Whether you plan to go it alone or you’re thinking about travelling with us, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 things to do in Mexico in 2020.
Hungry for more? Take a look at our Mexico City to Tulum trip which is crammed with unique experiences, delicious local food and beautiful boutique hotels.
Obviously, eating has to be the number one on our things to do in Mexico in 2020 list. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, mole, chilaquiles, pozole, tostadas, elote, guacamole... do we need to go on? Mexican food is incredibly varied and far removed from the staples of fajitas, burritos and nachos that are often served up in ‘Mexican’ restaurants at home.
From street-side taco stalls in Mexico City to restaurants using the best locally-sourced ingredients and traditional regional recipes in Puebla – your taste buds will always to be satisfied.
2. Check out a Lucha libre match
Whether you’re into wrestling or not, this is an experience not to miss. With outrageous costumes, comedy, acrobatics and fireworks, it won’t be long before you’re chanting away with the rest of the crowd.
Lucha libra is an important part of Mexican culture and the luchadores (wrestlers) often come from extended wrestling families. The best place to catch a match is in Mexico City at the Arena Mexico and on our trip you’ll take in a match on the second day!
3. Discover Oaxaca City
Oaxaca (pronounced wah-hah-kah) captivates everyone with its deliciously inventive version of Mexican cuisine, gorgeous handicrafts, frequent colorful fiestas, booming arts scene and fine mezcals distilled in nearby villages.
In the heart of the city, colonial-style churches and plazas have earned it UNESCO World Heritage status. It’s easy to spend several days strolling through Oaxaca’s narrow streets discovering bohemian cafes, street art and mezcalerías where you can sip on locally-produced spirits.
4. Swim in cenotes
Cenotes are natural swimming holes or caves, basically subterranean swimming pools! They were worshipped by the Ancient Mayans and there are thought to be over 6000 in the Yucatan Peninsula alone. Climbing down a ladder into one of these sink holes and jumping in for a refreshing swim, is one of our favourite things to do in Mexico in 2020.
During our Mexico City to Tulum trip, we’ll cycle to some of the best cenotes in Tulum.
5. Sip on craft beer in Puebla
The craft beer scene in Mexico has been exploding for a number of years and Mexicans have a love affair with ‘cerveza’ so strong that no fiesta or even casual meal would be complete with a beer and some ‘botanas’ (local snacks) on the go.
Mexico City and Puebla are most great places to sample local brews. But we love Cerveceria 5 de Mayo in Puebla.
6. Visit a volcano
Mexico has several majestic and explosive volcanoes. From the town of Puebla, it’s easy to visit the Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park to take in the incredible views of Iztaccihuatl and Popocateptl volcanoes. The park has some incredible hiking trails with views of the volcanoes, and with any luck, you might see a cloud of ash and smoke explode from the top of their craters.
7. Explore Aztec ruins
There are pyramids and shrines to be discovered all over Mexico and Chichen Itza is usually top of the list for many visitors. But our favourite site is the pyramid of Tepozteco, which stands on a mountain 400 meters above the mysterious pre-Hispanic village of Tepoztlan. According to legend, the town is the birthplace of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl.
8. Shop at the markets
Of all the things to do in Mexico, don’t miss out on snapping up some bargains. Two of the best places to shop are the Mercado Ciudadela in Mexico City for handmade textiles, crafts and artwork and Oaxaca’s Mercado Benito Juárez for local specialties like freshly ground coffee beans, juices, and famous grasshopper tacos.
9. Honour the Day of the Dead
Every year Mexico celebrates Dia de los Muertos. Despite its name, the festival is a vibrant and lively celebration of those who are gone but not forgotten. If you want a real taste of Mexican culture, the best place to celebrate it is Oaxaca and that’s exactly what you’ll do on our tour departing 24 October 2020.
The festival dates back thousands of years and during the celebration, families will visit the graves of lost relatives to decorate them, offer gifts and even have a graveside fiesta!
10. Explore with us!
We have two trips coming up this year to Mexico, one in July and one in October for the Day of the Dead festival. Come join us! Find out more here