Best Time to Go Whale Watching in Mexico

whale watchingIf you haven’t yet been whale watching, it’s time to pack a suitcase and fly to Mexico. Whale watching is a truly unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience. Plan a trip for you and your special someone and enjoy a romantic getaway on the waves. Or, bring the kids and make memories that will last a lifetime. Mexico is a particularly popular destination for whale enthusiasts because of the annual migratory patterns of these majestic creatures.

When to schedule your whale watching trip

Off the sunny coast of Mexico, you can see California Gray Whales reaching the end of their 6,000-mile migration from the chilly waters of Alaska. They begin their journey toward the end of each summer and arrive off of Mexico’s Baja peninsula late in the fall. Unmated whales migrate here to form courtship groups. Those who conceived a calf already follow the migration to give birth in the warm waters. In this area, whale watching season is officially from November to April. This season applies to whale watching in the Sea of Cortez, as well.

Other species of whales may be seen all year-round. These include blue whales, fin whales, Bryde’s whales, minke whales, and sperm whales. Humpback whales are spotted in the winter, spring, and summer, and the dwarf sperm whale tends to make an appearance in the fall. But the best time to schedule your trip is during the annual migration, when you’re almost guaranteed to get close to these marine mammals.

Best places to go whale watching in Mexico

If you’re along the coast during peak migrating season, you’re likely to spot a whale or two. But the best places for spotting whales are around Baja, the Sea of Cortez, and Magdalena Bay. The Baja California peninsula extends for more than 1,000 miles, bordered on the east coast by the Sea of Cortez and, of course, on the west coast by the Pacific Ocean. Magdalena Bay is about 800 miles down from the border, and its whale population fluctuates from year to year. The Sea of Cortez has more consistently large populations of many different whale species, including the endangered blue and fin whales. This is thanks to the tides that flow around the islands. As the waters mix, ideal conditions are created for plankton to flourish.

Tips for memorable whale watching excursions

A memorable whale watching experience starts with the right planning and preparation. Be sure to find a captain who has years of experience taking groups out to see the whales. It takes experience to know how to gently guide a boat toward the whales without spooking them.

Dress appropriately for the excursion. Never wear flip flops, sandals, dress shoes, or heels on a boat. Choose rubber soled shoes like sneakers that will help you keep your footing on the water. Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, and dress in layers. When you’re out on the water, you’ll feel chillier than you would on land, especially when the sea spray hits you. Wear a waterproof jacket to keep you dry. And don’t forget to bring your camera and binoculars!

More on Mexico whale watching:

  1. USA Today, Whale Watching in Baja, Mexico,
  2. Miramar Adventures, Baja Mexico Whale Watch Locations,
Monday, June 5th, 2017
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Must See Aztec Ruins in Mexico

Ruins of PalenqueExplore the fascinating history and culture of Mexico’s Aztec civilization, which once held the most powerful Mesoamerican Empire that spanned more than 80,000 square miles through Mexico’s central and southern valleys. The Aztec kingdom rose in the 13th century and by 1519, more than 15 million indigenous people worshipped the Emperor Moctezuma II in the empire’s capital stronghold of Tenochtitlan.

Today, vacationers can take a step back in time by visiting some of Mexico’s spectacular Aztec ruins, renowned for their impressive pyramids and abundance of pre-Columbian artifacts. Discover the advanced scientific and technological skills of this Nahuatl speaking civilization by touring one of these archeological sites.


Situated less than 35 miles northeast of Mexico City, the vast ruins of Teotihuacan were thought to have been built around 100 BC. Today, this holy Aztec city contains some of the most architecturally significant pyramids constructed in the pre-Columbian Americas. If you only have time to visit one ancient ruin in Mexico, the massive monuments and richly appointed structures of Teotihuacan will not disappoint. This sprawling complex, which at its peak was the most powerful cultural center in all of Mesoamerica, contains sacred sites including the Pyramid of the Sun and Moon and the Avenue of the Dead – all built according to specific geometric patterns. It is worth noting that the Pyramid of the Sun, which towers more than 75 meters, is the world’s third largest pyramid (following those in Egypt). Several tour operators in Mexico City offer guided day trips to this otherworldly ruin, which can also be explored on your own.


The Aztec city of Tenochtitlan was built on an island on the western shore of Lake Texcoco. Founded in in 1345 CE, it was the religious center and later became the capital city for the ever-expanding Aztec Empire until its destruction by the Spanish conquistadors in 1521. Today, the remains of Tenochtitlan and the ancient lake bed lie beneath modern-day Mexico City. In the late 1970’s archeologists excavated a gigantic pyramid, named the Temple Mayor, near Zocalo Square. Over the years, some of the most beautiful artifacts and ancient pieces of Aztec art have been unearthed in these ruins, which can be seen at the Templo Mayor museum in Mexico City.


