This post originally appeared on Thecrowdedplanet’s :“Weird Things to do in Mexico” written by thecrowdedplanet and posted on 28 February, 2016.
Let’s play a game. I say ‘Mexico’. What comes to mind? Beaches, mariachi, tacos and Maya ruins? All-inclusive resort holidays, backpacking through Chiapas and Yucatan, cooking classes in Oaxaca? How about weird things to do in Mexico?
Mexico is a huge country, with many faces and even more secrets. In this post, we want to share with you five weird things to do in five of Mexico’s tourist hotspots – some crazy, some creepy, all most definitely unusual. Of course, you can still have tacos for dinner and then head to a mariachi concert. If you follow these tips, you’ll have some interesting stories to tell when you return!
Isla de la Munecas near Mexico City
This one definitely falls into the ‘creepy sight’ category. A boat ride on the canals of Mexico City’s suburb Xochimilco is a favourite activity of tourists visiting the Mexican capital. Next time, ask one of the boatmen to take you to Isla de la Munecas, a two-hour ride south, where creepy dismembered dolls hung from the trees. They were placed there by a Mexican artist about fifteen years ago, to appease the ghost of a young girl that had drowned in the canal. Since then, the artist has also met an untimely death – and the island remains, definitely the spookiest place for miles.
The ‘Hidden Beach’ near Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most famous tourist towns – and only 20 miles away from it, in the Marietas Islands, you can find the mysterious Hidden Beach. This beach is located under a gaping hole in a rock, that some say is the result of secret bombings. You can only access the beach by helicopter or swimming/scuba diving through a narrow canal.
Estero San Jose near San Jose del Cabo
If you’re into birdwatching, this area few by an underground river should definitely be on your San Jose del Cabo list. Egrets, herons, frigate birds, coots and ospreys are some of the species that can often be seen in the area, which was also believed to be a pirate hideaway in the 18th century. Some say that the treasure from a Spanish galleon is hidden nearby.
Whale shark cruises near Playa Mujeres
Swimming with these giants of the seas is a thrilling activity, and luckily the government of Mexico has put stringent guidelines in place to limit damage to these beautiful animals. Playa Mujeres is a great place to pick up a whale shark cruise – just be sure to choose a reputable, eco-conscious operator and pack some seasickness pills, as there’s often a lot of sailing to be done before spotting the sharks.
Cenote Diving near Puerto Morelos
A cenote dive is another favourite activity of many travellers, and Puerto Morelos is the perfect base for that. Puerto Morelos is a lot quieter compared to Cancun and Playa del Carmen, and it’s very close to the Cenote Trail, or Ruta de los Cenotes. Diving in one of these natural sinkholes is a spooky but stunning experience, as you often get to see different underwater life compared to diving in the ocean.
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