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Destinations in Mexico

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Regions in Mexico

  • Baja California (Baja California, Baja California South)
    The western peninsula bordering the US state of California…
  • Northern Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas).
    This includes the vast deserts and mountains of the border states; the “unknown Mexico” mostly ignored by tourists.
  • The Bajío (Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Querétaro)
    Historical conditions in a traditional silver-producing region
  • Central Mexico (Hidalgo, Mexico City, State of Mexico, Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Veracruz)
    Centre, around the capital
  • Pacific Coast (Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit, Oaxaca)
    Tropical beaches on the south coast of Mexico
  • Yucatán Peninsula (Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Yucatán).
    Jungle and impressive Mayan archaeological sites, as well as the Caribbean coast. Geographically, it belongs to Central America (the dividing line is the Isthmus of Tehuantepec); culturally, it is closer to Guatemala and Belize than to the rest of Mexico.

Cities in Mexico

  • Mexico City – capital of the Republic, one of the three largest cities in the world and a highly developed urban centre with a 700-year history. In Mexico City you will find everything from parks, Aztec ruins, colonial architecture, museums, nightlife and shopping.
  • Acapulco – A sophisticated city beach known for its world-class nightlife, elegant restaurants and oppressive traffic. Many of the older (pre-1990s) concrete structures have suffered from tropical degradation.
  • Cancún – One of the most popular and famous beaches in the world, known for its clear Caribbean waters, lively party atmosphere and abundance of recreational facilities. During Spring Break it is famous for its alcohol consumption, sunburn and debauchery.
  • Guadalajara – Traditional city, capital of the state of Jalisco and cradle of mariachi and tequila music. Guadalajara is blessed with a perpetual spring climate and its colonial city centre is graceful and sophisticated.
  • Mazatlan – A bustling city on the Pacific coast, Mazatlan is a seaport, a transport hub with ferries to Baja California and a seaside resort with miles of sandy coastline. It is a popular spring break destination because of the variety of affordable accommodation options.
  • Monterrey – A large modern city that is the commercial and industrial centre of northern Mexico. Monterrey enjoys a dry, mountainous environment and is known for its high-quality educational and transport infrastructure.
  • San Luis Potosi – Located in central Mexico, a colonial city that was once a major silver producer but now depends on manufacturing as its economic base.
  • Taxco – In central Mexico, west of Cuernavaca, this beautiful steep mountain town was once a major silver producer. Today it is a major player in the trade of decorative silverware, from cheap fittings to the most elegant jewellery and elaborate castings.
  • Tijuana – Mexico’s busiest border crossing for pedestrians and private vehicles and, due to its proximity to San Diego, has long been the mecca of bargains for Southern Californians.

Other destinations in Mexico

  • Copper Canyon (Barrancas del Cobre) – An exotic destination for travellers looking for a unique and remote adventure! An impressive mountain railway ride – one of the largest in the world – takes you to over 8000 feet in altitude on the CHEPE, the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway. Hiking, horseback riding, bird watching and Tarahumara Indians. The Copper Canyon, the Sierra Madre and the Chihuahuan Desert in Mexico. This region is for adventurous people who can take a difficult journey to its sights (although the famous train ride is not challenging at all). The Copper Canyon, a beautiful, remote wilderness area, will probably never become a mass destination.
  • Sea of Cortez – Watch whales being born, swim with dolphins and sea kayak in the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez along the east coast of Baja California near La Paz. And the sunsets in Puerto Peñasco and San Carlos are not to be missed.
  • Breeding sites of the monarch butterfly – protected natural areas in the highlands of the state of Michoacán. Millions of butterflies come to this region every year between November and March, although their numbers have declined sharply recently.

Sumidero Canyon – From the banks of the Rio Grivalva (Mexico’s only major river) near Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, excursions lead into this steep-walled national park. You are likely to see large flocks of flamingos, pelicans and other water birds, as well as crocodiles.

Archaeological sites in Mexico

  • Chichen Itza – Majestic Mayan city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 and recently chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Ek Balam – Recently reconstructed Mayan site, famous for its unique ornate stucco work and stone carved temples that you can climb.
  • El Tajín – In the state of Veracruz, near the town of Papantla. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Plazuelas and Peralta – In the state of Guanajuato, two places that are part of the “Tradición el Bajío”.
  • Monte Alban – In the state of Oaxaca, a Zapotec site dating from around 500 BC A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Palenque – A Mayan city in the state of Chiapas, Palenque is famous for its elaborate paintings. It is also known for having the largest expanse of tropical rainforest in Mexico in the same region.
  • Teotihuacan – In the state of Mexico, near Mexico City. Huge complex with several large pyramids.
  • Tulum – Mayan coastal city with spectacular views of the Caribbean. Dates of the end of the Maya period.
  • Uxmal – Impressive Mayan city-state in the Puc region, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

How To Travel To Mexico

By planeFrom the United States and CanadaHundreds of daily flights connect Mexico with cities and towns across North America. These include traditional airlines such as Air Canada, Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, etc., as well as low-cost carriers such as JetBlue, Spirit, WestJet, Virgin America and Southwest Airlines....

