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  • Aguascalientes  (1)

    Aguascalientes

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    Mexico City

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    Pachuca

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    Puebla, Tehuacan, Teziutlan, Atlixco, Acatlan

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    Queretaro, San Juan del Rio

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    Tlaxcala

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    Merida, Valladolid, Tizimin, Progreso, Ticul, Motul, Tekax, Izamal, Peto, Halacho

  • Zacatecas  (2)

    Zacatecas, Fresnillo, Juan Aldama, Villanueva, Valparaiso

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Mexico

Welcome to Mexico, a land of rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural beauty. With over 6000 miles of pristine coastline and home to 33 UNESCO World Heritage sites, it is a dream destination for culture vultures and nature lovers alike. From the sandy beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula to the ancient ruins of the Maya civilization, if the scenery doesn’t win your heart, the food most certainly will. But beyond its breathtaking landscapes and fascinating heritage, Mexico is also a country that offers a wealth of opportunities for volunteering and making a positive impact on local communities.


Safety in Mexico

First and foremost safety in Mexico should be addressed. It often gets a bad reputation, when generally Mexico is a safe country to travel to. Like any destination, there are some areas that are more prone to crime than others (for example, near the border with the United States) but these areas are typically not popular with visitors. As always, follow our safety tips, always remember travel insurance and trust your instinct.

Popular tourist destinations in Mexico such as Cancun, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Riviera Maya are considered safe, and crime in these areas is relatively low. This shouldn’t discourage you from going off the beaten track, though as there is so much to see out with these popular spots. Visitors should exercise caution and be aware of their surroundings, particularly in urban areas and on public transport. It's always a good idea to research your destination beforehand and follow common-sense, such as not flashing your valuables and avoiding isolated areas at night.

Additionally, the Mexican government has implemented a number of measures to enhance the safety of visitors. This includes increasing police patrols in tourist areas and working with hotels and other businesses to improve security. Many hotels and resorts also have their own security measures in place, such as gated entrances and security cameras.

Overall, do not let the media put you off Mexico. Take the necessary precautions and leave any situation that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.


Reasons to Visit Mexico

There are so many reasons Mexico should be top of your bucket list, but let’s cover a few favourites:

  • Rich history and culture: History fans, listen up. Did you know Mexico’s history dates back thousands of years? From the ancient civilizations of the Maya, Aztecs, and Olmecs to the Spanish colonial era and beyond. This rich cultural heritage can be seen in the country's architecture, art, music, and even food.
  • Beautiful natural landscapes: Not only is the landscape breathtaking but it is so diverse, that it’ll feel like several countries in one. From the stunning sandy beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula to the rugged mountains of the Sierra Madre and the beautiful deserts of Baja California. Not forgetting the abundance of UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Mexico City, the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza, and the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka'an dotted in between.
  • Delicious cuisine: To be honest, this is the only reason you need to book flights to Mexico – the food! Known for its bold flavours, vibrant colours, and fresh ingredients, nowhere else does cuisine quite like it. From tacos and tamales, there are countless dishes to try and enjoy. Best of all, by staying with a Workaway host you can learn how to make them too!
  • Opportunities for adventure: You’re going to need some fun-filled ways to burn off all that tasty tacos and thankfully, Mexico has that covered too. Whether you fancy freshwater cave diving in the Yucatan Peninsula, kitesurfing at La Ventana or hiking glaciers in Pico de Orizaba there is adventure around every corner in Mexico.
  • Friendly people: Visitors can expect to be welcomed with open arms. Not only are Mexicans warm and hospitable, but they are passionate about their culture and are happy to share their traditions and stories.
  • Affordable travel: Travelling on a budget? Mexico is a great destination for budget-conscious travellers, thanks to a range of accommodation options, affordable transport, and plenty of free and low-cost activities to enjoy.
  • Vibrant nightlife: As the tequila capital of the world, it’s no secret that Mexico knows how to party. Whether you want to dance until sunrise at clubs or enjoy beers on the beach with friends, there is something for all.

Regional Highlights of Mexico

To help you plan your visit to Mexico, we have broken the country down into six distinct regions. Use these regions to find the perfect base for your trip, and then browse over 500 Workaway hosts all over the country.

Baja California and the Pacific Coast

The Pacific coast boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world as well as incredible marine life. From the popular resort town of Cabo San Lucas to the secluded beaches of Bahia Concepcion there is so much to see on this stunning stretch of Mexico. Baja California is also home to rare and endangered species including the grey whale and sea turtles making it an excellent choice for those passionate about marine conservation.

