Mexico Travel Guide

Off the beaten path

Destinations to rediscover Mexico

Mexico offers a captivating journey through rich cultural tapestries and breathtaking landscapes. Each place tells a unique story, from the vibrant markets of Mexico City to the ancient ruins of Chichén Itzá on the Yucatán Peninsula.Discover the magic of Mexico, from its diverse landscape to its rich culture and friendly locals.

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30 things to do
and see
in Mexico

Discover 30 essential places in Mexico - authentic gems that you must explore to make the most of your trip.

How to get to and around Mexico

  • Where to arrive in Mexico
  • Intercity transportation in Mexico
  • Private transfers in Mexico
  • City travel in Mexico

Finding accommodation in Mexico is relatively easy. In areas that are not overly touristy, budget-friendly places to stay are often concentrated around the main square (the zócalo). Other options are typically found near markets or bus terminals. In larger cities, you'll discover more affordable lodging clustered in a relatively small area. The more modern and expensive accommodations are usually on the outskirts of cities, accessible only by car or taxi. For example, the haciendas around Mérida such as Hacienda Temozon or The Quetzalcoatl Nest in Naucalpan de Juárez, State of Mexico.The only occasions when you might encounter difficulties in finding a place to stay for your trip to Mexico are at coastal resorts during the peak Christmas season, during Semana Santa, during Mexican festivities, and almost anywhere during a local celebration. These types of situations also occur on the peninsula during the European holidays (February, July/August). So it's worth trying to book in advance during these times (minimum 4-5 to have good options).

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In Mexico, there are several bus services available, but first class and business class are the most popular among visitors and those looking for a comfortable trip. These classes are comfortable and safe in modern, quiet, high-performance and air-conditioned buses (beware of those who are cold! Wear scarves and coats). These buses operate primarily on toll roads, with limited stops for fast and efficient travel. They are even a great alternative for long night trips.The companies that offer these first-class services are highly professional, with courteous and impeccably dressed staff.On the other hand, we also recommend car rental, a very safe and popular option for some destinations such as the Yucatan Peninsula or the coast of Oaxaca.

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In Mexico, a diverse array of private transportation options awaits discerning travelers. From chauffeured cars offering luxurious comfort and tailored experiences to private shuttles ensuring convenience for larger groups, there's a personalized solution for every journey. Navigate bustling cities or scenic landscapes in style with private transfers, providing both efficiency and flexibility. Whether opting for sleek executive sedans or spacious vans, these services prioritize safety and punctuality, allowing you to explore Mexico at your own pace. Elevate your travel experience by choosing from a range of private transportation options that redefine comfort and convenience in the vibrant Mexican landscape.

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Immerse yourself in each urban destination's rich tapestry of culture, art, and history. From the bustling streets of Mexico City, where historic sites meet modern marvels, to the charming colonial architecture of Guanajuato, every city unveils unique tales. Discover culinary delights, lively markets (20 de Noviembre, La Merced, Jamaica, etc), and a warm hospitality that defines Mexican urban life. Taxis or Uber make navigating these dynamic cities seamless. Whether strolling through historic neighborhoods or indulging in contemporary delights, city travel in Mexico promises an unforgettable fusion of tradition and modernity for every adventurer.

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Explore the benefits of visiting Mexico all year round
Mexico in -

During the month of January, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Mexico with lively festivals and events like the Fiesta Parachicos in Chiapa de Corzo, embracing the festive spirit.

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Enjoy mild weather, perfect for exploring Mexico's diverse landscapes and natural wonders.

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Witness spring blooms as you embark on outdoor adventures, exploring historical sites and picturesque surroundings.

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Immerse yourself in the vibrancy of Mexican festivals, celebrating traditions with colorful parades and lively music by visiting Mexico in April.

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Bask onwarm days, relax on stunning beaches, and indulge in delicious local cuisine.

