With natural allures that reach up to the sky, puncture lands and dive into the deep sea, Mexico is a truly diverse nation, high on the ‘wow’ factor. From architecture to culture to cuisine, there’s so much going on in the city that one finds it hard to pick one mind-blowing experience over the other.
Here are our top picks for attractions that you can’t miss in Mexico:
Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico
Making for one of the most scenic and thrilling train journeys in the world, a ride on Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico is an experience that most fantastic wish lists are made of. The passengers on the train cover 656km and cross 37 bridges and 86 tunnels from Chihuahua to the Pacific Coast. The scenery outside changes at every few kilometres, and one can see picturesque flat farmlands, rolling hills, magnificent canyons as well as flower-laden meadows swiftly crossing by. If there’s one experience that you need to pick in northern Mexico, make sure it is this.
With the title of one of the most successful national marine parks in the world to its credit, Cabo Pulmo is high on tourists’ radar. The presence of Pacific’s only coral reef in the Sea of Cortez also brings global attention to Cabo Pulmo, making it one of the best spots in the world for diving and snorkelling adventures. Celebrities frequent the area in search of unparalleled luxury at resorts as well as secluded beaches, lush natural landscapes, scorching sun, sumptuous seafood and a vibrant party scene.
You can’t be in Mexico and not visit Chichen Itza, one of the most visited Mayan Sites in the world, spread over six square miles. Upon visit, your attention will naturally be drawn to Temple of Kukulkan (El Castillo), the 75-foot temple that is believed to be astrologically aligned to the position of the sun. If you visit on the the spring and autumn equinoxes, you will see shadows in the shape of serpents moving down the temple stairs. The ball court in the premises has splendid acoustics and is believed to be a marvel of engineering whereas the underground lakes lead visitors deep into caverns covered by dramatic ceilings.
One of the most vibrant cities in Mexico, Oaxaca boasts majestic mountains, pristine beaches and stunning colonial architecture amongst many other allures. Tourist to Oaxaca often start their discovery of the city with a visit to the Mitla Archaeological Site surrounded by the mountains of the Sierra Madre del Sur before stopping by the record-making Tule Tree, boasting the greatest girth in the world. A visit to handicraft villages is rewarding for those looking to pick a souvenir for back home whereas for a bird’s eye view of the city, Monte Alban, a prominent archaeological site in Mesoamerica is a perfect spot.
Delivering the rich and diverse Mexican and Spanish culture and history in spades, Merida is a preferred choice for those seeking to avoid the popular tourist trails in the Mexico City. The Gran Museo del Mundo Maya is one of the best museums in the world for familiarising yourself with the Mayan culture, through well-preserved arts and artefacts whereas the impressive Palacio Cantón reveals the region’s historical and cultural heritage from the past 100 years. Besides, visitors can explore the rejuvenating cenotes, seek the sun on the Progresso Beach or sample authentic Mexican fare at the Pola Gelato Shop.