Mexico is located in the southern part of North America. It is bordered by the United States, Belize and Guatemala and surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. This cosmopolitan, lively country is a fascinating destination alive with color, adventure and the scent of revolution! Numerous civilizations have peopled its lands, such as the Mayas, Aztecs and Toltecs.
The country is divided into two zones by the Tropic of Cancer. One has a temperate climate (humid subtropical) while the other part is tropical. Overall, the country’s climate varies greatly depending on the altitude.
The landscapes are many, from arid deserts in the north to the southern jungle, and taking in superb beaches, picturesque colonial towns and more.
Read on for a taster of the some of the best things to see and do:
Mexico City, the capital: One of the most dynamic cities in Latin America, this metropolis is particularly spread out and populated. Its lively atmosphere makes it an appealing place to stay. Culturally, it features numerous museums, artistic areas and exhibitions, including sumptuous palaces from the viceroyalty period and Aztec ruins. Not to mention its floating gardens, concerts, shows and vibrant trendy neighborhoods.
Merida: Located a few hours from Cancun, this city is considered by many to be the “real Mexico”. It comes alive at the weekend when its historical center featuring 17th-century churches closes to traffic and fills up with open-air theaters, taco stands and all kinds of activities. Ideally located for making excursions.
Cenotes of Valladolid: Dive deep into cool waters in spectacular surroundings. These natural freshwater basins formed from years of erosion are fed by the connecting underground rivers that run under the entire peninsular. A number of pre-Hispanic objects have been found there, proving that they were sacred areas during the Mayan civilization.
Chichen Itza: This sacred city was one of the biggest Mayan centers of the Yucatan. Throughout its history, it was embellished by contributions from different peoples. Mayas and Toltecs left traces of their vision of the world and the universe. Several buildings remain including the El Castillo warrior temple and the circular observatory El Caracol.
San Miguel de Allende: This small town was built by Spanish colonizers in the mid-16th century and still bears an authentic historic atmosphere. It is another Unesco heritage site. Fall under the charms of its paved streets, pastel-hued houses and San Antonio Church.
Oaxaca: The capital of the state with the same name. Located 470 kilometers from Mexico, it enjoys a temperate climate all year round. Even more attractive are its culture and friendly inhabitants. Oaxaca is a fascinating destination that brings together age-old civilizations, colonial architecture and lively traditions. The city was founded in the territory of New Spain in 1529, but the land was already inhabited by Zapotec civilizations and even prehistoric settlements.
Cancun Underwater Museum: An unforgettable experience! Snorkel down and admire over 400 sculptures by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor. The project, which was created in 2009, has drawn attention from all over the world. Each work of art is precisely submerged in a different place, close to natural reefs, so as to create rooms on different themes.
Carretera Merida-Uxmal, Temozon Sur, Yucatan, 97825, Mexico.
This magnificent hacienda reminiscent of the colonial period looms from the lush tropical atmosphere of the Yucatan peninsular. Hacienda Temozon provides a gorgeous haven to relax and enjoy its numerous services. Ideally located for taking advantage of the many activities and excursions in the area.
Av Veracruz 102, Cuauhtemoc, Condesa, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico.
Hotel Condesa df is located in the fashionable neighborhood of Condesa in Mexico City. The building has a neoclassical touch that stands out between the historical buildings. It has been fully renovated by the talented India Mahdavi. The hotel offers discreet comfort and an elegant atmosphere that comes across in numerous small details that make all the difference. Not to mention its rooftop, one of the capital’s hotspots.
Carretera Tulum, Bocapaila | Zona Costera, Tulum 77760, Mexico
The Alaya Hotel borders the beach at Tulum, a unique town nestled in the jungle that attracts numerous artists, musicians and personalities. The local mentality is focused on sustainable development, with the result that it features many eco-workshops. The hotel includes several superb suites, cabins and apartments with high-quality services. Yoga and meditation sessions are organized at its Yogo Studio, and you will also find a Jungle Gym, kitesurfing, paddlesurfing, diving, etc.