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MexicoMexico and Central America

Explore this vast nation “south of the border” with lovely beaches, fascinating history and many cultural attractions.

Mexico has a rich cultural past and extraordinary natural beauty. Visit the capital, Mexico City, one of the world’s 15 largest metropolitan regions. In the grand National Palace, learn about Mexico’s history from Aztec origins through independence from Spanish conquerors to modern sophistication.

Watch the spectacular Ballet Folklórico de Mexico with colorful traditional costumes. Admire the ornate interior of the Palacio de Bellas Artes during the performance and its majestic domed exterior brightly lit after dark.

Nearby to Mexico City, see the large Pyramids of the Sun and Moon at Teotihuacan, built long before Europeans reached North America. Seek out the other fascinating Mesoamerican pyramids in more than a dozen spots across the nation, including Puebla’s Great Pyramid of Cholula.

The Yucatán Peninsula offers a pleasant mix of historical appreciation and beach fun. Relax completely at Cancún, Cozumel or Playa del Carmen, popular beach getaways in Mexico’s Riviera Maya on the Caribbean Sea. Explore stone structures of ancient Mayan cities at Chichen Itza and the Tulum Ruins. Dive to Kantun-Chi’s natural caverns and Cancún Marine Park’s underwater man-made sculptures.

Find more sandy shores along Mexico’s Pacific Ocean coastline. Huatulco features dozens of beaches and snorkeling above coral reefs. Moving north, visit Acapulco, where La Quebrada’s divers make long leaps into the sea. Puerto Vallarta has beaches and an oceanfront boardwalk leading to restaurants, shops and Old Vallarta. Visit Cabo San Lucas at Baja California Sur’s southern tip for beaches, interesting coastal rock formations and lively nightlife.

Inland attractions include the UNESCO World Heritage site of Oaxaca, a Spanish colonial town, and nearby archaeological site of Monte Albán. In Morelia, marvel at the old pink Aqueduct, extending more than 1 mile (1.8 kilometers) through the modern city.

Across Mexico, enjoy overall warm weather, friendly people, hand-made crafts and delicious cuisine. Purchase silver jewelry and colorful pottery. Dine on gorditas, tostadas, enchiladas and mole, authentic food far tastier than most Mexican restaurants north of the border. Visit this welcoming nation, a close neighbor and good friend of the United States.

Popular cities in Mexico

Mexico City featuring a city, a park and modern architecture
Mexico City
Known for Historical Buildings, Museums and Cathedrals


Reasons to visit

  • Alameda Central
    Alameda Central
  • Zocalo
  • Palacio de Bellas Artes
    Palacio de Bellas Artes
Palacio de Gobierno showing heritage architecture, a city and a square or plaza
Known for Shopping, Cathedrals and Museums


Reasons to visit

  • Plaza de Armas
    Plaza de Armas
  • Guadalajara Cathedral
    Guadalajara Cathedral
  • Degollado Theater
    Degollado Theater
Cancun showing a sandy beach, general coastal views and landscape views
Known for Dining, Beaches and Sea


Reasons to visit

  • Cancun Interactive Aquarium
    Cancun Interactive Aquarium
  • Delfines Beach
    Delfines Beach
  • Aquaworld
Malecon featuring street scenes, markets and a coastal town
Puerto Vallarta
Known for Beaches, Sea and Relaxing


Reasons to visit

  • Malecon
  • Marietas Islands
    Marietas Islands
  • Bay of Banderas
    Bay of Banderas
Canon de la Huasteca featuring touring
Known for Shopping, Business and Museums


Reasons to visit

  • Fundidora Park
    Fundidora Park
  • Cascada Cola de Caballo
    Cascada Cola de Caballo
  • Fuente de la Vida o Neptuno
    Fuente de la Vida o Neptuno
Montejo House featuring a garden
Known for Historical Buildings, Ruins and Museums


Reasons to visit

  • Paseo de Montejo
    Paseo de Montejo
  • Mérida Cathedral
    Mérida Cathedral
  • Plaza Grande
    Plaza Grande

Popular things to do in Mexico

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This is the heart of Mexico City with wide-ranging architecture, cultural events and a lively arts scene.

Chapultepec Park
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Chapultepec Park

Visit Chapultepec Castle, explore the National Museum or take the kids to the amusement center and children’s museum in this sprawling city park.

Palacio de Bellas Artes
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Palacio de Bellas Artes

Mexico City’s historic arts center showcases art nouveau architecture, murals, and performances of ballet, opera and classical music.

Xcaret Eco Theme Park
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Xcaret Eco Theme Park

Commune with nature, explore ancient ruins and learn about Mayan culture at this popular theme park, home to a natural underground river.

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Explore Mayan ruins, dive in natural sinkholes and relax on picturesque beaches in this enchanting Riviera Maya town.

Hierve el Agua
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Hierve el Agua

Head to Mitla and Mitla Archaeological Site—just two of the sights around Hierve el Agua.