The world is big, and we have a lot of places to see, so why did we choose Mexico as our next Topdeck stop? Where else can you enjoy a fresh taco, see an ancient pyramid, take a nap on a world-famous beach, jump into a sacred cenote, and grab a few drinks with your new friends…ON THE SAME DAY?!
It was difficult to cut down the list, but here are a few of our favourite highlights from our brand-new Mexico Unveiled tour. Is it too early to start packing?
Located to the north-east of Mexico City, these Mesoamerican ruins are all that remains of this once thriving ancient metropolis. Take a stroll down the eerily named Avenue of the Dead, which will take you past pyramids, murals, and the former residences of this city. Up for a little climb? You can actually ascend the steep steps of the Pirámide de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon) for a great view, and the perfect Instagram shot of the larger Pirámide del Sol (Pyramid of the Sun). Ancient ruin climbing accomplished, you’ll be ready to head back to Mexico City for a refreshing cocktail (and maybe a street taco or two).
2. Chichen Itza
Are you ready to see one of the New Seven Wonders of the World? Well then, Chichen Itza is an absolute bucket list item. This ancient Mayan city, located on the Yucatán Peninsula, is home to the famous El Castillo Pyramid, a standing testament to the Mayans’ fascination with astronomy and their mathematical expertise. Fun fact: there are a grand total of 365 steps (one for each day of the year) and 18 tiers (one for each month of the Mayan calendar).
3. Cenote Dos Ojos
From ruins to underwater cave systems, it’s time to dive into the world- (and Instagram-) famous Cenote Dos Ojos. This sacred cenote, which translates to ‘Two Eyes’, was once a religious site for the Mayan people and is now a popular snorkelling and diving hotspot. Jump into the turquoise water and look up at the rocky, plant-covered cave walls that surround you. Yes, this definitely beats an infinity pool.
4. Tulum Ruins
Ever dreamt of lounging on a secret beach underneath an ancient Mayan ruin? Then Tulum is the place for you! This lesser-known coastal paradise is Cancún’s older (and probably wiser) sister. The ancient walled city was built as a seaport in the 13th century. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean ocean, this archeological site is what history buffs’ and beach bums’ dreams are made of.
5. Bioluminescence of Holbox
Welcome to Holbox Island, the laid-back, car-free paradise in Quintana Roo. Holbox is home to a plethora of wildlife, including flamingos and sea turtles, but it is also home to one of the Caribbean’s coolest natural phenomena: bioluminescence. Imagine the beach all lit up by tiny blue stars in the water (okay not stars, it’s phytoplankton – but the mesmerizing result is the same). The effect is enchanting and makes the visit to this island nirvana worthwhile. The beautiful beaches and cocktails don’t hurt either…