Reasons to Visit
Mexico is an historian’s paradise with an abundance of ancient sites from Olmec to Zapotec to Mayan at every turn. Added to the excitement of being able to transport you back in time to when these cities were teeming with life, the setting of these magnificent ruins is an attraction in itself, whether it is being engulfed in jungle surrounded by the howls of monkeys or atop a plateau with a magnificent view.
Mexico’s Mayan Riviera is famous for its white sand beaches and turquoise sea, perfect for relaxing, and we have some wonderful hideaways to recommend. The Pacific coast and the Baja peninsula are also well-known for their beaches, rolling surf and dramatic coastline. Less visited by the British, we have researched a fantastic selection of hotels here from boutique, activity based, friendly eco-lodge or plush resort-style.
You will find some of the best preserved examples of colonial history throughout many of Mexico’s cities. They not only retain some beautiful classic architecture but something of their historical soul which has been incorporated into modern bustling lives. They are a delight to simply wander round, or to shop, browse markets, sit in cafes, absorb local life and visit museums.
On the 1st of November, Mexico celebrates its 'Day of the Dead', a colourful synergy of ancient cultures and Catholicism, involving decorated skulls, candles, banners and parades. Celebrations take place across the country but there's something particularly enchanting about experiencing this tradition in the colonial towns and it's well worth timing your visit to coincide with these festivities.
Mexican food varies tremendously by region due to climate, geography and the degree of Spanish influence. Absolutely delicious, it suits all tastes, from fresh ceviche to sizzling steak to the more traditional tortillas, frijoles (beans) and guacamole. For the more adventurous, dishes such as spicy mole sauce (a combination of chocolate and chilli) or Chiles Rellenos (chillis stuffed with meat) work perfectly. All washed down with a swift tequila or an ice-cold Corona!
Whether it be visiting the colourful market towns around Oaxaca, the bustling colonial cities, the Indian highland villages of Chiapas or the harsh mountain communities of the Tarahumara around the Copper Canyon you will experience a diverse range of fascinating cultures during a trip to Mexico.
The Sea of Cortez and Baja California is fast becoming known as 'Mexico's Galapagos'. Best experienced by a wilderness focused adventure cruise this remarkable area is prolific with whales and dolphins and other wildlife during November-April.
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Mexico City & Around
Murals depicting Mexico's history make up the cornerstone of Mexican art. Explore this artistic cultural side to Mexico City: with visits to the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Riviera y Frida Kahlo in the San Angel area east of Chaputepec and then Museo Frida Kahlo the 'Blue House' in Coyoacan.
Spend the morning tasting and preparing the meal to enjoy it afterwards on a colourfully painted traditional trajinera boat in the canals of Xochimilco with Mariachi entertainment.
The Mayan Riviera
The archaeological site of Tulum is spectacularly situated on a cliff top, majestically overlooking a palm-fringed beach and the turquoise Caribbean sea.
The famous Mayan pyramids of Chichén Itzá are over 1500 years old. The name Chichén Itzá is a Mayan word: CHI (mouth) CHEN (well) and ITZA (of the witch water). Some say this is because people were often thrown into the nearby cenote as sacrifices, and those who survived were believed to be seers.
Your guide will take you on a stroll along the bustling bay of La Paz and the malecon where he will talk you through the history of the city.
Today you will explore the small historic centre of Loreto with your guide. You will walk along the oceanfront boulevard, then walking through to the city hall, where Loreto's history will be explained.
Merida & Around
The "White City" title that Merida has derives from the stately homes and mansions that adorn the sides of Paseo Montejo, about 10 blocks north of the centre, standing opulently in gleaming white stone.
Queretero is one of the country's most charming colonial towns, no doubt a real showcase of baroque architecture in Mexico.
San Cristobal de las Casas
San Cristóbal de las Casas has a well established colonial centre with wonderful examples of 16th century architecture which your guide will help you to explore on foot.
Today Todos Santos is a quiet subtropical oasis close to the ocean and maybe because of this it attracted a substantial number of both Mexican and foreign artists offering their work to the visiting tourists.
Tula is a town in the southwestern part of the state of Hidalgo and nearby are the remains of the ancient capital city of the Toltecs.Usually identified as the Toltec capital around 980 CE, the city was destroyed at some time between 1168 or 1179.
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