A few highlights of this region include…

  • The stunning beaches and marine life in Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, and other coastal towns
  • Whale watching in Baja California Sur or if you’re feeling brave head to Isla Guadalupe – off the Baja coast – where you can go cave diving with great white sharks!
  • After cage diving with sharks you may need a visit to the wine region of Valle de Guadalupe

Central Mexico and the Mexican Highlands

Combining history, culture, nature and cuisine, this region of Mexico is ideal for history fans, culture vultures and tequila connoisseurs. The region is home to some of Mexico’s most historic and culturally significant cities, including Mexico City, Guanajuato, and San Miguel de Allende. These cities are a photographer’s paradise, famed for their colonial architecture, museums and vibrant street art. The Central Highlands is also where you’ll find fields of agave used for making tequila – more on that below!

A few highlights of this region include…

  • The vibrant capital city of Mexico City with its museums, architecture, and cuisine. Not forgetting the world-famous wrestling, the incredible markets and zócalo, the second-largest city square in the world.
  • Located around 70km from Mexico City is the towering Popocatépetl (pronounced poh-poh-kah-TEH-peh-til) one of Mexico's most active volcanoes. This monster of a mountain has been erupting since January 2005 so is well worth a visit!
  • Less than an hour up the road from Popocatépetl, you’ll come to the town of Tequila – yup, Tequila! Located in Mexico’s Western state of Jalisco, the town is known for its production of the famous spirit. According to Mexican law, at least 50% of tequila must contain a particular type of agave called Tequilana weber which happens to grow exclusively in this region of Mexico. Not only will you find Tequila Volcano here but also several distilleries as well as the Museo Nacional del Tequila and the Museo Los Abuelos where you can learn all about the history of the famous liquor.
  • Don’t miss the ancient city of Teotihuacan, as it is home to one of the tallest pyramids in the world. It also offers a unique opportunity to learn about the culture and history of the indigenous people of Mexico. As one of the largest cities in the ancient world (believed to have over 150,000 residents at one point), it remains a complete mystery where the huge population eventually ended up.

Yucatan Peninsula and the Gulf Coast

Whether you're looking to relax on the beach, learn about ancient civilizations, or enjoy outdoor activities, this region has something to offer. Thanks to the stunning sandy beaches, this region is home to the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico, including Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen. However, it is also an exciting region to learn about the ancient Mayan civilization as well as explore a range of natural wonders, including cenotes (underground water-filled sinkholes.)

Highlights of this region include…

  • This region is steeped in Mayan culture and history, with ancient ruins and archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza and Uxmal. As a tip, you cannot climb any of the Mayan ruins at Chitzen Itza. However, you can still go up into all the pyramids and temples (except the Pyramid of the Magician) at Uxmal.
  • The white-sand beaches of Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum where not only can you party, swim and sunbathe but you can enjoy some epic food. The Yucatan Peninsula is known for its unique cuisine, which combines Mayan, Spanish, and Caribbean influences. Sample traditional dishes such as cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork) and ceviche (marinated seafood) while exploring this beautiful region.
  • The colonial city of Merida, with its vibrant culture and architecture, is also a must-see. As the capital of the Yucatan state it is the largest city in the region and home to over a million residents. It is also a particularly popular spot for digital nomads.
  • Nature lovers should also head to the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka'an near Tulum. It boasts an incredible display of flora and fauna, including the chance to spot dolphins, whales, spider monkeys, pumas, and even jaguars in the wild. It is also an epic location to explore cenotes as well as mangrove swamps, lagoons, and even more beautiful beaches.

Northern Mexico and the Desert

The blend of natural beauty and adventure means Northern Mexico is becoming an increasingly popular destination for tourism. As well as being home to several indigenous communities, this region is known for its rugged mountains, vast deserts, and unique rock formations. Some of the most popular natural attractions in the area include Copper Canyon, the Chihuahuan Desert, and the Sierra Madre Occidental. Outdoor enthusiasts will particularly enjoy this region as rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, camping and horse riding are all popular here. If you prefer a little more adrenaline, you can also enjoy zip lining and bungee jumping.

Highlights of this region include…

  • Copper Canyon steals the limelight in this otherworldly region. Nicknamed Mexico's Grand Canyon, the Copper Canyon is actually a chain of six different canyons. The six canyons combined are seven times larger in length than its Northern neighbour, Grand Canyon.
  • Considered the “capital of Cool” the border city of Tijuana will prove a definite highlight. The city offers some bold claims including that it is home to the world’s best tacos and is the craft beer capital of Latin America. It is also home to over 80 food trucks and gastroparks.
  • The natural hot springs and waterfalls of Hierve el Agua are also out of this world, however this popular attraction has caused controversy in recent years between the local people and the government. As the area is populated by indigenous Zapotec whose ancestors inhabited the land for centuries there are disagreements over who owns this natural phenomenon. Tourists can still visit, but be mindful of this incredible area.

Southern Mexico and the Oaxaca Region

Renowned for being one of the most culturally rich regions in Mexico, Oaxaca state is a stunning area to visit. The region – and the city of Oaxaca in particular – is also known for its smoky mezcal, chocolate and delicious mole. If you visit the region between December to February you may spot humpback whales migrating off the shore as well as opportunities to witness dolphins and turtles in the wild.

