Gap Years and Backpacking in Mexico

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Backpacker Tours
See the best of Mexico on these trips
Short Gaps in Mexico
If you don't have a whole year these are perfect!
Work in Mexico
Put your gap year to good use and boost your CV
Conservation Projects
Protect Mexican wildlife and sites on these projects
A Guide to Mexico
Our complete set of tips for Mexico
Travel in Mexico

Gap Years in Mexico

Hola, amigos! When you think of Mexico you might think of burritos, sombreros and Spring Break in Cancun, but this is a country with so much more to offer backpackers than stereotypes and party clichés. Gap years in Mexico can involve an equal mix of beaches, beer and fun as well as amazingly rewarding experiences discovering the culture, history and traditions of this Central American nation.

Backpacking in Mexico

So what are the highlights? Well, Mexico City has ancient ruins, cool fusion restaurants, museums, galleries and shopping in abundance. Tijuana, Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta are famous hotspots. Also, the Baja Peninsula is a beautiful area with long beaches backed by mountains and countless bays.

If you're into ancient civilisations, it's a great idea to hit the Teotihuacan ruins, an ancient Aztec city just 40 km north of Mexico City. Chichén Itzá on the Yucatan Peninsula and Monte Alban are also amazing archaeological sites.

So what are you hanging about for? Get planning and start your Mexican adventure. Vamos!

Backpacker Tours

Backpacker Tours

Short Gaps

Short Gaps

Volunteering

Mexico has a long history stretching all the way back to the Mayans and beyond. Nowadays its had a bit of a rough ride but is well on the way to re-establishing itself and with these volunteering projects you can make a difference to the development of the country. We've also got a whole load of opportunities for study and work experience abroad so you can work on your Spanish and give your CV a little international boost.

Volunteering and Work Experience in Mexico

Career Development

Career Development

Community Projects

Community Projects

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Work Experience

Work Experience

Advice

You might think travelling around Mexico would be hard or dangerous, but here's our advice section to show that it's neither and is also an awesome destination for gap years. We've got a couple of great guides to the place and even advice on backpacking in a tourist destination like Cancun. Soak up the ancient culture, amazing food and meet some of the wonderful local people!

Advice for Mexico

A Complete Guide to Mexico

A Complete Guide to Mexico

Backpacking in Cancun

Backpacking in Cancun

Food

Food

Getting Around

Getting Around

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Lexi Quinton

Lexi is our country expert for Mexico. She loves everything to do with travelling and it's no surprise that she loves everything to do with Mexico...

Lexi has travelled extensively through Central America and one of her favourite countries is Mexico, which is why she's written an amazing guide about it. Make sure you give it a read... So if you've got any questions about Central America then send Lexi a message...