M E X I C O I S C A L L I N G
Mexico is – if nothing else – huge. And unlike a lot of the world’s
biggest countries (Russia, Canada, and the USA – because of
Alaska) it’s not just a frozen wasteland. Pretty much every part of
the country is inhabited, and pretty much every part of the country
has things going on. In fact, a trip to Mexico without a guide
wouldn’t just be foolish – because you’d miss out on so much – it
would be downright intimidating!
The best way to see Mexico is – simply – to make more than one
trip. Pick one or two places off of this list that sound nice – and limit
your touring to them. Actually find time to relax during your
vacation, instead of always running around. Trust that this warm,
wonderful country will be calling you back, and that you’ll return.
That said, here are my top recommendations if you’re planning a trip to Mexico soon.
1. Puerto Vallarta
There’s a lot more here than the wonderful Pacific Ocean. There’s
wonderful, authentic regional food. Tequila tastings, even. Check out
the landmarks, like Los Arcos and the Church of Our Lady of
Guadalupe – all of which make for wonderful photo-ops.
And then there’s the ocean. There are wonderful beaches – rivalling
any in Cancún. Or head to the shore for a cruise to one of the
nearby islands, or a whale watching tour.
This island is a famous stopping point for Caribbean cruises – but
it’s a great trip from the mainland, too. The highlights are the
wonderful reefs that surround this Caribbean jewel, around which
there are wonderful spots for snorkel and scuba. The marine life that
you’ll see is unbelievable.
3. Cancún, Tulum, and the Playa del Carmen
This whole beach – from Cancún to Tulum – is worth a stay of a
week, or maybe even a month. The sand is spotlessly white, and
coconut palms abound. After all, this is the Caribbean!
The Caribbean coast – and the Yucatán Peninsula – is a
wonderland of pristine beaches and beautiful jungles, mystical
Mayan ruins and sinkholes filled with water where you can plunge in
for a swim. Even if you visit nowhere else in the country – Cancún is
4. Mexico City
Once the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, this mountain city – the
country’s most populous – is loaded with culture and history. Aztec
sites and ruins, fantastic food, and world-class hotels. Don’t miss
the Palace of Fine Arts and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
And consider a food tour – where you’ll be introduced to Mexico’s
finest. One thing to know is that Mexico City is at a high elevation – 2,240
meters, or 7,350 feet. If you’ve ever had shortness of breath, keep
this in mind before you sign up for any extreme sports in the city!
Many people – even if they’ve heard of nothing else in Mexico –
know about Cabo San Lucas. But, while it’s renowned as a spring
break party spot, there’s much more here. Go clubbing galore – but
also check out this city’s fantastic, luxurious hotels and top-notch