Mexico is a country with a rich history, remarkable cuisine, a welcoming culture, and unique landscapes that stir the soul. If you’re going to be spending some time there this summer, you’re incredibly lucky. This being said, given how big Mexico is and how much wonder there is to explore, it’s a good idea to do a little research beforehand so that you don’t miss out on anything. The following will explore a few things you can do to help make sure you enjoy your trip to the fullest.

Mexico City

As the capital of Mexico, Mexico City has served as the cultural staple in the country. Packed with stunning murals, museums, theatres, and dance performances, Mexico City is an art lover’s dream. The city is alive and buzzing with pre-Hispanic and pre-colonial architecture, cantinas, and stunning plazas. High-end shopping, the Frida Kahlo museum, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Chapultepec Castle, floating gardens, the Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, a thriving nightlife—Mexico City is a place you’re going to want a few days to explore at the minimum.

It’s rare to find a city that is simultaneously so modern and so connected to the past. The earliest remains found in the area of Mexico City are from the lower Cenolithic period (9500-7000 BC but possibly as old as 12,7000 years). The location of the city was the settling place of migrating Teochichimecas during the 8th and 13th centuries. These folk eventually gave rise to the Toltec and Mexica cultures (Mexica are commonly referred to as Aztecs). The Spanish colonized the city, and it also hosted the famous Battle of Mexico City in the American-Mexican War in 1847. As you can imagine, this long history has resulted in a unique and vibrant city filled with all manner of historical relics and sights.


Tulum is the location of a pre-colonial Mayan walled city on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. Tons of bohemian vibes combine with ruins embedded in cliffs to create a truly unique environment. The city was one of the final to be inhabited by the Maya and was thriving in particular during the 13th and 15th centuries. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Temple of the Frescoes, the Temple of the Descending God, and El Castillo, and be sure to schedule lots of time for casually meandering along turquoise beaches. To really amp up the rejuvenating aspect of this stop, seek out an all-inclusive accommodation in Tulum and soak up the sun. This is an excellent location to plan for a laid-back series of days to relax, connect with the magical nature of Mexico, and enjoy crystal-clear waters.

Cabo Pulmo

Famous for the scuba diving adventures that people embark on, Cabo Pulmo is a massive reef filled with black coral bushes, horse-eye jackfish schools, and triggerfish located on the east coast of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. The national park is a 17,571-acre Marine Protected Area and is home to a coral reef that is estimated to be 20,000 years old. It’s a world heritage site and the sort of place that you’ll want to spend several relaxing days in. Be sure to study your sunscreen options carefully before leaving, as most common sunscreens are severely damaging to coral reefs (they wash off people and stay in the water, wreaking havoc). Many places are in the process of banning traditional sunscreens because of their toxic ingredients (which, by the way, are no good for your body either). It’s important not to trust labels that claim they’re “reef safe,” as this isn’t terminology that requires meeting any specific standards. You need to read the ingredients list and research the ingredients.


The second biggest city in Mexico is also worth a stop. Filled with grande churches, marketplaces that feel like labyrinths, craft shopping, charming public spaces as well as epic amenities, Guadalajara should not be missed. Mariachi music and the wide-brimmed sombreros you’ve seen on television have their roots in the city, and the food is top-notch.

Espíritu Santo

This island filled with pink sandstone and heavenly coves has a fairytale aesthetic. The area is filled with fun activities like kayaking and snorkeling, and the sight of the sun setting across a pink land makes for some of the best photos you’ve ever taken.

The above list should have opened your eyes to just a few of the remarkable sights you need to witness when traveling in Mexico. Plan lots of time between activities and stops because the richness of this country will have you wanting to slow down and really take it all in.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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