The legendary Día de Muertos celebration is a spectacularly colourful festival that has consistently been 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 celebrations is the Big Kahuna.
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Head west to the Jalisco region for the most noted of the festivals in Guadalajara. A vibrant hub of contemporary arts, the city hosts a month-long roster of celebrations that features music from world class rock outfits, art exhibitions, food alongside much, much more.
For more information on the Fiestas de Octubre, click here.
It might not be Cannes, but this top quality event showcases the best in Mexican film. Celebrated for the diversity of themes and subjects, this festival is a great glimpse into modern Mexico and it’s influence on contemporary international arts culture.
For more information on the Morelia International Film Festival, click here.
Dolores Olmedo’s home in Xochimlico in Mexico City was adapted into a museum after her death. An ardent collector of Mexican art – 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.
Even among the surplus of tourist attractions in Mexico City, this museum stands out. It is dedicated to Mexico’s pre-Colombian Mayan and Aztec heritage, with exhibits that tell the full story of these highly civilised ancient cultures.
For more information on the National Museum of Anthropology, click here.
Four metres under the sea off the glistening coast of Cancun is an unusual place to find a mussum, but that’s where you’ll find 500 sculptures that are slowly evolving into a beautiful artificial reef. Grab a mask or your PADI qualification to get really up close and personal to this eerie and beautiful installation.
For more information on the Cancun Underwater Museum, click here.
With the highest visitor attendance of all the attractions in Mexico City, Museo Soumaya is a true sight to behold. The extraordinary building in Plaza Carso looks like a ship’s funnel and houses around well over 60,000 works of international art.
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One of the biggest attractions in Puebla is the food. Try these ‘Arab tacos’, a famous Puebla food. Flour tortillas are stuffed with spiced rotisserie meat, like a kebab, and zinged up with limejuice and salsa. Delicious.
Best eaten at –Las Ranas, 2 Poniente # 102, Puebla
Similar to nachos, chilaquiles are made with strips of corn tortilla, not chips. 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, such as chicken, is the usual ingredient but meat-free versions are widely available, making this tasty dish a great option for veggies.
The essential in Mexico street food, this is corn on the cob like you’ve never had it before. It’s the perfect snack during your Mexico travel 2016 mission.
Best eaten at –You’ll find stalls and vendors all over Mexico – this is food on the go.
There’s 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.
Natural fibre clothing - Synthetics are torture in the heat.
Diarrhoea tablets and rehydration salts - Pack these as a precaution. Mexican tap water can be iffy. Make sure you only drink bottled water and ask whether salads or ice cubes have been prepared using tap water – avoid if the answer is yes.
Camera - Photo opportunities and incredible sites are ten a penny.
Pre-paid currency card - Err on the side of caution. While Mexico is a safe place to visit, minimise the risk of having your cash stolen by not carrying large amounts.
Beachwear - With all of its coastal attractions, you may forget you ever wore jeans.