We all know by now that Mexico is a country that’s filled with rich history, colourful traditions, friendly people and delicious food. Whether you are into art, archeology, beautiful beaches or jungle trips, this country has something to offer for everyone. The only downside of a trip to Mexico, is the struggle of deciding what to see first. Not convinced yet? Here are 5 reasons why you should visit this beautiful country.
When to visit
You can visit Mexico at almost any time of year as the weather tends to be good year round. Peak holiday times for international travellers are between July and August, so you are probably better off travelling off-peak, and try to avoid going during hurricane season, which is between late August and October. This makes the days between November and May the best times to travel.
1. The food
It is no secret that this country’s food is delicious. But no “Mexican” restaurant abroad ever compares to the explosion of flavours that is real Mexican cuisine. And it is certainly not all tacos and mezcal (although they are delicious). The culinary traditions vary wildly as you move from north to south, but one thing always remains true: the ingredients are always incredibly fresh. Whether you decide to have seafood on the Pacific coast of Sinaloa or Mayan sopa de lima in the Yucatán Peninsula, or you fill up on local avocados and fresh fruit, there is always an option for everyone. But beware: never order the spicy version of a dish, as Mexican spice is on another level compared to most other countries!
2. The people
The people in Mexico are so incredibly welcoming and friendly, you’ll feel right at home. When you need anything, they are always willing to help, whether that is directions or advice on the best local food spots. Prepare a few words of Spanish, and they will love you even more.
3. The beaches
The beaches in Mexico are among some of the most beautiful in the world, due to their white sand and crystal clear warm waters. If you are the type of traveller who enjoys a cocktail at the beach, then Mexico is definitely the holiday destination for you! If not, you can whale watch, surf or snorkel instead.
4. The history
If you love history and archeology, Mexico is definitely the right destination for you. The country is filled with world-class archeological sites like Chichén Itzá (pictured above), Teotihuacán or Guachimontones. Make sure to visit at least one of these while you’re there, as the atmosphere around those areas is truly unique and there is so much to learn. Alternatively, head to Oxaca or Chihuahua where you can explore Spanish colonial history or go to the Museo Nacional de Antropología where you can get a full history lesson.
5. The culture
Mexican culture is extremely multifaceted and interesting as the country was influenced by so many different cultures over the years, from various indigenous and Mesoamerican civlizations to the Spanish Invasion. Learn from the people living in rural communities who speak native languages in addition to Spanish, as the Mexican government recognises 68 indigenous languages!
If you are into art, go visit Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul or Diego Rivera’s paintings, and listen to some Mariachi folk music while indulging in some local mezcal. Can you imagine a better way to spend your day?
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