Where to go in Mexico on your first trip

My home country is a place full of contrasts, that means it’s also a pretty large territory.  When you plan on tackling a place as large as my country, you have to make priorities; think of what you wouldn’t want to miss.     If this is your first time in this north american country, take your time and plan well as this land has much to offer than what meets the eye.   Ill go ahead and make your planning easier with my own five favorite places that you cant miss in the land of the Aztecs and Mayans.

Mexico City

One of the biggest cities in the world and without a doubt the centerpiece of this country.   This should be your very first stop if you are a first time visitor.   Plan on staying at least 5 days to at least have a little taste of everything.  Be warned, you’ll only be tasting a little bit of the surface as this place is so huge you could probably stay a month and have something to do every day.

  • There is a museum for everyone, Mexico City has the most museums in any city in the world.   Don’t forget Frida’s Casa Azul and the Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia.
  • Teotihuacan is only a couple of hours away from Centro Historico, take your time to see the biggest pyramids in America.
  • Coyoacan is a little town beneath a big city.   A must see for first time travelers.
  • Xochimilco, Zocalo, Centro Historico, Bellas Artes stand out for first time travelers.


This little city is one of the most beautifully preserved colonial towns in America.   A UNESCO World Heritage City, Guanajuato is a must go to first time visitors, and should be an easy trip from Mexico City.  With excellent museums and astounding colonial architecture its sure to please most travelers.   It also has some of the best art festivals the country has to offer including its famous Festival Cervantino, where students gather to watch mini concerts, theater, cinema, art and more.

  • Callejón del Beso, kiss your significant other in this romantic place
  • Festival Cervantino, plan on getting here during the festivities
  • Museo de las Momias.  The momias of Guanajuato are so famous that they were even in a classic feature film.


One of the least known cities in Mexico is also one of its finest.    Taking something from other more famous towns in Mexico, Morelia is a great place to enter in to the real heart of Mexico.  It has one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world and its colonial structure are as well perserved as any.   Morelia was the one of the first cities after the spaniards named this country Nueva España.     The city has the look of an old european baroque style town.  Museums, restaurants and rooftop lounges await you in this great town.  The best thing is that there are no tourists!

  • Take the Leyendas de Morelia tour to hear the legends behind the cities best sites.
  • The Cathedral at the plaza should be the first place you visit when you go to Morelia
  • The Museo Casa Natal de Morelos is were Jose Maria Morelos y Pavón was born.  An interesting place to get the inside scoop on one of Mexico’s independence heroes.


The state of Chiapas is probably the richest in natural and cultural treasures.  The pre hispanic heritage left by the Mayans and Olmecs can be found throughout this state.   Nature is also a big part of this place as its Tropical setting leaves us with rivers and beaches that are as beautiful as any in the world.    Chiapas also sports beautiful colonial architecture contrasting with ruins from the already mentioned civilizations.

  • Palenque should on everybody’s list of must go places in Mexico, as its pyramids rise from the jungle filled landscape.
  • San Cristobal de las Casas is a must visit for Chiapas travelers, as it is the heart of the most indigenous places in Mexico, taking you to the heart of the real Mexico.
  • Cañon del Sumidero and Cascadas de Agua Azul should be the highlight of natural locales you should be visiting in this beautiful state.

Playa del Carmen

If you plan on visiting a Beach, make this your top choice.    Playa del Carmen is a little beach town south of Cancun that offers excellent restaurants, chick boutique hotels and many activities that will rival any big city in the world.   If you want to take a tour and live the Cancun experience, its always an hour away for you to get a hold of.    Chichen Itza is also a good three hour drive from here and should be part of your travel experience.  The caribbean beach is also one of the most beautiful in a country filled with picture perfect beaches.

  • Chichen Itza (One of the new seven wonders of the world) and Tulum are only hours away and make for great day trips.
  • Xcaret and Xel Ha water parks are great places to take the kids in an unforgettable jungle adventure.
  • Strolling the towns streets must be one of the highlights of this awesome beach town.
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2 thoughts on “Where to go in Mexico on your first trip

  1. It is amazing to think that many centuries ago civilizations were walking our planet before us. It looks to me that there were bigger civilizations than we thought. If that’s the case then they must were more advanced than we actually know about them. More discoveries will let us know them better.

    I want to share with you this music about the mystical place Chichen-Itza. The message of that music is about a CHANGE all humans must do in order to live in peace and harmony. Maybe that’s the message ancient civilizations wanted us to know.

    Arriving at Chichen-Itza 2012

    In Lak’Ech. Peace from Mexico.

  2. Pingback: Xel-Ha « jeanne's blog…a nola girl at heart

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