The geography, history, and culture of Mexico all contribute and work in tandem to offer visitors unforgettable and adventure-filled experiences in nature. Whether it`s taking a hot air balloon ride over Teotihuacan; navigating the wild rapids of Veracruz; riding an all-terrain vehicle in the dunes of Los Cabos; or simply visiting the rainforest or swimming in a cenote, Mexico is a wonderful place for a nature and adventure getaway.
The charming towns near Mexico City, such as Puebla, Cuernavaca, Taxco, Toluca, and Atlixco, all within three hours of Mexico`s capital by car, offer unique sights and lots of excitement for the traveler who wishes to explore interior Mexico.
Also called the Altiplano, the Highlands are divided into two zones, the Mesa del Norte and the Mesa del Centro, with the scenery being very diverse, ranging from deserts to forests to singular mountain peaks that rise high above the plateau.
Baja California is a peninsula made up of mountains that stretch for the length of the peninsula, surrounded by coastal plains. It`s known for such tourist centers as Los Cabos, Todos Santos, and Loreto, the former being a popular foodie destination.
The Yucatán Peninsula is one of Mexico`s largest tourist centers, and home of the Mayan civilization. Such cities and sights as Mérida, Ciudad del Carmen, Chichén Itzá, and the towns and cities of the Riviera Maya are located here.
When you think of the idyllic islands of Mexico, you might think of the islands like Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, and Isla Holbox, but these beautiful island getaways can be found nationwide.
The central Pacific coast of Mexico stretches for over 1,000 miles from Sinaloa to Guerrero. The central Pacific coast towns and cities are ideal vacation spots for those who like history, culture, and of course the beach!
The state of Oaxaca is home to 370 miles of prime coastline on the Pacific Ocean. The mountains of Oaxaca lead to narrow coastal plains where many of the state`s most inviting beach destinations are located.
The Riviera Maya is home to beautiful beaches and hundreds and hundreds of hotels and resorts scattered between such noteworthy tourist destinations as Cancún, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum.
The pre-Columbian era of Mexican history saw the rise and decline of a number of indigenous civilizations, such as the Aztec, the Maya, and the Zapotec. These civilizations built fully-functioning cities between 500 BCE and 1500 CE.
For three centuries, from 1521 to 1821, the Spanish ruled Mexico, and their enduring influence on Mexican architecture, education, culture, religion, and life is undeniable, and many Mexican cities are testament to Spain`s influence.
Whether you`re visiting ruins and the rainforests, watching whales, or tracking migration patterns of birds and butterflies, Mexico knows how to do an eco-friendly vacation right -- after all, they did invent the concept!