Highlights of this region include…

  • Let’s start with the surf. Puerto Escondido is probably the most popular place in Oaxaca however, the resort town of Mazunte is also a surfer’s paradise. For a complete change of scene, head to the nudist friendly Zipolite which also offers great surfing opportunities. If you prefer to escape the crowds (And keep your clothes on) then Barra de la Cruz has a reputation for some of the most epic swells on the Pacific.
  • If you prefer to dive into the swells than surf them, then head for Puerto Ángel a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkelling.
  • Photography fans will adore the rainbow-coloured colourful colonial city of Oaxaca. The city is a particularly famous spot for its handicraft scene, offering some incredible souvenir shopping opportunities.
  • Just outside Oaxaca City is the unmissable site of Monte Albán. It offers incredible views of what would have been home to the Zapotecs and Mixtecs.

Chiapas and the Southern Pacific Coast

As the southernmost state in Mexico, Chiapas borders Guatemala & the Pacific Ocean. It is responsible for 30% of the country’s cacao production and 60% of its coffee output. This region is also home to one of the largest indigenous populations in the country so you will still hear indigenous languages spoken here as well as local traditions still practised daily.

Highlights of this region include…

  • Some say the Mayan ruins of Palenque are superior to both Chichen Itza, and the Aztec temples of Mexico City. Nicknamed “the lost city” Palenque wasn’t discovered until the 18th century, when Spanish explorers uncovered the ruins under dense jungle.
  • Located high in the mountains at a staggering altitude of 2200 metres is San Cristobal de las Casas - or known locally as simply San Cristo. Here you will find quirky accommodation, funky bars and amazing restaurants offering a mix of Mexican, Spanish and Mayan cuisine.
  • Nearby San Cristo is Sumidero Canyon. Known as one of the country’s most spectacular outdoor attractions, it is a vast gorge with towering walls that reach an incredible 1000 metres high. You can take a cruise through the middle where you can not only spot crocodiles but also monkeys and jaguars.
  • Another spectacular natural wonder is El Chiflon. Found South of San Cristo, this cascading set of waterfalls are considered one of the most epic destinations in Southern Mexico.

Volunteering in Mexico

As the world’s leading community for volunteering and cultural exchange, Workaway is the perfect platform to connect with locals in Mexico. Whether you are a solo backpacker trying to find a travel buddy, recently retired or setting off on a grown up gap year – we can help make your travel dreams come true. You can join as a solo traveller, as a couple, or even as a family!

Most Workaway hosts offer free accommodation and meals in exchange for a few hours of work each day. Whether you want to learn how to make traditional Mexican food, improve your Spanish skills or simply enjoy the beach resorts of Tulum and Cancun on a budget, with Workaway, you will be guaranteed a memorable Mexican adventure.


Making a difference in Mexico

While some hosts need hands-on help with DIY, gardening, childcare or farming, others need your skills behind the scenes with marketing, social media and photography. While first and foremost we’re a cultural exchange, Workaway is also a great way to boost your CV, learn a new language and make friends all over the world. With over 500 hosts in Mexico alone, there are so many ways you can invest your time and reap the rewards of this incredible destination.


How to find the perfect host in Mexico

As Mexico is so diverse, use our guide to the regions above to determine which area you’d like to be based. Whether you crave the surf and sea, or are fascinated by the mystical Mayan culture – use your skills and interests as keywords in the search box to find your perfect host.

Best of all, when you join Workaway you are not limited to one project or area. For a small membership fee you have access to over 50,000 volunteer opportunities across 170 countries – not just Mexico.

This means that one month you could be testing tequila in Jalisco, followed by teaching Spanish in Chiapas the next. Then you can either head over the border and find hosts in the United States or to neighbouring Guatemala, one of the cheapest destinations in North America.


Travel Tips For Volunteering in Mexico

Before you set off, there are a few tips you need to know. Firstly, if you are planning to visit Mexico as a volunteer and not as a tourist, you will need the correct visa. Visa requirements change regularly, so check your government’s website or embassy in your home country for the most up to date info.

Also, make sure to book travel insurance. Whether you plan on swimming in cenotes, hiking Popocatépetl or surfing round the Yucatan peninsula, accidents can happen so make sure you are covered.

On the topic of safety, it isn't just extreme sports but everyday instances that you need to be aware of. From taco trucks causing tummy upsets to trusted transport, use your common sense to avoid taking unnecessary risks.

As a final note, the weather in Mexico is hot and humid, so don’t forget sunscreen, stay hydrated and dress appropriately when visiting ancient sites, temples or religious areas. Always be respectful of local customs and stay particularly mindful when touching artefacts or ancient ruins – some are thousands of years old.

Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime? Let’s go to Mexico, amigo!