A land of contrasts, a fusion of antiquity and modernity – book one of our holidays in Mexico and enjoy the colours, spectacle and sheer exuberance of this wonderful country.
Mexico is rich with history, from the ruins of Palenque, some of which date back to 226 BC, to the Pyramid of Kukulcan that dominates the landscape of Chichén Itza. Enter one of the temples in the Mayan ruins of Bon Bonampak and see vivid murals and lintels that tell stories of a long-dead civilisation. Climb 248 steps to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun in ancient Teotihuacán for incredible vistas of an Aztec city. And just as spectacular as the man-made wonders of centuries ago is Copper Canyon, consisting of six individual canyons that each have a coppery-green hue, hence the name. The Spanish discovered silver here in the 17th century and Barrancas del Cobre – as it is known in Mexico – dwarfs even the Grand Canyon in size.
In Mexico you'll discover beautiful beaches like Baja, with its white sands contrasting exquisitely with the warm turquoise sea – the perfect place to relax, and even spot whales. The spectacular coastline of Tulum is home to one of the country's best beaches and there's even a prominent Mayan ruin to explore. It's also an excellent place for snorkelling. Mexico has its fair share of cenotes – or sinkholes – that occur naturally, and in Tulum you'll find Gran Cenote with its glorious stalactites, stalagmites and crystal-clear water. Diving enthusiasts will adore Isla Cozumel which has some of the world's best reefs. And for a different kind of diving, La Quebrada Cliff in Acapulco provides jaw-dropping heights from summit to sea.
For sheer natural wonder, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve takes some beating. See a host of animals in over 1.6 million acres made up of tropical forests, wetlands, and coastal habitats. There are big cats including jaguars and pumas, and creatures such as tapirs and anteaters, dolphins and manatees. Not forgetting a huge array of birds, reptiles and fish.
Taxco is the destination for silver merchants from all over the world and you'll find many places selling a wide range of superbly crafted silver jewellery.
The State of Oaxaca in Southern Mexico has probably some of the best markets in the whole of the country. Here you can sample and buy delicious food products, from coffee and chocolate to fresh-baked bread, sausages and tacos. You'll also find a whole range of artisan goods including hats, rugs and hammocks, leather bags and sandals.
Whether you fancy listening to the traditional and stirring strains of a Mariachi band, sampling the café and bar culture of Guanajuato or the nightlife of Playa del Carmen, there's something in Mexico to suit your taste. And while you're here, make sure to try coffee and cocoa made to traditional Mexican recipes. And for a drop of the hard stuff, an authentic Mexican Tequila should be top of your list.
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