Destinations in Mexico – 10 Great Places
From the beaches of the Pacific and the Caribbean to the magical colonial towns and archaeological ruins, a tour of its most impressive tourist destinations. New proposals and advice for planning your trip.
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A destination that is hundreds of destinations at once. So is Mexico. A territory in which live some of the best beaches in America, striking ruins of ancient civilizations, colonial cities in perfect condition, cities of intense cultural life, mountains, jungles and deserts. All this is Mexico, and more too. It is a paradise for lovers of good food, literature, music and outdoor life. It is the visceral Chavela Vargas song, stories torn by Juan Rulfo, the sweet aroma of tequila, the joy of the canteen and a sunset over the warm waters of the Caribbean.
For years, Mexico is one of the favorite destinations for travelers Argentina, one of the first options that come to mind when it comes time to plan summer vacations. In addition to its wide range of alternatives, it offers other attractions such as the good prices.
The City, one of the largest cities in the world is eternal. As the murals of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo’s works. As the holy city of Teotihuacan or the many museums and cultural centers that are located, including, of course, the impressive National Museum of Anthropology, one of the most important collections in the world.
This season the city hopes to 3 million tourists, should not miss this incredible microcosm that is the center and the Zocalo plaza, but not the Paseo de la Reforma and Chapultepec, where there are class hotels, shops, museums, restaurants class and city views. Not a tour of Coyoacan and San Angel areas with sophisticated and traditional environments. And to enjoy the art, the Roma Cultural Corridor Condesa neighborhoods containing a large number of galleries, designer shops and restaurants.
This summer, the City launched a discount coupon promotion, including third night free at hotels. In addition, more than 120 providers such as restaurants, museums, amusement parks, bars, nightclubs, travel agencies, tours, shopping, entertainment fun for kids and offer 10% to 50% discount.
Oaxaca is one of the most authentic Mexican, a city living in 16 different indigenous groups. Famous for its giant flower markets, crafts and food (such as Benito Juarez and 20 November), is also much visited for its impressive colonial quarter, which include places like the cathedral, the bustling main square, the church Santo Domingo, the Museo Rufino Tamayo Prehispanic Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art. On the outskirts of town (10 km) is Monte Alban, a complex of ruins of what was the ancient Zapotec capital, which competes in the archaeological splendor Chichen Itza and Palenque. A little further on the Pacific coast, is the Huatulco National Park, a collection of beaches and beautiful bays ideal for touring in small cruise ships and also for diving. Another of the great attractions of Oaxaca is located only 5 hours away by highway from Mexico City.
Riviera Maya Cancun is synonymous with one of the most famous destinations in the Caribbean. Faced with a crystal clear sea, this is a city with excellent hotels and resorts, vibrant nightlife and a wide range of activities and outings. It is an ideal destination for sun lovers and beach, and also for families because it offers endless options for children, among which include theme parks such as Wet n ‘Wild, Xel Ha and Xcaret. Among the new features are Hidden Worlds, Aktunchen and Rio Secreto, three proposals for adventures in the jungle, which combines activities such as canopy and zip line with underground rivers crossed by the famous cenotes.
To the south of Cancun are places like Playa del Carmen and Tulum, two destinations of white sand, turquoise sea and very good hotels, and sites of historical interest like the magnificent Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. The new destinations to discover in the Riviera Maya are Punta Allen and Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve, located in the far south, near the border with Belize.
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Since the 50 is the most traditional of Mexico resort, famous for the quality and diversity of its hotels, resorts and entertainment centers. Caleta and Caletilla, The Narrow, and Majahua Tamarindos are just some of the beaches totaling 20 km and lie on the mountains of lush vegetation of the Sierra Madre del Sur. With “360 days of sunshine” each year, this large city (nearly 800 000 inhabitants) also has a vibrant nightlife with many bars, discos and restaurants. Today, Acapulco is reborn with the opening of new hotels, restaurants, spas and shopping malls with an investment of more than 1,300 million dollars that keep it among the top beach destinations. El Fuerte de San Diego, the House of Masks, the Casa de la Cultura and the mural by Diego Rivera are among its many cultural attractions.
