Mexico is often portrayed to be dangerous and chaotic in TV Series. Characters that go there are seen to be viewed with the atmosphere color of sepia tone, an unsettling environment. That was in the 2000s but the idea is there. You then imagine Mexico as a country not suitable for tourism. Surely no one wants to get in danger while on vacation and relaxation.

Countless have gone there before but fret not! Some parts of Mexico were deemed to be safe for travel. Not only are they safe but they also offer culturally and historically rich destinations that you might want to visit! Cities of Mayan heritage, delicious food, wonderful beaches and parks wait as your holiday destination.

Surprisingly, Mexico has opened their borders to Filipinos who opt to travel at this time. We think that the locations we suggested below is worth your time.

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Chichen Itza

This complex of Mayan ruins is in Yucatan Mexico. The ancient city was not only religious; it was also an urban center and central of trade at the time. Its massive step pyramid which is called El Castillo or Temple of Kukulcan dominated the ancient city from 750 AD to 1200. It was constructed both with the Maya astronomy and heavy Toltec influence. The pyramid is constructed with 91 steps on each four sides with the upper floor as the 365th, which represents a day of the year.

Photo by Viktor

Tulum

Tulum is a town in the Yucatan Peninsula, facing the Caribbean seas. It is famous for its beautiful coastlines, humble but dramatic Mayan ruins and cenotes. The ancient structure resides in a rocky cliff with the large stone formation as its main building. Its beaches and resorts are open to activities such as snorkeling, swimming with whale sharks, and ziplining. Cenotes and caves are available to be explored too.

Photo by Spencer Watson

Valladolid

This colonial city is in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula. The ruins of Chichen Itza and Ek Balam, ancient Mayan structures are nearby the city.  It is home to numerous cenotes and Cenote Suytun, possibly the most “instagrammable” cenote is in Valladolid.

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is a city in the Quintana Roo State, along the Caribbean seashore line. Its beautiful beaches are situated parallel to its pedestrian thoroughfare – La Quinta Avenida; of shops, restaurants, clubs and nightspots. Scuba diving, snorkeling, exploring 3d museums and golf courses are the available leisure activities offered. Playa del Carmen also has its share of cenotes.

Photo by Rondell Herriot

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Photo by Joaquin Enriquez

Xcaret

Located in Solidaridad, Playa del Carmen, Xcaret is a waterfront eco-archaeological theme park which is known as the Yucatan’s version of a Disney park. The park also has its resort where visitors can also relax and take a swim in its beach. Visitors can also do snorkeling and cave exploration.

Photo by Michelle Maria

Izamal

The small city of Izamal is known as Mexico’s yellow city. It is also known as one of Mexico’s “Pueblo Magicos” or “Magical Towns”. According to the locals, the city was painted yellow to honor Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1993. It was founded in the 1550s when the Spanish colonists saw that it was a Maya ceremonial site and they decided to build one of the first churches on it.

Photo by Michelle Maria

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Photo by Ivan Cervantes

Rio Lagartos

A quiet town in Yucatan, Mexico, Rio Lagartos is not exactly picture perfect but it is also worthy to visit. If you are in for a nature adventure, less touristic area, then Rio Lagartos is ideal. It has its Biosphere Reserve, of wetlands where birds, and even flamingos gather and nest at the site.  

Photo by Delyth Williams

Merida

This city in Mexico is the capital state of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is definitely worth visiting as it is famous for its Mayan and colonial heritages. Museums and building of historical importance are in the heart of the city. The city was voted two times as the Cultural Capital of America. Tour itineraries in visiting this city usually include Uxmal and Kabah.  

Photo by Luis Alberto

Uxmal

Uxmal is an ancient Mayan city which flourished from 6th to 10th CE. The city’s name translates to “built three times” from the Mayan language. It is one of the best preserved sites. The most distinct pyramid of the site is the pyramid of the Magican which is built in Puuc style architecture. Other nearby Mayan sites are Kabah, which is south of Uxmal, Labna and Sayil.

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Bacalar

Bacalar is a southeastern town of Mexico, near to the border to Belize. It has its lagoon which is called Lagoon of Seven colors of its blue and turquoise hues. Visitors can swim and do kayaks adventure in the beautiful lagoon. South to the town is its cenote Azul, and cenote cocalitos is also often included in tour itineraries.

Photo by Clive Kim

Cancun

One of Mexico’s bustling coastline city. It has its international airport, making it one of the most accessible beach vacation spots. The city has two distinct areas, El Centro – the traditional downtown area and Zona Hotelera – the beachfront strip of hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, and shops. The area is touristy but if you are in no hurry, you can explore it before heading to your next destination!

Photo by Clive Kim

Individuals who booked with us said that Cancun is crowded and busy but as for starters, it might be good as a stepping destination to those who booked their flight to Cancun. 

Have you been to any of these locations? What were your experiences like, how the locals treat you, what was their food like? If you have no idea what food to try when you go to Mexico, check out our last Mexican food blog!

Contact us if you are interested to visit this country! 

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