With something to offer every kind of traveler, it’s no surprise that Mexico is becoming the new fashionable holiday destination. Catering for archaeological enthusiasts, museum aficionados, intrepid trekkers, high-octane thrill-seekers, luxury resort frequenters, alcohol-craving party-harders, and good old-fashioned beach-sprawlers, Mexico appeals to each and every breed of holiday maker.
This sort of unique allure is becoming increasingly reflected in travel statistics. Tourism figures from the first half of the year show a dramatic upturn in inbound visitors, both via land and air travel, and an accompanying spike in both revenue earned from tourism and jobs supplied by the industry.
Almost 20 million people visited the country in the first half of this year – and 20 million can’t be wrong, can they? Well, the only real sure-fire way to believe the hype is to experience it yourself, and you definitely should. Here are just some of the reasons why:
Beach Bum Bliss
The Yucatán peninsula and neighbouring Quintana Roo are simply brimming with world-famous beach resorts. Tulum boasts the only Mayan ruins with a view of the Caribbean, combining centuries-old architecture with sweeping coastlines. Further north, Cancún and the islands of Isla Mujeres and Cozumel offer unfeasibly blue water and some of the best-preserved coral reef in the world. On the Pacific side, Puerto Vallarta is a picturesque colonial town nestled snugly in between the lush mountains and the deep blue sea.
The Mayan Stronghold
In addition to the previously-mentioned Tulum, Mexico also boasts a wide range of impressive Mayan ruins, including the famous Chichén Itzá. Voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, the site is home to the imposing Kukulcán pyramid and was the Mayan capital in the Classic and Post Classic periods. Elsewhere, there is also Calakmul in Campeche, Palenque in Chiapas and Uxmal in Yucatán, among many, many others.
Spring Break Debauchery
Along with Florida, Cancún is the world capital for spring breakers going wild every February and March. With budget backpackers and high-end hotels rubbing shoulders, and cheap tequila flowing as liberally as extravagant piña coladas, revellers of all ages and budgets are sure to let their hair down in style.
For those who like nothing better than lazing around in a five-star hotel, interspersing lengthy bouts in the sun lounger with the occasional dip in the pool or brightly-coloured cocktail, Mexico does not disappoint. With $ 43 million (USD) being funneled into the country’s tourist amenities, it’s no surprise it’s a popular choice for high-end holidaymakers.
Days at the Museum
With such a long and fascinating history, Mexico certainly has its own story to tell, and its own way of telling it. You can choose from untold numbers to large and small institutions that all work to share the stories of this huge nation, such as the Anthropology and History Museum in Mexico City, the Virreinal Museum of Guadalupe in Zacatecas, the Museum of Mayan Culture in Chetumal… the list goes on and on and on.
In the words of Mr Sumano, there’s considerably more to Mexico than just sun and sand. Whatever your preference, why not make Mexico your next holiday destination? You won’t regret it.
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