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Chichen Itza

Things to do in Mexico

Mexico is Central America’s giant, where activities and experiences are as varied as the country’s diverse landscapes and heritage. The Mayan site of Chichen Itza is a highlight, its ancient ballcourt, imposing pyramids and impressive sinkhole - where many treasures have been discovered - offering an insight into Mexico’s enigmatic ancient civilisations.

For more contemporary culture, explore Mexico City on an art tour or sail the canals of Xochimilco in a colourful gondola-like tajinera boat. Colonial history is revealed in San Cristóbal de las Casas, which is best seen on a walking tour, while in the Sea of Cortez you can spot blue and fin whales who come to the area to calve.

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Ideas for experiencing Mexico

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Mexico, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • El Castillo, Chichen Itza ruins

    Chichén Itzá Excursion

    Chichén Itzá

    The famous Mayan pyramids of Chichén Itzá are over 1500 years old. The name Chichén Itzá is a Mayan word: CHI (mouth) CHEN (well) and ITZA (of the witch water). Some say this is because people were often thrown into the nearby cenote as sacrifices, and those who survived were believed to be seers.

  • Xochimilco, Mexico City

    Cooking Class & Xochimilco Floating Gardens

    Mexico City & Around

    Spend the morning tasting and preparing the meal to enjoy it afterwards on a colourfully painted traditional trajinera boat in the canals of Xochimilco with Mariachi entertainment.

  • Diego Rivera Murals of the National Palace, Zocalo, Mexico City

    Mexico City Art Tour

    Mexico City & Around

    Murals depicting Mexico's history make up the cornerstone of Mexican art. Explore this artistic cultural side to Mexico City: with visits to the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo in the San Angel area east of Chaputepec and then Museo Frida Kahlo the 'Blue House' in Coyoacan.

  • Whale Watching, Baja California, Mexico

    Whale watching excursion to Magdalena Bay

    Loreto

    Baja is well known as a great place to whale watch. The Gray whale spends summers in the waters off of Alaska, and then heads 6,000 miles (almost 10,000 km) south to the warmer lagoons of Baja in January, February and March.

  • Todos Santos,Mexico

    Todos Santos City Tour

    Todos Santos

    Today Todos Santos is a quiet subtropical oasis close to the ocean and maybe because of this it attracted a substantial number of both Mexican and foreign artists offering their work to the visiting tourists.

  • Fin Whales

    Half Day Whale watching in the Sea of Cortez

    Loreto

    Today you will head out of Loreto by small motor-boat to spend approximately 4 hours looking for whales in the Sea of Cortez. The area is known to be a spot for blue and fin whales, which will be in the area to calve.

  • Queretaro, Mexico

    Queretaro City Tour

    Queretaro

    Queretero is one of the country's most charming colonial towns, no doubt a real showcase of baroque architecture in Mexico.

  • National Geographic Sea Lion/Sea Bird, La Paz

    National Geographic Sea Bird

    Lindblad Expeditions' National Geographic Sea Bird can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to its small size.

  • Safari Endeavour, Baja California

    Safari Endeavour

    La Paz

    This 86-guest yacht-style boat with 43 cabins offers clients casual elegance with a good selection of upscale amenities.

  • Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

    Excursion to the Sian Ka'an biosphere

    The Mayan Riviera

    The Sian Ka'an biosphere stretches for 4,500sq km along the coast of Quintana Roo and is made up of savannah, mangroves, tropical forest and beautiful barrier reef skirting one edge.

  • Whale-shark, Baja

    Whale shark excursion

    La Paz

    You now have the privilege of marvelling at and swimming with the world's largest fish in its natural habitat.

  • Mayan watch tower, Tulum

    Tulum Excursion

    The Mayan Riviera

    The archaeological site of Tulum is spectacularly situated on a cliff top, majestically overlooking a palm-fringed beach and the turquoise Caribbean sea.

  • Teotihuacan, Mexico

    Tula & Tepotzotlan Tour

    Mexico City & Around

    Tula is a town in the southwestern part of the state of Hidalgo and nearby are the remains of the ancient capital city of the Toltecs. Usually identified as the Toltec capital around 980 CE, the city was destroyed at some time between 1168 or 1179.

  • Loreto,Mexico

    Loreto City Tour

    Loreto

    Today you will explore the small historic centre of Loreto with your guide. You will walk along the oceanfront boulevard, then walking through to the city hall, where Loreto's history will be explained.

  • Cathedral de San Cristobal, San Cristobal de las Casas

    San Cristóbal Walking Tour

    San Cristóbal de las Casas

    San Cristóbal de las Casas has a well established colonial centre with wonderful examples of 16th century architecture which your guide will help you to explore on foot.

  • Merida, Merida

    Merida City Tour

    Merida & Around

    The "White City" title that Merida has derives from the stately homes and mansions that adorn the sides of Paseo Montejo, about 10 blocks north of the centre, standing opulently in gleaming white stone.

  • Isla Espiritu Santo, situated off La Paz, Baja California

    Isla Espiritu Santo Tour

    La Paz

    The island of Espíritu Santo is the closest island to the bay of La Paz and possesses the most stunning views of all the islands in the Sea of Cortez.

  • Montebello Lakes

    Montebello Lakes & Hacienda Santa Maria

    San Cristóbal de las Casas

    A two and a half hour drive south from San Cristobal is the Montebello Lakes area. The area is a beautiful combination of lush green pine forests and deeply coloured green and blue lakes that have formed over time in the karst scenery that dominates the area.

  • Whale watching, Cradle of the Grey Whale, Baja California

    Private Whale watching Excursion to Magdalena Bay

    La Paz

    Baja is well known as a great place to whale watch. The Gray whale spends summers in the waters off of Alaska, and then heads 6,000 miles (almost 10,000 km) south to the warmer lagoons of Baja in January, February and March.

  • Cenote, Yucatan Peninsula

    Cenotes de Abala Snorkelling

    Merida & Around

    The Yucatán Peninsula has over 3000 "cenotes", or water sinkholes, formed by the Yucatán's underground fresh water rivers. Caverns and caves formed where the underground water collects, creating these beautiful turquoise coloured pools either completely underground or partly open.

  • Monte Alban, Oaxaca

    Tour to Monte Albán

    Oaxaca

    Visit the massive temples of the Zapotecan archaeological site of Monte Albán which are perched on a hilltop with stunning views over the valley below.

  • Cathedral in La Paz, Bolivia

    La Paz City Tour

    La Paz

    Your guide will take you on a stroll along the bustling bay of La Paz and the malecon where he will talk you through the history of the city.

  • Humpback whale breaching, Baja

    Humpback whale watching tour

    Todos Santos

    You will depart the port at Cabo San Lucas by small motor boat and spend 2 -3 hours out at sea looking for these magnificent creatures.