The United Mexican States is a country in Central America where a rattling mixture of Spanish, Indian, and Caribbean cultures has accumulated throughout its history. In Mexico, you will conquer waves on a surfboard, dive into underwater caves, enjoy the splendor of colonial architecture, dance to the accompaniment of Mexican mariachi ensemble, try to read Mayan hieroglyphics on the walls of ancient temples, sunbathe on the beaches of Cancun and dance till you can't feel your feet at mind-blowing parties in Acapulco. Besides, at least 300 sorts of tequila will inspire you to achieve all of those, as mentioned earlier.
|Mexico City||133 140 936||Spanish||Peso||1 972 550 km²|
What to see and do in Mexico?
Mexico CityMexico City is the capital of the country, one of the largest megalopolises in North America and, at the same time, the most densely populated region. The Aztecs founded it back in the 14th century. Nowadays, it has grown to the size of the city with 20 million people! So, consider renting a hotel or an apartment in the center of the town and take at least five days to explore the capital. We recommend listening to the mariachi in Plaza Garibaldi; take a boat ride on the canals of Xochimilco and see the creepy Doll Island; see the Aztec pyramids in Teotihuacán; check out the frescoes of Diego Rivera in the Palacio Nacional and the vaults of the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral; visit the House of Frida Kahlo — an artist and famous feminist; and enjoy views of the city from Chapultepec Castle.
Guadalajara is home to everything Mexican. Explore the Old Centre, walk along the gorgeous Baroque buildings of the colonial era, intertwined with images of conquistador times. In these streets, centuries ago, folk tunes of Spanish Andalusia and American Indian songs merged into the mariachi — Mexican national music. Life here goes slower than in the rest of Mexico, but it's easier to breathe thanks to the abundance of parks and gardens. Once, the craftsmen from Guadalajara invented sombreros and tequila, and today the city is called the "Mexican Silicon Valley". Here, people honor traditions and keep up with the progressive world. Guadalajara is ready to amaze and delight you, so don't hesitate to include this city in your list of must-visit places.
Cancun is the most popular Mexican resort. The entire city is 22 km of snow-white beaches, the sparkling Caribbean Sea, and fashionable hotels. Usually, wealthy tourists choose Cancun for lazy sunbathing, diving, drinking a couple of cocktails, playing golf, and so on around. But if this type of holiday is not for you, and you have already booked accommodation in Cancun, do not worry. From here, you can take one-day trips to one of the Seven New Wonders of the World — the pyramids of Kukulkan, in the ancient city of Chichen Itza. Visit the ruins of the town of Tulum and the settlements of El Rey; see the natural attractions in Xel-Ha Park and the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, known for its picturesque barrier reef and lush rainforests and mangroves.
Mérida is a beautiful "White City", which was the first in the Yucatán Peninsula, where the Spanish conquerors had arrived. It has no direct access to the sea, so only numerous museums, gastronomic evenings, bookshops, and an odd number of architectural attractions are available for tourists. The neoclassical Casa Museo Montes Molina, the plantations of Hacienda Sotuta de Peón, the Colonial-era Cathedral, the Church of Iglesia El Jesus, the Merida Theatre, the halls of Nahualli Casa de Los Artistas and dozens of other yellow, blue, pink and white elegant facades — walks through the streets of the city guarantee an incredible aesthetic pleasure.
The ancient Mayan culture is concentrated in Oaxaca. As a part of your one-day visit, be sure to go see the majestic Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman, where the "elite" get married, visit one of the museums of local culture, listen to a concert on Zócalo Square. Don't forget to taste the mezcal and drink as much hot chocolate that is produced here as you can.
In the 50s, the resort with the sonorous name Acapulco was especially popular among the American film elite. Nowadays, Acapulco is open to everyone who wants to relax on the Pacific coast. Luxurious and standard hotels, wide sandy beaches, expensive restaurants, and affordable cafes, cozy picturesque bays, and mind-blowing nightlife — each guest here will find a holiday option fitting his pocket. If you are bored with a measured beach holiday, visit the Chapel of Peace, Papagayo National Park, San Diego's 17th-century fortress, La Quebrada Cliffs Bay, and Isla de la Roqueta, where nature has created fantastic conditions for diving.
What should you keep in mind while traveling to Mexico?
- Before traveling to Mexico, it is recommended that you take all the necessary malaria prevention and vaccination against hepatitis A and B. Medicine is expensive here, so make sure you have health insurance done just in case.
- Mexico is close to the equator, so the sun is evil here. Apply the cream with high SPF-protection to any open areas of the body and make sure you wear a headgear.
- As far as crime is concerned, Mexico is not a safe country. So give up the idea of wearing expensive jewelry, bringing equipment, and having large sums of money on hands. Stay away from dark alleys and do not communicate with suspicious people. Take a taxi only at official "sitios" parking lots; otherwise, there is a high chance of being robbed. If it's possible, explore the country with a guide or stay within the resort. Tourist police that you can contact in case of problems work onsite of the majority of resorts.
- Drink only bottled water. Ask not to add ice to your drinks while ordering a cocktail in a restaurant or cafe. It could be frozen from running water, which is dangerous for your health.
- Wash your hands properly before you start eating. Such a fundamental rule can save at least a vacation, at most — life. Most often, the cause of intestinal infections is not food, but dirty hands.
- You'll be fined $140 for drinking alcohol in public places.
- The electricity grid in Mexico runs on 110 V, so be sure to pack the necessary adapters to your suitcase.
- Be especially careful when crossing roads, even at a pedestrian crossing. The matter is that the majority of drivers have got their driving licenses, but have not had time to learn traffic rules.
- It is strictly forbidden to ship archaeological valuables, antiques, rare animals and birds, as well as the national currency in the amount from $ 10 000 out of the country.
Cities in Mexico
Cities of ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations, colonial palaces and monasteries, picturesque canyons, and a fantastic coast of the ocean — Mexico blows your mind with its cultural, architectural, and natural attractions.