As if something was missing, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s Pacific coast, just get certified “clean beach” for one of its main tourist arguments precisely beaches. The city, even as a small fishing village, became world famous in 1963 when John Houston and Elizabeth Taylor filmed here pelíclula “Night of the Iguana.” Then came the love boat and the famous phrase by ending each chapter: “Welcome to Puerto Vallarta.” The Mexican port lies on the broad Bay of Banderas in the state of Jalisco. More than 30 beaches populated by hotels and resorts that are cut between the blue sea and green hills around, which in recent years became the stage for adventure sports, canopy, hiking, biking mountaing, who joined traditional water sports. But Vallarta is also art, with the original Art Walk (Art Walk), whose 2010-2011 season began recently and will run through May 2011 with the participation of 13 galleries located in the heart of the city.
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Mexico’s second city is the heart of the state of Jalisco, tequila, mariachis, charros (Mexican gauchos) and the festive spirit. With over 5 million, Guadalajara is the political and economic center of the entire western Mexico, with an old town which stands the cathedral and its symbolic towers and the Teatro Degollado, 1866. Cabañas Hospice also missed with the murals of Jose Orozco and the old district of Tlaquepaque, a large outdoor market town of tourists, crafts and local flavors. Nearby is the Valley of Tequila, where you can learn the secrets of the most famous Mexican drink.
Along with neighboring San Miguel de Allende (100 km), Guanajuato part of the circuit of the “Magic Town”, a set of charming cities, colonial, elegant and full of history, art and cultural life. Located 360 km north of Mexico City, Guanajuato was founded in 1548 and has attractions such as the colorful Mercado Hidalgo, the house-museum of Diego Rivera, the opulent Teatro Juarez, a number of baroque churches and beautiful buildings churrigueresco of University, founded by the Jesuits. Both Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, are cities of young population with many artists, both Mexican and foreign-and surprise with its many restaurants (and popular author), its lively bars and for its varied cultural options. San Miguel de Allende, in turn, must be the Mexican city that has more art galleries per square meter.
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You could say that “almost everything is new” in Los Cabos, a place in a few years it has become one of the most sought after holiday destinations in Mexico, and combines beautiful beaches like no other luxury hotels and the best golf courses.
Located in the south of the peninsula of Baja California, where they meet the waters of the Pacific and Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos is a destination growing, with epicenters in San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, connected by a corridor 32 km home to elegant hotels with exquisite gourmet cuisine, dreamy beaches and golf club professionals. In winter, the coast of Bahia Magdalena gray whales come to breed and give birth, and in summer, the stars are kayaking, fishing, diving, and especially swimming with dolphins.
Only 150 km from Mexico City is the city founded in 1528 by men of Hernán Cortés, but already had a strong Indian imprint. Plagued by labyrinthine streets and colonial buildings going up and down the hills, Taxco is known for the “silver city” as its best has always been associated with nearby mines that was extracted from this precious material. In fact, one of the great attractions of a city tour is to visit their Infinte silver craft workshops, where traditions are kept for centuries. It is also filled with monuments like the mythical Santa Prisca Cathedral, one of the most beautiful temples in all of Mexico, which is saying a lot.
Cosmopolitan and cultured, Veracruz is the largest port in Mexico. Among its attractions stands the imposing Cathedral of the Assumption, the Museum of the City and Naval History and the central Plaza de Armas. In its surroundings there are very broad beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and various archaeological complex of the Olmec civilization. Short, do not miss the famous city carnival, which takes place during February and March.
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A holiday country
Spain competes with Mexico only in quantity and variety of festivals. During our summer season will take place several celebrations of the first order, as the Virgin of Guadalupe (December 12), which has its epicenter in the sanctuary of the City. The festivities of Las Posadas (16 to December 14) are carried out by the typical piñatas, while during the feast of Candlemas (February 2) eat tamales in all houses and restaurants. In Taxco festival highlights the Blessing of Animals (February 17), while the Veracruz is famous for its carnival (February and March).