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Ride over Teotihuacán on a hot-air balloon
Get a birds-eye view of the ancient city of Teotihuacán. Don’t forget to capture the surreal sight of the sun rising over the Mayan ruins.
Take a dip in a cenote
Grab your swimsuit for a dip into the serene azure waters of a Cenote (Se-noh-tay) - nature's very own swimming pool. A must-do when touring Mexico.
Visit the birthplace of Tequila & Mezcal
A Mexico trip is incomplete without a taste of some authentic Tequila & Mezcal. And what better place to savour it than inside a distillery in their birthplaces!
Swim with Whale Sharks
Need we say more? Hit the coast at Cancun for a friendly ocean jam with the world’s largest fish. It’s an experience you won’t forget.
Tour Chichen Itza with a local
Visiting a time-worn Mayan town? Yep! Get the inside scoop about the history of Chichen Itza & visit the ancient pyramid (Yes, there are a few in Mexico too!)
Zipline through the Mexican jungle
Buckle up for an adventure over the lush green Mexican jungle at Puerto Vallarta. This also happens to be the largest zipline system in the entire country!
Highlights of our Mexico tours
From epic mountains to buzzing Monterrey nightlife, white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, our Mexico tours have a lot to offer. It’s hard to pack everything into one trip, so here are our top recommendations.
Welcome to Mexico City’s most-visited attraction, tucked inside the extraordinary Plaza Carso. Be prepared to get fascinated by the well over 60,000 works of international art.
Another must-visit art museum is Dolores Olmedo’s home in Xochimilco. From oil paintings, to sculpture and even crockery – you know where to go in Mexico City for an authentic flavour of the country’s creativity.
National Museum of Anthropology
Even among the surplus of tourist attractions in Mexico City, this museum stands out. It is dedicated to Mexico’s pre-Columbian Mayan and Aztec heritage, with exhibits that tell the full story of these highly civilised ancient cultures.
A museum four metres under the sea off the glistening Cancun coast? That’s right. You’ll find 500 sculptures that are slowly evolving into a beautiful artificial reef. Slightly eerie, but unbelievably beautiful.
With such a colourful and culturally dynamic history, Mexico is chock full of heritage centres and museums. We think these are the best of a great bunch.
Day of the Dead
The legendary Día de Muertos celebration is a spectacularly colourful festival (that’s consistently voted the best festival in the world). Fiestas are held countrywide, but if you want a memorable night out in Mexico City, the capital’s Day of the Dead celebration is the Big Kahuna.
Want a month-long roster of celebrations featuring world-class rock outfits, art exhibitions, food alongside much, much more? Head west to the Jalisco region for the most noted of the festivals in Guadalajara.
Named after the whimsical 17th-century Spanish author, this October event is held in the hip colonial city of Guanajuato. Dance, theatre, literature and visual art expos, Mexican traditional outfits - now that’s a proper fiesta.
16th September sees the entire country down tools amid ceremonial celebrations to mark Independence Day. It’s a cacophony of traditional Mexican food, music and fireworks to celebrate the beginnings of Mexico as we know it today.
Boy, do these guys know how to celebrate. Dozens of religious and public holidays offer plenty of fiesta opportunities, and there’s a healthy contemporary arts scene too. We hope you’re ready to party… better pack that Alka Seltzer.
You’ve heard of tacos. But what about ‘Arab tacos’? That’s what you get at the food markets of Mexico. Flour tortillas stuffed with spiced rotisserie meat, like a kebab, and zinged up with lime juice and salsa. Delicious.
Best eaten at Las Ranas, 2 Poniente # 102, Puebla
Strips, not chips. Chilaquiles are similar to nachos, and are made with strips of corn tortilla. Meats add even more flavour to the delicious salsa, cheese, and sour cream combo. A proper favourite food in Mexico.
Best eaten at Eno, Francisco Petrarca 258, Esq. Horacio | Polanco, Mexico City
This traditional Mexican stew made from hominy corn is prepared in a variety of ways. Meat (mostly chicken) is the usual ingredient but meat-free versions are widely available for the veggie-lovers in town.
Best eaten at El Pozole de Moctezuma, Moctezuma 12-E, Colonia Guerrero, Mexico City
The essential in Mexico street food, or just Mexican cuisine in general. This is corn on the cob like you’ve never had it before. It’s the perfect snack during your Mexico travel mission.
Best eaten at You’ll find stalls and vendors all over Mexico – this is food on the go.
No better way to satisfy your sweet tooth than a few of these delectable fried dough treats. Eat on their own as a dessert with melted chocolate, or dip one in your morning coffee for a satisfying pick-me-up. It’s not a want, it’s a need!
Best eaten at El Moro, Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas 42, Mexico City
Food in Mexico
Mexico food is celebrated across the globe, but there’s nothing better than eating the real deal. Coming up with a list of the top five dishes to sample while enjoying your Mexico travel is a tricky call. But we’ve done it, along with a few of our favourite restaurants in Mexico.
Great well-rounded trip to be able to experience what Mexico has to offer from the West Coast to the East Coast of the country! As always, the true value of a Contiki trip is meeting all our wonderful travel companions from around the world!
Mexico is brimming with the fiery fiesta almost all throughout the year. But between December and April is the perfect time to visit Mexico. You can skip the sweltering heat and the torrential rain. Who doesn’t love bright blue clear skies after all?
How many days do I need for Mexico?
Ideally, between 7-15 days is perfect to explore the ins and outs of Mexico. (That’s exactly how long our Mexico trips are). But really, are any number of days enough? The lingering taste of tacos and tranquil beaches will always leave you hungry for more.
Do I need a visa to travel to Mexico?
This will depend on your citizenship. If you’re a US, UK, Australian, or New Zealand citizen, you’re generally allowed to travel to Mexico without a visa. Don’t forget to check your visa requirements before flying!
What should I pack for a trip to Mexico?
No matter when you’re travelling to Mexico, it’s usually sizzling and sunny. So don’t forget to pack these essentials for your Mexico trip.
A day bag
Do I need cash or can I use my credit card?
It’s best to get both! Your credit card should work perfectly well in all the big cities and tourist hotspots, cash might come in handy when visiting the slightly more rural areas.