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Why Visit Mexico

Mexico is one of the year’s hottest destinations, what with its secret island escapes, Caribbean coastline and cosmopolitan capital city, as well as its thriving restaurant scene and quirky colonial towns that are ideal for day trips. However, if you’re still undecided on why exactly you should stop by this often-misrepresented North American country, here are some reasons that might convince you exactly why you should visit Mexico.

Natural Beauty

Some of the remarkable remains of the once-great Maya civilization can be found in Mexico. The ancient Mayans were astonishingly ahead of their time when it came to building majestic temples, as well as forward-thinking agricultural systems and advanced infrastructures. The Chichén Itzá ruins are perhaps the most famous in all of Mexico since they are said to reflect the civilization when it was at its peak. This is where you can find the world-renowned Kukulkan Pyramid. Other spectacular Mayan ruins can be found at Uxmal, Palenque, Coba and Tulum.

Beaches don’t get much more idyllic than in Mexico. With more than 6,000 miles of pristine coastline, there are up to 450 sandy stretches of paradise to visit. Near the top of the list is most certainly the palm-fringed stretch of Tulum’s Playa Paraiso (Paradise Beach), then there’s the beach at the charming colonial town of Sabancuy in the seemingly untouched Campeche region, and the golden expanse and rolling waves of bohemian Zipolite in Oaxaca. For somewhere more developed, Playa del Carmen is the go-to beach destination for volleyball on white sands and swimming in turquoise Caribbean waters, followed by evenings enjoying drinks in cocktail bars and dining in top-notch restaurants.

Few Mexican sights are as alluring as the majestic Popocatépetl Volcano in Puebla. Lovingly known as El Popo, this magnificent mountain is one of Mother Nature’s triumphs. When traveling east toward Puebla, its snowcapped peaks tower 5,426 metres (17,926ft) high. Mexico is also home to several mountains that are open for hiking – the Sierra Madre Mountains, comprised of smaller scale ranges, are a popular destination for travellers looking to explore the rugged side of Mexico.

The Culture

Beaches don’t get much more idyllic than in Mexico. With more than 6,000 miles of pristine coastline, there are up to 450 sandy stretches of paradise to visit. Near the top of the list is most certainly the palm-fringed stretch of Tulum’s Playa Paraiso (Paradise Beach), then there’s the beach at the charming colonial town of Sabancuy in the seemingly untouched Campeche region, and the golden expanse and rolling waves of bohemian Zipolite in Oaxaca. For somewhere more developed, Playa del Carmen is the go-to beach destination for volleyball on white sands and swimming in turquoise Caribbean waters, followed by evenings enjoying drinks in cocktail bars and dining in top-notch restaurants.

Mexican culture is a mishmash of influences, from the Mesoamerican to the indigenous to the Spanish, and that makes the country all the more fascinating. To learn more about the native people living in rural, indigenous communities and speaking in languages other than Spanish, you can head to Oaxaca or the mountains of Jalisco and Chihuahua, whereas Spanish Colonial history can be explored in Taxco, Querétaro and Guanajuato. Pretty much the entire country shows signs of its mestizo heritage though.

If there’s one thing everyone will agree on about Mexico, it’s that the locals are warm, welcoming and always willing to help, whether you need directions or advice on what street food stall to eat at. Even if you don’t speak Spanish, you’ll soon realise that Mexicans will go out of their way to give you the information you’re looking for, even when that means escorting you to a tourist desk or ringing their niece for advice on bus routes. So, don’t believe everything the popular press tells you about Mexico’s ‘bad hombres’.

Mexico is a treasure trove of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it a fascinating destination for history buffs, culture vultures and nature lovers alike. There are a whopping 27 cultural sites alone, not to mention its six natural sites. Ten of its cities are considered World Heritage Cities, including Campeche, Oaxaca, Mexico City and Puebla. The holy city of Teotihuacan, which was built between the 1st and 7th centuries AD, is loaded with sacred sites and ancient relics dating back to some of the earliest civilizations on record.

The Food

It goes without saying that Mexican food is downright delicious. If you don’t agree, it’s a safe bet that a trip to Mexico City will change your mind. Here, street-food culture reigns supreme, bringing vibrant, spicy dishes to the masses on a daily basis. Mouthwatering tacos, tamales and enchiladas – available at the many local taquerías – are among the most popular picks.

Activities/Tours

  • Horseback riding through uncharted yet guided territory
  • Enjoy Hidden Cenotes
  • Explore Aztec and Mayan Ruins
  • Sailing and Snorkeling in the blue Caribbean waters
  • Glamping in the hidden destinations
  • Sacred Mushroom Ceremonies in the isolated mountains
  • Much more!

Top Favorite Cities and Destinations

The Ghost Town of Real de Catorce

In the desert, there is a village where it is said that everything is magical and has healing powers, especially if you live in a big city. Here the landscapes are incredible and you can enjoy a spectacular view of the mountains. It’s not easy to reach the former silver mining town of Real de Catorce, but if you’re a fan of isolated, Wild West-style ghost towns, then it’s worth the effort. The tiny Mexican village, which sits 2,743 metres (9,000ft) up in the Sierra de Catorce range in San Luis Potosi state, attracts hardy travellers keen to experience its eerie energy and Westworld ambience. To reach it means a drive up a hair-raisingly steep 17-mile cobblestone road and a journey along a narrow 1.5-mile-long tunnel.

