What to do in Mexico

Right photo: Diving the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico - Photo courtesy Yucatan Diving

Diving the Yutatan Peninsula, Mexico

Things to do in Mexico

Mexico offers a huge choice of exciting activities for adventurous couples.

Diving – Some of the world’s top dive spots lie along the Yucatan's Caribbean Coast, including Chinchorro Reef, 32km offshore from Xcalak, and the waters off Cozumel Island, one of Mexico's premier diving destinations. Swim among angel, parrot and butterfly fish and watch sea turtles, stingrays, eagle rays and nurse sharks as well as the occasional pod of dolphins or cruising reef sharks.

Other excellent dive sites lie in and around Puerto Vallarta and off Los Cabos. Watch sea turtles sunning themselves and huge manta rays and cavorting dolphins at Los Arcos or Islas Marietas, near Puerto Vallarta.

Snorkelling – Snorkel the cenotes (sinkholes), underwater caves and corals at Akumal. Or head to Cozumel Island, El Garrafón Natural Park, Isla Contoy, Punta Nizuc and Puerto Morelos, all of which offer ideal conditions for snorkelling.

Game fishing – Line up a charter and fish the deep-water channel between the Yucatan coast and the island of Cozumel. Pursue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, wahoo, dorado, tuna, kingfish, barracuda and grouper. Fishing is also excellent in Los Cabos, Mazatlan, Manzanillo, La Paz and Zihuatanejo.

Shark feeding – Feed a shark from the protection of an acrylic cage at the Interactive Aquarium in Cancun. Here you can also see dolphins swimming and touch a variety of marine life, including sea stars and manta rays.

Sea kayaking – The Sea of Cortez offers scores of tiny coves and inlets to paddle into and explore, alongside playful sea lions and dolphins. Or try the Santa Maria and Tampaon rivers southwest of Cuidad Valles.

Surfing – Zicatela Beach at Puerto Escondido is the top surf beach in Mexico – at its best each September and October when the big waves roll in and the annual surf competitions take place. Other good surf breaks include Sayulita and Punta Mita north of Puerto Vallarta, Playa Costa Azul near San Jose del Cabo and Todos Santos Island in northern Baja.

Horseback riding – Saddle up for an exhilarating ride through the remote Copper Canyon. Choose adventures that range from two-hour treks to 12-day rides through challenging mountain terrain. Or head to the state of Chihuahua and explore the archaeological caves sites around the town of Juan Mata Ortiz.

Hiking – Explore a network of trails at Copper Canyon, Cumbres de Monterrey National Park, around San Luis Potosí at Huasteca and amid the cloud forest at Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve. Look out for wildlife such as jaguars and peregrine falcons.

White-water rafting – Feel the adrenalin rush as you descend the Gallinas River near San Luis Potosi or tackle class V rapids along the Filobobos River in Veracruz.

Mountain biking – From Creel, explore a vast network of trails in and around Copper Canyon or bike the ‘Highway to Heaven’ from San Cristobal to Palenque, with a side trip through the pine and oak forest of Huitepec Ecological Reserve.

Rock climbing – Climb the summit of Picacho del Diablo in Baja, the Crest of the Eagle in Cumbres de Monterrey National Park or the dormant volcano of Ixtaccmhuatl near Mexico City.

Eco – Mexico offers a large range of ecological parks crammed with flora and fauna. Explore the 500,000ha ecological park of forests, lagoons and wetlands at Sian Ka'an, spot jaguars at the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, migrating humpback whales in Banderas Bay, millions of monarch butterflies at Michoacán, pink flamingos at Celestun Biosphere Reserve and macaws, hummingbirds and parrots in and around Puerto Vallarta.

Explore Mayan ruins – From Cancun's resorts it’s an easy trip to explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum, the magical pyramids of Chichén Itzá and the ruins at Coba, which feature the tallest pyramid on the peninsula. Escape the crowds by exploring the rarely visited ruins at Muyil, just a 15-minute drive from Tulum.

Shopping in Mexico Good buys can be found almost everywhere in the local markets, including ceramics and pottery – look out for black clay dishes from the Oaxaca region, woven woollen blankets (sarapes), brightly coloured scarves in wool or silk (rebozos) and richly embroidered charro hats. Also look out for hammocks, rugs, baskets, carved wood and embossed leather.

In Mexico City, head to the artisans markets in La Ciudedala and Plaza del Buen Tono for the best bargains. For women’s clothing, check out huipiles (white Mayan dresses embroidered with colourful flowers). For men, look for a guayabera (a fine pleated shirt in cotton voile) or huaraches (traditional sandals).

Gold and silver is also a good buy: Taxco is renowned for its fine silver jewellery and silverware and Oaxaca for its gold. Pick up a hammock, string it from tree to tree and relax like the locals – Mérida, in the Yucatán, is the best place to buy one.

Places to explore in Mexico

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