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Southern Mexico

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Ruins · Landmarks · Waterfalls
Home to the mighty Maya civilization before the arrival of medieval Europeans, Southern Mexico most notably includes the Yucatan Peninsula, one of the country's richest regions in terms of history and culture. Tours of Southern Mexico appeal to everyone from history and architecture buffs, to avid photographers and hedonists in search of that perfect seaside spot. A long coastline dotted with modern resorts remains the epicenter of Southern Mexico tourism, offering travelers a chance to blend water sports with culturally enriching visitors to a slew of Maya-related ruins. To get the best of both worlds, include Cancun and Tulum on your Southern Mexico itinerary, and then split your time between sightseeing historical sites and soaking up some Caribbean sunshine. Take a peek at our world travel planner: Southern Mexico and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.
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Places to visit in Southern Mexico

Oaxaca Trip planner BEST FOR: Landmark, Ruin, Religious Site Palenque Trip planner BEST FOR: Waterfall, Ruin, Nature / Park Huatulco Trip planner BEST FOR: Water Body, Beach, Dolphin / Whale Watching San Cristobal de las Casas Trip planner BEST FOR: Specialty Museum, Religious Site, History Museum Puerto Escondido Trip planner BEST FOR: Beach, Surfing / Windsurfing / Kitesurfing, Dolphin / Whale Watching

Popular things to do in Southern Mexico

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World heritage site
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque Palenque
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman Oaxaca
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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World heritage site
Monte Alban Oaxaca
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Waterfall
Agua Azul Waterfalls Palenque
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Southern Mexico

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Ruin
Yaxchilan Chiapas
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Dolphin / Whale Watching
Fishing With Tico Huatulco Crucecita
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Hiking Trail
Coyote Aventuras Oaxaca
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
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Specialty Museum
Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier" Palenque
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Nature in Southern Mexico

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Waterfall
Cascada El Chiflon Comitan
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
Canyon
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero Chiapa de Corzo
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Waterfall
Cascadas de Misol-Ha Palenque
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
Water Body
Santa Cruz Bay Huatulco
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Southern Mexico

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Beach
Playa Zicatela Puerto Escondido
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Playa La Entrega Huatulco
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Cacaluta Huatulco
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Water Body
Playa San Augustin Huatulco
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Southern Mexico

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Religious Site
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption Oaxaca
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Basilica de la Soledad Oaxaca
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
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Religious Site
Templo del Carmen San Cristobal de las Casas
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min

Museums in Southern Mexico

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Specialty Museum
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca Oaxaca
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Museo del Ambar San Cristobal de las Casas
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Art Museum
Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art Oaxaca
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Oaxaca Textile Museum Oaxaca
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Cooking Class
Wahaca Cooking Classes Huatulco
5.0
Duration: 3 hours
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Surfing / Windsurfing / Kitesurfing
Surf Travel & Friends Puerto Escondido
5.0
Duration: 3 hours
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Photography Tour
Mezcal Educational Tours Oaxaca
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Surfing / Windsurfing / Kitesurfing
B Surfer Surf School Puerto Escondido
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min