrated on the first two Mondays in the month of July. Whoever thought Mondays were boring and dull, clearly hasn’t been to Mexico! The auditorium seats around 11,000 people and the tickets sell out fast, so book yours now if you don’t want to miss this festival filled with special performances from dancers from all around the world. They are dressed in spectacular costumes and perform to some foot-tapping tunes.
3. Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna Cuatrociénegas
In a place full of deserts, like Mexico, it’s a pleasant delight to find such a nature reserve like this one. This 843 sq km area is full of ponds and water bodies and offers amazing biological diversity. It provides a wholesome environment for over 70 species of animals, including many species of fish and turtles. In itself as well, the area is a nice place to go for a trek. Make sure you have a vehicle with you, as getting around without a car might get a little tricky due to the lack of signposts.
4. Museo Soumaya
In one of the more high-end neighborhoods in Mexico, around the Polanco area, you will find this modern museum that immediately grabs the attention of any passerby. This modern museum holds the artworks of many centuries within its walls, with paintings from masters like Rodin and Salvadore Dali. The entry to this museum is always free, thanks to the generosity of Mexican multi-billionaire, Carlos Slim.
5. Metropolitan Cathedral and the El Zocalo
In case you’re not looking for anything specific to do and just want to wander around, you will love a visit to the central square of Mexico, known as Zocalo and the Metropolitan Cathedral situated next to it. The area has a lot of buildings showcasing beautiful architecture, which serves as a nice contrast to the ruins that are located around the Zocalo. Here you can also find a lot of cafes where you can grab a bite or have a nice cold mug of beer to cool off.
6. Chapultepec Park
Many people know of the Central Park in NYC, but have you heard of this park in Mexico, which is twice the size of Central Park! If you’re looking to get some peace away from the city life, this park should definitely be on your list. Packed with a lot of lush greenery and beautiful ponds and lakes, this place is as tranquil and peaceful as it can get. Bring your family here for a fun-filled afternoon they won’t forget.
7. Copper Canyon
Mexico’s very own version of the Grand Canyon is situated in Chihuahua, one of Mexico’s northern states. Located in a region called the Sierra Madre Occidental, the area houses a large group of deep canyons and gets its name from the distinct green color on the inside of the canyons. These canyons were formed by the six rivers that converged in the Rio Fuerte on their way to drain into the Gulf of California. If you’re interested in nature and natural wonders, don’t miss out on this gem of a place.
8. Torre Latinoamericana
This is one of the tallest and most important landmarks in Mexico City. What was once the tallest building in Mexico city until 1984 still stands tall as one of the biggest landmarks of the downtown Mexico. You must visit the top of the almost 600-foot tower and get a view of the amazing metropolis of Mexico and it’s famous gridlock structure.
No article on Mexico can be complete without mentioning a visit to these ancient but beautiful ruins of Teotihuacan. If you’ve ever wanted to see the Egyptian pyramids, but couldn’t, this is your chance to make up for it. You can either take a tour or book a place to stay within the premises itself, which isn’t too expensive, and if you have a bigger budget, you can take a hot air balloon ride and view the pyramids from the top.
When it comes to food, there’s no restaurant more iconic in Mexico City than Sanborns, which has its branches all over the country. Stepping through the doors of this restaurant immediately gives you a strong feeling of Mexican culture and you can’t go wrong with almost any dish on the menu. If you’re not that hungry, you can just stop by for some coffee and desserts, which are still delicious.
Already thinking about planning your next exotic getaway in Mexico!… Get packing!