How To Travel Around Mexico

It is more convenient to travel to Mexico by bus, car or plane. Passenger transport by train is almost non-existent. Except for the Chihuahua del Pacifico train line, which leaves each morning at both ends of the line, one from Los Mochis on the Pacific coast, opposite Baja California,...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Mexico

According to the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores), some foreign nationals who intend to stay in Mexico for less than 180 days for tourism purposes or 30 days for business purposes can fill out a tourist card for $22 at the border or when landing...

Weather & Climate in Mexico

Mexico uses the metric system for all measurements. For all weather reports, the temperature is in Celsius (°C).The temperature of the desert regions in the northwest of the country and the temperate zones in the northeast vary, but it must be taken into account that a large part of...

Accommodation & Hotels in Mexico

A number of hotel chains are represented throughout Mexico, including Palace Resorts, Le Blanc Spa Resort, Best Western, Holiday Inn, CityExpress, Fiesta Inn, Fairmont, Hilton, Ritz, Camino Real, Starwood (Sheraton, W, Westin, Four Points) and many others. Prices have risen considerably in recent years, although most are still cheap...

Things To See in Mexico

Mexico has 32 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than anywhere else in the Americas. Most of them belong to the cultural category and relate either to the pre-Columbian civilisations of the region or to the first cities founded by the Spanish conquistadores and missionaries. Much of Mexico is mountainous,...

Things to do in Mexico

Mexico's warm climate, spectacular nature and long coastline make it ideal for outdoor living, especially water sports.Surfing - Baja California, Vallarta, OaxacaSea Kayaking - Baja CaliforniaSnorkelling - Baja California, Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, etc.Diving - Baja California, Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas etc. and diving in...

Food & Drinks in Mexico

Food in MexicoMexican cuisine is best described as a collection of different regional cuisines rather than a standard list of dishes for the entire country. Due to climate, geography and ethnic differences, we can divide Mexican cuisine into four broad categories, depending on the region:North - Meat dishes, mainly...

Money & Shopping in Mexico

Currency in MexicoThe currency of Mexico is the peso (MXN), which is divided into 100 centavos.Coins are issued in 5, 10 (steel), 20, 50 centavo (brass; the new 50 centavo coins issued from 2011 are steel and smaller) and in 1, 2, 5 (steel ring, brass core), 10, 20,...

Festivals & Holidays in Mexico

Holidays1 January: New Year's Day6 January: Magi Day, celebrating the arrival of the Magi who see the baby Jesus and bring him gifts (this is not an official holiday).2 February: Candelaria Day ("Day of the Candle"), celebrated in many places in the country (not an official holiday)5 February: Constitution...

Internet & Communications in Mexico

You can make calls from public telephones using prepaid Tarjetas Ladatel phone cards, which you can buy on magazine shelves. The cards can be purchased in denominations of 30, 50 or 100 pesos. The rate for calls to the United States is about US$0.50 per minute. Be careful, these...

Language & Phrasebook in Mexico

There are almost 70 indigenous languages in Mexico, many of which are still in use. However, Spanish is the de facto national language. Spanish is used by almost the entire population and all public communication (signs, documents, media, etc.) is in Spanish. Bilingual signs in Spanish and English may...

Traditions & Customs in Mexico

Mexicans have a somewhat relaxed sense of time, so be patient. It is common to be 15 minutes late.When someone, even a complete stranger, sneezes, you always say "¡salud! ("to your wishes" or, more literally, "to your health"): otherwise it is considered rude. In rural areas, especially in central...

Culture Of Mexico

Mexican culture reflects the complexity of the country's history through the mixture of indigenous cultures and Spanish culture transmitted during the 300 years of Spanish colonisation of Mexico. Exogenous cultural elements were incorporated into Mexican culture over time.The Porfirian era (el Porfiriato), in the last quarter of the nineteenth...

History Of Mexico

Pre-ColumbianAmong the first complex civilisations in Mexico is the Olmec culture, which flourished on the Gulf Coast around 1500 BC. The Olmec culture spread throughout Mexico in the formative cultures of Chiapas, Oaxaca and the Mexico Valley.In central Mexico, the heyday of the classical period saw the rise of...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Mexico

Stay Safe in MexicoWARNINGAffected regions : Baja California Norte, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Guerrero, Michoacán, Nuevo Leon, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas.Most of those killed in drug-related violence since 2006 have been members of transnational criminal organizations. The Mexican government is making significant efforts to protect visitors to major tourist destinations. Recreational...

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