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Things to do in Mexico

One of the most exciting things to do in Mexico is visit Chichén Itzá, a pre-Columbian city located in the Yucatan. The ruins used to make up one of the largest Mayan cities and have since become a World Heritage Site. The site’s Temple of Kukulkan has 365 steps that each represents a day of the year.

The country’s capital is home to the National Palace, a structure that serves as a government building. The baroque façade is hard to miss. Step inside, and you’ll find courtyards, fountains and even one of Diego Rivera’s murals.

History buffs wondering what to do in Mexico should head to Teotihuacan where the Pyramid of the Sun rests. The pyramid is the third largest in the world. Built by hand, the famed pyramid is one of the world’s greatest mysteries. The structure reaches 200 feet and is built over a cave that is over 100 yards long and features four chambers.

The Guadalajara Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral built in Renaissance style. Originally built in 1568, the cathedral has endured considerable damage over the years and is in a constant state of reconstruction. The cathedral features two large towers which dominate the city’s skyline.

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    Between the international pier and Punta Langosta, this good-looking bar (with a crowd to match) sits right on the waterfront and is named for the ... More
  • Academia Falco

  • Aerotrén

    Connecting the airport’s two terminals, the Aerotrén, which runs on elevated tracks, is the first such train in Latin America. It is speedy and eff... More
  • Ah Cacao Chocolate Café

    Get your fix of Mayan criollo chocolate—bitter and complex, with hints of fruit, smoke, and vanilla, a “food of the gods” that’s exponentially rich... More
  • Alltournative

    Run by a group of Playa del Carmen adventurers dedicated to sustainable tourism, this company works with Mayan communities to preserve their herita... More
  • Alma Libre Bookstore

    Snap up beach reads, bestsellers, classics, tomes on Maya culture, and local guidebooks and maps—the largest selection of (mostly used) English-lan... More
  • Alux Restaurant & Lounge

    Bargoers here, a short taxi ride from Mexico’s Playa del Carmen, descend by candle-lined stairs into a subterranean lounge, trying to recall the li... More
  • Aquanauts Dive Adventures

    Divers shouldn’t miss an excursion to see the first phase of artist Jason de Caires Taylor’s underwater sculptures series, a collection of 400 sunk... More
  • Baja Expeditions

    To get to Espíritu Santo, sign up for a one- to five-day cruise. There are no hotels, but travelers can sleep in the small vessel’s eight tents. More
  • Bazar Unicornio

  • Benito Juárez Market

    The spot to pick up local produce and blocks of Oaxaca’s famous cheese. Adventurous diners shouldn’t miss the food stalls in the meat market sectio... More
  • Blue Parrot Beach Club

    The Blue Parrot dates to 1984, making the club one of Playa del Carmen’s elder statesmen. What started as a casual hotel and bar now includes the 5... More
  • Bodegas Pérez Cruz

  • Carlos Place

    Carlos Place is a lively hotel bar that offers views of the airport runways. It has a full bar and a superb selection of Mexican beer and tequilas,... More
  • Casa de Piedra, Valle de Guadalupe

    Run by esteemed winemaker Hugo D’Acosta, who trained in Bordeaux. More

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