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Mexico
Favorite vacation destination in North America

Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a beautiful country in the southern portion of North America. The country's coastline is peppered with a number of islands and beaches. Along with beaches, Mexico is known for its enticing archeological sites, especially the famous Mayan sites, and historic monuments. The country also boasts amazing natural beauty. It's home to diverse flora, fauna, and splendid landscapes. 


Popular cities: 

  • Mexico City

  • Guadalajara

  • Chihuahua

  • Guanajuato

  • Oaxaca 

  • Merida

  • Cancun

  • Puerto Vallarta

  • San Miguel de Allende

Climate
The climate in Mexico is tropical with a rainy and dry season. The country sees little seasonal  temperature fluctuation. The best time to visit the country is between December and May.

  • January — Warm
  • February — Warm
  • March — Warm
  • April — Dry
  • May — Dry
  • June — Wet
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Warm
  • October — Dry
  • November — Dry
  • December — Cold
Things to do
City Life

Mexico City is home to world-class art galleries, museums, colonial buildings and much more. Its historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting more than 1,400 colonial buildings from the 16th through 19th century. Constitution Square, Templo Mayor, National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral are a few of the major attractions. Guanajuato is a UNESCO World Heritage Site owing to its many colonial buildings, narrow alleys and winding lanes. The city's main square, Jardin de la Union, displays spectacular old architecture. It's home to the majestic Juárez Theatre, aesthetic cafés and restaurants.  Although spooky, the Mummies of Guanajuato are one of the city's most popular attractions and an important cultural phenomena. Guadalajara is the capital city of Jalisco. It represents a unique blend of colonial and native Tapatíos influences. Its scenic avenues are flanked by beautiful parks and fine old buildings. The city is a melting pot of Mexican culture with its mariachi music, Charreadas and plenty of great food. Plaza de Armas is one of the four large squares worth exploring. Located in a valley below Sierra Madre mountains, Oaxaca is famous for its colonial architecture, archeological sites and tranquil atmosphere. Zocalo, Mitla and Monte Alban are few of its major attractions. The city's markets are good places to purchase Oaxacan handicrafts, black pottery and Zapotec wool rugs. 

Historic/Architectural Heritage
Chichén Itzá, situated in the Yucatan Peninsula, is a notable Mayan Site. It is one of the country's most visited archeological sites. The massive El Castillo, Mayan Chacmools and Caracol are noteworthy points of interest. The ancient city of Tulum is the only fortified Mayan settlement located on the coast. Nestled atop 12-meter-high cliffs, these magnificent ruins overlook the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Along with the fortress, the Temple of the Frescoes and El Castillo are also worth exploring. Teotihuacan houses some of the largest pyramids on Earth. Well-preserved buildings and murals can be found along the famous Avenue of the Dead. The Pyramid of the Moon and Pyramid of the Sun are prime attractions. Teatro Degollado, located in Guadalajara, is the city's most beautiful performing arts venue. It's Neoclassical architecture with intricate details and the lavish interior makes this structure a magnificent sight to behold. It's home to Guadalajara City Ballet and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco. Morelia Aqueduct, Government Palace, Palace of Fine Arts, National Palace, House of Tiles, Instituto Cultural de Cabañas, Palenque, Teatro Juárez, Alhóndiga de Granaditas, Cristo Rey are some of the other important historical sites in Mexico.
Museums
The National History Museum, housed in the 18th-century Chapultepec Castle, displays an amazing collection of Pre-Columbian materials, reproductions of old manuscripts and exhibits illustrating Mexico's history. If you are interested in Mexican art you might like to visit Museo Rufino Tamayo, Museo Soumaya and Museo Mural Diego Rivera. Other prominent museums in Mexico are Museum of Quixote, National Museum of Anthropology, Frida Kahlo Museum, and Mummies Museum.
Nature & Adventure
Copper Canyon (Barranca del Cobre), located in Sierra Madre Occidental in Chihuahua, is a deep canyon with copper green coloring along its walls. You can enjoy its splendor by scenic Chihuahua-Pacific Railway or exciting bike or horse ride excursions. Sumidero Canyon National Park is home to the impressive Cañón del Sumidero, as well as diverse plant and animal life. Boat tours and kayaking are extremely popular activities. The boat tour along the Rio Grijalva offers breathtaking views of the park. You can also indulge in hiking and mountain biking. Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park encompasses Mexico's second and third highest peaks, the Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes, as well as the area of the Hacienda de Zoquinpán. Hiking and climbing are quite popular activities. The park is home to native flora and fauna, including the endangered volcano rabbit. Sierra Madre, Monarch Butterfly Reserves, Sótano de Las Golondrinas, Cuatro Ciénegas, Pico de Orizaba, Lake Chapala, and Tamul Waterfall are other places in Mexico known for their scenic natural beauty.
Islands
Cozumel Island offers a perfect Mexican getaway with its serene beaches, coral reefs, man-made landmarks, crystal clear waters and tropical climate. Playa San Francisco, Playa Santa Pilar, Playa Palancar, Playa San Juan, and Playa Santa Rosa, are popular beaches. The island offers a memorable diving and snorkeling experience especially at Palancar Reef. Visit the Island Museum to know about the island's fascinating history and marine life. San Gervasio, Laguna Chankanaab, Mexico Park, Celarin, Dolphinaris Cozumel are other highlights of this island. Other scenic islands surrounding Mexico are Isla Mujeres, Isla Contoy, Isla Holbox, Islas Marietas, Cedros Island, and Espiritu Santo, among others.
Beaches
Lying along the Gulf of Mexico, resort destinations of Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, the island of Conzumel and beyond are collectively known as the Riviera Maya. It's home to long beaches and endless crystal-clear water. You can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, dolphin and stingray swims, etc. Mayan ruins such as Chichén Itzá and Tulum are just a few hours away. Riviera Nayarit which extends its coastline to the north of Puerto Vallarta is also famous for its beaches, surfing waves and lush greenery. You can enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving at Mesoamerican Barrier Reef located just off the shore of Playa del Carmen. Puerto Vallarta is also famous for its beaches, as well as water sports such as jet skiing and swimming with dolphins. Playa Los Muertos, Playa Colomitos, Yelapa, Playa Las Gemelas, Playa Conchas Chinas, Playa Las Caletas, Playa Camarones, Playa Garza Blanca are some of the famous beaches in and around Puerto Vallarta. Los Cabos is another famous beach destination in Mexico. Coastline stretches 30-kilometer from the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, it's known as the Los Cabos Corridor. Its pristine beaches and clear waters make for great diving, snorkeling and fishing experience. Acapulco is a large beach resort city home to beautiful beaches such as Hornos, Papagayo, Tamarindos and Icacos.
Wildlife

