Mexico – Travel Guide

Explore This Travel Guide to Mexico

Mexico is one of the most popular tourist destinations for people living in North America, as well as other parts of the world. And the Yucatan, in particular, is one of the hottest parts of Mexico that tourists enjoy visiting.

The Yucatan is loaded with world-class resorts, gorgeous beaches, and tourist activities — such as scuba diving, snorkeling, caving, etc. But the area is also home to quaint villages, colonial towns, ancient ruins and incredible food. In addition, the Yucatan is still considered a safe area for tourists to visit.

** While we have visited other parts of Mexico, this guide focuses on the Yucatan.

Interactive Map

Easily see where top destinations in the Yucatan, Mexico are located and browse connected blog posts.

Travel Basics

Essential travel information about the Yucatan region of Mexico, including currency, transportation, climate & safety.

Recommendations

Yucatan & Riviera Maya hotel and hostel guides, as well as our own personal tips and recommendations regarding top activities to do!

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Top Yucatan, Mexico Experiences

The culture of Mexico is vibrant and rooted into every aspect of life.  A visit to this wonderful country is a feast for your senses from the rich colors, the tasty cuisine, the white sandy beaches, to the age-old artifacts.

The Yucatan peninsula is a fantastic place to spend some time, at least a week if your vacation allows.  While Cancun is popular (and a great place to fly in and out of) we highly recommend that you get out of the city to explore other areas.  Valladolid was one of our favorite colonial towns, and is sadly skipped by most tourists who rush by it to visit the famous Chichen Itza ruins!  Speaking of Chichen Itza, visiting this site is a must – but if you want a unique experience, actually stay on the property at the amazing Mayaland Resort!

If you want to actually climb an old pyramid, then you can’t do that at Chichen Itza…but you can do it at Coba (just south toward Tulum).  While Tulum’s ruins are picturesque, we fell in love with the nearby areas of Akumal & Pa Mul for scuba diving and seeing the turtles hatch (we totally saved a baby who hatched and was going to fall in the pool!).

Another must-see and do is swimming in the magnificent cenotes and if you want some adventure, check out a whole underground river tour at Rio Secreto (that tour was AMAZING!!!)!

Downloadable Itineraries & Planning Templates

Mexico & Yucatan Blog Posts

8 Memorable Things to Do in Tulum

Located on the scenic Mayan Riviera and the famous Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, Tulum is a small town with a laid back atmosphere. Although it was formerly a fishing village, within just a few decades this small town had managed to grown into one...

Tips for Renting a Car in Mexico & Mexican Liability Insurance

This post has been updated in 2019 but was originally published in 2014. People were shocked when we told them we were planning a trip to Mexico and that we planned to drive around.  And while it’s true that some parts of Mexico should be avoided, other areas are...

Fun Activities and Tours in Cancun

There is such a variety of activities and tours in Cancun that it can be difficult to narrow down the plans for your vacation.  The entire Cancun and Yucatan region of Mexico is great for many types of travelers; from romantic vacations on the beach,...

Must Swim Cancun Cenotes & Beyond in the Yucatan

Ready for a magical experience during your vacation in Mexico?  If so, then there's nothing better than swimming in a cenote.  Chances are if you are visiting the Yucatan, then you will be arriving in Cancun...and there are plenty of Cancun cenotes just...

Why You Need Car Insurance for Mexico

When planning a trip to Mexico, you may consider renting a car.  And depending on the area, we highly recommend renting a car in Mexico because it can add so much to your trip! However, getting car insurance for Mexico can be a confusing and daunting process,...

Why Renting a Car in Cancun Will Make Your Trip Awesome

For some travelers who are on vacation in Mexico, renting a car in Cancun seems unnecessary.  After all, there are amazing beaches, huge hotels and all-inclusive resorts that cater to your every need.  However, some of the hotels in Cancun are a bit...

Best Hotels in Cancun Mexico – for all Budgets

Cancun is one of the most popular destinations for those who plan a trip to Mexico.  Located in the Yucatan region, Cancun is a large city along the east coast -- along the Caribbean Sea.  While there are some cool things to see and do in Cancun's downtown,...

Travel Basics: Yucatan, Mexico

The Yucatan region of Mexico is one of the hottest travel and vacation destinations in the world. While there are so many things to do in Cancun and the surrounding area, there is no shortage of incredible experiences and sights to be seen off the typical tourist...

Travel Itinerary: One Week Yucatan Mexico Road Trip Highlights

Looking for a great getaway not far from the States?  Don't overlook a trip to Mexico!  Mexico is a wonderful place to visit, and it's not all that you hear on the news, especially in the Yucatan Peninsula region.  We spent a week exploring the Yucatan...

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