Mexico is located in the south of North America, just below the United States. It has a territory that covers 761,610 sq mi (1,972,550 km2) making it the world's 13th largest country by area. And since its territory is lo long, the country is filled with many destinations.
Mexico has been ranked as the second most visited country in the Americas (after the United States). People from all over the world travel and chose to vacation in this Latin American country to enjoy the things it has to offer.
The country has many attractions aside from colonial cities and beaches. It has ancient ruins and sites that were built either by the Mayan or Aztec empires, historic landmarks and monuments, the most amazing food in the world, and many beautiful places.
The Best Monuments in Mexico
You will find that there are so many incredible places to discover in Mexico, beyond the beach and the great local food, this country has so much more to offer.
The capital city, Mexico City ―also known in Spanish as CDMX ―has some of the most popular monuments in the entire country. But since this long and big country has so much history, starting with the Mayan and Aztec civilizations, and the Spanish rule, it's best to find a guide.
Hiring a tour guide for one day or your entire stay can be such a good idea. A guide will show you what are the best places to visit, they can give you great tips and tricks to go around the cities, they could tell you which time is best to visit a place, and much more.
If hiring a tour guide is not included in your budget, don't worry, save that money for water and food! In the meantime, below is a quick list of some of the six most popular monuments in Mexico.
- Angel of Independence
- Monument to the Revolution
- Monument to the Boy Heroes
- Monument to the Homeland
- Monumento a la Raza
- Mother's Monument
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Cities You Have to Visit in Mexico
Many people who travel to Mexico decide to only visit the capital city, which is Mexico City. But this is a huge mistake! Many other Mexican cities are worth your time.
Read the following list with some of the most popular cities in Mexico:
- Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City): located in the state of Mexico and the capital city of Mexico.
- Puebla: located in the state of Puebla, it's the second-largest city in Mexico.
- Guadalajara: located in the state of Jalisco and known as an international center of technology, science, culture, arts, business, and finance
- Cancun: located in the Yucatan Peninsula. Cancun is one of the most popular Mexican beaches.
- Tulum: located, like Cancun, in the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. Tulum is a beach that has become increasingly popular in the past few years.
- Merida: the largest city in the Yucatan state and popular for its unique architecture.
- Puerto Vallarta: another beautiful beach located in the state of Jalisco.
- Playa del Carmen: located in the same state as Tulum and Cancun. Playa del Carmen is popular for its beaches and its delicious local food.
- Oaxaca de Juárez: or Oaxaca City, is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
- Puerto Escondido: this small port and tourist center is located in the state of Oaxaca.
Keep in mind that the most popular beaches in Mexico are mostly located in the Riviera Maya. The Riviera Maya is a tourism district south of Cancun covering the Caribbean coastline of the state of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula.
The Riviera Maya started with Playa del Carmen and ended in the small town of Tulum, although the town of Puerto Morelos, situated to the north of Playa del Carmen, as well as the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, situated south of Tulum, are both currently being promoted as part of the Riviera Maya tourist corridor.
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The Cost of Visiting Mexico
The first thing to do when you're planning to travel abroad― or anywhere ―is dedicating some time to define your budget. Having a budget ready for whichever trip you're having will not only help you stay calm about money but will also help you prevent any disaster.
You can plan out a budget for the entire trip or you can separate it and have a day-by-day budget breakdown.
For example, you will have to define what things you want to buy, how much you can spend on food (don't forget to include water. You need to keep hydrated!), how much you will need to spend on accommodation and transportation, how much you can spend on museums, Mayan ruins, and more.
Keep in mind that Mexico has a different currency, the Mexican Peso. So during your trip when you want to purchase things you will have to calculate the conversion. Also, remember to change your money either at the airport or in the city center.
Trips can be so expensive, but not to worry, we have a breakdown of exactly how much it will cost to visit Mexico. Check it out!
Finding Accommodations in Mexico
Probably one of the most important things to book when we travel is a place to stay. Finding the perfect place can take some time and research but it's important to find a place that is safe, comfortable, and cheap if you're traveling on a budget.
If you know people who live or lived in the country you plan to visit you should always ask them which are some good places to look for accommodation and for any other tips they can give you about a day in the place you're going.
If you're planning to stay in the capital city, here is a list of good neighborhoods to stay in:
- Roma: it is also called Barrio Magico which means magic neighborhood. It will become instantly clear why this place is called this way. It has vibrant Art Deco architecture and stunning street art.
- Condesa: Right next to Roma, this neighborhood is also filled with color and great energy.
- Polanco: This is the fancy neighborhood and the place where you will find world-famous restaurants.
- Coyoacan: Like Roma and Condesa, this neighborhood is colorful and artsy, but it's a little quieter and chill.
- Juarez: This neighborhood has many instagramable places and some of the best restaurants.
- Zona Rosa: Mexico's City party central!
- San Rafael: An upcoming and vibrant neighborhood.
- Centro Historico: This is the favorite one for travelers since it is close to most tourist attractions.
- San Angel: This is a quiet and safe neighborhood but also beautiful and peaceful.
- Narvarte: While Narvarte is considered to be fairly safe, it is also an often overlooked destination—which means it's a great neighborhood to explore.
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