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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 17 hours 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 17 hours 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 Jenniffer Celis

Jenniffer Celis

I am deeply passionate about travel and providing travelers with a personalized service, I love to show and share the culture, color and flavor of Mexico through unique and unforgettable experiences.

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Travel specialist Sebastian Mu帽oz
active 19 hours ago

Sebastian Mu帽oz

I am Rutopia's product manager and I am here to help travelers discover the hidden gems of our wonderful Mexico. I am passionate about creating memorable travel experiences that put together the...

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Trip Reviews for Mexico

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

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

Jessica
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
Location
Center of everything
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Leslie P茅rez

Oaxaca - city and beach magic
Mexico | Jul 8 - Jul 16, 2022

Lisa
Lisa H.
Houston, TX | Jul 20, 2022

This is the second time we used kimkim for our trip planning and this is the second wonderful experience that we had. The trip was wonderful, the guides and tours were great, and we had great peace of mind knowing that the details were taken care of. I find the planning process painless and flexible so we get the kind of trip that we want. Both Lelie and Melina were prompt in their communications. Although we didn't have any problems, I knew we were just one chat away from getting help which... read more

This is the second time we used kimkim for our trip planning and this is the second wonderful experience that we had. The trip was wonderful, the guides and tours were great, and we had great peace of mind knowing that the details were taken care of. I find the planning process painless and flexible so we get the kind of trip that we want. Both Lelie and Melina were prompt in their communications. Although we didn't have any problems, I knew we were just one chat away from getting help which is a nice feature in a foreign country.

I highly recommend the guides we had, Alex from Etnotouristica and Margot from Vamos o Que?. They really knew their stuff and we feel we got very unique tours tailored to our specific interests. And thanks to Alex, we got to see one of the pre-festival parades on our first day which was a real highlight for me.

Overall, I highly recommend kimkim and we will use them again.

Hotel Reviews

Hotel Boutique Parador San Miguel

Oaxaca

We loved this hotel. Fantastic location and adorable accommodations. Very friendly staff. We would definitely stay here again.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort

Santa Fe Hotel

Puerto Escondido

Great location but the hotel was showing some wear and tear. The food and staff were great. The hotel had very unreliable internet which became frustrating (we never got it in our room, we had better luck in the restaurant).

Authenticity & Character
Location
Across from the beach!
Staff
Very friendly and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Internet. Need to improve reliability of internet in the rooms. The room was looking a little worn out.
Activity Reviews

Artistic tour of Oaxaca

Oaxaca

Loved it, small group, great way to experience the block print art of Oaxaca and it was great to meet some artists. The chocolate tasting was a nice surprise and a great way to break up the walk.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
This is a walking tour. Be prepared to walk!

Gastronomic Indigenous Roots

Oaxaca

Amazing meal! Quite a treat, beautiful presentation and delicious food.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Local specialist: Leslie P茅rez

we were very happy with how smoothly everythi...
Mexico | Mar 7 - Mar 15, 2022

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Dick R.
Okolona, KY | May 24, 2022

we were very happy with how smoothly everything went. fair amount of moving us from place to place and all went perfectly . hotels were great and in wonderful locations. thanks to everyone involved read more

we were very happy with how smoothly everything went. fair amount of moving us from place to place and all went perfectly . hotels were great and in wonderful locations. thanks to everyone involved

Hotel Review

Z贸calo Central

Mexico City
Local specialist: Jorge Reyna
Jorge
Jorge Reyna
Local specialist in Canc煤n | May 24, 2022

Hola Dick,
Thank you very much for such a nice review, I am very happy to know that the logistics of the trip lived up to your expectations and that both the destinations and the hotels were to your total satisfaction. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you again to Mexico.
Happy travels,
Jorge & Rutop铆a Team.