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When planning a trip to a different country it’s important to make sure you do it right so you can visit every attraction and have every adventure. This is especially true for a trip to Mexico. If you only have a short time and want to make the most of your Mexican adventure, read on to find out the best things to put on your itinerary.

Vallarta

"Los archos" section of Banderas Bay...
“Los archos” section of Banderas Bay (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Located on the beautiful bay of Banderas Vallarta is a Mexican destination you won’t want to miss. Enjoy the gorgeous ocean, Mexican culture and thriving night-life. While visiting Vallarta, here are some things you won’t want to miss.

Marietas Islands – Enjoy all of the exotic adventure and wildlife that Mexico has to offer on a day-trip to the Marietas Islands. Located offshore of the Banderas Bay, these volcanic islands are surrounded by crystal-clear waters and are home to tropical ecology and wildlife. While on the islands, enjoy a day of snorkeling and kayaking along the hidden beach.

Vallarta Botanical Gardens – Perfect for any nature lover, the botanical gardens won’t disappoint. The garden, which is located just 30 km south of Puerto Vallarta, is home to hundreds of plants, flowers and birds. Enjoy a spectacular view of the mountains from the garden’s hacienda and take in the botanical beauty that surrounds you as you explore.

Mexico City

As truly the historical and cultural hub of the country, Mexico City is a destination you surely won’t want to miss. Home to museums, palaces and basilicas, this city will keep your trip itinerary full for days. If you’re only visiting for a short time, here are some sites you won’t want to miss.

Chapultepec Forest (Bosque de Chapultepec) – This is the main park in Mexico City and is it’s packed with sites to keep you busy all day. As a temporary home to the Aztec empire in the 13th century, you can soak up the ancient history that surrounds you here. You can also explore modern history as the forest is home to past and current presidential residences, as well as the National Museum of Anthropology and other museums. Enjoy a picnic lunch by one of the many lakes or visit the zoo.

The Colonial Cathedral of Mexico City. Some of...
The Colonial Cathedral of Mexico City. Some of the richest colonial architecture is found in Mexico. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Metropolitan Cathedral – Built between 1573 and 1813, the ancient architecture of Mexico’s national cathedral will astound you. Take time to explore the naves, towers, chapels and underground catacombs located here.

Frida Kahlo Museum – This museum is perfect for any admirer of Kahlo’s artwork, as visitors will get a personal view of her life and art. This museum is located in the suburb of Coyoacan in Kahlo’s former home, giving visitors a chance to see not only her artwork but also a glimpse of her lifestyle.

Los Cabos

Enjoy the desert and beach landscape that will greet you when spending time on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, Los Cabos, which encompasses Cabo San Lucas and San José Del Cabo. Los Cabos is home to many outdoor adventures that will delight you and keep you and your family busy during your stay. Here are some of the attractions you won’t want to miss.

Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California
Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California (Photo credit: RebecaAR)

Valle de Guadalupe – As one of the hidden treasures of Los Cabos, Valle de Guadalupe is home to Mexico’s wine industry. Enjoy a day among the vineyards which are open to tours and samplings.

Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park – Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is home to more than 2,000 different marine organisms, including almost 250 species of tropical fish. It is perfect for scuba diving or snorkeling enthusiasts. Prepare to be amazed by the colors and marine life – even a sunken ship – you will see as you dive under the crystal-blue Mexican waters.

Adventure Tours – Los Cabos is perfect for families (or any visitors) who thrive on adventure. During your stay, take advantage of one of the many tours and expeditions offered here. Attractions include swimming with dolphins, dune-buggy rides, hiking and horseback riding tours, jet-skiing, parasailing and zip lining to complete your trip.

Whether you’re looking for an adventure-filled vacation for the whole family, or are trying to reignite the spark in your marriage before the divorce attorneys are called, Mexico has it all. Visiting Mexico City, Vallarta or Los Cabos (or all of them) will give you an authentic Mexican vacation you will reminisce about for a lifetime. Wherever you go and whatever your vacation includes, bring your camera, spirit of adventure and ability to enjoy.

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