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Experience the onset of the rainy season, transforming landscapes into lush greenery with fewer crowds for a more intimate visit. But be very careful when visiting Mexico in June, July, August, September, October or November, due to the hurricane season.

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Embrace the summer weather to explore archaeological wonders and vibrant markets and immerse in local culture.

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Enjoy the summer weather visiting Mexico in August, uncover hidden gems, and participate in local festivities.

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Explore Mexico's authentic side as the rainy season peaks, offering lush landscapes and unique cultural experiences.

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Revel in pleasant weather, perfect for city exploration, discovering historical sites, and enjoying the beauty of nature.

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Marvel at fall colors, partake in cultural festivities (Day of the Dead) and savor mild temperatures for a delightful visit. Also, take advantage and visit the sanctuaries to see the monarch butterflies.

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Experience the joyous festive spirit, celebrating holidays with traditional Mexican customs and creating lasting memories when visiting Mexico in December.

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When to visit Mexico

Discover Mexico's diverse beauty year-round. In spring, witness blooming landscapes; summer invites beach bliss and vibrant festivals. Fall showcases cultural celebrations, while winter unveils cozy charm. Explore ancient ruins, colonial cities, and pristine beaches, embracing Mexico's rich tapestry across seasons and climates.

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Our local guides take on the best time a year to visit Mexico

Safety information when visiting Mexico

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Mexico is generally a safe destination for tourists. However, as in any other country, there are some dangerous areas (Guerrero, Tepito, some places in Chiapas) where tensions arise between some communities. We have crafted a specific article dedicated to safety in Mexico as a traveler. These situations do not usually affect travelers. Likewise, we recommend that you take certain precautions.

At Rutopia, ensuring your safety throughout your journey is our top priority. We carefully design each itinerary with your security in mind and provide comprehensive safety briefings to equip you with all the necessary information for a secure and enjoyable trip. If you are traveling on your own here are some travel tips you should follow:

01. Stay tuned for safety updates
02. Choose authorized modes of transportation
03. Protect your belongings
04. Identification documents
05. Health first
06. Language & Embassies
07. Weather protection
08. Emergency numbers

Authentic experiences in Mexico

Embark on a journey of authenticity in Mexico! Enjoy vibrant traditions, savor diverse flavors, and explore rich cultural tapestries. From lively markets to ancient ruins, every corner offers a unique experience. Discover the heart and soul of Mexico – where every moment is a genuine adventure waiting to unfold. Bienvenidos!

Trip Itineraries
in Mexico

Embark on epic off the beaten path journeys. Tailor-made itineraries to discover Mexico the right way.

Where to Stay in Mexico

Discover the perfect stay amid Mexico's wonders! Our diverse accommodations cater to every traveler. Immerse yourself in the heart of local culture or unwind by the stunning coast. Your ideal Mexican retreat awaits promising comfort, style, and unforgettable memories. Welcome to a world of enchanting stays!

Facts & Things to Know

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Embark on your Mexican adventure with 'Facts & Things to Know.' Discover the language, currency, and cultural nuances for an enriched travel experience. Explore Mexico's vibrant tapestry beyond the surface!

01. Languaje
02. Currency
03. Time zone
04. Plugs
05. Payment
06. Tips
07. Vaccination

Meet our travel experts guide and agents

That made this possible

Isabelle Bauer
Expert in Central Mexico, Oaxaca and Riviera Maya, specialising in romantic and family trips

Originally hailing from Germany, she has been a resident of Mexico since 2014, and it didn't take long for her to fall head over heels for the country. Her role in the tourism industry in Mexico provides her with the perfect platform to share her passion for the nation with fellow travelers.

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Andrea Gramai
Riviera Maya expert, couples and family tours

Residing in Cancun, he has had the privilege of embarking on comprehensive tours of the Yucatan Peninsula, as well as exploring portions of Chiapas and Mexico City. With over fifteen years of global travel and work experience, his heart was captured by Mexico a few years ago. As a seasoned travel consultant, he excels in crafting custom itineraries for some of the world's most exclusive destinations, with a particular expertise in this fantastic country. Andrea is here to provide his expertise and support for travelers' needs.

