Where to go on Holiday

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Where To Go On Holiday In Mexico

Mexico has long been a favourite holiday destination of many as a result of the enviable weather, pristine beaches, countless archaeological sites and cuisine. Add into the mix the diversity of the landscape, from snow-capped mountains to desert, verdant jungle to sprawling coastline and it becomes clear why so many add it to their bucket list.

If sightseeing is your bag then no trip to Mexico would be complete without a visit to the UNESCO designated Chichén Itzá, once one of the largest Maya cities. Other well preserved examples of Mayan cities include Tulum, Uxmal and Palenque, which like Chichén Itzá are located on the Yucatan Peninsula. If visiting Mexico City, a short journey outside of the city centre will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Teotihuacán where you can marvel at the pyramids.

For many however it is its beaches which serve as a draw to the country, and with 6,000 miles of coastline spanning the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean there are plenty to choose from. Cheaper package deals are easily obtained for areas in the Yucatan Peninsula, with Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Isla Mujeres being popular options. If you’d like to snorkel or dive, then Cozumel is just the answer – below the shore you’ll be greeted by turtles, corals, groupers and reef fish aplenty.

For more marine biodiversity consider the Gulf of California with top picks in the area being Cedros Island, home to elephant seals, and Espiritu Santo Island where dolphins, fin whales and sea lions to name a few all cavort. Aside from marine life, the Baja California peninsula also throws up some fantastic beach holiday options including San Jose del Cabo and Todos Santos. Along the pacific coast of the country the main draws are Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta.

To escape the well-trodden areas of the country consider a stay in the state of Chiapas in the south of the country where you can discover the breathtaking Sumidero Canyon, the staggeringly beautiful Parque Nacional Lagunas de Montebello and the rambling Lacandon Jungle. Another option is a stay in Guadalajara, well known for its fantastic year-round weather, stunning architecture and for being the birthplace of Tequila.

Alternatively for adventure head to the north of the country and explore Copper Canyon. Activities include riding the impressive Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway ascending 8000 feet, and horse riding.

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