I recently went to Mexico for two trips – one for work and the other for a friend’s birthday. So I thought I’d share 7 things to do in Mexico as a tourist. This is a two part blog post so you can read the first 4 tips below and the final 3 tips tomorrow. If you can’t wait until then, then watch our YouTube video below. Let’s get right to it!
1. Have a Shot/Drink
When I went for my friend’s birthday, we stayed at a resort and were greeted with a drink as soon as we arrived. We were also offered a drink wherever we went, so be prepared to take a sip or two!
2. Visit a Ruin
I got to visit Chichen Itza which is a Mayan ruin and it was really fascinating because there’s much history there. When you think about the technology that people in those times had at their disposal, it’s astounding that they were able to create these amazing structures. One of the cool things about Chichen Itza is that when you were perfectly positioned within the pyramids, you could clap and the sound of the clap mimicked the sound of the quetzal bird. Really cool!
3. Do Something Adventurous
This could apply to anywhere that you visit, but one of the times that I went to Mexico, I tried ATV riding. I’m not particularly gifted in the motorized sports realm, but I thought what the heck, I’ll do it any way! I was one of the last people in my ATV riding group because I couldn’t keep up, but it was a lot of fun. I’m happy I was able to do it.
On my other trip to Mexico, I got to visit this lagoon called Ik Kil Cenote and it was amazing. You had to wash off before getting in to remove any chemicals from your body from entering the fresh water. It was 130 feet deep and 200 feet wide and, while I’m not a particularly strong swimmer, I put on my life vest and went for a dip. I was quite proud! *Pats self on the back*
4. Have Someone Sing Las Mañanitas!
As I mentioned, one of the times that I went to Mexico was for a friend’s birthday. We went to a restaurant and they sang the Mexican happy birthday song called Las Mañanitas. It was actually pretty long compared to the American happy birthday song, which we weren’t expecting.
The servers came up and tied one of the napkins into a little bow and placed it on my friend’s head and rocked her back and forth while singing the song. It was a really fun experience. So I think if you go to Mexico, even if it’s not anyone’s birthday, maybe you could sneak that in and have someone sing it for you.
(Bonus: Fast forward to 2:31 in the video above to hear a clip of some of the waiters singing Las Mañanitas for my friend!)