Mexico bustles with life and effervescence. It is a
powerful combination of fascinating colonial towns, ancient ruins,
great beaches, a vibrant way of life and stunning landscapes. It is
also a country renowned for the 'fiesta', for the simple good
reason that life is to be celebrated.
Mexico City is a good place to immerse yourself in the country's
history and culture starting off with the historic city centre and
its magnificent Main Square and cathedral. Those interested in art
may want to venture to the house of famed artist Frida Kahlo whilst
others might prefer the Pyramids of Teotihuacan - the UNESCO World
And then there is the
famous Yucatan Peninsula, the centre of the Maya culture. Chichen
Itza is regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the New World. Its
origins go back as far as the 3rd Century. Perhaps the most famous
of the Maya Ruins is Tulum, beautifully situated on the coast. The
gateway to this historical Maya world is the colonial town of
Merida. It was built by the sisal barons and today has a chic
Central Mexico is home to colonial cities and Tequila. The
buildings' grandeur reflects the silver and gold boom during the
colonial times when the houses were built. Tequila is the new
gold so catch the Tequila Express which passes from Guadalajara to
Hacienda El Rufugio where the World's best tequila is produced.
In Southern Mexico is the beautiful town of San Cristobal de las
Casas, located in the fertile Jovel Valley. Oaxaca City is an old
cobblestoned town that gracefully combines its colonial and native
roots with busy markets and a bustling café culture.
Perhaps one of the most picturesque towns in Mexico is Patzcuaro
with its narrow cobbled streets and overhanging eaves. A must see
are the Day of the Dead commemorations that occur in the local
villages. Nearby is the lake island of Yunuen which is a serene and
beautiful spot, an area well known for bird-watching.
In the north of the country is Copper Canyon which is a truly
amazing place for the lateral traveller and provides one of the
greatest train trips in the Western Hemisphere. There are a
multitude of places to disembark including the cave dwellings of
the Tarahumara Indians and the wonderful villages that dot the
route where hiking offers perfect scenic beauty.
The Baja Peninsula has whale-watching, spot the American
celebrity and divine boutique hotels situated on perfect beaches.
Alternatively head to the Pacific Coast. Acapulco on the Pacific
Coast still has a certain vibe and the sky divers still put on a
stunning show. For those in the know head to Zihuatanejo, a
charming old fishing village with a beautiful harbour and some