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Top 10 things to do in Mexico

Whale watching, Baja California, Mexico

1. Head to Baja California for amazing views of the whale migration that winds its way up the Mexican coast. Dolphins and porpoises are also often seen

2. Catch a glimpse of the famous Monarch butterflies that migrate from Texas all the way down to Mexico, between 60 million and 1 billion every year

Mexican street food is cheap and delicious!

3. Try some traditional Mexican food, from the chocolate of Oaxaca to the spicy habaneros of the Yucatan. Street food like tacos is also cheap but delicious!

Marvel at the Mayan wonders of Chichen Itza

4. Marvel at the mighty El Castillo at the Chichen Itza archaeological site, a highlight of Mayan architecture in Central America

The God of Winds Temple, Tulum, Mexico

5. Escape the crowds and head to the dramatic Mayan ruins, white sands and laid back atmosphere of Tulum

Take a dip in the turquoise waters of an underground cenote

6. Escape the heat of the Yucatan Peninsula and take a dip in the turquoise waters of a cenote (underground cavern)

7. Embrace the Mayan history of Mexico at the Palenque ruins, once taken over by the jungle but now its beautiful structures are open and accessible

8. For a taste of Mexico’s famous nightlife, head to Cancun, the beach party destination for students from the US in search of a late night of partying

Experience the Day of the Dead in October - a celebration of ancestors and family

9. Experience the Day of the Dead in October, a celebration of ancestors and family. From colourful skulls to picnics in graveyards, it’s a unique way of seeing Mexico

Colourful boats, Xochimilco, Mexico

10. On the outskirts of Mexico City lie the Xochimilco inland waterways. Small, colourful boats traverse the narrow canals and the area was named UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987