Mexico Holidays & Vacations
Mexico is a place that conjures up many distinct images. It is home to some of the world’s great archaeological monuments, testament to Mexico’s pre-hispanic civilisations and rich cultural history, and boasts 27 UNESCO listed cultural world heritage sites. Mexico is also renowned for its many stunning beaches, on both its Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, including many popular holiday destinations on the Yucatan Peninsula. The country also conjures up tastes of spicy food, famous across the globe; images of well-preserved Spanish colonial era towns; and diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. And it can all be washed down with a shot of an agave-based liquor.
Mexico’s abundant, colourful and diverse natural and cultural heritage means it has something to offer everyone. Whether you want to relax on palm-fringed beaches, revel in the buzz of one of the western hemisphere’s biggest cities, or hike up mountains and along lush jungle trails, Mexico holidays won’t disappoint. Mexico also offers inquisitive travellers the opportunity to get off the beaten path and explore parts of the country that remain unknown to many. By integrating rural cooperatives and cultural initiatives into innovative and exciting itineraries, travellers can come face to face with the communities that are the guardians of Mexico’s rich and fascinating ancestral heritage and culture, and preservers of its forests, jungles and mountains. This is a side of Mexico that’s overflowing with warmth, hospitality and vibrancy – and experiencing it is guaranteed to be a sensory adventure.
There are many different destinations to consider in Mexico. For instance, the Deepest Mexico Tour offers a great starting point to experience this amazing country, including Mexico City, Teotihuacan, Puebla and Veracruz (the Emerald Coast and Los Tuxtlas). If you are mostly interested in the Yucatan Peninsula and cultural heritage, then the Exploring the Mayan World – Mexico Tour is great option.
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Mexico boasts more than its fair share of UNESCO sites, including both natural and cultural wonders. Five of these are included on the Deepest Mexico Tour, and you can find out all about them by following the links below:
- Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco
- Historic Centre of Puebla
- Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan
- El Tajin, Pre-Hispanic City
- Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacota
Magical towns and cities
There is plenty to keep you busy during your free time. Many of Mexico’s town and cities have been designated as ‘Pueblos Magicos’, owing to their rich history and culture, and several of these towns are included in this Deepest Mexico itinerary. Below are just a few suggestions for Mexico City and Cuetzalan.
Mexico City is a bustling cosmopolitan city, rich in history and full of contrasts. From the Plaza de la Constitución, which is the main square in the city, there are several historical buildings to admire, including the national cathedral, the National Palace, as well as other federal buildings. The impressive Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is the city’s main cultural centre, and the beautiful marble interiors and imposing vaulted glass windows, are reason enough to visit. The museum section also showcases impressive Art Nouveau and Art Deco collections.
Why not also stroll around the Central University City Campus of the National University of Mexico, considered to be a unique example of 20th-century modernism, and now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. National Geographic and the Huffington Post have also put together helpful lists of suggestions for those with additional spare time in this vibrant and cosmopolitan mega city.
In the magical town of Cuetzalan, why not take a stroll along the cobbled and slopping streets, admiring the traditional white and red houses and generally soaking up the atmosphere. Notable places to stop off on the way include: the atrium of the San Francisco de Asis Church; the Santuario de Guadalupe, better known as the Templo de los Jarritos (Church of Little Jars); the Matachiuj Artisan’s Market; and the adjacent Cultural Centre, which hosts a permanent exhibition on regional painter Gregorio Nava whose colourful work portrays the area’s customs and traditions.
Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve
Los Tuxtlas is a natural paradise covering four municipalities and located in the south-east of Mexico, in the state of Veracruz. The region, notable for its rich biodiversity and different ecosystems, was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1998.
The region has up to 15 kinds of vegetation, spread across volcanic hills, tropical jungle, beautiful coastline and several large lakes, and also includes the northern limit of tropical rainforest in the Americas. The reserve is home to 2,697 species of flora, 566 species of birds, 193 different mammals, 120 types of reptile and 46 different species of amphibian. The reserve is particularly important for migratory birds travelling from further north, migratory birds making up almost half of the bird species to be found in Los Tuxtlas.
This rich diversity of flora and fauna makes the reserve a nature lover’s paradise, and a perfect place to explore lush jungle, hike to waterfalls, kayak through tranquil mangroves and sail across stunning lakes.