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A Vacation in Mexico - Endless Possibilities

Updated on January 10, 2010

Mexico vacations offer many options

A vacation to Mexico brings almost unlimited possibilities. From water based adventures in the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, or the Atlantic Ocean, to an inspiring visit of the Mayan Ruins, hiking, mountain climbing, or mountain biking in the interior, or maybe you’re looking to take it easy and enjoy the sun, sand, and relaxation a vacation to Mexico can provide.

There are many ways to begin your vacation to Mexico. Since it is such a popular destination, you will easily find many cruises, flights, all inclusive vacation packages and other Mexico vacation deals which will get you started in Mexico.  Once you are there, you can decide how to proceed with you vacation. Be careful not to underestimate the size of Mexico – a vacation to Los Cabos will not easily permit a visit to the Mayan Ruins!

Mexican Vacation

From Surfing to Snorkling in Mexico

If you’re looking for water based adventures, and specifically interested in diving, a vacation to the Caribbean waters of Cozumel should be at the top of your list. Cozumel is known as having the best diving location in the western hemisphere. Although Cozumel is only a 40 minute ferry ride from mainland Mexico, and then a 1.5 hour drive to Cancun, you may feel a little cut off from the other exciting activities Mexico has to offer, in which case you may prefer to base your vacation in Cancun, which also has excellent diving opportunities, and take a day trip to Cozumel for its excellent diving.

There are also excellent surfing opportunities in Mexico. Most surfing opportunities are to be found on the west coast, however there are also good surfing opportunities in Veracruz, so don’t entirely write off the east coast!

Mayan Ruins

 Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza

Mayan Ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula

A visit to the Yucatan Peninsula almost necessitates a visit to the Mayan Ruins.  The Yucatan Peninsula is one of the most popular Mexican vacation destinations, with Cancun being at the tip of the Peninsula, and the Gulf of Mexico on one side, and the Caribbean Sea on the other.   

Chichen Itza is one of Mexico’s most visited sites – and the largest of the archaeological cities of the pre-Columbian Maya civilizations.  If you want to enjoy this site, you can plan to spend a night in the area so you can enjoy Chichen Itza early in the morning, or later in the evening, after the hoards of day trippers trickle away.   The most popular days to visit Chichen Itza are March 21, and September 21 – the spring and fall equinox – when the sun casts a shadow upon the stairs of the pyramid which resembles a snake descending.

 A visit to the Yaxchilan archaeological site will bring you deep into the jungle of Chiapas.  Although this is a visit which lets you view many Mayan sites close together, it is not a popular destination as it is a full day’s drive away from the popular tourists’ resorts in the Cancun area.

Hiking in Mexico – The Sierra Norte

If you’re seen the Mayan ruins, and are looking for more than a beach vacation, Mexico can still offer many possibilities.  The Sierra Norte is the most biologically diverse mountain system in Mexico which offers challenging hikes through the steep mountain slopes, cactus-clad valleys, and the lush tropical coastline.  The most biologically diverse areas are found in the rich forests among the clouds at the tops of the mountains. These areas are also long isolated, due to their high altitude and steep slopes.

Residents in the area have created a trail and hut network, which gives tourists a chance to meet with local people and learn their traditions, as well as giving the residents of the area a chance to be tour guides or lodge owners.

Mexico is for any type of vacation

Mexico has many opportunities for every type of traveller – from relaxing all inclusive beach vacations, to surfing on the Pacific coast, or an intense 9-day hike through the Sierra Norte while visiting indigenous people of the area.

A quick search with Funjet for example will give you many vacation opportunities and deals to get you started on your Mexico vacation planning.


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      Matt Stan 6 years ago from Colorado

      I love Mexico! Though whenever we visit, sun-bathing and swimming are the favored activities :)