Things to do in Mexico

Ik Kil Cenote in Mexico

A holiday in Mexico may typically bring up images of sprawling beaches and luxury resorts, but that’s only the beginning of what a Mexico holiday can offer. Away from the shimmering coastline and Mexico’s unique landscape goes from thick jungles to ancient ruins, underground cenotes and sprawling cities. So when you grow bored of that margarita by the pool, be sure to take a break from your resort with one of these fun things to do in Mexico.

Explore Ancient ruins

It goes without saying that a visit to Mexico would not be complete without exploring the many ancient ruins the country is famed for. As well as Chichen Itza – one of the seven new world wonders – you can also take in Teotihuacan, the UNESCO-world heritage site of Campeche and Tulum. It may not feel like it when you’re hauling yourself up at 4am, but it really is worth booking an early morning tour of Chichen Itza. Arrive early at 8am and you’ll not only avoid the midday sun but you’ll more than likely have the entire site to yourselves for half an hour.

Swim in a cenote

Formed as a result of limestone bedrock collapsing and exposing the groundwater underneath, there are 7,000 cenotes located across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. A visit to a cenote is often included on a day tour to the Mayan ruins. Be sure to bring your swimsuit as the cenotes make for a refreshing swim after hiking the ruins, and also your camera; these spots are amongst some of the most scenic swimming holes in the world.

Dive off Cozumel

A jewel in the Caribbean Sea, Cozumel was a sleepy fishing community until 1961, when explorer Jacques Cousteau declared it one of the most beautiful scuba diving areas he had ever seen. Today, it is one of the most popular diving destinations in the world, home to a year-round sunny climate, golden sandy beaches and spectacular coral reefs. If you prefer staying on dry land, there are plenty of boat tours to choose from too.

Drive a golf buggy around Isla Mujeres

Around 13 kilometres off the coast of Cancun, Isla Mujeres is best experienced by golf buggy. You can hire these all over the island, and drive yourself around the many sites the island has to offer. From a sea turtle sanctuary to the remains of a Mayan temple and a mesmerising beach, there is so much to see here. When you want to stretch your legs you can park the buggy to wander around the local shops and markets, before stopping at a tiny restaurant overlooking the ocean.

Try the local food

If you’re a fan of Mexican food (who isn’t?), you’re in for a big treat on your holiday. Crunchy nachos with guacamole, sizzling chicken and beef fajitas, fresh seafood, crispy tacos oozing with sour cream and guacamole, are just some of the dishes to look forward to. If you just try one dish, make it a fish tostada served with a margarita.

Swim with whale sharks

Don’t let the name scare you, while these huge fish are technically sharks, whale sharks have a tame diet of plankton and fish eggs, making them more than safe to swim next to. As they tend to only like warm waters, Mexico is one of the few places in the world where you can swim with these giant creatures. The sharks arrive to feed and mate from July to September, with August being the peak month to see them. Growing to lengths of more than 12 metres, they are seriously impressive up close. One of the best places to swim with them is in the crystal waters of Isla Holbox.

Talk to one of our Experts today about adding these experiences to your Mexico holiday.