Forza Horizon 5 Map guide

Forza Horizon 5 Map guide
Images: Microsoft

Written by 

Aaron Bayne


26th Aug 2021 16:34

The new Forza Horizon 5 map swaps out the drizzly British countryside for the tropical and vibrant Mexico, meaning you'll be drifting across open beaches and ramping over jungles. Forza Horizon 5 is ridiculously huge, so you'll have plenty of content to spin your tires over. Outside of the multitude of race types, you'll be hunting down collectibles, snapping up pics, and uncovering countless secrets. Before you jump into the biggest map the series has ever seen, here's everything you need to know about the Forza Horizon 5 map including its size, regions, and more. 

Forza Horizon 5: Full map of Mexico

Forza Horizon 5 map: Full map of Mexio in summer
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Kicking things off is the Forza Horizon 5 map of Mexico in full, which was originally revealed via the official Twitter. From this, we can see a plethora of different regions and places of interest to drive around, although it is during the summer season. Fans of the series will know just how much your experience of the map can change during poor weather in the Forza Horizon series, however, seasons have taken a step back in the latest addition to the series. 

There are eight regions that make up the Forza Horizon 5 map, including tight city streets and a literal volcano to coast down. Each of Horizon 5's Horizon events means that every crevice of the map is going to be explored thanks to dirt, road, cross country, drag, and road racing. 

Before Mexico was revealed for Forza Horizon 5, there was a lot of speculation that the next game in the series could be set in Japan. The possibilities that could offer, like the bustling streets of Tokyo to the mountainous areas around Mt. Fuji or the blossom-filled Hokkaido, would offer some stunning environments to go for a drive in, but maybe we'll see that with Forza Horizon 6 instead.

Mexico map regions

A car sits in front of a yellow field.
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As mentioned, the Forza Horizon 5 map is made up of eight districts that span various biomes of Mexico. The regions are as follows: 

  • Tierra Prospera - Farm Land 
  • Gran Potano - Swampy Woodlands
  • Cordillera - Hilly Fields
  • La Selva - Road Track Through Woodlands
  • Baja California - Desert Plains
  • Dunas Blacas - Sand Dunes 
  • La Grand Caldera - Volcano
  • Riviera Maya - Beaches 

There are also some smaller sub-regions that make up the larger region areas, proving the Forza Horizon 5 map to be utterly stacked. 

Mexico map landmarks

Forza Horizon 5 city
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As you've probably realized, despite the Forza Horizon 5 map taking place in Mexico, it isn't quite an exact replica. This Mexico is condensed and much smaller, just like the English/Scottish countryside was in Forza Horizon 4.

Another similarity is that the Forza Horizon 5 map features some real-life locations, despite the majority of its regions being inspired rather than exact replicas. Guanajuato is the main city featured in the game and much like Edinburgh in Forza Horizon 4, it captures the essence of the city in a compressed scale.

Thanks to it being an old, historic city, drifting supercars around the streets is something we don't often get to see in real life and as a result, much more fun. The roads are very maze-like and streets can be tight, offering a unique driving experience compared to the open roads.

An out of focus car drifts along a cobblestoned street.
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Outside of the built-up areas, we also know the Mexico map features four ancient ruins to actually drive through. We’ve driven through the likes of Ek' Balam, Tulum, Uxmal, and Teotihuacan, which are all real ancient ruins from the Mayan era. On top of the civilisations from a bygone era, the Duna Blancas area on the map provides some excellent sand dunes to race through, while La Gran Caldera is a huge mountain that makes for some cracking downhill racing.

Other landmarks across the map are made up of La Grand Caldera volcano, El Estadio Horizon, Mulege village, and the Sierra Verde Dam, amongst others.

Forza Horizon 5 Map: Size

As soon as you are introduced to the Forza Horizon 5 map, it’s clear that it is far larger than anything in the series to date. Driving straight across the Forza Horizon 5 map from coast to coast in as straight a line as possible will take roughly seven or eight minutes. That might not sound incredibly large but when you consider that is at over 150 miles per hour without adhering to road routes, it highlights just how big the Forza Horizon 5 map really is. And with new content at every turn, you aren’t going to feel claustrophobic on this map any time soon. 

That is everything you need to know about the Forza Horizon 5 map. Thinking about driving through it yourself? Why not check out our Forza Horizon 5 tips guide.

Aaron Bayne was a Guides Writer at GGRecon. His previous experience includes BBC and Fraghero.

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