The Aztec ruins of Calixtlahuaca are modest in size, yet offer wonderful insight into the life and culture of this ancient civilization. Situated about two kilometers from Toluca, just west of Mexico City, this city has a number of well-preserved temples, pyramids and monuments that are dispersed across three small areas. Originally called “Matlatzinco,” this settlement was at one time a powerful capital in the Toluca Valley. Visitors can explore the city’s residential dwellings and housing compounds, a distinctive circular temple, altars and palace remains. Because Calixtlahuaca is off the beaten path, there are fewer tourist crowds.

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Thursday, May 18th, 2017
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Best Food Tours in Mexico

mexican authentic carnitas tacos with sour cream and corn tortilla shot with extreme selective focusDelve into Mexico’s rich culinary heritage as you travel to some of the country’s most renowned gastronomic regions. Ideal for gourmands of all ages, food tours offer a deeper understanding of the ancestral customs and age-old techniques used in authentic Mexican cuisine. Go off the tourist trail as you learn about Mexico’s diverse and fascinating cultures through its mouthwatering moles, artisanal mezcals and flavorful dishes that go beyond tacos and guacamole.

Whether you’re a die-hard foodie or simply adore Mexican cooking, you can’t miss one of these amazing food pilgrimages which are sure to provide a renewed appreciation for how the locals live, cook and dine.

Here are some top food tours and culinary adventures in Mexico.

Taste of Puebla

Situated 75 miles southeast from Mexico City, the small hamlet of Puebla is considered a foodie’s paradise, and is popular for its roasted pork tacos and fried corn masa snacks. Embark on a three-hour culinary extravaganza that includes a trip to the town’s oldest central market, where you’ll learn how to pick out the freshest Mexican ingredients to make local staples. Feast on succulent tacos árabes filled with spit-roasted morsels of pork, fried bread sandwiches, sweet rolls and artisanal treats originally crafted by Puebla nuns. The tour finishes off with a sampling of artisan Puebla liqueur.

Yucatan Peninsula Chocolate Fantasy Workshop

This 3-day/4-night culinary workshop package is a dream come true for chocolate lovers. Join chef David Sterling in his award-winning Merida cooking school Los Dos for a delicious journey into the “Food of the Gods.”  Dedicated exclusively to cacao and chocolate, this tour teaches of the culinary importance of chocolate in the Yucatan, and how the ancient Maya roasted and prepared cacao. The workshop  includes trips to the local market, a chocolate museum and plantations where cacao beans are grown.

Cooking Workshop in the Riviera Maya

If you are traveling to Cancun or Playa del Carmen and want a unique culinary experience, head to Mexico Lindo where top chefs explain how to use traditional Mexican ingredients to create some of the country’s most notable dishes. The hands-on cooking class offers nine separate menus that focus on different regions and food specialties. Participants can choose from Central Mexico, Puebla, Yucatan, Coastal Seafood, Holiday Dishes, Corn, Tamales, Mexico Delights or Mexico’s Best Selection.

Oaxaca Culinary Tour

Let your gastronomic interests and passions guide you to Oaxaca, where customized food tours include hands-on demonstrations on how to grind and toast cacao beans using ancestral methods, making homemade tamales from scratch and learning the age-old methods to make spicy chorizo and tejate, the pre-Hispanic drink of the Gods. Culinary tours can accommodate groups of 6-18 people and also feature trips to colorful marketplaces, cooking classes with leading chefs and opportunities to dine in some of the best Oaxacan eateries and restaurants.

Street Food Essentials in Mexico City

The sprawling metropolis of Mexico City is the perfect backdrop for a food-filled adventure with one of the area’s most popular roving supper clubs. Experience regional specialties you’ll find nowhere else on Club Tengo Hambre’s ‘Mexico City Street Food Essentials’ tour. At just $90, this gastronomic escapade –held every Saturday–includes six stops to sample DF’s quintessential street fare.

