Beyond the Salsa and Sombreros: Top Things to Do in Mexico

Thursday, June 04, 2015


When some people think of Mexico, they usually relate it with salsa,tacosmargaritas and sombreros. While these things have become synonymous with the country, Mexico is so much more. A great world civilizationMexico is a diverse blend of Mesoamerican cultures and modern indigenous tribes, rich Spanish traditions, and a solid modern economy. 


Its landscapes are just as diverse; from cactus filled deserts in the north, the snow covered peaks of Iztaccíhuatlnear the center to glorious sandy beaches in the south


The pre-Columbian civilizations left indelible marks on the land in the form of stunning pyramids and huge temples. One can watch whales, tour tequila farms and even climb volcanoes. 


Mexico possesses a great sense of individuality and standing in a Mexican city in the evening, with unique music filling the plazas, cozy lights from small shops dotting the street and the aroma of freshly made food wafting through the air is an experience which is second to none. 


Mexico will fill your senses and revitalize your soul. So plan your vacation to Mexico todayThe Mileage Club will help you find the best deal for your flight through its flyer miles. The following are the top things to do, once you’re there.


Remnants of Civilization
Ancient Mexico gave rise to several great civilizations of the world including the Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Toltec and the Aztecs. Each left their own landmarks most of which have become World Heritage Site. You should definitely strive to see some of them when visiting Mexico.Teotihuacan, a pre-Columbian Mesoamerican city located 30 miles northeast of modern day Mexico City is the site of many significant Pyramids, complex ancient residential compounds and the ‘Avenue of the Dead’.


The state of Yucatan is for those who harbor an interest in the Mayans. Mérida, Yucatan’s capital is the starting point of departure for all Mayan routes to sites such as the famous Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Mayapan.  Another World Heritage Site, Uxmal is also famous for its historical ruins.These are just a few of the places you can explore. 

Palm Trees and Sand
No, Cactuses are not the only types of plants which grow in Mexico. And deserts are not the only landscape. Mexico has several beautiful beaches to rival any in the worldPlaya DelCarmen, Tulum (with El Castillo, an old Mayan Temple), the vast Cancun and Puerto Vallarta are just some of the popular beaches found in Mexico.


Mexican Food
Mexican Cuisine is famous all over the world, but obviouslynothing beats eating it at its place of origin. Many streets are lined with shops selling popular Mexican food such as tocas, barbacoa, birria, carbito and carnitas. Food varies in different regions and Mexico City is the place if you’re willing to try many different varieties. 


For the Adventurer
Mexico has many activities for those wanting to extract more from their holiday than just relaxing and sightseeing. Mexico has great diving opportunities, the coral reefs off Isla Cozumel provide a great experience.


Take a refreshing dip in many of the cenote (a natural pit with a body of water) which dot the landscape, the popular among these are Ik-Kil (near Chichen Itza), Dos Ojos (south of Tulum) and Gran Cenote (near Tulum). Hiking through the Cooper Canyon is also a highlight of any trip to Mexico.


So what are you waiting for, besides the attractions listed, Mexico has a vibrant and rich nightlife and a unique shopping market. The history, landmarks, people and array of cities is enough to captivate one for a long, long time.



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