Things To Do In Mexico

Things To Do In Mexico

Tulum Mayan Ruins Overlooking the Caribbean Sea

If you’re thinking about visiting Mexico, you might automatically think of crowded beaches in Cancun. However there’s a long list of things to do in Mexico that you might not know about. From the culture to the nature, there’s a vast array of opportunities for you to explore. You just have to decide what you have time for!

  1. Tour a Tequila Distillery. In the Amititan Mountains, the 184 year old Herradura Tequila Distillery will give you a taste real authentic Mexican tequila. Taking a tour is easy because you can take an express from Guadalajara 18 miles directly to the distillery!
  2. See a Lucha Libre Match. Professional wrestling is a huge hit in Mexico City. Masked wrestlers, called luchadors, face off while dressed as superheroes and villains, performing high-flying acrobatic maneuvers inside the ring.
  3. Attend a Folklore Festival. The culturally rich region of Oaxaca hosts an abundance of Mexican folkloric festivities, wonderful open-air markets and lively graveyards. The village of Zaachila embodies the holiday Día de Muertos, an occasion in October for honoring ancestors and deceased family members, and celebrating the lives they lived. In July they celebrate La Guelaguetza, an indigenous holiday centered around dancing. One of the most exciting is the Dance of the Zancudos, which is performed by men wearing masks on stilts over 6 feet tall.
  4. Eat at a Traditional Restaurant. Oaxaca is also home to traditional cook, Abigail Mendoza, and her world-famous Zapotecan restaurant, Tlamanalli. Dishes include pumpkin seeds roasted with chilies, chicken broth with fresh corn and zucchini, Oaxacan moles, pots of white beans with tomatoes and fried white fish. Near the end of the long elaborate meals, they offer sugar-covered almond cookies and flavorful papaya, mango and pineapple sorbets.
  5. View the Monarch Butterfly Migration. Piedra Herrada is a natural sanctuary and home to a mesmerizing phenomenon. During the fall and spring, the monarch butterfly migration stops because of wind patterns, and the forests are filled with millions of butterflies.
  6. Take a Wild Life Tour. A trip to Mexico will offer many opportunities for birdwatching, but one of the most impressive experiences is seeing the huge flocks of flamingos at either the Celestun Biosphere Reserve or Rïa Lagartos in Yucatan state. Peak season for whale watching runs from December to March when thousands of humpback whales migrate to Mexico. May through September you can swim with whale sharks. If you want a more hands-on experience, many places in Mexico offer the exhilarating opportunity to participate in baby turtle release programs, including Baja California.
  7. Visit Mayan Ruins. Among all the Mayan Ruins in Mexico, Tulum is the only one located along the coast with a beautiful beach view. Built in the 13th century as sea port for trading turquoise and jade, these well-preserved ruins give visitors a fascinating look into an ancient world when it was a thriving Mayan city.
  8. Tour a Ghost Town. Real de Catorce, located in desert in the state of San Luis Potosí, was founded in 1779 after silver was discovered in nearby mountains. Currently it only has around 1,000 residents. However the site’s reputed spiritual energy makes it a destination for many religious pilgrimages, mystical rituals and international tourism.
  9. Go to the Beach. The beaches in Mexico offer a wide variety of activities that include water sports, exploration, wild life observation, yoga and nightlife. For a secluded experience, you might need to take a ferry to a small island off the coast, such as Isla Holbox.
  10. Swim in a Cenote. The Mayan Yucatán Peninsula is home to many beautiful cenotes – a term that means “sacred well.” A cenote is a natural sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. These wells are secluded by large tropical trees and filled with beautiful clear turquoise water. While swimming you can explore the caves and see the fascinating underground landscapes.

Just like it’s culture, Mexican food offers a variety of vibrant tastes, experiences, and stories. Join us at Ixtapa Mexican Grill and Cantina, located in Groton, Lexington, Lunenburg, and Woburn, Massachusetts for authentic Mexican food in a fun environment.