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26 THINGS TO DO IN MEXICO (DECEMBER 27 - JANUARY 05)

Bullfights

Bullfights

November–March • event

Mexico remains one of few countries where this traditional entertainment is still legal, but it feels like it's to be banned soon

Flamingos

Flamingos

December–June • nature

The best pink encounter is possible when 40,000 flamingos gather in one place to bring up their chicks

Baby Turtle Release

Baby Turtle Release

July–mid-November (Atlantic Coast) | December–March (Pacific Coast) • nature

Have you ever held a baby sea turtle in your hands? This is a great occasion to carry a whole dozen

Monarch Butterfly Migration

Monarch Butterfly Migration

November–February • nature

Central Mexico is blessed to be the wintering shelter of millions of bright butterflies

Caving

Caving

November–April • activity

Mexico's unique caving involves the world's deepest pits, teeming with tropical birds and caves of hanging snakes

Hierve el Agua Waterfall

Hierve el Agua Waterfall

November–April • nature

A lovely pool comfortably set in the mountainside and a petrified waterfall of salt crystals—an amazing natural site to explore

Exploring the Mayan Ruins

Exploring the Mayan Ruins

September–May • activity

You will surely want to discover these amusing pieces of millennial Mayan architechture

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

December–March • nature

You may find a family of humpbacks next to your boat and see the majesty of a mother and her calves swimming side by side

Mapimí Silent Zone

Mapimí Silent Zone

November–May • nature

The land of meteorites, bizarre rocks, animal mutants, and broken phones, known as Zona Del Silencio, must be a cousin of the Bermuda Triangle

Cockfighting

Cockfighting

November–June • event

When a pair of Mexican roosters are released to the rink, only one will survive and another one will drown in his own blood

Grutas Tolantongo

Grutas Tolantongo

all year round • nature

Have you ever imagined an infinity pool?

Mexican Rodeos or Charreadas

Mexican Rodeos or Charreadas

early November–late October  • event

The riders' grace and elegance make Mexican charreada look more like a stylish performance rather than a competition

Piñata

Piñata

late December–early January • activity

Would you break a colourful doll to get sweets hidden inside? This funny ritual is a part of many Mexican celebrations

The Hidden Beach (Playa Del Amor)

The Hidden Beach (Playa Del Amor)

November–May • activity

Have you ever sunbathed inside a giant crater?

Christmas (Navidad)

Christmas (Navidad)

December 16–February 02 • event

With las posadas, los pastorales, and other seasonal fun, Mexican Christmas is so much more than food and presents. It extends much further than New Years to Día de la Candelaria

Beach Season

Beach Season

October–May • activity

Either at the Pacific coastline or the Gulf of Mexico, scenic beaches are something Mexico has plenty of

Rosca de Reyes

Rosca de Reyes

December 25–January 06 • food

Slices of the sweet bread include baby figurines. If you get one, consider yourself lucky!

Diving

Diving

November–March • activity

Reefs, wrecks, colourful wildlife, underwater museums, and sink holes—diving in Mexico is like nowhere else in the world

Atole

Atole

late October–December • food

A hot savoury corn drink with fruit, nuts, and chocolate flavours is of the favourites during holiday season

Tuna (Prickly Pear)

Tuna (Prickly Pear)

September–December • food

You might have heard some cacti yield edible fruit, but have you ever tried grilled cactus leaves?

Boating

Boating

September–May • activity

Check out ancient Mayan settlements on river banks, islands with castles, ports, and the Land's End—a boat trip can reveal the best of Mexico

Lucha Libre

Lucha Libre

all year round • event

Masked fighters seem to beat each other to death, while bloodthirsty spectators enjoy the action with a pint of beer

Iglesia de San Juan

Iglesia de San Juan

June 24 (year round) • activity

An unusual church where Catholic service is combined with animal sacrifices and other indigenous beliefs

El Caracol

El Caracol

all year round • activity

This ancient observatory helped shape the knowledge of Mayan civilization​

Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing

November–August • activity

Both Mexican coasts offer superb wind and water conditions

Guayaba (Guava)

Guayaba (Guava)

August–April • food

This exotic fruit is eaten whole along with the skin and seeds, and its specific piquant flavour makes for refreshing fruit drinks and cocktails

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Guelaguetza Festival

Guelaguetza Festival

July 20–27, 2020 • event

The indigenous people of Mexico gather thousands at the amphitheatre to introduce pre-Hispanic culture

Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead

October 31–November 2 (virtual event) • event

Painted faces in colorful Mexican clothes reunite with their dead loved ones through cemetery celebrations

