With almost 2,000,000 square kilometers, Mexico is the third largest country in the Americas and, obviously, it has countless places to see. For our part, we are going to review the essentials for a week-long trip. Before doing so, and for the experience to be pleasant and without incidents, we recommend that you take out medical insurance to travel to Mexico  since healthcare, although free and universal, is quite saturated.

Mexico DC

It is more than possible that you land at the airport of this great city of more than 8 million inhabitants. Therefore, we are going to recommend some of the places of greatest tourist and cultural interest.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico

It is located in the Plaza de la Constitución or the Zocalo as the locals call it and can boast of being the largest cathedral in Latin America. It is also the oldest since construction began in 1573 and in the neoclassical and baroque style of the time.

Its dimensions are spectacular. Its two towers reach 67 meters in height and it is no less than 128 meters long. A whole colossus. It is a World Heritage Site and can be visited at established times.

Anthropology National Museum

You will discover on your visit that Mexico is a melting pot of languages. In addition to Spanish, more than 60 native languages ​​or those developed in pre-Columbian times are spoken. On this aspect and others such as the evolution of the Mayan and Aztec civilization you will find more information in the National Museum of Anthropology.

Tlatelolca Mayor Temple

Speaking of anthropology and if you want to see remains of the buildings and cities of the Mexica or Aztecs, in Mexico City itself this great temple is preserved, part of a larger population center that came to have 74 buildings.

Precisely in the National Museum of Anthropology there is a model that reconstructs what the temple was in its moment of greatest splendor.

Frida Kahlo Museum

She was the most international painter and artist and one of the great representatives and promoters of pop art. She was born in the Coyoacan district in the Casa Azul, which is now the Frida Kahlo Museum. In this house she lived and painted a large part of her paintings.

In one of them that he painted in 1936, when he was barely 20 years old, you can see that the house always had those blue facades.

Teotihuacan

The Templo Mayor Tlatelolca is just an appetizer of what you will see in the nearby town of San Juan de Teotihucan. To the east of it are the Pyramid of the Sun, 67 meters high, and the Pyramid of the Moon, less than a kilometer to the north. In the image you can see the second from the Pyramid of the Sun:

Palenque and the Mayan culture

The center of the country and the coast of the Gulf of Mexico were dominated by the Aztec civilization, while the south and the Yucatan peninsula by the Mayas. And a very representative place of this native people is the Palenque Archaeological Zone, nestled in the northern jungle of the state of Chiapas.

The surprising thing about this place is that what can be visited and seen today only represents 2% of what the city was before the arrival of the Spanish. In fact, exploration and excavation work is still going on.

Chichén itzá

Already in the Yucatan peninsula, near the city of Merida, is one of the most famous Mayan sites in Mexico. In this sanctuary city, one of the 7 wonders of the modern world stands out: the Temple of Kukulkan , a great pyramid that is preserved in a magnificent state and one of the most visited monuments in the country.

Rivera Maya

It is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world thanks to its many attractions.

As for sun and beach leisure, highlight the popular city of Cancun and, to the south, Playa del Carmen. Both towns also have two islands off the coast: Isla Mujeres and Cozumel, as well as attractions such as the Xcaret Eco-archaeological Park, in Playa del Carmen.

To the south of this town is another place that is highly visited for its beauty: the Cenote Dos Ojos caves. It has natural pools with crystalline waters and are highly visited by divers.

Continuing further south you will still find another natural wonder of Mexico: the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site and with an impressive wealth of fauna and flora.

Vallarta

We left the Atlantic coast to go to the Pacific where there are also endless interesting places. One of them is Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, and it has nothing to envy to the tourist destinations on the east coast.

In addition to paradisiacal beaches, Puerto Vallarta will offer you the following attractions and activities:

  • Aquaventuras, one of the largest water parks in Latin America and where you can swim with dolphins.
  • Make all kinds of purchases in Galerias Vallarta, in front of the marina.
  • Rent a place in a recreational boat and go out to watch whales, dolphins and other aquatic animals.
  • Take a hiking route through the mountains southeast of Vallarta.
  • Or practice adventure activities in these same forests with companies like Gotcha.

Acapulco

We end our trip in this mythical tourist destination in the south of the country and also on the Atlantic coast.

Located on a large bay, the city is famous for its beaches, luxury hotels, golf courses and for having a wide range of nightlife.

In addition, on its north coast is the famous La Quebrada cliff, popular throughout the world for the jumps of swimmers and swimmers who are called divers and from 40 meters high.

Do not leave the Fort of San Diego either, built in the 17th century and also a military history museum; the Cathedral of Acapulco, with its neat white facades, or the open-air amphitheater Sinfonia del Mar.

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