Flanked by Pacific Ocean and the Gulf Coast, Mexico is an ideal travel destination
Mexico shares borders with the United States in the north and the Guatemala and Belize in the south. The second most visited country in the Americas, it has been home to several advanced civilizations that contributed to its multilayered culture.
Present-day Mexico is a country of thriving metropolises that radiate a zealous vibe. Flanked by the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, it not only is legendary for its stunning beaches, but also for the ancient ruins. Here is an efficient Mexican itinerary chalked out for you.
The Cultural Capital: Mexico City
Stroll through the Zocalo
The thriving political and economic centre, Mexico City is a fascinating megalopolis. Some of the famous landmarks of Mexico City are:
- La Casa Azul - Home of the famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, it is now a museum honoring the artist.
- Cathedrals - Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica de Guadalupe feature baroque, neoclassic and Mexican architecture.
- The Plaza de la Constitucion - Also known as the Zocalo, it is the most historically significant plaza situated in the heart of the city.
- Templo Mayor - Meaning the Great Temple, this Aztec site was partially destroyed during the Spanish colonization. Its materials were reused for new buildings and now only its reconstructed ruins remain.
Did You Know?
Built on a soft lakebed, Mexico City is sinking at an alarming rate (some parts have sunk more than ten metres in the last century!). Unregulated water extraction, frequent earthquakes and high-rise buildings added to the problems. Visit the city before its iconic landmarks are lost to subsidence!
Relax at a Beach: Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres
Cool down in a freshwater cenote
Cancun and the neighboring Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum beckon beach-lovers with turquoise blue waters. Tucked between these beach destinations, is the Riviera Maya. You can go snorkeling in freshwater cenotes and offshore coral reefs offered by this stretch of coast.
Colonial Charm: Merida and Oaxaca
Revel in the colorful architecture
Witness the true influence of the Spanish colonization in the vibrant cities of Merida and Oaxaca. Walk through the cobbled lanes lined by colonial style architecture painted in bright hues.
Get in touch with nature: Baja California Sur and Copper Canyon
Hike up the challenging terrains
The popular destinations of the Baja California Sur are Los Cabos and La Paz. This diverse peninsula offers a blend of azure waters and landscape speckled with cacti. You can bask in the laid-back appeal or swim with fishes (and if lucky, sea lions) off Espiritu Santo. The Copper Canyons are a haven for nature lovers as well. Hike, camp or go bird watching in the untamed wilderness.
Things to Remember
Take home a souvenir to ward off evil spirits
The soul of Mexico lies in the vibrant Spanish-infused culture and lip-smacking Mexican cuisine. You may also schedule your travel to coincide with Cinco de Mayo festival. It is celebrated on the 5th of May to honor the victory of Mexican army over the French forces.
However, this land that introduced chocolate to the world, is prone to frequent earthquakes. The last major earthquake occurred in 2014 and measured 7.2 on the Richter scale. It resulted in disruption of normal life, several casualties and widespread panic.
So before you say Hola to Mexico, take a comprehensive travel insurance plan.This can provide you a cashless hospitalization facility anywhere in the world for an emergency hospitalization. With no medical tests required up to 85 years of age, a travel insurance plan ensures tourists of all ages avail of the best healthcare facilities worldwide.
A loss of baggage or trip cancellation during unpredictable natural calamities can also put additional financial strain on you. Let a travel insurance plan take care of such financial worries and put your mind at ease on the tour.