Southern Mexico – what to see and do

From colonial cities to palm-fringed beaches
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Southern Mexico has lush tropical rainforests, fascinating colonial cities, sparkling bays with majestic mountain backdrops, and little visited archaeological sites.  It’s a huge area, so we suggest visiting one location for a leisurely break, or planning a multi-center itineary for a longer trip.


Here are some suggestions:

  • Oaxaca is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Mexico and you can spend a week or more exploring its historic center alone.  Add sightseeing trips to Monte Alban, Mitla and, for a longer trip, a few days hiking in the majestic Sierra Norte.
  • For a relaxed, inexpensive and bohemian beach vacation, check out the towns of San Agustinillo and Mazunte with their low-key surfer vibe and rustic cabanas.
  • Interjet now has flights to Palenque from Mexico City or Tuxtla Gutierrez. Or fly to Villahermosa, stop off at la Venta to see the Olmec heads, and then proceed by road (2.5 hours) to Palenque.
  • Glamorous Acapulco has one of the most beautiful bays in the world.  See it at its best from Las Brisas Acapulco.
  • Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa have some incredibly romantic boutique hotels and are ideal for winter honeymoons as the sea and air temperatures are higher than more northerly resorts such as Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos.


Use the search box under the map to locate and find out more about these attractions, and many more.

Plan your vacation and sightseeing using this interactive map.  Use the filter to show only hotels, or only sights.  Click on the marker for more information about the property or attraction.

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Hotel Victoria Hotel Hotel
Viceroy Zihuatanejo Hotel Hotel
Un Sueno Hotel Hotel
Hotel Santa Fe Hotel Hotel
Quinta Real Oaxaca Hotel Hotel
Quinta Real Huatulco Hotel Hotel
Punta Placer Hotel Hotel
Las Mananitas Hotel Hotel
Las Brisas Acapulco Hotel Hotel
La Casa que Canta Hotel Hotel
Casa Oaxaca Hotel Hotel
Capella Ixtapa Hotel Hotel
Camino Real Zaashila Hotel Hotel
Bahia de la Luna Hotel Hotel
Aura del Mar Hotel Hotel
San Cristobal de las Casas Sight City
La Venta Museo-Parque Sight Park and Museum showcasing Olmec heads
Oaxaca Sight City
Taxco Sight City
Palenque Sight Archaeological site
Mitla Sight Archaeological site
Monte Alban Sight Archaeological site