Happy Cinco De Mayo, OTBT Wanderers! Today marks Mexico’s surprising victory against French-occupying forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. And to celebrate, we’re spotlighting the country of Mexico in our Off the Beaten Track travel guide. Whether you’re looking to get your fiesta on for May 5th, or planning a vacation for later in the summer, Mexico is an awesome place to visit – filled with beautiful beaches, rich history and culture, and adventures galore! So pack up your favorite comfortable walking shoes from OTBT and get planning for your south of the border sojourn!
Here’s five great spots you should think about adding to your itinerary for your next trip to Mexico!
If you’re looking for an exciting and interesting city to visit on your Mexico vacation, why not start at the country’s capital? The crime rate in Mexico city has gone down significantly from what it once was, making it a great, safe place to visit – with tons of fun things do to. Explore the majesty of Chapultepec Castle, get your ancient knowledge on at the Anthropological Museum, hike the pyramids of Teotihuacan on the outskirts of the city – and so much more!
What better place to visit during Cinco De Mayo than the place where it all began! The city of Puebla is considered by many to be a mini-version of Mexico City – with its stunning cathedrals and museums of ancient history. If you go to this beautiful city, you’ll want to stay in the historic center for a truly rich cultural experience. And if you do decide to visit for Cinco De Mayo, be sure to get in on all the festivities – from informative lectures and battle reenactments to celebratory parades and concerts.
If the beach is calling your name, consider making Playa Del Carmen a part of your Mexico vacation! This beach-front city has white sands and turquoise waters, beautiful resorts, quirky and delicious eateries, and pedestrian-friendly streets lined with bars, nightclubs and shops. If you’re feeling adventurous, head north for more remote beaches that are perfect for snorkeling.
History, art, and culture lovers are sure to have a blast in the beautiful hilltop town of Guanajuanto, with its 16th century cathedrals, mansions, and fun, multi-colored houses. Catch a show at the impressive Teatro Juárez, or visit artist Diego Rivera’s childhood home. And if you plan on visiting in October, you’ll get to experience their Festival Cervantino, with orchestras, modern art displays, mariachi bands and more!
If you have a fascination with ancient history, then you’ll definitely want to check out the ancient Mayan city of Palenque. Nestled in jungles of Chiapas in southern Mexico, these Mayan ruins are scenic and breathtaking, sure to satisfy your inner adventurer. Take a tour of the ruins and then head up to the Misol-Ha Waterfall for some more picturesque views. And here’s a tip: be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes – you’ll be doing a lot of exploring!
These are just a few of the rich and beautiful places and experiences that Mexico has to offer! Did we miss any other must-see locations? Comment down below and let us know your top Mexico travel spots!
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