Mexico is a wonderful holiday destination, offering the best of both worlds – the ancient and the modern. It has beautiful scenery, sunny during the day and is dotted with numerous sandy beaches. Unesco World Heritage identifies the ancient Mayan and Aztec sites as well as colonial cities. This means that these historical sites.
They renovation of these sites were done as best as possible to give you a glimpse of their former glory. If you are planning a Mexican holiday, you must try to visit the beaches and the interesting heritage sites. Mexico has a rich cultural heritage, which is a mix of local culture and Spanish influence. As Mexico has many climate zones, it has lush tropical forests as well as arid deserts. Mexico has also earned a spot in the list of eco tourism destinations of the world .
Puerto Vallarta or Vallarta is a popular beach destination on the Pacific coast. The city is popular as a second home for many and with the elite, cruise crowd. For young people who are looking for activities to do in Mexico, Vallarta has Para gliding and jet-skiing options. For those who love arts and crafts, or to stroll in pretty beach promenades, with amazing sculptures and green spaces, or even planning a honeymoon, Vallarta is a vacation spot not to be missed.
This is the biggest Mayan city, and is considered to be best restored, and is one of the must visit places in Mexico. The number of archaeological and ancient marvels of the Mayan civilization would enthrall you. The huge El Castillo, known as the Kulkulkan Pyramid at 30 m is one of the tallest structures at the site, and Caracol, is a 1000-year-old observatory showing the expertise of the Mayans. The site has many statues too, which would be charming.
Pronounced wa-hah-ka is the name of the city as well as the state, this beautiful place is one of the places on your bucket list while planning a Mexican holiday. It has charming and vibrant artisan markets and you can have your senses filled with mouthwatering aromas from the many trendy eateries on beautiful tree filled shady streets. You can visit the ancient Zapotecs ruins in Monte Alban. Much of the handicrafts and food, which are available at Oaxaca, are passed down through generations. You can go for hikes, enjoy dips at Hierve el Agua, and wander in between the agave fields at one of the Mitla mescal distilleries. The capital, which is a cultural hub, has many festivals and events including Guelaguetza, the indigenous festival that happens every July, with traditional dances, music, crafts and food.
Cancun and the Mexican coastline
On the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico lie the resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen and the Cozumel Island, famously known as the Mayan Riviera. This coastline is a great tourist attraction and is one of the must visit places in Mexico, with more than 5 million tourists every year. However, in spite of the large number of people, you can still enjoy the beauty of the beaches and the crystal clear ocean. Activities to do in Mexico abound in this area, with stingray and dolphin swims, snorkeling among the tropical fish and stunning coral reefs, scuba diving in the world’s biggest underwater museum which has a collection of submerged sculptures at depths of almost 8 meters. Then there are many Mayan ruins within walking distance and Tulum and Chichen Itza are at a distance of a few hours.
This natural attraction is in Chihuahua, in the northern part of Mexico and is deeper and larger than the Grand Canyon in the US. These spectacular canyons were formed by the convergence of six rivers into the Rio Fuerte before immersing in the Gulf of California. If you like adventure, you can explore this area on horseback or on bike.
Merida, Guadalajara, Tulum, Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa, Guanajuato, Mexico City are other noteworthy places you must visit while you are in Mexico. While it is not possible for you to visit all the places, select the ones according to your interest and your Mexican trip will be the way you imagined it to be. Plan it wisely, so that you get a glimpse of the ancient Heritage sites, as well as soak blissfully in the waters of the ocean for a relaxing and rejuvenating Mexican holiday. For those on a budget and want to save on their travel expenses, try out the eco friendly public transportation services in Mexico.