Mexico is the number one tourist destination for foreigners in Latin America, and ranks sixth worldwide in the same category.

However, travel to Mexico to enjoy the beauty of Mexico’s beaches and towns was halted with the appearance of the coronavirus threat in March of 2020

However, in 2022 we see a revival in the travel market as some of the best places to visit in Mexico have started to open their doors for new guests.  As a result we have decided to issue this article for you to find the present top palace that can help you enjoy Mexico as a vacation destination. 

So without further ado, let’s start with the list of the Mexico’s best places to visit including those that are ready to accept visitors this year:

Chichen Itza (Yucatan)

Located in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula, you will find Chichen Itza, the most famous Mexican city in the world and the second most visited archaeological site. It is located an hour’s drive from the city of Merida and is the perfect place to learn about Mayan culture and history. It was named a World Heritage Site in 1988.

The first thing you should do is visit the Temple of Kukulkan, name of the god to whom the site is dedicated. It is an imposing pyramid, which was chosen as one of the Seven New Wonders of the Modern World in 2007.

Another site to visit in Mexico is the esplanade of the great Ball Game. It is the most important in the country and only one of the eight that exist in Chichen Itza.

Chichén Itzá holds great mysteries in its structure. Among them is its perfectly symmetrical spatial distribution with the location of the constellations. See and learn about these and other curiosities of the history and origin of Chichen Itza, one of the most interesting sites in Mexico.

How to get to Chichen Itza?

To get to Chichen Itza you must travel from Mexico City to the east of the country, for this you must take a flight to Merida Airport with a two-hour trip for only 1,540 Mexican pesos (80 dollars). Once at the airport, the cheapest option is to take a bus that costs 122 Mexican pesos (6.39 dollars) and will take you there in two hours.

Another option to visit Chichén Itzá is to take one of the tours that depart from the city of Mérida, which include transportation, lunch and a complete tour of the site.

Cancun and Isla Mujeres (Quintana Roo)

If you are traveling to Mexico, you will know that one of the most famous places is Cancun. However, in front of this place is a beautiful island called Isla Mujeres, which is an oasis of tranquility.

This is one of the tourist places in Mexico where you can enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Mexican Caribbean in hippie style, backpacking or for a romantic getaway with your partner. Its atmosphere is very quiet and simple. If you don’t want to go through Cancun to get to this island you can go to the maritime terminal of Puerto Juarez.

On the other hand, if you are in the popular summer city you can go to kilometer 4 of the hotel zone where there is a bridge known as Calinda. Here you can take a boat that will take you to the island. Various types of accommodation at Cancun and Isla Mujeres can be booked via Karta – one of the best vacation rentals sites.

A curious fact you should know about this place is that four blocks away you will find Playa Norte, a semi-nudist beach, not so well known but of very good quality.

How to get to Isla Mujeres?

The first thing you should do to get to Isla de las Mujeres from Mexico City is to take a flight to Cancun Airport (located in the state of Quintana Roo in the east of the country). From there you can take a bus to Puerto Juarez for only 57 Mexican pesos (3 dollars) in a trip of about nine minutes.

Once in Puerto Juarez the only option to get to Isla de las Mujeres is to take a ferry for only 78 Mexican pesos (4 dollars). The trip takes about 20 minutes and they operate from 5:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Xochimilco (Mexico City)

Called “field of flowers”, Xochimilco is a group of canals in Nahuatl that have existed since pre-Hispanic times and have now become a tourist attraction that you should definitely visit to ride on its trajineras.

Currently you can observe the chinampas, which are artificial crops created on the lake. You can see them on the typical trajineras, which are places with an excellent atmosphere and a stunning beauty.

This is one of the tourist sites in Mexico that is considered a World Cultural Heritage Site and is one of the ideal places to go on weekends with children.

It is highly recommended that you bring your camera with plenty of storage space, as the scenery contemplated on the freshwater walks is worth admiring and capturing with your camera. To get there from downtown, the best option is by subway, from line 2.

How to get to Xochimilco?

To get to Xochimilco (located southeast of Mexico City) the easiest and most economical option is to use the city’s subway. To do this you must take the metro line two at any of its stations for a cost of 5 Mexican pesos (0.26 dollars) to the Tasqueña station where you must take the light train that will take you to Xochimilco for 3 Mexican pesos (0.16 dollars). The trip takes an hour and a half.

But if you don’t want to travel by metro, another economical option is the bus that leaves from the South Terminal of Mexico City for 38 Mexican pesos (2 dollars). The trip takes 32 minutes, passing through the routes of Textitlan, El Vergel and Santa María Tepepan to Xochimilco.

Xcaret Park (Quintana Roo)

Xcaret is a natural park in Playa del Carmen where you will enjoy subway rivers and the natural and cultural richness of the Aztec people. Have fun in more than 50 attractions framed by the spectacular landscapes of this Majestic Paradise of Mexico.

A unique experience of this place is to swim through the subway rivers of Xcaret that have three freshwater canals, which will take you through caves, tunnels and spectacular scenery.

Then you can walk through the jungle trails of the Xcaret eco-archaeological park to the best beaches of the Riviera Maya and finish your visit at the Coral Reef Aquarium.

Xcaret, one of the best beach destinations for children in Mexico, is located at kilometer 282 of the Chetumal-Puerto Juarez highway in the municipality of Solidaridad, Quintana Roo. You can take a tour service from Tulum, Cancun or Playa del Carmen, or go by bus or car.

How to get to Xcaret Park?

From Mexico City you will have to take a two and a half hour flight to Cancun, in the Riviera Maya. Once you are in Cancun you can take an ADO bus to the entrance of the park. The bus costs about 57 Mexican pesos per person (3 dollars) and the trip lasts one hour.

San Cristobal de las Casas (Chiapas)

San Cristobal de Las Casas is a mountainous city located in the southern state of Chiapas where you can find several well-preserved colonial buildings that invite you to learn about history.

One of these places to visit in Mexico is the Amber Museum, located in the old convent of La Merced. Here, exhibitions are organized on the extraction and production of the local precious stone.

In addition, you can visit the yellow cathedral of San Cristobal, which dates back several centuries and is located in the Central Park, or the Los Altos Museum, located in the former baroque convent of Santo Domingo de Guzman. The latter organizes exhibits on regional history and the textile industry where you can also buy colorful fabrics and other handicrafts.

Finally, you can visit the Church of Guadalupe, which offers beautiful views of the city. San Cristobal de Las Casas, located among the best places in Mexico, is 46 kilometers away on the Tuxtla Gutierrez – San Cristobal de Las Casas highway, in Baja California.

How to get to San Cristobal de Las Casas?

From Mexico City you will have to take a two and a half hour flight to Cancun, in the Riviera Maya. Once you are in San Cristobal de las Casas, it is one of those cities in Chiapas in the south of Mexico that can be reached in a very easy way. The first option is to take a bus from the Terminal del Sur in Mexico City on the ADO line, which offers a 14-hour direct trip to San Cristobal de las Casas for only 765 Mexican pesos ($40).

You can also get there by taking a flight from Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutierrez for 1,500 Mexican pesos (US$80) for a one-and-a-half hour trip. Once you are in Tuxtla Gutierrez you only have to take a bus for 191 Mexican pesos (10 dollars) to San Cristobal de las Casas and in about an hour you will be in the place.

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