Shimmering beaches and ancient pyramids
The home of tacos, tequila, and sombreros – not to mention Alfonso Cuarón, Salma Hayek, and Frida Kahlo – almost everyone on Earth knows something about Mexico. Still there's a lot more to discover about this country beyond the stereotypes. Once one of the world's greatest civilizations, Mexico offers a mesmerizing blend of Mesoamerican cultures, Spanish ancestry, and modern-time arts. Its magnificent landscapes range from the glittering azure coastline of Baja California and the famous cactus deserts of the north all the way to the Maya villages and beautiful palm-smothered shores of the south. You can ascend volcanoes, observe whales and tour around agave farms. And wandering throughout you'll find lavishly decorated colonial cathedrals, colossal pyramids, and modern cuisine.
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Few Mexican destinations can overwhelm you at one time with ancient Maya ruins, the azure Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico waters and colonial cities. In fact, there's only one – Yucatán. The peninsula includes parts of Belize and Guatemala, as well as three Mexican states: Yucatán, Quintana Roo, and Campeche. Quintana Roo is probably the best-known thanks to the huge tourist destinations of Cancún, Tulum and Playa del Carmen, where millions crowd annually to get their share of vitamin D on picture-perfect beaches or endless pools. But go just a couple of hours west, and you'll find Mérida, the capital of Yucatán state, whose colonial remains and modern restaurants are a perfect getaway, not to mention the many cenotes (freshwater springs) around. Neighboring Campeche state is the home to the overwhelming Maya ruins galore. This small land holds lovely, diverse and available travel surprises.
Acapulco, Mexico's party capital, has a remarkable topography of towering cliffs rolling into a series of wide bays and secret coves, fringed with powdery beaches and backed by lavish green hills. It was named the ‘Pearl of the Pacific' during its bloom as a playground for the rich and famous, some of them including Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra.
Baja, the earth's second-longest peninsula, comprises of over 1200km of the mystical, heavenly, majestic and untamed. If you are lucky enough to take the full Tijuana - Los Cabos trip, you will find that the Carretera Transpeninsular (Hwy 1) offers stunning sights at every turn. Here you'll see that the middle of nowhere can be more beautiful than you've ever imagined. Side roads cross tiny villages and wind along the slopes of mountains. Condors form circles into a flawless blue sky. Here one can simply sip drinks, eat fish tacos and watch the sun descend into the Pacific. Some choose the rush of adrenaline as they look for that perfect wave. Others walk through caramel-colored canyons or gaze up at the night's clear sky, full of scattered-diamond stars. Whichever way you choose to take, you'll find some of Baja's many blessings.
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