Top Tips for Sightseeing in Mexico

by Travelbag on 14 January 2015, 13:01PM Top Tips for Sightseeing in Mexico

 

Attracting millions of tourists each and every year, the land of the Mayas and Aztecs has become a popular destination. Boasting beach resorts on the Caribbean or Pacific coastlines, and a whole lot of history in between, Mexico has plenty of appeal.

Renowned for all-inclusive resorts, like the Dreams Riviera, where you spend the days soaking up the sun on a private beach and the evenings sipping cocktails, it is perfect for relaxing. That isn’t to say that there aren’t attractions and places to see in the land of tequila and everything from the passionate people to the rich history to the golden sands ensure that there is something for everyone.

Yucatán Peninsula
With the majority of tourists heading to Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya on the east coast to enjoy the warm Caribbean waters, the Yucatán Peninsula is ideally positioned for a trip during your visit. It also boasts two of the top ancient sites in Mexico. 

Firstly, there is one of the Wonders of the World – Chichen Itza. The most famous Mayan city, it is one of the top landmarks across the country. Known for grand ruins and mysterious astronomical calculations, it is a place of mesmerising beauty. 

Nearby, there is the attractive ruin of the walled city of Tulum. Built in 1200 AD, it was a major port for the Mayans and while it isn’t as grand or elegant as the Chichen Itza, it is found with a stunning backdrop of a tropical beach and azure waters. 

Mexico City
The capital city and economic hub is enjoying something of a renaissance in recent years. Often tarnished due to mafia and drug connections, the city is working hard to flourish again. On the foundations of pre-Hispanic architecture and colonial splendour comes the buzzing modern feel of a vibrant place with ancient canals, sprawling public spaces and delicious food. An enticing mix of culture and history awaits as you enjoy the marvelous murals in the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the wonder of the Palacio Nacional and the stunning collection in the Museo Frida Kahlo.

Teotihuacan
A place that boasts a history that stretches a lot further back than the Mayans, is the wondrous Teotihuacan. Deep in the valley of Mexico, a flourishing civilization arose in the 2nd century BC. Complete with huge pyramids, the ancient city hosted 150,000 residents during a prosperous era. Found close to Mexico City, it is widely considered as Mesoamerica’s greatest city and, although the Teotihuacan empire abandoned it before 700 AD, it became part of an Aztec pilgrimage seven centuries latest.

Best of the rest
These are some of the classic sights to see when you visit Mexico. Others include the original resort town of Acapulco, where you can ‘go loco’ in a spot that is still popular with American tourists, the stunning colonial city of Guanajuato that is found in the Sierra of the same name and flanked by the surrounding mountains that are a wonderful backdrop for a colourful city and Oaxaca which is widely known for the Dia de Los Muertos festival.

Elsewhere, Cozumel is world famous for being a beautiful National Marine Park while Los Cabos boasts a lovely stretch of beach. Back inland, the Copper Canyon which is considerably larger than the Grand Canyon offers spectacular views and the archaeological site at Palenque isn’t as popular as the others but is a charming site of fine sculptures and architecture.

 


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