Swimming with Whale Sharks

Swimming with Whale Sharks

March–September • activity

This huge fish might look frightening, but, fortunately, it prefers plankton to meat

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

May 05 • event

Concerts, lectures, day-long Puebla street parties, and a fearless Mexican army in their finest military uniforms highlight the festival

Carnaval de Mazatlán

Carnaval de Mazatlán

February 11–16, 2021 • event

The third largest carnival celebrations in the world

Carnaval de Veracruz

Carnaval de Veracruz

February 19–25, 2020 • event

One of the greatest Mexican carnivals is a must visit for salsa fans

Noche de Rábanos or Night of the Radishes

Noche de Rábanos or Night of the Radishes

December 23 • event

Imagine nativity scenes composed of carved radish, corn husks, and dried flowers!

Nanacamilpa Firefly Forest

Nanacamilpa Firefly Forest

late June–early August • nature

The enchanted forest, not far from Mexico City, is taken over by fireflies

Cactus Ice Cream

Cactus Ice Cream

June–August • food

Locals call it tuna ice-cream, which often confuses customers, yet tuna is a cactus flower and smells like a cucumber rather than fish

Chapulines or Grasshoppers

Chapulines or Grasshoppers

June–October • food

Insect invasion doesn't pose a threat to Mexico, as long as crispy grasshoppers are actually a local favourite snack

Pozol, Tepache, and Tesguino

Pozol, Tepache, and Tesguino

June–August • food

Besides tequila, expert Mexican brewers make perfect drinks from fermented corn dough, corn kernels, and pineapple skins

Granadas or Pomegranates

Granadas or Pomegranates

August–September • food

Enjoy red juicy pomegranate seeds alone, or topped over chiles en nogata

Mango

Mango

May–September • food

The affordable price and abundance allow you to eat as many of these sweet fruits as you want. Also, try mango-based drinks, desserts, and salsas!

Flying Ant Salsa

Flying Ant Salsa

May • food

Mexicans know the most effective method for how to turn your enemies into friends—to kill and cook them

Semana Santa & Pascua (Easter)

Semana Santa & Pascua (Easter)

April 05–12, 2020 • event

Local festivities often blend Spanish Christian traditions with native Indian celebrations

Diez y Seis (Independence Day)

Diez y Seis (Independence Day)

September 15–September 16 • event

A midnight cry for freedom, day-long reenactments, and at last the independence declaration—Mexico literally lives it over again and again

Bahidorá

Bahidorá

February 19–21, 2021 • event

A boutique festival settled in the jungle near a turquoise river

Mole Poblano

Mole Poblano

October 31–November 02 | December 25 • food

This spicy chocolate sauce made of over 20 ingredients is believed to have a divine origin

Dragon Fruit or Pitaya

Dragon Fruit or Pitaya

May–June • food

This watery and moderately sweet fruit is refreshing by itself and is a great ingredient for desserts

Huitlacoche or Corn Smut

Huitlacoche or Corn Smut

May–September • food

This fine name stands for dark-coloured fungus growing on corn, and added to many Mexican foods when in season

Mamey Sapote & Tejate

Mamey Sapote & Tejate

February • food

This sweet fruit is equally good when raw and cooked into jellies or marmalades, and its seeds are used to make tejate, a pre-Hispanic drink

Fiestas de Octubre

Fiestas de Octubre

canceled in 2020 • event

Cowboy homes, the birthplace of tequila, and mariachi music are all showcases in month-long festivities

Cactus Bloom

Cactus Bloom

late April–June • nature

Walking across the desert, you might get lucky to see a rare cactus bloom

Main Surfing Season

Main Surfing Season

April–October • activity

The lengthy coastline offers a variety of excellent surfing locations

Exploding Sledgehammer Celebrations

Exploding Sledgehammer Celebrations

February 11–15, 2021 • event

Despite good chances to be wounded, one of the world's most dangerous parties annually gathers tens of thousands of thrill-seekers in San Juan de la Vega

Tamales

Tamales

late January–February 02 • food

A vast variety of stuffed cornmeal dumplings crown the feast of Candlemas

Pa’l Norte

Pa’l Norte

March 20–21, 2020 • event

This Mexican music party saw explosive success from the very beginning with around 134,000 visitors

Lime Season

Lime Season

June–August • food

A lime complements every dish and beverage available in traditional Mexican menus, the only exception is coffee

Dia de la Raza

Dia de la Raza

October 12 • event

The festival provides another occasion for flamboyant public parades and scholarly debates about Mexican roots

Rambutans

Rambutans

June–August • food

Good looking, nice tasting, easily peeled, and long-lasting in the sun—rambutans deserve the highest praise!

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