If you travel to Mexico, you have lots of opportunities. You can visit beautiful landscapes, go for a city trip. Swim at a beach, try water sports or visit historical and cultural places. Whatever your decision may be, you are sure to get unforgettable experiences for your life.
The story summarizes the following bullet points:
- Wonders of nature
- Things to do in Mexico: Museums you shouldn’t miss
- Best place to stay in Mexico: In the footsteps of history
- Things that might interest you
There are about 35 national parks and almost 100 officially protected areas in Mexico. Besides that, there are many breathtakingly beautiful places in the country. Discover some of them!
El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve
The huge area on Vizcaíno-peninsula of state Baja California Sur has a versatile fauna and flora. This is Latin America’s largest protected area with a size of 15,534 mile (25,000 km2) ranging from the Pacific Ocean to Cortez Sea. The lagoons near the coast are important reproduction and winter survival spots for grey whales, Californian sea lions, northern elephant seals, and rare blue whales. The lagoons also host four species of endangered sea turtles.
This longish and narrow lake is located in the south-east of Mexico on Yucatán-peninsula, in federal-state Quintana Roo close to village Bacalar and the border of Belize. It is also called the „lake of seven colours”(„Laguna de Los Siete colores”) because some people think the various underwater rocks and the white sand at the bottom of the lake lend the lake water seven different shades of the colour blue. Besides swimming, you can also camp at the lake in typical palm-leaf covered cottages (“palapa”). There are also restaurants nearby. Many people boat, kayak or scuba dive here.
Revillagigedo island group
This island group that lies in the eastern Pacific, 386 km from the coast of state Baja California Sur consists of four islands (San Benedicto, Socorro, Roca Partida, and Clarión) and the neighbouring waters. This island world is part of an underworld volcanic mountain chain. The islands provide essential living space for wild animals and seabirds. The neighbouring waters are rich in sea animals, e.g. giant oceanic manta rays, whales, dolphins, and sharks. The area is part of the World Heritage and it is thus under special protection.
Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is Mexico’s largest sea nature protection area and has been on the World Heritage list since 1987. It is on the eastern side of Yucatán-peninsula, in federal-state Quintana Roo. Its name means „gift of heaven” or „the beginning of heaven” in the Maya language. The reserve’s territory is 5,280 km2 and it lies 120 km long from north to south. It has a versatile plant world and 103 kinds of vertebrates and more than 350 bird species live here.
You can find Centro Ecological Sian Ka’an in the reserve, which is an eco-tourism and education centre, which serves as an example to preserve vulnerable tropical areas. The centre organises hikes for tourists in the area and you can also visit courses if you are interested.
Museum under the water
The Underwater Museum of Art can be found in Cancún. As you can see from its name, this is a museum under water and nothing else, but an artificial reef with more than 500 sculptures that were designed by various artists. The statues are at the bottom of the ocean, where corals and seaweed grow freely. It may perhaps be strange, why this place was made like this when there are so many natural underwater attractions in the neighbourhood. The reason is that the artificial reef helps the growth and establishment of natural reefs and also protects them from strong sea currents.
Searching for Mayan secrets
Maya Indians created a strong empire that used to keep control over a large part of Mexico for centuries. Still many things preserve their memories in the country. If you are interested in their culture, go to the Museum of Mayan Architecture in Campeche. Here you can see objects and buildings that were typical of them and you can also learn about their writing that is still full of secrets.
Acapulco’s impregnable fortress
Unlike many popular coastal destinations of Mexico, the city of Acapulco has a long and rich history. This area has been inhabited since the third-millennium b. C. Acapulco played a very important role in the Spanish colonial period because it was the centre of trade in the direction of the Philippines. The city became very rich from this position, but it often had to be defended against pirate attacks. That is why the San Diego-fortress was built around 1616 that was demolished by an earthquake in 1776, but it was rebuilt and it is still in good condition. The fortress could never be seized by the pirates. Today it hosts the Historical Museum of Acapulco and you can get a glimpse into the city’s exciting history in its 12 rooms.
The ruin town of Edzná
The ancient Mayan ruins that lie close to Campeche on the coast are less popular than Palenque, Tikal or Chichen Itza, but this way you can explore them calmer. The major sight here is an approx. 40 metres high Mayan temple. Interestingly enough, the town used to flourish for an amazingly long time, from 600 b.C. to the 15th century, thus it used to be inhabited for 2,000 years. Why people left Edzná eventually, will remain a secret forever.
Maja memories near Tulum
This Indian village at the Caribbean Sea used to flourish between the 13th and 15th centuries, but it was also lively during the Spanish conquest for 70 years. It is one of the towns in ruins that have been preserved in the best condition and its special feature is that a great part of it had been built on a rock base of 10-12 metres.
From the buildings that have survived the most popular is the kind of fortress “El Castillo”. But you can also find several temples here (“Temple of frescos”, “Temple of wind god”).
La Quebrada (“The Abyss “) is one of the most famous sights of Acapulco. It is a water-worn gorge with rocks that has two peaks, one is 12 metres, the other is 24 metres high. Courageous local scuba divers jump from these when a large enough wave arrives from the sea. It is very important to wait for the best moment to come, otherwise, you may suffer serious injury or you can even die of this life hazardous performance. There is a path in the valley at the bottom of the rock wall that leads you to a restaurant. This is where tourists regularly gather to watch the scuba divers jumping from the altitude and the pelicans that catch fish. The rocks of La Quebrada were also made world famous by Elvis Presley’s movie in 1963 that is called “Fun in Acapulco”.
Boy on the seahorse
The statue that counts as an iconic symbol of the town Puerto Vallarta was prepared in 1960. It is interesting to know that it was the composition of the artist Rafael Zamarripa Castañeda who was only 18 that time and he received a national sculpture prize for this work. Originally the sculpture stood at the southern end of Los Muertos Beach, but it got destroyed by a storm. Eventually, a larger copy of the original was erected in the inner city, on the famous shopping street Malecon in 1976.
The rainbow town
Campeche is a typical example of a port town from the Spanish colonial period of the „New World”. You can still admire the defense and fortress system that has been maintained in the historic town center. The aim of the defence system was to protect the Caribbean port from attacks on the sea. Just like Acapulco, this town also operated as a rich trade centre for a long time. Campeche is also called „rainbow town” due to its colourful buildings that have stayed here since the period of the Spanish conquest. This town that has an authentic Mexican atmosphere has been on the World Heritage list since 1999.
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