Nearby you’ll also find Wirikuta , a sacred area to where every year hundreds of people come in pilgrimage. What this healing, magical town offers you is peace, tranquility, quiet moments alone to wander along the cobbled streets and to visit historical places such as the Parroquia de la Purísima Concepción, the mint, the arena, and Plaza Hidalgo, which will envelope you in a magical atmosphere with every step you take.

Come to live a unique experience in one of Mexico’s Pueblos mágicos; visit Real de Catorce.

Magical Mountains of Oaxaca

High in the misty mountains that close off the south end of the Valles Centrales, 135km from Oaxaca, a little town is chiefly renowned for one thing – the hallucinogenic mushroom Psilocybe mexicana. Though their consumption is officially illegal in Mexico, these hongos mágicos (magic mushrooms) help to make this town a popular travelers’ stop en route between Oaxaca city and the coast. There’s a significant community of alternative lifestylers here and in nearby villages. Mushrooms or no mushrooms, this hidden little town has a touch of magic anyway and is a beautiful place to break a journey. When the clouds clear, the views over pristine forested ranges and valleys are fabulous. There are good walks, a handful of surprisingly good places to stay, and several places where you can take a temascal steam bath.

Come live this experience with our Magical Mountain Retreat in Oaxaca.

The Colloquial town of San Cristóbal

San Cristóbal de las Casas emerges from the valley surrounded by mountains inhabited by the Tzoltzil and the Tzatzal people. Today, it forms a mosaic of local cultures and people from all over the world who have chosen the city as their home.

The main square is the heart of the city, which is a meeting place filled with residents passing by or relaxing on one of the many wrought iron benches. Visit City Hall and the sun-colored Cathedral.
Explore the narrow, cobblestone streets of the traditional neighborhoods and and admire the houses painted in bright colors that are homes to quaint shops and markets. Admire the beautiful embroidery and the jewelry made from amber and wood pieces that are on display in the windows and on the shelves of the local shops.
Unwind with a cup of coffee from Chiapas and enjoy the mountain climate. Watch as the locals pass by. Learn to identify the origins of the customs by observing the local traditional clothing, which varies depending on the group.
Climb the stone staircase that leads to the Temple of San Cristobal to admire the city and the mountains on the horizon.

Come to live a unique experience in one of Mexico’s Pueblos mágicos; visit San Cristóbal de las Casas.

The Beauty of San Miguelle De Allende

It is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico and in 2008 it was recognized, along with the Sanctuary of Jesus of Atotonilco, as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its attractive and cosmopolitan appearance makes it one of the favorite destinations for art enthusiasts. There is plenty of sites to visit, and they all stand out the city’s historical and architectural heritage.

One of the sites that you must see is the San Miguel Arcangel Parish. It has become the hallmark of the city. It is a beautiful temple of the end of the century. Other must places in San Miguel de Allende are the handicraft market of the city or the archeological zone of Cañada la Virgen.

In the market there is a sample of the local craftsmanship made of metals, papier mache, blown glass and more. Its cobbled streets, wooded courtyards, fine architectural details and sumptuous interiors will enchant you; perhaps that is the reason why CN Travel declared it one of the twenty-five best cities chosen by the travelers.

The Hidden Beach of Puerto Escondido

Is this where surfers go when they die? Many places claim to be the world’s best surfing beach, but Puerto Escondido’s Playa Zicatela – 3.5km of golden sand and crashing waves – would make most wave-riders’ top tens. Even if you have no desire to test your balance as a 20ft wave curls over your head, Mexico’s ‘hidden port’ is a highly desirable place, a small mellow town where Mexicans, expats and world travelers intermingle, and surfboards are as ubiquitous as cell phones.
While it’s hardly undiscovered these days, Puerto Escondido remains pleasantly rough around the edges and, thanks to its spread-out nature, rarely feels urban. Plus there’s more to do here than just ride white-knuckle on waves. Folks in tie-dye T-shirts stroll the sandy lanes of La Punta, master chefs have moved into residential Rinconada, while Playa Carrizalillo – the superstar of Mexico’s beaches – is a gorgeous place to hang out, swim, and live vicariously as a surfer dude(ette).

The Paradise of Tulum

It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. One of the most important sites in Tulum is its Mayan ruins, located on a cliff facing the Caribbean Sea; with warm starry nights and clear turquoise waters lies the only archaeological site that sits on the seashore. It is the most photogenic site in the region and perhaps the whole country.
Under the cliff is Paradise beach, considered one of the best beaches in the Riviera Maya, from which excursions are organized to the famous Mesoamerican Reef Barrier. The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve measures half a million hectares and covers all possible scenarios: beaches, coral reefs, rainforest, dunes and natural wells.

Come to live a unique experience in one of Mexico’s Pueblos Mágicos; visit Tulum.

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