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Leo Mallet
Specialist in the Yucatan Peninsula, Morelia and Chiapas, expert in group trips

French-born living in Mexico who enjoys sharing his passion for this wonderful country with you through its various aspects: its archaeological temples, numerous museums, nature outings by the sea or in the jungle, the diversity of its cuisine, and the richness of the local communities with whom we are fortunate to work.

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René Rodarte (Garuda)
Expert in Chiapas, Oaxaca, Yucatan Peninsula and family tours

Mexican who holds a deep love for travel, values environmental awareness, and seeks to glean knowledge from diverse global cultures. He firmly endorses travel as a means of fostering positive personal growth and development. Recognizing that his homeland ranks among the world's top tourist destinations, he’s dedicated to ensuring that every visitor enjoys the most exceptional experience possible.

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Karen Quintero
Central Mexico and Oaxaca Coast specialist, focusing on couples

A proud Mexican hailing from the small city of Tlaxcala. Over the past four years, she has been dedicated to exploring the diverse landscapes of Mexico and has developed a profound appreciation for the authentic Mexico she has come to adore. It's a Mexico brimming with culture, natural wonders, and warm-hearted people. What sets her apart is her commitment to traveling with a positive impact and forging meaningful connections. Karen is eager to share her wealth of experiences and knowledge to assist you in crafting an authentic journey through Mexico that reflects her passion and values.

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Lauren Nadot
Central and South East Mexico expert. Luxury and group trips

French-born living in Mexico, with 12 years of experience in tourism, specializing in crafting off-the-beaten-path adventures in Mexico. With a deep passion for exploration and a profound love for the country. She takes travelers on a journey beyond the typical tourist hotspots. Her unique itineraries unveil the hidden gems of Mexico, showcasing its lesser-known archaeological wonders, secluded natural wonders, and vibrant local cultures.

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Pauline Nourtier
Expert in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas, luxury eco-tourism and group trips

French-born living in Mexico, she’ll help you embark on a one-of-a-kind adventure, uncovering the treasures of Mexico that often go unnoticed by conventional travelers. Get ready to embrace the magic of Mexico in a whole new light, with a passionate travel specialist who knows how to make your journey truly unforgettable.

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Lisa Brissac
Specialist in Central Mexico, Oaxaca Coast and Chiapas, ideal for young or older couples, honeymoons and ecotourism

A French-born but Mexican at heart, and she will be your local specialist for your trip. "Mucho gusto!" as they say here! Since living in Mexico, she has had the opportunity to explore magical villages, local customs, sandy beaches, and has fallen in love with its aromas and colors. What a joy to know that you have chosen to discover the diverse ancestral culture of this multifaceted country!

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Diego Olivares
Expert in the Yucatan Peninsula and tours for groups of friends

Proudly Mexican and having immersed himself in the heart of Mexico's diverse regions, he curates experiences that allow you to venture off the tourist trail and discover the authentic essence of the country. From exploring ancient ruins tucked away in remote jungles to savoring the rich tapestry of Mexican cuisine in local markets, his alternative routes promise a deeper, more meaningful connection to Mexico's beauty and heritage.

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Leslie Pérez
Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas expert, caters for all types of travellers

She takes great pride in her Mexican heritage and possesses an unbridled passion for travel. With the privilege of having visited 25 different countries, her recent four-year focus has been on uncovering and revealing the concealed gems within her beloved Mexico. Her personal interests are deeply rooted in learning about the ancient history and culture of her homeland, serving as a way to connect with her heritage. Her ideal travel experiences encompass a harmonious blend of outdoor adventures, be it in the mountains or by the beach, coupled with the exploration of cities and towns rich in cultural treasures.

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