Mexico is a land that has many diverse geographical features. It is Mexico who gave Chocolate to the world! My focus is principally the area from Mexico City to the beach area of Playa del Carmen.

This is the area that has the awe-inspiring cities and temples of the pre- Hispanic cultures. South East Mexico was the land of the Mayans who have left behind a legacy of amazing architecture. It is a perfect destination rich in culture, stunning scenery, colourful markets and the archaeological sites.

Mexico City is an exciting mix of a busy city and ancient and colonial history. It is a vibrant metropolis of over 20 million people. Here you will find archaeological museums, great Cathedrals, the home of Frida Kahlo and the many restaurants offering a variety of Mexican food.

Once out of Mexico city , Puebla is worth a visit. Known as the city of the tiles, it is famous for the Talavera tiles. Oaxaca is surrounded by the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains and offers an interesting mix of cuisines as well as great markets highlighting the crafts of the area. Other interesting towns are Merida and San Cristobel. All offering different experiences of the Mexican culture.

Of course along the way are the archaeological wonders of Mexico – Palenque, Mt Alban, Uxmal, Kabar, Chichen Itza and beautiful Tulum – all in various states – some restored, others still struggling with the surrounding jungle.

Along the way, visit the beautiful beaches of the Coastline till you reach the Caribbean. Playa del Carmen offers beautiful white sandy beaches and aqua coloured water. Although it also has the touristy shops, it is far removed from the Cancun scene. If you want large resorts then Cancun is for you! There are also opportunities to swim in quieter beaches or take a snorkelling trip to one of the many Canotes (underground caves).

This part of Mexico offers history, culture, cuisine, markets and beaches – a great mix!

Seasonal Travel

June to August are the hottest times in this part of Mexico and can also be wet . Great for swimming but perhaps not the time to be visiting archaeological sites where there is little shade. Hurricanes can also occur between June and November. The ideal time is December to May.


Mexico City – visit the various areas of the city – Centro Historica , Zona Rosa and Coyoacan. Here you will find archaeological museums, great Cathedrals, the home of Frida Kahlo and the many restaurants offering a variety of Mexican food. Explore the Museum of Anthropology, the Metropolitan Cathedral (the largest church in Latin America), take a day trip to the amazing ruins of Teotihuacan and the shrine of Guadalupe.

Puebla is worth a visit. Known as the city of the tiles, it is famous for the Talavera tiles. In addition, this city known for its splendid architecture and also offers excellent cuisine, which is a blend of pre-Hispanic, Arabic, French and Spanish influences.

Oaxaca surrounded by the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains has beautiful architecture in the Centro Historico (Historic Center), which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO In the traditional markets, such as Benito Juarez and 20 de Noviembre, you’ll find all kinds of crafts that come from various regions of Oaxaca. Oaxaca is also known for its gastronomical offerings.

Don’t miss Monte Alban – Located 10 km (6 mi) southwest of Oaxaca City off the state highway. Because of its important cultural development and its monumental architecture UNESCO declared this archaeological zone a World Heritage Site in 1987. It is here that you can see the famous ball court and hear the various legends surrounding this game!

Palenque Ruins - Palenque is one of the most important Mayan archaeological zones. It is a must-see destination for this region and is embedded in the heart of a tropical jungle.

Merida. It is worth spending a couple of days here. Merida is known today as the White City. It has beautiful and solidly built colonial buildings that house the city’s history, art, traditions and culture. While in Merida, you can try many of the exquisite dishes characteristic of Yucatan cuisine. Papadzules and panuchos are made with stuffed corn tortillas and bathed in hot sauce. The traditional cochinita pibil is pork marinated in orange juice and served with beans and red onion.

The archaeological sites are numerous -Uxmal and Kabah Ruins – well worth looking at and not as restored as others. Chichen-Itza – the largest of these and although full of tourists a must see- the most prominent buildings, like the Castillo, the Ball Court the Observatory, the Temple of the Warriors and the Nunnery. Tulum although not large is breath taking in its setting. Set against the aqua waters of the Caribbean is a stunning site.

Playa Del Carmen – here is the place to unwind – long white sandy beach and aqua waters of the Caribbean. And if you want to shop – there are lots of shops here catering for all tastes. From here you can escape to quieter less developed beaches along the coast or take a day trip to busy Cancun.

Don’t forget if you are a snorkeler or diver to experience the Canotes (underwater caves).