What happens when Meso-american and European cultures integrate? The answer is Mexico- a country rich in tradition and heritage. This fusion of culture, coupled with breathtaking scenery, stunning beaches, warm weather and an amazing underwater eco-system, firmly cements Mexico as one of the world’s greatest tourist destinations. Below is a list of Mexico’s six most popular and diverse tourist vacation spots.
Located in the state of Baja California Sur, is the marlin sport fishing capital of the world. Los Cabos is made up of two towns- Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, that are divided by the Corrdior- a 20 mile stretch of impressive coastal highway, dotted with beaches and resorts.
Cabo San Lucas is famous for its golf courses, vibrant clubbing scene, parasailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, boat tours, elegant restaurants and upscale resorts and hotels. The town also has some spectacular sea rock formations, including the iconic El Arco from where you can spot sea lions.
On the other hand we have the more relaxed town of San Jose, which is home to charming colonial architecture and traditional buildings.
Los Cabos is also renowned for its amazing whale watching opportunities.
On the Northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula lies Mexico’s gem; Cancun. Cancun offers 14 miles of soft white sand on the Caribbean coast, and clear turquoise waters that are loved by water sports enthusiasts. If you decide on a more archaeological approach, you can visit the Mayan ruins of El Meco or El Ray, or you can venture into the jungle to uncover other hidden ruins. Cancun’s lively downtown area is known as El Centro, and is perfect for a wild and fun night out.
If you thought the Grand Canyon was impressive, then the six copper and green colored canyons located in Sierra Madre, Chihuahua will blow your mind. These interconnected canyons can be explored by bus, car, on foot, on horse back, by bike and on El Chepe- a train that gives you unrivaled views of the amazing canyon. The canyon is home to rich flora and fauna, rock and water formations, and the gentle native Indian tribe known as the Tarahumaran.
The semi-circular bay of Acapulco is popular among Spring breakers. The city’s main attractions include its lovely beaches, historical architecture, spectacular museums, remarkable Zucalo cathedral, arresting street performers, splendid cafe’s, pulsing nightlife and magnificent local culture. However, Acapulco is renowned for its iconic La Quebrada cliff diving- a sport that has been around for the last 78 years. You can watch the cliff diving from cliff tops and surrounding restaurants.
The 30 mile diving island of Cozumel is located on the Yucatan Peninsula and in the Caribbean sea; it is host to a rich marine life. Though diving and deep-sea fishing dominate the bottom of the water, private yacht charters, boat tours, kite surfing, surfing and parasailing are prominent on top of the water. When you are not on the water, by the beach or by the bustling port, you can venture into the main town of San Miguel, which is pulsing with international restaurants and dazzling shops. The island is also home to botanical gardens, nature trails, Mayan ruins and a thriving nightlife.
In the midst of the Chiapas highlands lies the ruins of a Mayan city called Palenque. This UNESCO World Heritage site dates back to 226 BC, and is one of the best preserved Mayan ruins in Mexico. Stone temples, ancient sculptures and remarkable inscriptions are all positioned against a backdrop of striking hills. Most of the inscriptions have been translated, leaving us with a detailed history of these ruins- their rulers, their people and their culture.
Mexico is a country that everyone must visit in their lifetime. Whether you are looking forward to a lazy vacation by the beach, an Indiana Jones adventure at the ruins or a wild week of shopping and clubbing, Mexico will cater for your needs. So get your passport and ticket ready, and travel to this land of many wonders.