25 Top Tourist Attractions in Mexico

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Monte Alban

The Monte Alban is a Major Babylonian-style Mesoamerican pyramid, located in the Valle de Bravo Municipality in the Mexican State of Jalisco. It is located in a small rural town known as Villa de Cortés, on the outskirts of the city of Guadalajara. This ruins are thought to be 2 500 years old and have guarded the history of this town. The Monte Alban is also known for surviving drug wars in the area.

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende, or "San Miguel de Ablada," is the capital of the municipality of the same name. An old town established in 1573 by colonial Franciscan monks, it is an enchanting place visited by more than a million tourists a year.

The historic center has a narrow, winding street that winds its way down to the valley of the San Francisco River. The main thoroughfare is called Paseo de las Estancias with its 19th century buildings, a flower market, restaurants of the best restaurants in Mexico, in a colorful setting, a pedestrian area with scenes of old Mexico. The Old Market is on the main square of the colonial city, the Plaza Independencia, which lies at the foot of the 24-meter Virgin of the Assumption.

It is considered one of the most beautiful and well-preserved colonial cities in Mexico. In fact, Mexico’s National Institute of the Classical Arts has declared San Miguel de Allende’s historic center a national monument since 1996.

The main attractions of the Baroque colonial town are the numerous churches, the picturesque commercial scenery, and an excellent cuisine. The Plaza Mayor, surrounded by the famous churches of the city, is similar to the Plaza Mayor of Oaxaca, and it is the heart and soul of San Miguel de Allende.

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

Great Pyramid of Cholula

(Puebla)

The Great Pyramid is a huge complex structure and a symbol of Mexico and the century old city of Puebla. The pyramid is about 45 metres high and more than 220,000 square metres in area.

The city of Cholula is the second most important city in Mexico during its pre Hispanic period. They are also weaved in the history of Mexico because of the battle between the troops of Montezuma and Cortez.

The Great Pyramid was created during the 10th century AD. It is made of pink granite and the Plaza Major, which is a large limestone platform, was the location of sacrifice to the gods.

The Pyramid of the Sun is the oldest, located in the centre of the complex. It is dedicated to the sun and the most important god and creator. In it you will find the remains of at least three generations of pyramids.

The Pyramid of the Moon is the smallest and is dedicated to the moon goddess Mixcoatl, who was the sister of the sun deity.

The Palace of the Image of the Moon is located beside the pyramid dedicated to the moon goddess and is completed with stone walls. It is said that the warriors of Chapultepec poured their blood into an underground river and on the walls of the palace appear the ancient symbols of Mexico.

The Temple of Quetzalcoatl was built in the 14th century with the decorations of the 16th century.

El Malecon

El Malecon is the name given to the long, curved seaside esplanade in the center of the city of Havana, Cuba. There are a number of palm trees on this seaside boulevard and it is lined with historical and cultural offerings. There are many museums next to the Malecon, along with five hotels.

It is possible to rent an English-speaking guide on the Malecon and it is very popular to take a romantic stroll along the Malecon with a loved one.

El Malecon was the first road built by Juan de Olozaga, the 16th-century Spaniard who first settled in Cuba, and was used by the crew members of his ships. In the early 1800s, it was widened and paved and became a popular place for the city’s young people and soldiers. During the 1840s, the government gave the responsibility of building the road to Captain Jean Carbonel, a French engineer. Six years later, the Netherlands managed to finish the road. The sea wall, bordered by high walls, was built by the British a few years later. Before independence, the road derived its name from the fact that it was built from the Malecon to the Havana Harbor, known as the Old Havana.

Uxmal

Uxmal is a very popular tourist destination in the Yucatán region for the Mayan ruins found there. The area is located about 50 km from Merida.

It is a very small site. The ruins are comprised of nine square structures that together are known as the Putun or ¡kalab-pakal, dating from roughly the year 600 or the Mayan calendar.

The name may mean “triad of caves,” though it also may be an ancient Nahuatl word for “evil spirits,” and it is believed the name was later Mayanized as Uxmal. The structures are associated with the Kiche kingdom, although it is disputed whether this was a separate political entity or just an administrative location for the Usumacinta region as a whole.

Zipolite

Zipolite is a small village in Nayarit, Mexico, about a half-hour drive outside the city of San Jose del Cabo. This is Mexico’s most famous nudist beach, where it’s “nudity-optional.” People who wish for a little privacy can be found under some strategically-placed beach umbrellas.

In the 1970s, this town gained worldwide attention after a visit by a group of German journalists. One of them, Peter Mayle (the author of `A Year In Provence'), left the scene behind and moved to California, where he wrote the book `Tipping the Velvet.'

In addition to the famous beach, there are places to eat, shops, hotel and boutique. In the area, there is the famous Olas Altas (High Waves). The access on foot from the village is very good.

Museo Nacional de Antropologia

El Tajin

Mexico.

This pre-Columbian city is now an archaeological zone that can be explored on foot, on horseback and in a jeep.

