ruins, jungles supporting myriad wildlife, stunning hidden bays with perfect
turquoise water, vast desert landscapes, a delectable cuisine, pulsating
nightlife centres and so much more, there really is something for everyone in
Mexico. Stretching for around 4,000km from the southern border of the USA to Guatemala and Belize, this is a
destination full of stereotypes and surprises, where you are just as likely to
encounter a tequila-swigging Mariachi band as you are a tribe of howler monkeys.
Tourism in Mexico is
big business and whether you come for two-weeks or two-years, the destination
is what you make of it personally. There are as many beach resorts catering for
all-inclusive package vacationers from the US and Europe as there are rural
villages stuck in the sands of time awaiting the adventurous traveler that
loves to get off the beaten track. Consequently, Mexico can be as hectic as Cancun and Tijuana or
as tranquil as Puerto
Escondido and Merida, so
first-time travelers should be prepared to take the rough with the smooth.
Fortunately, Mexicans are a welcoming bunch and, no matter how rich or poor,
are proud to show off what they’ve been given. Learn a few Spanish phrases
prior to arrival and you’ll notice a remarkable ease in getting around.
Being such a large
country, there is never a bad time to visit Mexico. Certain weather patterns
may dictate the enjoyment of some regions, but you’ll always find somewhere
where the sun is shining and the sky is blue. As a rule, visitors hit the
highlands during the summer and the coasts throughout the winter. If there was
ever a perfect time then it would be November, when the rain has subsided and
the peak season rush has yet to begin. December through April is the busiest
period and when the beach resorts of Acapulco, Riviera
Carmen become inundated. One thing is for sure; whenever you decide to
come, your trip will likely coincide with one of Mexico’s plethora of festivals
that highlight the true spirit and color of the nation.
- A bustling metropolis jam-packed with cultural attractions and historical
monuments. At its heart, the Zocalo is home to picturesque churches and Aztec
ruins. Catch a football match at the Azteca Stadium, host of the 1970 and 1986
World Cup finals.
Oaxaca - The
finest of all of Mexico’s colonial cities. Take day trips to the villages of
San Jose el Mogote and Teotitlan del Valle and sample the regions famed
Close to the border of Guatemala, ancient Maya temple, palace and courtyard
ruins rise out of a thick and verdant jungle.
- The largest pre-Hispanic city in Mexico is the proud possessor of the Pyramid
of the Sun and Moon Pyramid, both bequeathed by an ancient civilisation.
Party all night and sleep on the beach all day, Cancun is home to the biggest
beach parties imaginable and the infamous Spring Break HQ.
Marvel at the swan diving exploits of the clavadistas - La Quebrada cliff
divers. Since 1934, teams of divers have been wowing crowds by diving 35m with
pinpoint accuracy into the narrow pools below,
Island getaway off the Yucatan coast famed for its spectacular dive sites
offering tropical marine life and unique coral reef. On dry land, dedicate time
to explore the islands Mayan legacy and ruins.
Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl - For the energetic and trekking enthusiasts, east of Mexico City are
two snow-capped volcanoes. In addition to taking in dramatic vistas, visit the
rural villages and monasteries.
Tulum - The
perfect powdery white beach is a main attraction, but beat the crowds by waking
up at dawn to watch the sunrise over the Mayan ruins.
Escondido - Way down on Mexico’s South Pacific coast, the ’Hidden Port’
offers laidback surfing, fishing and wildlife spotting for those lucky enough
to find it.
Reserva Marisposa Monarca - Visit this incredible butterfly reserve, where from October to
November millions of monarch butterflies come to rest following a daunting
4500km journey from the Great Lakes.
Barranca del Cobre - Northern
Mexico’s Copper Canyon is a sight to behold. Ride the train or hike along a
trail through the midst of this vast and imposing canyon.
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