While Mexico has no shortage of exclusive resorts and five-star hotels, the finest sites that the country has to offer are usually free. Thanks to the countries rich natural beauty there are an abundance of things you can discover without breaking the bank. To help you on your way and to give you a flavour of some of the best things to see and do in Mexico, have a look at our quick guide:
The resorts surrounding Tulum may be popular with holiday-makers looking for an all-inclusive break, but the area has much to offer backpackers looking for adventure. Home to perhaps the most scenic stretch of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, Tulum is also rich in ancient Mayan heritage. Once a large pre-Colombian walled city, much of the areas long history is still on display in its striking ruins. The small town of Tulum itself is also well served with activities and amenities, and has a more laid back atmosphere than the tourist Mecca of nearby Cancun to the north.
Go windsurfing in Baja California
While many of Mexico’s most travelled tourist hotspots are on the Caribbean coast, the West coast of the country boasts just as much to do. The large Baja California peninsula is one of the longest in the world, and as such has its own distinct identity. Its proximity to the US border means its ever-popular with young Americans looking for surf, sea and, adventure. The shape of the region means that on the pacific side there is no shortage of waves for windsurfers, while the interior coast on the Sea of Cortez offers a more gentle beach experience. With beaches dotted all up and down the region, there is a world of seaside fun to enjoy.
Visit the Pyramids of Teotihuacan
Mexico is awash with fascinating pre-Colombian historical site. But few match up to the wonder of the pyramids of Teotihuacan. Once the site of a massive multicultural Mesoamerican metropolis, the area is still replete with ancient structures and monuments. The crown jewel of the area is the huge Pyramid of the Sun, the largest of Mexico’s pre-European buildings. Thanks to Teotihuacan’s proximity to Mexico City, it is very easy to reach and should be on any backpacker’s list of things to do.