Built on elevations, it was used until it was conquered by the Aztecs in 1519. After that, El Tajin was used to store several Aztec treasures. El Tajin is now an archaeological zone that can be explored on foot, on horseback and in a jeep.

San Ignacio Lagoon

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It is known for being the finest artificial lake in the country, situated in the Yautepec dry forest, in the municipality of Milpa Alta in the Mexican state of Jalisco. It is well known for its mixed species of water birds that come here, reaching their northernmost distributional range.

It was designed and built in 1970 by the Mexican engineer Fernando Barreiro, under the direction of the American landscape architect Lloyd Wright, in order to replace the former San Ignacio Lagoon which had been closed for the construction of a dam.

It is a favorite site for birdwatching thanks to its abundant populations of American Flamingos and Black-necked Stilts, Green Headed Teal, White Pelican, Snowy Egrets, Double-crested Cormorants, Bald Eagles, Northern Flamingos, Greater Flamingos, American Kestrels, American Bitterns, Reared Cormorants, White Ibis, Pied-billed Grebes, Long-billed Dowitchers, Eurasian Coot, Yellow-billed Storks, Ruddy Ducks, Cinnamon Teal, Rostrhamen Rail, Painted Redstarts, Purple Swamphen, White-faced Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Great Egrets, Western (Purple) Herons, Marsh Paint-Bills, Darters, and Ruddy Ducks.

Bonampak Murals

Mexico City – State of Chiapas, Mexico.

The Bonampak murals were painted in caves in the state of Chiapas by the ancient Maya people between 400 BC and 100 AD. Three of the fourteen surviving murals depict a game that the Maya played. One mural depicts a ballgame with people playing the ball in a basket, another depicts the game with a ball in the air between two players, and the third depicts the game with a ball in the air and a player holding the ball.

The murals are housed in Bonampak, a village in the municipality of San Juan Comalapa, Chiapas in southwestern Mexico. The site is accessible from San Juan Comalapa or in the town of Flaviana on the highway between San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque.

The murals are the work of several artists who spent most of their adult lives creating them and were devoted to restoring and keeping them, despite having very little to eat. The artists may have been slaves, though no one knows for sure who they were.

In AD 1200, when the Spanish arrived the murals were covered by dirt and clay. Over the years, many have tried to restore the murals. When the murals resurfaced, they were almost all destroyed.

Isla Mujeres

Let's be clear: Isla Mujeres could not be a more beautiful little island. It is primarily a tourist spot for day trips, swimming and snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing. However, it is also a first or second home for many living in the Gulf of Mexico. It's home to a variety of micro-lagoons, coral reefs, and hidden coves where you can enjoy a little peace and quiet.

Sea turtles like to hang out on the beach in the early morning, around the small islands that dot the place, and head after eating shore crabs and mollusks in the salt net or mangroves.

Rightfully so, it is known as the Turtle Island.

The history of Isla Mujeres is tied to the interaction of humans and nature, which is still present today. The inhabitants of the island have always hunted dolphins and harvested aquatic resources (shellfish and seafood), followed by generations of exuberance and explorers.

Over time, the ecology of the island has evolved in a way that was never intended, and now Isla Mujeres is probably the most recognized beach or island in Mexico, as it is visited by every tourist bus tour from the mainland.

Santa Prisca Church in Taxco

Mexico.

This building stands the test of time, beginning in 1724 and was completed in 1784. The church’s beauty is visible without any exterior ornamentation. Instead, the architectural lines of the outside make up the hacienda’s interior. In 1990, the Santa Prisca became Mexico’s first World Heritage Site. The walls are of stonework and red ceramic tiles, with the roof completed of stone and polychrome tiles.

13-01. Sugar Loaf Mountain Park in Merida, Mexico

Built in the shape of a billowy snow drift, this peak is part of the Sierra Gorda range. Known as La Loma de Agua, it is one of the most magical places in Merida, a beautiful city in the Yucatan Peninsula. The majesty of this natural made miracle is evident in every angle of this majestic mountain. Called a looking glass to the Yucatan.

Cascada San Pedro is a large waterfall in Oaxaca. It has a watershed of 300 hectares and is set in a mountainous region in San Pedro Mixtepequez. It is located in the middle of a mountain, on the edge of a cliff that drops 1,500 meters from the top.

Acapulco Cliff Divers

Acapulco, Mexico.

Cenote Dos Ojos

A cenote is a deep well type sinkhole that was formed underground by the collapse of limestone, which caused large caverns to open in the earth.

Dos Ojos, or Two Eyes, is an amazing cenote located in the Mayan Riviera in the state of Quintana Roo, just south of Cancun. The name of this cenote is a reference to the two natural openings that it has, one facing the Caribbean Sea and another facing the Yucatan Peninsula.

The largest of its kind, Dos Ojos boasts an additional atrium inside its cave system. The atrium is an area that is similar to a cathedral in size and looks with numerous stalagmites and stalactites looming over its stone floor.

Dos Ojos is a very popular tourist destination and has been visited by many famous persons such as Ernest Hemingway and Princess Diana.

