Maybe it is the current dull British weather or maybe I am still obsessed with Disney’s Coco, but lately, all I can think about is visiting Mexico. I have actually visited before when I was just fourteen and I spent two weeks in Cancun with my parents, I am pretty sure I did not appreciate it much back then but now I would love to go back and see more. While I am sure I could probably give you an endless list of reasons why I want to visit Mexico again, I have managed to narrow it down to just six.
Diving in Some of World’s Best Sites
Scuba Diving in Mexico is said to be some of the best in the world and considering it is surrounded by both the Pacific Ocean and the Carribean Sea, it is easy to see why people say this. Located at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula is a place called Los Cabos, which is said to be home to a few dive spots popular with Mantra Rays and the occasional Whale Shark. Aside from the diving, Los Cabos (Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo) is also home to endless sandy beaches, the lively parties that the country has become known for as well as many art galleries. Ideally, I would love to spend a week soaking up the sun, scuba diving and staying in one of the vacation rentals in Los Cabos.
Celebrate Day of the Dead
Following with my love for Coco, how incredible would it be to visit Mexico during the Día de Muertos celebrations? Between October 31st and November 2nd Mexicans gather to honour their deceased loved ones but not in a sombre way, in a celebration of colour and festivities. The streets are decorated and offerings are left to welcome the spirits into their homes. In some towns and villages, flowers are even laid out from cemeteries to homes in order to allow those that have passed to find their way home.
No trip to Mexico would be complete without trying all of their wonderful cuisines. From empanadas (hand pies), tostadas to enchiladas, Mexican food is bright, colourful and punching with flavour. I would love to spend a day visiting the markets sampling all of the street food or taking a food tour through Mexico City and of course, no trip to Mexico would be complete without trying some authentic homemade Guacamole.
Visit some of the thirty-three World Heritage sites
The country of Mexico is home to thirty-three World Heritage sites which is more than both the UK and the United States. Undoubtedly the most famous is Chichen Itza, located in Yucatan, it was a pre-Colombian city built by the Maya people which still stands tall today as one of the countries most popular tourist attractions. A lesser-known heritage site in Yucatan is Sian Ka’an, a natural protected area filled with coastal wetlands, shimmering lagoons and a plethora of wildlife including wild Jaguars. In Sian Ka’an there are opportunities for walking or kayaking tours run by the local community, offering both an authentic and sustainable experience.
Watch the Wrestling
You probably didn’t expect that from me right? But I have to admit after my adventure to Wrestlemania in Orlando last year, I have become a slight convert for the drama. While it is not WWE, wrestling culture is still huge in Mexico, every Wednesday and Friday you can watch live wrestling in the capital city arena with cold beers and free flowing snacks. If you really want to get into it you buy the mask of your favourite wrestler from a street vendor outside.
Mexico City has one of the highest concentration of museums in the world – 150 to be precise! Aside from the museums the culture also rolls in to the streets with beautiful street art and multiple art galleries cross the country and not just the capital city. Other forms of art come in the form of film festivals, dance festivals and of course, mariachi bands.
From scuba diving off the beaches of Los Cabos to learning about the Mayan people in Yucatan or spending time in the lush green rainforest, Mexico’s diverse culture and terrains provide endless opportunities to suit any taste or age. Why not spend two weeks travelling around and experiencing everything the country has to offer?
Over the past few years Mexico’s popularity as a holiday destination has grown, rightly showing itself as a country to be explored rather than just obvious tourist hot spot Cancun. What was once placed as an all inclusive holiday destination or a spring break party location, has now become a place for backpackers and families alike.
If you are look for a destination with culture, bright colours and culinary delights be sure to look into Mexico for your next holiday.
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