Guadalajara Zoo, overlooking the gorgeous Santiago Gorge, is one of the largest zoos in Latin America. It is home to a large primate contingent such as orangutans and gorillas, along with many rare species such as Bengal tigers, White Lions and Black Panthers. You'll also find a number of native Mexican species such as Mexican wolves. Zoomat, located in Chiapas, is home to jaguars, otters, anteaters, tapir and several birds and animals indigenous to Mexico. Other popular places to visit to enjoy wildlife viewing are Chapultepec Zoo, Aluxes Ecoparque, Croco Cun Zoo, and African Zoo.

Places of Worship

Guadalajara Cathedral, located in Plaza de Armas, displays a remarkable mingling of different styles, particularly in its brilliant Gothic interior. Expiatory Temple, located in Guadalajara, is one of the finest religious structures in the city. Its neo-Gothic style and richly embellished exterior will leave you stunned. The Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral is one of the largest and oldest churches in the Western Hemisphere. It displays a blend of architectural styles with its neoclassical towers and Baroque style facade. Even its picturesque interior shows a mingling of styles. Other beautiful religious sites in Mexico are San Diego Church, Morelia Cathedral, The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Church of San Agustin, Church of Santa Mónica, Santa Prisca Cathedral, Church of San Cayetano, Templo de Belén and Templo La Valenciana.

How to spend time / how long will it take?

A major chunk of Mexico can be covered in 8 to 12 days. Starting in Mexico City, spend two days exploring this city’s architectural brilliance, quaint neighbourhoods and parks. Take a day trip to Teotihuacan to explore its magnificent pyramids. Spend a day or two in Guanajuato exploring its cultural sites. From here, go to Guadalajara for a day and immerse yourself in its vibrancy. Spend two days in Puerto Vallarta enjoying its water sports, long beaches and exotic nightlife. Spend a day in Oaxaca on your way to the Yucatan Peninsula. Spend a day in Mérida to explore its archeological sites. Take a day trip to Chichen Itza to visit its prominent attractions. Spend a day in Cancún rejuvenating in its serene ambiance and beach vibes. Take a trip to the scenic coastal resort town of Playa del Carmen and spend some quality time at its beaches. Take a ferry ride to the beautiful Cozumel Island and spend a day or two enjoying life away from the hustle and bustle of cities.

Cuisine
  • Mexican cuisine's roots in the Mesoamerican cuisine. Furthermore, a mix of vibrant history and ethnic varieties give it a unique culinary culture. Some of the most famous foods are Chilaquiles, Tacos, Spicy Chicken Taquitos, Churro Chips, Beef Enchiladas, Keto Taco Casserole, Posole, Burritos with Minced Meat Filling, Chicken Quesadillas, and Guacamole, among others.
Costs
  • While meal prices in Mexico can vary, the average cost of food is MXN 150 (USD 7.48) per meal.
Visa
  • Indians require a Visa.
  • Other nationalities may or may not require a Visa.
Season to Visit
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 8 - 12 days

Known For
  • Mayan Sites
  • Historic monuments
  • Islands
  • Beaches
  • Flora and Fauna
Areas to Visit
  • Copper Canyon, Guadalajara & beaches of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico Plateau region
  • Yucatán Peninsula Maya archaeological sites, beaches and marine biodiversity of Riviera Maya
  • Mexico City for urban delights and nightlife

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