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7 Unique Places to Visit in Mexico

If traveling has been on your mind lately and you’re looking for some awesome destinations that are off the beaten path you’ve come to the right place. I want to share 7 unique places to visit in Mexico that you may not have heard of. 

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If you’re planning on booking a holiday to lay on the beach and soak up the sun, Mexico definitely has plenty of beautiful beaches to choose from but that’s not all they have. This beautiful country is full of culture and charm if you know how to find it!

Pack your bags and get ready to explore beautiful Mexico. 

Beautiful beaches in Mexico

It would be remiss of me to not at least mention the beautiful beaches in Mexico if soaking up the sun is what you’re after. Here are a few to check out:

  • Cancun
  • Playa Del Carmen
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Tulum 

None of these beaches will disappoint the sun seeking soul in you. But if you’re looking for intrigue and adventure, have I got a list for you. 

7 Unique places to visit in Mexico

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Mayan Ruins

For those of you who like to explore history, culture and archaeology, the Mayan ruins top the list of unique places to visit in Mexico. While there are literally hundreds of ruins throughout Mexico and most of Central America, the Yucatan Peninsula (Tulum, Playa Del Carmen, Cancun) is where you will find the most amazing Mayan ruins. 

Even if you aren’t a history buff, anyone visiting the ruins will be amazed at the structures, the magnificence and the stories behind them all. Travel Yucatan has all the information you need to get you off to your ruins adventure.

beach and ocean in Cozumel

Cozumel

Now I know you think that Cozumel is simply a port for cruise ships and a place to go shopping but it’s so much more than that. From Playa Del Carmen, you can take the ferry across, go to the nearest scooter rental place (there are lots!) and drive around the island.

This little trip should take you a few hours depending on how many stops along the way you want to make. And you’ll want to make a few as there are pop up restaurants, palapas and other random neat things to see. 

Agave plants in the mexican desert at sunset

Tequila Town

What’s a trip to Mexico without taking in one of the things Mexico is known for. Tequila! Anywhere you drive in Mexico, one plant you will consistently see is the agave plant. So what does agave have to do with tequila? 

Tequila is made from the fermentation of sugars from the agave plant but if you want to know more about tequila, and even try some, Tequila Town is the place to go.

About a one hour drive from Guadalajara, Tequila Mexico is named as one of the 100 “Magical Towns” by the Mexican government. Surrounded by agave plantations, corn fields and a dormant volcano, if you’re anywhere near geographically, make a point to book a trip to any of the tequila distilleries, get a tour and try some tequila!

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The Tulum Jungle Gym

You seriously don’t even have to be a gym rat or hard core into fitness to go see this place. The Tulum Jungle Gym has been named one of the world’s best beach gyms and for a good reason. 

It’s a real life Flintstones style gym where almost all the equipment is made with wood, stone and bamboo. On the Caribbean coast and just a couple of hours away from Cancun this jungle gym is definitely worth checking out. 

If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a celebrity or a bodybuilding champion. 

Rio Secreto

Cave diving anyone? 

With nearly 20,000 caves or ‘cenotes’ throughout Mexico, a trip to this beautiful country wouldn’t be complete without some cave diving. 

Rio Secreto is one of the most amazing nature reserves in all of Mexico. Booking a day trip to this unique place in Mexico is highly advisable. You don’t want to miss a thing here. 

Swimming through the rio (river) will have you in awe of all the crystal formations on the ceiling and floor. Don’t forget to bring a waterproof camera for this one. 

Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico

Day of the Dead Ceremonies

While this isn’t actually a unique place to visit in Mexico it’s definitely something you want to put on the top of your list when visiting and to plan your trip around this day. 

Day of the dead is celebrated between October 30 and November 2 and when I say celebrated, I mean it. While it is celebrated mostly throughout Latin America, it is also recognized in other countries where this is a Latino population. 

It’s definitely not a morbid period. During this time, a whole town comes to life as people honor and celebrate the life of their deceased loved ones. Colours, parades and festivities unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, Day of the Dead is not to be missed. 

In the southern region is where you will find breathtaking festivities (Michoacan, Oaxaca, and Chiapas)

Tapijulapa waterfalls

Tapijulapa 

Also recognized as one of the ‘magical towns’ (Pueblo Mágico), one of the wonders of the town is that every building is painted red and white. The other wonder is the Villa Luz magical waterfalls.

While you can certainly walk to the falls from town, taking a boat is highly recommended. Once there, crossing a swinging bridge made entirely of wooden boards and chains through the jungle leads you to the stunning falls. 

Some commonly asked questions about visiting and traveling in Mexico

Is Mexico safe to travel to?

Yes! Like any other place in the world you must always use common sense, protect your belongings and avoid wandering the streets alone at night.

Do I need to speak Spanish to travel to Mexico?

While knowing a few words and phrases won’t hurt, it’s not necessary to learn Spanish before you go. Most people in Mexico do speak English.

Is Mexico Expensive?

Depends on where you are going and what you want to do but it’s safe to budget $25 a day for food and transportation.

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