Let’s go Mexico…
Two weeks is barely enough time to get to know Mexico but you can certainly give it a shot. It’s a big place and there’s plenty to see so you’re better off making an itinerary that includes plenty of relaxation (you’ll be on vacation after all) and sightseeing.
Depending on what you want to see and how to spend your time there’s a lot of options available to you. As with anything else you need to do your own research and find out what you want to do.
Where to Go
You could always just spend two weeks lounging around the pool at a hotel in Cancun or Puerto Vallarta but that just seems excessive, Mexico has a lot more to offer. You could start of in Mexico City for example (DF to locals for “Distrito Federal”) and finish up at the Riviera Maya for a more relaxing end to your journey.
Built in a dry lake bed the city is surrounded by mountains and is absolutely worth visiting. The country’s financial, educational and cultural focal point, the capital is Mexico’s beating heart. It’s the world´s largest Spanish speaking city, and largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere, it’s got New York beat by a couple of million people. Get a room at a hotel in the Centro HIstórico and venture out, you won’t regret it.
The Zocalo, the largest plaza in Latin America with the Metropolitan Cathedral to the left and the Palacio Nacional
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You’ll be just a short walk away from the Zócalo, the Templo Mayor and adjoining museum, the Palacio Nacional and the Metropolitan Cathedral; every one of them places you should visit.
The Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan
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Just 30 miles northeast of the city you’ll find Teotihuacan, an ancient city that is now Mexico’s most visited archaeological site. Taking a walk down the Avenue of the Dead on your way to the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon is a unique experience. To put things into perspective think about this: The empty city and the pyramids were discovered by the Aztecs centuries after their original builders had already gone.
Take your pick: Cancun, Cozumel, Akumal, Tulum, Playa del Carmen or Puerto Morelos, no matter where you end up you’re all but guaranteed to have a great time. You should definitely make time for a visit to a cenote of which the Yucatan is renowned for, guaranteed to take the edge of the tropical heat and a great day trip to boot.
Talking about cenotes you of course have to also talk about the Mayans. It is called the Riviera Maya after all and you would be remiss not to visit at least one of the many archaeological sites that dot the peninsula. Chichen Itza and Coba are your best bets for impressive pyramids but the site at Tulum, which lacks a proper pyramid of its own, more than makes up for it with uniqueness.
In the end this is all just scratching the surface. There are a myriad more things to do and see in Mexico and it’s all waiting for you. Find out where you want to go, maybe its Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Carmen or Los Cabos, what you want to do and take a chance.