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Mexico

Mexico is a vibrant country located in North America, known for its rich cultural heritage, including ancient civilizations like the Maya and Aztec, and celebrated traditions such as Day of the Dead. It boasts a diverse landscape that ranges from stunning beaches along its extensive coastline to rugged mountains and bustling urban cities.

Mexican cuisine, recognized worldwide for its flavors and diversity, plays an integral role in its cultural identity, featuring dishes like tacos, mole, and guacamole.

Places to visit

Day plans

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day 1

Exploring Mexico City

morning:Start your day with a visit to the historic Zocalo, where you can admire the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral and National Palace. Don't forget to grab breakfast at Café Tacuba for some delicious chilaquiles!

afternoon:Afterwards, take a stroll through the fascinating Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as 'La Casa Azul', and immerse yourself in her art and life. For a satisfying lunch, head to the nearby Contramar for their renowned seafood dishes.

evening:Wrap up the day by experiencing the vibrant nightlife at the lively Condesa district, filled with trendy bars, live music, and friendly locals.

day 2

Magical Pyramids & Tequila Tasting

morning:Embark on a day trip to the iconic Teotihuac√°n pyramids, marvel at the ancient structures, and climb the impressive Pyramid of the Sun. For a tasty brunch, stop by La Gruta to enjoy traditional Mexican cuisine in a unique cave setting.

afternoon:Next, head to the charming town of Tequila, located in the heart of the agave fields, and indulge in a tequila tasting tour at Casa Sauza or José Cuervo to explore the production process and savor the distinct flavors.

evening:Conclude the day by relishing an enchanting sunset over the pyramids and savoring a delightful dinner at the renowned La Gruta restaurant with views of the illuminated ancient ruins.

day 3

Relaxing Beach Day in Cancn

morning:Kick off the day with a rejuvenating beach walk along the stunning shores of Canc√ļn, relishing the soothing sound of the waves and the breathtaking ocean views. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at The Surfin Burrito for some mouthwatering breakfast burritos.

afternoon:After soaking up the sun, embark on a catamaran cruise to Isla Mujeres, where you can snorkel in the crystal-clear waters and bask in the picturesque surroundings. Indulge in a delectable beachside lunch at Zama Beach Club.

evening:End the day with a memorable sunset at Playa Delfines and then head to the vibrant Coco Bongo for an electrifying and entertaining night filled with music, acrobatics, and dance performances.

day 4

Charming Colonial City of Mrida

morning:Begin the day by exploring the enchanting historic center of Mérida, admiring the vibrant buildings and lively street markets. For a delightful breakfast, savor the unique flavors of Yucatecan cuisine at Chaya Maya.

afternoon:Discover the fascinating Mayan history at the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the stunning Hacienda Xcanatun, surrounded by lush gardens and serene landscapes, while savoring a delectable lunch.

evening:Conclude the day with a visit to the bustling Mercado 60, an open-air food market offering an array of local dishes and lively ambience. Subsequently, experience a traditional dance performance at the Palacio Cantón, followed by a stroll through the charming Paseo de Montejo boulevard.

Mexico Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Tacos al pastor

Marinated pork cooked on a vertical spit, served in a tortilla with pineapple and onions. A must-try dish found in taquerias throughout Mexico, especially in Mexico City and Puebla.

Must-Try!

Mole poblano

A rich, savory sauce made with chocolate, various chili peppers, nuts, and spices, served over chicken or enchiladas. It is a specialty of Puebla and Oaxaca.

Ceviche

Fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices, often mixed with onions, tomatoes, and cilantro. Widely available in coastal areas such as Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco.

Chiles en nogada

Poblano chilies stuffed with a mixture of meat and fruit, topped with a walnut-based cream sauce and pomegranate seeds. This dish is a seasonal specialty around Mexican Independence Day and is most famously enjoyed in Puebla.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Mercado de la Merced, Mexico City

One of the largest traditional markets in Mexico City, offering an amazing array of fresh produce, meats, spices, and street food stalls serving tamales, tacos, and more.

Tijuana Street Food Scene

Tijuana is renowned for its diverse street food, from fish tacos to mariscos (seafood), and the famous Tijuana hot dogs. The food carts and stalls line the streets and offer a true taste of local flavors.

Oaxaca's Benito Juarez Market

This market showcases the diverse culinary traditions of Oaxaca, offering a wide range of indigenous ingredients, artisanal products, and street food like tlayudas (crispy tortillas with toppings) and chapulines (roasted grasshoppers).

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

While Mexican cuisine often features meat, many restaurants and street vendors offer vegetarian and vegan alternatives such as huaraches (thick tortillas) with beans, guacamole, and nopales (cactus). Look for 'sin carne' (without meat) or 'vegano' on the menu.

Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten-Free Options

Corn is a staple in Mexican cuisine, so many traditional dishes are naturally gluten-free. Look for dishes like tacos with corn tortillas, ceviche, and guacamole. However, it's always best to confirm with the server as some sauces may contain flour.

Gluten-Free

Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in Mexico

Pujol, Mexico City

Renowned for its contemporary Mexican cuisine and innovative dishes, Pujol offers an upscale dining experience that celebrates traditional flavors with a modern twist.

El Mural de los Poblanos, Puebla

A restaurant situated in a colonial building, serving authentic poblano cuisine and renowned for its mole dishes. The ambiance and decor add to the overall dining experience.

Café Tacuba, Mexico City

This historic café offers a charming atmosphere and serves classic Mexican dishes in the heart of the capital. Visitors can enjoy traditional music and a wide variety of local food and drinks.

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