Additional “Mexico food tours” resources: 

  2. EatMexico, Puebla Food Tour
  4. ClubTengoHambre, Mexico City Street Food Tour
Thursday, May 11th, 2017
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Mexico Sets New Record: 35 Million Tourists in 2016

Recently named “the best international destination for family travel,” Mexico continues to lure tourists from far and wide, thanks to its fascinating culture, stunning beaches and great value for money. There’s good reason to have an upbeat outlook on Mexico tourism: recent figures from the Mexican Tourism Board show that a record-setting 35 million international tourists visited the country in 2016, marking a 9 percent jump over the previous year. To put these numbers into perspective, the average tourism growth rate is just 3.9 percent, according to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Mexico Tourism Up: 35 million visitors in 2016

“Mexico’s sustained, fast growth is a testament to the incredible quality and diversity in our tourism offering and the hard work for the entire industry, both internationally and domestically,” Tourism Board CEO Lourdes Berho, offered in a recent press release. To maintain this momentum and build upon these impressive numbers, Beho says that plans are underway to assure that tourists have ample reason to re-visit Mexico, whether on a family holiday, a honeymoon or a vacation with friends.

Traveler feedback gathered by the Mexico Tourism Board indicates a bright future for this diverse nation renowned for its Mayan ruins, friendly locals and amazing cuisine. A whopping 86 percent of polled visitors told tourism officials they would like to visit Mexico again within the next 6 months, and 94 percent said their trip “exceeded their expectations.”

The data reflects not only a surge in international visitors, but an uptick in overall traveler spending. The tourism board reports visitor spending spiked 10.4 percent over 2015, which is another boon to the local economy (more than 9 million Mexicans work in the tourism sector). These increased revenues may be due in part to longer visitor stays, with most tourists booking vacations for at least 7-10 days.

Mexico garners accolades as family-friendly destination

Much more than a Spring Break party destination, Mexico offers something for travelers of all ages and interests. From the sun-drenched beaches of Playa del Carmen to the Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza, there are so many options to find your ideal “escape.”

Given its wealth of eco-attractions and breathtaking natural wonders, it’s no surprise that Mexico garnered accolades at the 2017 Travvy Awards. Mexico was bestowed the Gold Medal for family travel, and the Silver for Best Travel Destination.

By 2021, the Mexico Tourism Board is hoping to attract some 50 million international visitors, and at this rate it’s entirely possible!

More on Mexico tourism stats:

  1. Fox News Travel, Mexico welcomed record 35 million international tourists in 2016
  2. TravelPulse, 2017 Travvy Awards: Full List of Winners From the Academy Awards of Travel
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
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Mexico Invents Cloud That Rains Tequila

gold tequila , lime and salt on wooden tableDreams do come true – for margarita lovers, that is! Imagine a man-made cloud that rains drops of premium tequila – on command no less. To experience this boozy delight, you’ll need to head to Berlin, where this amazing art installation is currently on exhibit. The tequila cloud was the genius idea of the Mexico Tourism Board, which teamed up with creative ad agency LAPIZ, to entice more German tourists south of the American border.

Apparently, Germans – like many other cultures — have a particular fondness for good tequila and are the world’s second largest consumers after the good old U.S.A.

Tequila cloud rains on demand

Last month at the Urban Spree Art Gallery, rain-drenched Berliners got a tasty reminder that it’s a bit sunnier over in Mexico. According to the LAPIZ team, the tequila cloud was synced with the local climate, so whenever it showered in Berlin, boozy droplets sprinkled from the cloud. 

The high-tech stunt was made using ultrasonic humidifiers which vibrated tequila at a set frequency, transforming the liquid into a visible mist, which was condensed back into liquid form as it fell from the cloud. Tequila lovers could get their fix simply by holding their shot glasses under the cloud as it rained intoxicating droplets.

For those who didn’t feel like waiting for the cloud to rain, LAPIZ fashioned a handy spout beneath the installation, letting visitors pour themselves a shot of silver tequila anytime.

While it seems this inspired attraction was a one-off invention to lure more tourists from Germany, there remains hope that the Mexico Tourism Board will install a tequila cloud on their home turf one day. Until they do, visitors can rest assured that there is no shortage of artisanal reposados, silvers and anejos waiting to be enjoyed.

Tequila aficionados can take their passion to the source by visiting Mexico’s famed Tequila Trail, situated on the outskirts of Guadalajara in Jalisco. Here, you can learn about the milling, fermenting and distillation process from experts at Sauza, Jose Cuervo and La Cofradia, among other popular distilleries, and sample some of the region’s finest spirits.

More on the Mexico tequila cloud:

  1. Yahoo News, The Mexico Tourism Board made a cloud that rains tequila and we’re booking our flights now
  2. Huffington Post, Margarita Lovers, Behold: Someone Made A Cloud That Rains Tequila
  3. Urban Spree, Tequila Cloud
Thursday, April 6th, 2017
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