From caves & cenotes to pink lakes and waterfalls, Mexico is jam-packed with magnificent geography and activities for everyone. When presented with so much choice, deciding where to go can be tricky; to help you out, we have put together a list of our favourite hidden Mexican destinations!
10. Pet Cemetery Cenote
Pet Cemetary Cenote is a beautiful cave that is also a part of the second-largest underwater river network in the world. Located near Tulum, this excursion makes an idyllic day out for an experienced diver or first-time snorkeller. The beautiful crystal clear water and picturesque scenery make this destination a true must-see!
9. Las Coloradas
Las Coloradas is a collection of pink lakes located on the eastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula. The lake’s saltiness supports the locals and makes a great home to various wildlife species, including flamingos! Las Coloradas is a remote destination, but certainly worth the trip!
8. The Sumidero Canyon
The Sumidero Canyon was formed at a similar time to the Grand Canyon some 35 million years ago and, in many ways is just as spectacular. With high-rise cliffs of over 1000 meters and beautiful sweeping banks, the canyon is a truly unique experience.
Palenque is an ancient Maya city located in the south of Mexico and tucked away in the beautiful Mexican jungle. Despite its lesser-known status among Mayan monuments, it’s actually one of the best-preserved with some of the most fascinating architecture.
6. Cenote Suytun
Cenote Suytun is an almost totally enclosed cenote located in the Mexican state of Yucatan. The small opening in the roof creates spectacular lighting that will surely take your breath away; not only that, there are frequent traditional Mayan performances in the middle of Cenote. It’s important to note that it can be much busier during the performances and if you’d prefer a quieter experience, then avoiding these times is better.
5. Hierve el Agua
Hierve el Agua is a natural rock formation created by the natural springs that have calcified the cliff face. From the top, the views are amazing, and there are mineral-rich rock pools that you can bathe in. Located in Southern Mexico, Hierve el Agua is remote but almost certainly worth the trip!
4. Holbox Island
Holbox Island is mostly unspoiled by mass tourism and is also free of cars! This small tranquil island located off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is a nature lovers paradise. Rich in marine life, Holbox is a great place to see sea turtles and whale sharks.
3. Las Pozas
Las Pozas is a collection of concrete architectural structures and fantastic routes that make up a sculpture garden put together by Edward James, an eccentric English poet with a passion for surrealist art. Las Pozas is located near the village of Xilitla, in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí some 500km from Mexico City. It is undoubtedly off the beaten track; however, we are confident you will still love it!
2. Cave of Swallows
The Sótano de las Golondrinas or Cave of Swallows is the largest known cave shaft in the world, with a depth of around 1200ft. The cave is so deep that clouds actually form inside! Watching the swallows dive into the hollow is unique to this location and something that should be on everyone’s bucket list!
1. Tamul Waterfall
Tamul Waterfall is said by many to be the most beautiful spot in Mexico, which speaks volumes when you consider some of the other destinations on this list! The renowned falls are formed as a result of the Gallinas River dropping into the Tampaón River gorge. In the summer months, nothing beats bathing near the falls.