A vast country of contrasting experiences, where you can embrace the beach life, explore Mayan ruins and discover numerous off the beaten track adventures. Uncover the authentic side of Mexico, with adrenaline-fuelled activities, wildlife experiences and landscapes that move between cacti-filled deserts to lush tropical rainforests. Listen to the sound of howler monkeys and tropical birds amidst the jungle-clad hills and ancient ruins at Palenque. Head to Cozumel for some of the world’s best diving opportunities or witness the incredible spectacle as millions of monarch butterflies take to the air in the winter months.
Explore Mexico’s most spectacular dive sites on Liveaboards, with the most impressive marine life to be found in the Socorro Islands, Guadalupe Island, the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas, Cabo and La Paz. Socorro consists of four volcanic islands – a paradise for sharks, humpback whales, dolphins and manta rays. Guadalupe is a popular dive site for cage diving with great white sharks.
Baja California is the Galapagos of Mexico with diverse wildlife to be found on the peninsula, stretching from the shores of the Pacific coastline to the calmer blue waters on the Sea of Cortez. Great for whale watching - see humpback whales, dolphins and grey whales - while on land you’ll find brown pelicans, cormorants and frigatebirds. Explore a variety of landscapes among the national parks, bays and desert towns where hummingbirds live amongst colourful desert plants.
Visit Chiapas for tropical forests, mountain and Maya ruins. Nearby, Sumidero Canyon has much to offer in terms of wildlife, with monkeys, crocodiles and more than 200 species of bird. In a protected area in the highlands of Michoacan, millions of monarch butterflies come to breed between November and March.
Go wildlife spotting in beautiful Isla Holbox. Just two hours from Cancun, this quieter island, surrounded by uniquely green waters is home to more than 150 bird species, including flamingos, pelicans, and ibis. Nesting turtles can be seen here as well as whale sharks between May and September.
The impressive coastal reserve of Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve has tropical forest, fresh and saltwater marshes, mangroves and barrier reef. A great spot for birdwatching, you can also see dolphins, crocodiles, turtles and manatees in their natural habitat. Take guided boat trips and 4x4 forest safaris in the Yucatan Peninsula, just beyond Tulum and look out for bush pigs, racoons, spider monkeys and caiman along the Mayan built rivers.
See wading flamingos at Celestún Nature Reserve. Great for boat tours into the wetlands and lagoon, through dark tunnels of mangrove and petrified forests, spot ibises, egrets and pygmy kingfishers.