Can you say “tequila”? How about “tortilla”? Though located on the
North American continent, Mexico is a Spanish speaking country and
you’ll need to learn a few Spanish words to get around. Brush up on
your high school Spanish; they appreciate it when you try to speak
Officially known as the United Mexican States, the country of Mexico
is comprised of 32 states, each with its own unique tourist
offerings and activities. Tourism is the country’s third most
important source of revenue. There are so many things to see and do
in Mexico that it’s very hard to know where to start. Perhaps the
best way would be to go by theme.
For beach lovers,
Mexico is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west, and the Caribbean
Sea and the Gulf of Mexico on the east. Three major bodies of water,
this means a lot of beach land! The best beaches are undeniably in the
Quintana Roo Coast, the Isle of Yelapa, El Eden, Banderas Bay, and Pie
de la Cuesta. Mexican beach resorts offer a lot of sun, shimmering
turquoise waters, fine restaurants, several hotels, a whole lot of
shopping, and don’t forget, a sultry, steamy nightlife!
With over 180 golf courses, most of which were designed by such golf
hall of famers as Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones, Mexico is a
premiere golfing spot. Los Cobos with its scenic backdrop of ocean
tranquillity has one of the best fifteen courses in the world. There are
several other places that offer great places to play golf such as Puerto
Vallarta, Huatulco, and Nuevo Vallarta.
If history and archaeology is your thing, then Central Mexico and the
Yucatan Peninsula are the best places to go. Explore the numerous Mayan
archaeological zones of Teotihuacan, Xochicalco, Cacaxtla, Tula, Edzna,
and Calakmul. Visit the historic fortified city of Campeche, a Wold
Heritage site, and Chichen Itza and Uxmal and many, many more.
For eco-tourists, Veracruz, Chiapas, and Tabasco are rich in natural
resources, as well as tradition and culture. Natural wonders such as the
Parque Chachalacas , the Cascada Salto de Eyipantla (waterfall) and El
Pico de Orizaba (the country’s highest peak) are found in Veracruz.
Tabasco boasts of the Yumka and Kolem Jaa ecological parks and the caves
of las Grutas de Cocona.
The Lacandona jungle, the Agua Azul Falls,
and the Sumidero Canyon are all in Chiapas, along with the magic Mayan
ruins in the cities of Palenque, San Cristobal de las Casas, and
Tapachula.Art lovers and connoisseurs will recognize the names Frida
Kahlo, Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera, and Francisco Toledo as some of the
world-class painters to come from Mexico.
The country has galleries, museums, and
art academies that showcase the arts and crafts of its local artists.
Speaking of crafts, Mexicans are known for their crafts that date back
to pre-colonial times. Ceramics, textiles, wood sculpture and carvings,
baskets, and fine jewellery in all shapes, colors, and sizes are
produced in the millions each year by its highly creative and artistic
Don’t forget the cuisine! Mexican cooking is an adventure in itself
and something this country is famous for. For authentic Mexican
cuisine, go to the Mayan Riviera for a taste of cochita pibil,
papadzules, and chocolomo. Be prepared for really hot and spicy
offerings such as enchiladas, hot tamales, and chiles en nogada. A
mixture of Mayan and Spanish cooking, Mexican food is really
something you wouldn’t want to miss!
Try the ancient beverage known throughout the world as Tequila. Made
from the fermented juice of the agave plant, Tequila is Mexico’s most
The state of Jalisco has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage
precisely because of its production of Tequila. If you want to taste
authentic Tequila, this is the place to get it.
Mexico is truly a unique country. The mixture of ancient Mayan
traditions and Hispanic influences has created a culture that is
uniquely and unmistakably Mexican. To discard the country as just
another Spanish speaking country would do it a great injustice.
Mexico has many things to offer visitors, and it would be a shame
not to try and sample even just a bit of what makes this country
what it is.