Interested in visiting Cenote Dos Ojos? You will not want to miss this gigantic deep well with two openings on either side and an additional double entrance.

WARNING: Because of its sheer size, you will need to swim down in something bigger than a pool. Make sure your dive gear is in good to excellent shape and that you will have a guide with you.

Catedral Metropolitana

Mexico City.

This church is a combination of Gothic, Baroque, and Neoclassical styles of architecture, which is evident at the level of the main altar and the architectonic bay. Catedral Metropolitana is the headquarters of the Cathedral and Metropolitan Church of the city of Mexico, located at address Pino Chico, in the area that is called Centro.

The history of this building is mixed. The original construction was built between 1529 and 1593, in the year of which a fire wiped out all the structures except the main church.

Catedral Metropolitana was reconstructed by the Spanish architect Juan de Herrera, a project dedicated to the archbishop Diego de la Carrera, during the early 16th century.

After many alterations after the Mexican War of Independence, the reconstruction project was again commissioned to Juan de Herrera. This ambitious project did not finish, and Herrera died a short while later due to the poor working conditions that he faced during the construction process, resulting in a significant delay in the completion of the project. Therefore, there is no accurate information about the architect of this temple.

Guanajuato

Dias des los Muertos, Oaxaca

Mexico (November 1 to November 2).

Cozumel

Cozumel has one of the best aquarium in Mexico.

It's a small aquarium but very nice and very close to the beach.

You can walk there from the Malecon.

As you exit of the building you will see a big promotion, show you the coupon and show you the time of the tour in the next day.

It's a basic entrance, you just put your hands and you are in the aquarium.

It's not expensive as it is not big.

The staff is always a good service and the shows are very nice .

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El Arco

This archaeological site was founded in 1502 by the Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 by the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

It is located at the top of a large artificial hill and it consists of 4 main monuments (colony, aqueduct, theater and cemetery), one of which is the Cathedral of Santiago whose construction took from the 11th to the 12th centuries.

The Arco was inspired by Spanish cathedrals and has characteristics similar to the Parthenon.

El Arco is located 60 meters west of the National Palace.

Entrance is 50 pesos.

Palenque

Chiapas.

With the stunning Mayan ruins of Palenque, Mexico, it’s easy to understand why this World Heritage site is a must-visit when you’re in the country. Located in Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas, Palenque is one of the great ancient cities of the Mayan era.

One of the main attractions located here is the ruined Palenque Palace, which was built during the Classic period. The palace site dates back to 300 AD and is one of the largest of the Maya cities in these parts.

Another great attraction here is the "Pyramid of Unfinished Stones” which is known by the locals as the "Dancing Pyramid". This pyramid is actually a more accurate name because the stones that make it shine have been polished by heavy rains and winds. One of the nicest things about this site is that it even has its own Old Town. You can enjoy some fantastic Mexican cuisine in the local restaurants here.

Copper Canyon

Tulum

Mexico – The Mayan Zoomorphic Stone Temple.

A beautiful Mayan city just 80 kilometers from the Caribbean Sea, Tulum is Mexico's second largest archeological park after Chichen Itza. Inside the park, the Mayan temple of Tulum is one of the most ornate of all Mayan structures.

"When visiting the ruins of Tulum, feel free to click through to the museum."

Tulum is a Mayan archaeological site and a major cultural center located on the north coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. It is a group of ruins on a headland overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Tulum is a unique Mayan ruin because it is one of the few Mayan sites that can be reached by a small boat ride.

The name of the site means "House of the Deer" and the ruins are impressively preserved. Along with the site lies a small sea side village within walking distance of the ruins. The people in the village offer tours of the ruins as well as their homes.

The site was founded in the Late Post-Classic Period, and was first inhabited around A.D. 800. It began to decline towards the end of the 16th century, but continued to be inhabited until the 17th century.

Chichen Itza

It is a Mayan city and it is one of the many ruins that are spread over the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. This city is full of history, legends, and mystery about the Mayans and their culture.

This city is for you to see what makes the Mayans a culture that can’t be beat. You will see their temples, their pyramids, their families, and learn of their culture and the wonders that they created centuries ago and that are still standing today.

It is a must-see in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Teotihuacan

¿Teotihuacan? Think of it like an ancient Mayan or Aztec city. But what makes this place special is the large stone pyramids located in the northern region of Mexico. The Pyramids were built in 150…50 B.C. when the pyramid ornamentation of Teotihuacan reached its peak.

(If you look for them outdoors, you can see several gardens and other tombs as well.) The largest Pyramids are the Pyramids, which were built around 150 B.C. and the Pyramid of the Moon, built about 100 B.C. You can also see the Pyramid of the Sun, built around 100 B.C., which is also known as the Pyramid of the Moon. These Pyramids are made of approximately 4.5 million cubic feet. Superimposed in the center of Teotihuacan is the … Avenue of the Dead, an avenue consisting of 450 stone blocks that cross the avenue and measuring about 30 metres high and 300 metres long.