Mexico is a country between the U.S. and Central America that's known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. Ancient ruins such as Teotihuacán and the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá are scattered throughout the country, as are Spanish colonial-era towns. In capital Mexico City, upscale shops, renowned museums and gourmet restaurants cater to modern life.
I love Mexico. It’s a vibrant, beautiful country filled with friendly people, a vibrant energy that makes you have a zest for life, stunning architecture, a long history, and delicious, delicious food. I mean who doesn’t love Mexican food? And Mezcal! I mean how can you go wrong with either? From Mayan ruins and jungles filled with parrots, to the bustling nightclubs of Cancun and the seediness of Tijuana and everything in between, Mexico has a lot to offer travelers. Most travelers get into the resort towns of Playa del Carmen or Puerto Vallarta but there’s so much more to Mexico than that. Get out of the touristy towns, see Mexico, and fall in love! It’s hard not too.
Places to travel in Mexico-
Bacalar Lagoon in Quintana Roo
Let’s start from one of my favorite places so far. Bacalar Lagoon in Quintana Roo, right next to the border with Belize.
Bacalar lake is called ‘the lake of seven colors’, due to the different tones of water and the place is absolutely a must when traveling to Quintana Roo. There are no big resorts and touristic complexes in Bacalar, what makes you feel like you’re almost alone surrounded by blue waters, just like in the Maldives.
The beach destinations of Mexico, that are so popular with many visitors, have summers that are pretty hot and can be pretty humid too. This is just fine when you are on holiday and swimming in the ocean in front of your villa or hanging out in the pool with a drink in your hand at your resort.
But if you are not a big fan of the heat or want to do more than simply relax around the pool or ocean, Mexico still offers incredible travel experiences during the summer months. Mexico is a very large county with twelve distinct climate regions—from tropical wet regions to arid deserts to temperate plateaux. And the central highlands offer a comfortable, cooler climate for exploring Mexico during the summer months.
Venture inland – Mexico’s coasts are the most famous, most touristy parts of the country, but the interior has an amazing amount to offer. Prices are cheaper, and you’ll be more likely to meet some locals if you head away from the coast.
And for good reason, this is a truly exciting and energetic city.
It’s rich with history and culture and boasts a culinary scene to rival any major world capital. Hip colonias such as Roma and Condesa are easy to wander, because they’re filled with bars, restaurants and designer boutiques.
Visit modern museums and colourful markets, walk around the enormous Bosques de Chapultepec (Mexico City’s answer to Central Park). You might as well take a boat ride along the canals of Xochimilco, hit the hippest club or watch a lucha libre wrestling match. Mexico City has something for everyone.
Food in Mexico City-
I’ve been to many cities in Mexico, and while I’ve loved many of them, Mexico City is by far the most cosmopolitan. My favorite part about the city was the endless food options, including incredible gourmet restaurants like Pujol.
The chef there uses all local, indigenous ingredients to create a stunning one-of-a-kind meal with unique flavors and products that you’ve probably never heard of, if you don’t live in Mexico. We love traveling for food and Mexico City really wowed us. Pujol’s famous avocado tortilla with suckling lamb and avocado puree.
Eat market food – Mexico’s markets are a great place to eat inexpensively and also to stock up on food for day trips.
Food in Mexico is super affordable. You’ll find a lot of rice, beans, fruits, and veggies like tomatoes, corn, avocado, and peppers in Mexican cuisine. Some typical Mexican dishes are tacos, mole (a sauce with lots of ingredients, many include chocolate), salsa, enchiladas, tamales (stuffed corn pockets), guacamole.
Stefan visited Mexico in September 2008 and his favourite place was Chichen-Itza, the famous Mayan ruins in the east side of the country in Yucatan. They are like the pyramids of Mexico.
They’re beautiful, really impressive and a mark of what was once one of the largest Maya cities. But as a result it’s popular drawing in many people, so best visited early in the day.
Chichen Itza is a large Mayan archaeological site located in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula. The site has been declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and is thought to be the best Mayan site in Mexico. The most impressive structure on the site is the 78 feet tall Temple of Kukulkan or the “Castillo” as it is often known. The site also boasts elaborate wall carvings, a ball court, and intricately-designed columns.
Explore the Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución) – The Zócalo is at the heart of Mexico City and it encompasses the Templo Mayor and the Palacio Nacional. Situated just off the Zócalo is La Catedral Metropolitana a magnificent cathedral fortified with gold and a beautiful example of Spanish colonial architecture.
Mayan Ruins of Tulum in Quintana Roo-
If you find yourself travelling somewhere along the Yucatan Peninsula, then you need to make the quick detour to visit the ruins of Tulum. These ruins once made up the Pre-Columbian walled city known as Zama and served as an important port.
Sitting along a 12-meter cliff that drops into the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, this archaeological site has one of the most beautiful settings you could ask for.
For postcard-perfect shots, follow the trail towards the coast and then turn left for stunning views of the God of Winds Temple perched out next to the sea. Bonus tip: bring your swimsuit because you can go swimming in the beach below and you’ll want to do so after sightseeing around the ruins in the hot, hot heat!
Cozumel Island in Quintana Roo-
The gorgeous island of Cozumel is known best for being a cruise ship destination, which is a bit of a shame. There is so much more to this island than souvenir shops and day trippers. But there’s more to Cozumel than this. Many visitors to Cozumel find their way to Chankanaab National Park on the southern end of the island.
When cruise ships are in town, it can be packed with people, but in the middle of the week, it’s a retreat to get sand in your toes and enjoy a taco in the shade of a palm tree.
Go diving – The seas surrounding Mexico make for some of the world’s best diving spots with their diverse marine life, coral reefs (including the second largest reef system in the world, the Great Maya Barrier Reef) and excellent visibility. Aside from diving, the waters are popular with snorkelers, sports fishermen, and more or less any other watersport enthusiast.
Relax on the Pacific Coast – While the beaches may not be as beautiful as the east coast, the Pacific side of Mexico has just as many resorts and opportunities for partying and surfing. Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Huatulco, and Sayulita are popular vacation spots. Diving is better on the Gulf of Mexico, however.
Visit a volcano – Mexico has over active 30 volcanoes. Most volcanoes are found within national parks, and these offer some of the best hiking and mountain biking in the country. Popocatepetl frequently features in the top 10 lists of must-see volcanoes in the world but it is closed to climbing since it is so active, so tourists favor Paricutin and Orizaba.
Cenote Calavera near Tulum in Quintana Roo-
The word calavera means “skull.” Cenote Calavera (also known as Temple of Doom) was named because of the three holes on the ground that appear to be the holes in a skull. The biggest hole on the ground, about 10m in diameter, serves as the entrance to this cenote.
Cenote Calavera was the first cenote we visited in Mexico and we couldn’t believe we had the place to ourselves! It was smaller than other cenotes we visited but it was special. The cozy feel of the cave-like swimming hole was perfect for just a few people.
Natural wonders in the state of San Luis Potosi-
The enchanted garden of Xilitla, Tamul waterfall, God’s bridge or Sotano of the Huahuas are just some of the many natural wonders in Huasteca Potosina. It’s the epicenter of active tourism and preferred cooling off spot of San Luis Potosi.
Base yourself in Ciudad Valles. Make sure you have at least a few days to enjoy this raw and untamed region where turquoise rivers and waterfalls, lush jungles, deep caves and other marvels compete for the visitor’s attention day in day out.
I hope you enjoyed my round up of Mexico.
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