Mexico: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
The country of Mexico is teeming with culture and history. Be it shy indigenous villagers or city hipsters, the Mexican people of today are well known for their frequent fiestas and love of color. Over the centuries the rich diversity of invading Spaniards, European immigrants and native population, with a large variety of ethnic traditions, has created a complex national character. With options to stay in budget beach huts, colonial mansions or pampering resorts Mexico caters to all types of visitors. Spectacular archeological sites, like Palenque in the south, or the ruins of Tulum near Cancun, await curious visitors.
A vibrant popular culture, from Mexico City, or Acapulco's underground dance clubs to handcrafts of the indigenous people, flourishes throughout the country. The colonial cities of Guadalajara and Monterrey, now some of the largest business and industrial centers of the country attract tourists with their rich history, while the Copper Canyon or the extending deserts in the north and the snow-capped smoking volcanoes and jungles in the south offer a multitude of outdoor activities for the adventurous type.
Regions of Mexico
Mexico City’s myriad museums, ruins and vibrant nightlife await visitors within the country’s central region. Touring Central Mexico will also reveal colorful towns like Puebla. Central Mexico has ancient temples and one of the most dangerous and impressive active volcanoes in the Americas.
The country’s western coastline is home to one of the most famous celebrity hot spots of the past decades, Acapulco, the city of never-ending parties, as well as many other great resort spots like Ixtapa and Puerto Vallarta. This is an excellent place for all sorts of water-activities.
The Yucatan Peninsula holds some of the best beaches in Mexico and probably the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean today, Cancun. The peninsula is not only a great place for beach activities and water sports, but features cenotes and some of the country’s most famous ruins, like Chichen-Itza and Tulum.
A less popular region of Mexico for regular visitors, but a magnet for adventurers and scientists, Baja California is a peaceful desert wilderness. The area offers some interesting prehistoric cave paintings and great diving and kayaking opportunities. At the southern tip of the peninsula is Cabo San Lucas.
The wealthiest Mexican states and the industrial center of the country. Standing proudly in the lowlands is the famous city of Guadalajara, birthplace of numerous Mexican traditions. The region is also home to the revolutionary city of Guanajuato and the regional capital of San Luis Potosi.
The country’s mountainous northern regions feature some of breathtaking sceneries within the canyon network known as Copper Canyon. The region offers great outdoor activities, like horseback riding, hiking, camping. The large National Park Reserves are a great place for nature lovers, while the modern city of Monterrey is quite a change, when compared to other major cities in the country.
Getting around Mexico
An extensive network of comfortable buses and domestic flights covers the country almost entirely, making traveling throughout the country easy. Light traffic outside the cities and excellent roads also makes renting a car a good option.
Mexico’s weather should be taken into consideration when planning a trip. During the summer and fall, Mexico’s coasts are vulnerable to hurricanes. The tropic of Cancer divides the country into tropical and temperate zones. The northern lands experience cooler weather during the winter months, while the south has a fairly constant climate year round.