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Introducing Mexico

Make the most of your time in Mexico.
Mexico is a vast and surprising destination. Yes, it has beautiful beaches and endless stretches of Pacific and Caribbean coast鈥攂ut it also boasts 35,000 archaeological sites, 10% of the world鈥檚 biodiversity, and more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the Americas. It's a cultural melting pot of more than 50 indigenous ethnic groups, with endless tradition (and endless incredible cuisine). There's a side of Mexico to suit every traveler鈥攍et us help you find yours.

When is the best time to visit?
Seasons in Mexico vary from region to region. On the Yucat谩n Peninsula, December-April is when the weather is warm and dry. It's also the most crowded and expensive time to go. We recommend May-June, when crowds have thinned and the rainy season has yet to arrive. The same goes for Mexico's Pacific coast. For other parts of the country, like Puebla or Mexico City, May-October is the wet season鈥攜ou can expect rain almost every day. Ask your specialist for more on what to expect during your visit. Learn more

Where should you go?
For ancient history, you can't do better than the Yucat谩n鈥攁rchaeological sites here include the iconic Chichen Itz谩, Ek Balam, and many more. This is an especially good area for a self-drive tour. If you're interested in community-based activities, engage in local culture with village visits to Chunhuhub聽or Nuevo Durango.聽

Oaxaca is world famous for its culture, cuisine, and world-famous surfing beaches鈥攁nd if culture is what you're after, you'll also want to put Mexico City, Puebla, and other colonial cities such as San Miguel de Allende on your list. Chiapas, San Luis Potosi, and Veracruz are access points to Mexico's natural world鈥攖hink waterfalls, rivers, and deep jungle. The biosphere reserves such as Sian Ka鈥檃n and Calakmul are also outdoor adventure destinations.

How many days do you need?
Have we mentioned yet that Mexico is a big country? The more days you can spend, the better. With 5 days, stick to Mexico City and Puebla, or pick another region to immerse in鈥擮axaca, Chiapas, or Veracruz make good stand-alone trips. Ten days means you can comfortably visit the Yucat谩n, combining it with either Campeche and Riviera Maya or Chiapas. A trip through the colonial cities would also be possible in 10 days.

The lucky travelers with 2 weeks (or more) will get to experience the diversity that defines Mexico, visiting several regions with different ecosystems and ethnic groups. Start in Baja California Sur and make your way to Chepe, pair Puerto Vallarta with Guadalajara, or dive into Oaxaca, Puebla, and Mexico City.

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Mexico Tours & Itineraries

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El Chifl贸n waterfalls, Chiapas
Map of Highlights of Chiapas - 10 Days
Highlights of Chiapas - 10 Days

Experience the best of Chiapas with this 10-day itinerary. Start with a mix of nature and culture in San Cristobal de las Casas with a walking tour of the city and day trips to Sumidero Canyon and Montebello Lakes National Park. From there, spend four nights in Palenque, where you鈥檒l visit craft markets and archeological sites, and learn about the indigenous Tzotzil people.

The Church of San Servacio in the city of Valladolid
Map of Mexico City & Riviera Maya - 10 Days
Mexico City & Riviera Maya - 10 Days

This off-the-beaten-track adventure kicks off in Mexico City where you'll learn the area's pre-Colombian history and visit mysterious temples built by the Aztecs and Mayans. From here, fly to the Riviera Maya to ramble in the colonial streets of Valladolid, dine on fresh cuisine, and chill out on the Caribbean Sea. Expect private guides and transportation throughout (except for your free day in Tulum).

Parque Labastida in the historic center of Oaxaca, Mexico
Map of Magical Oaxaca & the Pacific Coast - 10 Days
Magical Oaxaca & the Pacific Coast - 10 Days

Explore the cultural and natural highlights of Oaxaca on this ten-day itinerary around the region. You'll explore colorful marketplaces, see a 2,000-year-old tree, feel the spray of crystal-blue waterfalls, visit traditional villages in the Northern Highlands, learn how to make mole in a private cooking class, and spend the last few days on Oaxaca's idyllic Pacific beaches.

Discover the vast Mayan city of Uxmal on the Puuc Route
Map of Highlights of Mexico: From Mexico City to the Mayan Riviera  - 14 Days
Highlights of Mexico: From Mexico City to the Mayan Riviera - 14 Days

Step back in time on this two-week itinerary featuring ancient Aztec and Mayan ruins of Morelos and the Yucat谩n Peninsula. Along the way, you will explore Mexico City, the colonial towns of Valladolid and M茅rida, and the turquoise waters of the Riviera Maya. You will snorkel in freshwater cenotes, climb stone steps of Aztec pyramids, and meet with indigenous locals to learn about Maya history and culture firsthand.

