Sometimes it seems like the only stories coming out of Mexico are regarding sombreros, mariachi music, and endless nights partying and waking up with a wicked headache. It is so much more than that! If you’re looking for an authentic Mexican experience, make sure to check out the following must-have experiences in Mexico.
With history dating back thousands of years, Mexico is filled with many different sets of ruins from the Mayans to the Aztecs. To gain insight on this complex culture, make sure to visit some of the most popular ones: Teotihuacan, Palenque, Tulum, and Chichen Itza. There is even a set of ruins in the middle of Mexico City - Templo Mayor!
2. Lucha Libre
This 150-year-old sport is a popular cultural pastime and can be taken quite seriously. Stadiums will fill to the brim with cheering, heckling fans while the wrestlers fly through the air smashing tables, chairs, and throwing each other out of the ring. You can find out very quickly who is considered the “bad” guy and the “good” guy and it is played out to the end of the performance. If the wrestler loses his mask, his identity is revealed and his wrestling career is often over. Keep in mind that many official matches have a no photography code.
Loud, smelly, and chaotic; nothing will acquaint you with an area faster than market culture. Not only do you get a peek into the daily life of locals but you also get to see the goods available in the area. Regional markets will differ quite a bit. Art markets are prevalent in Guadalajara; cheese, chocolate, and mole are displayed in Oaxaca; and seafood will be seen in Puerto Vallarta. You will always find something new and exciting!
4. Beaches (Pacific and Caribbean)
With two different coasts, you can have the beach of your dreams. Are you a fan of the Caribbean? Head over to the Riviera Maya where turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and some of the best diving in the world can be found. Fancy yourself a surfer? Head to the Pacific Coast where you can catch an awesome wave or head to surf school.
5. Street Food
Roasted corn, fresh tortillas, fruit juices, tacos, sandwiches, popsicles, churros, hot dogs wrapped in bacon - need I say more?
This list is just the tip of the iceberg of all the amazing activities waiting for you during your upcoming adventure.
There are so many things to see and do, what are you most looking forward to?