South America Living

All the Highs – Exploring Mexico

Spring-breakers, gap-year backpackers, sun-worshippers, beach-lovers and family vacationers are all drawn to Mexico because this is a country that offers visitors high variety and versatility. Millions of people travel to this country each year, the country’s wealth of attractions and activities making it a top quality destination which offers something that little bit different.
Secluded tropical islands… ancient cities… world-famous festivals —find your favourite experience in Mexico.

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Hitting the highlight notes

Mexico will definitely hit the right note if you’re looking for unforgettable experiences. You can spend time swimming with dolphins as well as gentle whale sharks. The Caribbean waters around islands such as Cozumel are home to some of the best diving spots in the world including impressive canyons, underwater walls and those colourful coral reefs. However, if you like to take it that little bit easier, you can do so on a secluded beach with a trip to Contoy Island. Only a specific number of daily visitors are permitted to visit Contoy each day, which means no crowds while you enjoy diving and snorkelling as well as relaxing on those glorious beaches.

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Back into the past

You may have seen online photos of Chichen Itza but actually exploring this pre-Columbian city with its famous El Castillo pyramid is a completely different experience. One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, this pyramid is an almost compulsory attraction if you’re visiting the Yucatan Peninsula. There are plenty of ancient sites across Mexico where you can step back in time, including the jungle city of Palenque and the two giant pyramids of Teotihuacán. Mexico also has several World Heritage cities to explore, home to attractions such as Guanajuato’s silver mines and the majestic walled city of Campeche.

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Seeking out the culture

There’s nothing better than a festival to liven up a vacation and Mexicans know how to party on an international scale. Almost every month there seems to be a festival going on somewhere in Mexico, but the Festival de Mexico in the capital city is definitely one of the largest and most colourful. Festival visitors can enjoy dance, music, opera and theatre in 50 venues across the city. The Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is another major public holiday and celebration in Mexico, and this three day event starts on October 31st, coinciding with the tradition of All Hallows’ Eve. Be prepared to encounter huge crowds, lots of performers and merriment at both of these famous festivals.

These are just a few of the highlights of a trip to this fascinating country. For travelers, every day in Mexico can bring a new experience and it makes sense to get off the beaten track a little and explore all that this destination has to offer.
Images by Son of Groucho, pavelcab and gregw66, used under Creative Commons license




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