A colorful street in San Miguel de Allende
Map of Mexico's Ultimate Culture Tour - 14 Days
Mexico's Ultimate Culture Tour - 14 Days

This exciting Mexican road trip covers a whopping number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites鈥攑erfect for culture enthusiasts. Starting in Mexico City, you'll visit historic colonial towns, architectural sites, nature parks, and gorgeous interiors while making your way to both coasts with free time each evening to explore markets, restaurants, and art galleries on your own. This two-week itinerary is best suited for those who like to be on the move (a private driver and transfers are included).

Architecture in Guadalajara
Map of Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta & Mexico City - 14 Days
Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta & Mexico City - 14 Days

Experience three distinct areas of Mexico on this exciting two-week itinerary. Get your fill of colonial architecture and mariachi music in Guadalajara, relax on the palm-studded Pacific beaches of Puerto Vallarta, and explore the coolest neighborhoods and best eats in Mexico City. This trip includes a mix of public and private transport (both excellent in Mexico), as well as guided tours and free time for the ultimate adventure.

Make the Most of Your Time in Mexico

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral
How Many Days to Spend in Mexico

Five days is just enough time to enjoy the highlights of one region in Mexico. With a full week or 10 days, you can combine three or four areas to create an eclectic...

Cenote Dos Ojos on the Yucat谩n Peninsula
Map of 1 Week in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

If you have a week to spend in Mexico, you can do a deep dive into one region like the Riviera Maya, or hop between two cultural hubs like Mexico City and Oaxaca. Explore the...

Ruins in Tulum
Map of 10 Days in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

If you have ten days to spend in Mexico, you have time to mix cultural sightseeing with outdoor activities, culinary tours, and relaxing on the beach. Focus your time on Mexico...

Colorful streets in Puerto Vallarta's historic center near Malecon and Playa de los Muertos
Map of 2 Weeks in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks in Mexico, you have plenty of time to delve into more than one region鈥攑air Mexico City with the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, for example鈥攁nd to build your trip...

Mexico Travel Advice

Read our detailed insights to make sure you have the best trip
Steps of the Temple of Kukulc谩n
The Ideal Day at Chichen Itza

Whether you鈥檙e peeling yourself off of your Cancun beach chair after four straight days of sun or just arrived in the Yucatan, the towering structures of Chichen Itza are...

Our Latest Mexico Content

Learn the art of the perfect tortilla
Map of Mexico's Culinary Heart: Mexico City & Puebla - 7 Days
Mexico's Culinary Heart: Mexico City & Puebla - 7 Days

This food-focused itinerary takes you to central Mexico for a week of vibrant flavors and rich culinary traditions. Start in the capital to snack on scorpions and street food in the Mercado de San Juan and marvel at Aztec farming techniques in the floating gardens of Xochimilco. After some sightseeing at the pyramids of Teotihuacan, it's on to Puebla where you'll learn to make tortillas and mole poblano like a local.

Vibrant colors at a market in San Crist贸bal de Las Casas
Map of A Culinary Journey Through Oaxaca & Chiapas - 14 Days
A Culinary Journey Through Oaxaca & Chiapas - 14 Days

Authentic culture and cuisine take center stage on this epic, two-week journey through central and southern Mexico. Snack your way through Mexico City's best food market, then head into Oaxaca for unspoiled beaches, mezcal tastings, and hands-on gastronomy workshops. Continue to Chiapas to end your trip cooking with the local indigenous community and exploring the wilds of Sumidero Canyon by boat.

Learn the secrets of a perfect handmade tortilla
Map of Mexican Gastronomy & Indigenous Traditions - 9 Days
Mexican Gastronomy & Indigenous Traditions - 9 Days

This 9-day itinerary takes you off-the-beaten path to discover the local cuisine and indigenous heritage of three distinct Mexican regions. Start in Mexico City with a gastronomic tour of the Aztec capital and a boat ride through the floating gardens of Xochimilco. Transfer to the mountains of Hidalgo to try your hand at mushroom picking and traditional weaving alongside the locals, then head to Puebla to stroll its flavorful markets and master the art of handmade tortillas.

Mexico Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Mexico map: 10 Days in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Mexico map: 7 Days in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Mexico map: 14 Days in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
14 Days in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Mexico
Travel specialist Jorge Reyna
active 2 days ago

Jorge Reyna

My name is Jorge, your local travel expert in Mexico. I love traveling, to experience new cultures and see the amazing diversity of this world. I studied tourism and take any opportunity I get to...

