Edgy. Tantalising. Surprising. Let the contrast begin.
Blending Mesoamerican cultures, Spanish traditions and contemporary arts, sparkling coastlines and barren deserts, Mayan villages and palm-fringed beaches, Mexico is like several countries rolled into one. European and Mestizo influences can be tasted in the food, heard in the lingo and seen in the architecture. Embrace the variety.
Ride on horseback at sunset along a deserted beach on the Pacific coast; arrive to a private fiesta with characterful Mariachis; enjoy a private discovery of the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum, with a world-renowned historian to guide you; spend an evening at a torch-lit dinner among the Mayan ruins, with a dramatic Apocalypto-style ceremonial ritual of dance; drop from a helicopter into the largest biosphere of Mexico, joining a team of conservationists to hunt and tag Jaguar; put your running shoes on and take part in a Tarahumara Running Ceremony; marvel at one of nature’s great spectacles, the annual butterfly migration; take a boat out to the lagoons around Celestún to float among thousands of courting flamingos; dive dramatic underwater caves that stretch the length of the Yucatán peninsula.
Where to Stay
World-class beach resorts; private beach villas; authentic haciendas; colonial-style private homes; romantic honeymoon retreats.
When to Go
December to April sees very little rain but a chance to watch whales migrating (January and February). The Caribbean coast can be affected by hurricane season from June to November.