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Chichen Itza, Mexico

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A mosaic of history, flavours, beaches, and natural wonders

Mexico is an intriguing mix of history, food, beautiful beaches, and deep rainforests that extend beyond its well-known coastal locations.

Mexico is an extraordinary destination that never fails to leave a lasting impression on its visitors. The country's rich cultural heritage and diverse landscapes offer a plethora of experiences that will keep you coming back for more. Wonder at the history of the Mayan civilization as you explore the renowned sites of Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Palenque, and Tulum. Wander through the charming towns of Oaxaca and San Cristobal de las Casas, where you will find thrumming markets filled with traditional arts and crafts. Delve into the intoxicating energy of Mexico City, a bustling metropolis brimming with history, art, and gastronomy.

The country can be roughly divided into six regions: Northern Mexico; the Yucatan Peninsula; Central Mexico; Southern Mexico and the Gulf; the Pacific Coast; and the Baja California Peninsula Territory.

Northern Mexico boasts a rugged charm, with its extreme weather conditions, vast deserts, pristine nature reserves, and daunting mountain ranges.

Central Mexico, often considered the heartland of the country, showcases beautiful natural landscapes, picturesque towns bursting with life and colour, and splendid history-rich cities that are a testament to Mexico's cultural legacy.

Southern Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico region are the go-to destinations for nature enthusiasts with their abundance of marshes, mangrove swamps, and verdant forests, creating an ideal setting for ecotourism and outdoor adventures.

The Yucatan Peninsula serves as a gateway to the fascinating world of the ancient Mayan civilization. Along its coasts, you will find idyllic white-sand beach resorts that fringe the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea.

The Pacific Coast, on the other hand, unveils cities and towns that are alive with cultural traditions and boast delectable culinary offerings, all while being blessed with stunning beaches that cater to water sports enthusiasts.

And finally, Baja California Peninsula is a treasure trove of ancient history and natural wonders. Inhabited since time immemorial, this peninsula is renowned for its Gray whales, which grace its waters during specific seasons, offering a truly memorable wildlife encounter.

When to go to Mexico

Find out the best time to visit Mexico with our month-by-month guide.

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January

In January, Mexico experiences pleasant weather with mild temperatures across many regions. It's an excellent time to explore historical sites such as Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan, enjoy water sports along the coastlines, and partake in cultural festivities like the Day of the Three Kings. Be sure to visit Mexico City's museums and savour Mexican cuisine.

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February

February brings delightful weather to Mexico, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities. Enjoy sunny days with comfortable temperatures perfect for exploring archaeological sites like Tulum and Palenque. Experience the vibrant festivities of Carnaval in Mazatlán or Veracruz. Head to the stunning beaches of Riviera Maya or Baja California for snorkelling, diving, or simply relaxing.

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March

Like January and February, March in Mexico offers pleasant weather and abundant opportunities for exploration. Still a great time to visit the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza or Monte Albán, bask in the sunshine along the pristine beaches of Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, and immerse yourself in the lively celebrations of Semana Santa (Holy Week). March is also an excellent time for outdoor activities like hiking, zip-lining, and exploring Mexico's diverse ecosystems, from the thriving jungles to the crystal-clear cenotes.

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April

The beautiful sunny weather continues in April in Mexico. Explore the impressive Mayan ruins of Tulum or Coba and soak up the sun on the beaches of Playa del Carmen or Los Cabos. It's an ideal time for snorkelling or diving in the stunning coral reefs of Cozumel or exploring the natural wonders of Copper Canyon.

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May

Explore the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza or venture into the deep jungles of Palenque. Relax on the pristine beaches of Playa del Carmen or Tulum and enjoy water activities like snorkelling or surfing. Join in with the vibrant Cinco de Mayo celebrations, highlighting Mexican culture and history. May is also a great time for eco-adventures and exploring biosphere reserves.

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June

In June, Mexico experiences warm weather with regional variations. Coastal areas such as Cancun and Puerto Vallarta boast balmy temperatures perfect for beach activities and water sports. June marks the beginning of the rainy season in many parts of Mexico, including the Yucatan Peninsula and Pacific Coast. Expect occasional showers and increased humidity. In contrast, central and northern regions, like Mexico City and Guadalajara, enjoy milder temperatures and lower chances of rain.

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July

July is part of Mexico’s rainy season. Beaches are humid and muggy so if you choose to travel at this time, make sure to plan ways to escape the humidity. However, there is a silver lining to visiting Mexico in July. Due to the less-than-perfect weather, you may find that prices for accommodations and other travel-related services tend to be more affordable. Visit Oaxaca to attend the Guelaguetza festival in July.

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August

The hottest month of the year in some parts of Mexico, if you’re visiting at this time, plan water sports and beach activities to cool off. The Yucatan Peninsula and Pacific Coast have warm temperatures with occasional showers and high humidity. Central Mexico encounters warm temperatures with intermittent rainfall. Northern Mexico has hot and dry weather, while the Baja California Peninsula enjoys warm and dry conditions.

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September

In September, expect wet weather in Mexico. Pack a rain jacket and water-resistant shoes. It's the slowest month for tourism, resulting in reduced hotel and travel prices. Take advantage of deals from high-end resorts. Maximize your time with city exploration, beach getaways, ruins tours, and museum visits. Maybe celebrate Mexican Independence Day in September in one of the major cities. Embrace the varied experiences Mexico offers during this time of the year.

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October

: In October, Mexico's weather varies, with some regions still experiencing rain as the rainy season continues. However, temperatures gradually decrease, making it more comfortable to explore. October is ideal for city visits and major attractions due to milder weather. Enjoy sightseeing, whether it's natural or cultural attractions, as rain becomes less frequent and humidity drops, allowing for easier exploration and participation in activities.

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November

November is highly recommended for visiting Mexico, as it coincides with the vibrant Day of the Dead celebrations (Nov 1-2). Witness ancestral tributes, picnics, and all-night vigils honoring the souls. The festivities blend a macabre touch with candy and skeleton figurines. Enjoy pleasant weather and exciting celebrations. Look for affordable flights and explore popular cities like Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Cancun during the off-season.

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December

In December, Mexico's climate varies across regions. The north enjoys mild temperatures, while the south experiences higher temperatures. Additionally, there is little to no rainfall between December and April, making it an ideal time to visit. Take advantage of the fine weather to explore vibrant cities and spend a weekend in a beach town. Remember to pack a jacket or scarf as cool evenings are common throughout the country during this time of year.

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