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Travel specialist Leslie P茅rez
active 1 day ago

Leslie P茅rez

I am proudly Mexican and a travel passionate. I have had the opportunity to visit 25 different countries and during the past 4 years I have focused on exploring and sharing about the hidden...

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Travel specialist Karen Quintero
active 1 day ago

Karen Quintero

Holaaa! I'm Karen, proudly Mexican and native from a small city called Tlaxcala. In the last 4 years I鈥檝e been exploring Mexico and I love to share with the world the authentic Mexico that I鈥檓 in...

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Travel specialist Natalia Tavera Daza
active 1 day ago

Natalia Tavera Daza

I am a Historian and Master in Sustainable Tourism, passionate about Mexico and conservation. Originally from Colombia, I went to Mexico during my early years and deeply felt in love with the...

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Trip Reviews for Mexico

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

An unforgettable Mexico vacation experience with Kimkim
Mexico | Aug 13 - Aug 21, 2022

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William W.
Los Angeles, CA | Aug 21, 2022

We had a fantastic experience with the Kimkim staff and the tour guides they connected us with.

Adrian our Mexico City food tour guide was amazingly knowledgeable and conscientious. The food in Mexico City is so delicious and we got to experience all sorts from markets to street vendors to high end pastries. Luis our guide in Tenochtitl谩n was friendly and easy going with all our questions and our kids. We learned so much about the history of Mexico and how it influences the culture of... read more

We had a fantastic experience with the Kimkim staff and the tour guides they connected us with.

Adrian our Mexico City food tour guide was amazingly knowledgeable and conscientious. The food in Mexico City is so delicious and we got to experience all sorts from markets to street vendors to high end pastries. Luis our guide in Tenochtitl谩n was friendly and easy going with all our questions and our kids. We learned so much about the history of Mexico and how it influences the culture of modern Mexico. Jorge set us up with some amazing food while on the traji帽eras and gave us the historical perspective of Coyoac谩n .

Willy in Puerto Escondido was a local who knew about everything in the area and was always on time, was great with kids and went out of his way to make the trip great.

I鈥檓 so glad we had Ximena on WhatsApp the whole time. It was so great to have her there to confirm tours and adjust schedules, and even in one case help us figure out what to do when one tour was no longer available due to weather.

Activity Reviews
Sweets & streets! Family-Friendly Historic Center Tour
Mexico City

Adri谩n was an amazing guide, a chef and pastry maker himself he was so knowledgeable about the world of food and about Mexico City鈥檚 gems. Great with kids and fun to spend the day with.

Walk through the mangrove and release the turtles - Walking Night Patrol
Mexico

We got to see a turtle lay eggs and release baby sea turtles! What a unique and wonderful experience. Willy was the ultimate driver and guide.

Local specialist: Leslie P茅rez

Highlights of Mexico with an eco-tourism focus
Mexico | Aug 1 - Aug 11, 2022

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Grainne A.
Ireland | Aug 18, 2022

Karen helped us plan our honeymoon to Mexico and we couldn't be happier with our trip.
She took everything we discussed on board and planned our 11 day trip with all our specifications in mind. The process of planning was very smooth and we had regular contact with Karen with additional updates to the itinerary. She was very receptive to any changes we needed to make and was extremely helpful in reorganising part of the trip when I made an error with flights.

The holiday itself was... read more

Karen helped us plan our honeymoon to Mexico and we couldn't be happier with our trip.
She took everything we discussed on board and planned our 11 day trip with all our specifications in mind. The process of planning was very smooth and we had regular contact with Karen with additional updates to the itinerary. She was very receptive to any changes we needed to make and was extremely helpful in reorganising part of the trip when I made an error with flights.

The holiday itself was exceptional. We knew at all times who we needed to meet and where we needed to meet them and had daily correspondence with Ximena over What's app.
The mix of activities and excursions was exactly what we had hoped for and I feel like we got to experience a broad view of Mexico.
Our personal highlights were the food tasting and historical tours in Mexico City where we had private tours with some very experienced chefs.
We also got to experience some eco-tourism on the Yucutan and get an idea of modern Mayan culture. One of the best parts of our trip was the cultural emersion tour in Nuevo Durango. Because of these small tours we got to visit lots of hidden cenotes and small villages that we would otherwise never have been aware of.

Every day of our trip had an excursion planned but left plenty of time to explore locally in the evenings. I cannot recommend kimkim, and Karen in particular, enough. I would never have been able to plan such a varied trip without her.

Hotel Reviews
Cabins in Nuevo Durango

We stayed in one of the cabins in Nuevo Durango as part of a cultural tour of the area and it was one of the best nights we spent in Mexico. The cabin itself is rustic and sparse but very clean and the bed was incredibly comfortable. The cabins each had a toilet and shower and mosquito net for protection. The wifi didn't stretch to the cabin but this didn't limit the experience in any way, and moreso created an unplugged, relaxing night. We had delicious lunch, dinner, and breakfast, all cooked locally and our guide, Jose, was really excellent at showing us around the area and bringing us to the cenote in the centre of the town.

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Casa Gonz谩lez
Mexico City

Great location with easy access to town and nice local restaurants. We felt very safe in the area and there were always plenty of people around. The room was beautiful and comfortable and the staff at the front desk were very helpful. Breakfast each morning was delicious with a good variety of Mexican and international food on the menu. Our only issue was with the timing of the room cleaning. We arrived back from trips late in the afternoon most days and our room hadn't yet been cleaned and on one occasion the cleaner arrived while we were in our room (around 4pm) and we had to leave for half an hour while the bathroom bins were emptied and the room cleaned. Despite this we really enjoyed our stay and would happily visit again.

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Hotel Gayser
Valladolid

Great location that was a short walk to the main square and restaurants. The room was clean and comfortable and the air-con was great. We were on the ground floor and there was a lot of noise with music playing in the lobby at night which made it very hard to sleep. The breakfast was limited, just toast and fruit, so we wouldn't have relied on it as a full meal for the morning.

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too much noise from music playing in the lobby at night
HM Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen

Beautiful and clean hotel with a great pool and bar service. Check-in was very straightforward but there is no elevator in the building so we had to carry heavy suitcases up 2 flights of stairs. Location was great and just a few minutes walk away from the main strip but far enough away that there was no noise at night. There's also a secure carpark which was great.

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Fiesta Americana Viaducto Aeropuerto
Mexico City

Brief overnight stay between flights. Very nice and clean hotel with great airport shuttle service. Check-in was very straightforward and the staff were very helpful. Very clean and comfortable.

Activity Reviews
Biking in Teotihuacan "The City of the Gods" with transportation [Full Day]
Mexico City

Really pleasant morning biking around Teotihuacan with our guide. We got to visit one of the nearby caves and learn a bit about Aztec customs and auras which was fun! A light lunch was included which was enjoyable before heading back out in the sun. We also had a visit to a local craftsman who showed us how some of the obsidian ornaments are created. Our guide was great and full of information about the mathematics and construction of the pyramids. Really enjoyable tour overall

Float in the Muyil Sian Ka麓an Biosphere Reserve
Mexico

Cannot recommend this tour enough. The reserve has a gentle current so we spent 40 mins in a very relaxing natural lazy river. Our guide filled us in on how the Mayans used the lagoon and pointed out native plants and fossils as we drifted along. We really didn't want to leave!

Local specialist: Karen Quintero

Thank you Leslie and Ximena馃檹馃徎
Mexico | Jul 15 - Jul 22, 2022

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Jessica M.
Albuquerque, NM | Jul 24, 2022

Thank you Leslie and Ximena馃檹馃徎 Our Mexico City and Playa Del Carmen trip was so enjoyable and carefree thanks to all your planning for us. Every transfer, tour and reservation went according to plan and my daughter and I felt completely safe and taken care of馃挒 read more

Thank you Leslie and Ximena馃檹馃徎 Our Mexico City and Playa Del Carmen trip was so enjoyable and carefree thanks to all your planning for us. Every transfer, tour and reservation went according to plan and my daughter and I felt completely safe and taken care of馃挒

Hotel Reviews
Hist贸rico Central Mexico City
Mexico City

The service at the Historic was fantastic. The desk was always so helpful with information, reservations and assisting with transport. The complimentary breakfast was delicious and tge 24-hour cafe was very convenient. The hotel was clean, lovely and centrally located. Our room was a bit small and had no view yet cozy. Thank you Historic Central!

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful hotel!
Location
Right in the middle of everything!
Staff
Very friendly and helpful!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Room was clean and cozy but a bit small.
Thompson Beach House Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen

This hotel was centrally located near center of town and the beach. Our room was just lovely with a fabulous view of the pool. Bring some white noise however since it does get loud at night from the pool and beach bars. The staff was beyond helpful. It was wonderful that we could use the rooftop pool at the sister hotel and we met so many wonderful people at the beach pool. My daughter and I really enjoyed our time at the Thompson Beach Hotel.

Authenticity & Character
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Center of everything
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Leslie P茅rez