Visit Mexico – 8 highlights you have ‘Guac’ to experience

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As the annual ‘Day of the Dead’ celebration kicked off last Saturday, October 27, in the famous month of scares and All Hallow’s Eve, we have decided to shine the spotlight on Mexico.

Below are 8 highlights found across this beautiful country.

1. San Miguel de Allende

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One of the most picturesque cities in Mexico, San Miguel de Allende is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Found in Mexico’s highlands, the city is a great place to visit.

One of the country’s most historic cities, San Miguel de Allende has a lot to offer, particularly those seeking experiences and a spot of culture whilst on holiday.

Whilst in the city, be sure to visit the awesome Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel.

One of the city’s most famous landmarks, this stunning church dates back to the 17th century and is one of the most photographed sights in the country.

The church’s Gothic architecture is intricate and bears some resemblance to the great Sagrada Familia of Catalan fame.

Close by, the historic Town Square is wonderfully maintained, with expertly cut hedges standing to attention, this splash of green in the heart of the city stands out against the rows of yellow and terracotta coloured buildings.

Known as the Plaza Allende, this square area, translating to Main Garden in English, is a great place to relax and seek out some shade from the hot Mexican sun.

Tours of the city are available that can take you past some notable local landmarks.

We also advise allocating some time to visit Dos Buhos Winery and learn about the production process.

A great range of handmade crafts and wares can be found on a trip to the Artisan Market.

Here, you may just spot that perfect souvenir to take home as a reminder of your trip to this beautiful country.

2. Mexico City

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Noted throughout the world for its Historic Center, Mexico City makes for a fantastic trip.

Also known as Zocalo, the Historic Center, featured in the action-packed opening of the Bond film ‘Spectre’,  is the bustling heart of Mexico City.

Here, tourists can explore nearby museums and stop by the Town Hall.

There are some unexpected surprises to be found in the center, including ancient Aztec landmarks that date back to the 13th century.

The entire area has been listed as a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site since the late 1990s.

Often the setting for celebrations, events, and protests, the Historic Center is popular with tourists and locals alike.

In the center, you cannot miss the majestic Metropolitan Cathedral.

Built on top of an ancient Aztec Templo Mayor, the Cathedral stands proudly in the Historic Center.

Whilst inside, look out for the huge, blue Organ that is beautifully decorated.

3. Day of the Dead

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Best experienced in the capital, Mexico City puts on a wonderful party to celebrate the annual Day of the Dead every November.

This year, starting on October, 27, the Day of the Dead celebration is known throughout the world for its fantastic costumes and music.

The Parade, taking place for the third time in 2018, has quickly grown in popularity to become one of the key dates in the Global calendar.

A celebration honouring those have that have sadly passed away, Day of the Dead officially takes place on November, 2, this year.

Awareness has been in part helped by the success of the 2017 animated film, ‘Coco’ that went on to win two Oscars in February this year.

4. Coba

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Former Mayan city, the ruins of Coba are truly one of the Earth’s most intriguing wonders.

Compared to other neighbouring archaeological sites of note, Coba is still a relatively quiet tourist attraction where you can explore the ruins at your own pace.

Not a lot of information has been established on this mysterious site with many researchers still left with unanswered questions regarding this ancient and remote place.

When you arrive, you will be greeted by the ruins of the ancient pyramids Grupo Coba and Nohoc Mul.

With the aid of a rope, you can carefully climb the ruined steps to the summit and take in the views of the surrounding area.

There are other ruins that can be explored here, providing some insight into how the ancient Mayan people lived.

5. Copper Canyon

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A result of prehistoric Volcanic activity, Copper Canyon is the largest canyon in Mexico.

One of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, the Canyon, found in North Mexico, rests amongst the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains.

The Canyon is a great place to enter adventure mode.

Explore this memorable environment by going on a hike, taking a scenic drive or by bicycle.

A popular way to take in the sights is by train.

The Copper Canyon Railway is regarded as one of the great railway journeys available around the world.

Bit of Trivia – The Copper Canyon far exceeds the size of the more famous Grand Canyon, although the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon (Tibet) holds the title of biggest canyon in the world.

6. Chichen Itza

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One of the most famous ruin complex’s in the world, Chichen Itza is one of Mexico’s greatest attractions.

Constructed by the ancient Maya people, Chichen Itza is a fascinating archaeological site that attracts tourists from all over the world.

Long before the arrival of Christoper Columbus, Chichen Itza was one of the major cities found on the continent.

There are some magnificent Mayan highlights to be found around the site, including a throne carved into the shape of a Jaguar!

7. Chapultepec Castle

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Resting on top of Chapultepec hill in Mexico City, Chapultepec Castle is an unexpected highlight in Mexico.

Traditionally found in the historic cities around Europe, castles such as Chapultepec are musts when you can take the time out to visit, providing the opportunity to learn more about a country’s past.

Famed for its gardens, Chapultepec Castle was once the home of the Mexican President.

Housed within the castle, the National Museum of History details Mexico’s long and colourful past.

8. Cancun

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Popular Honeymoon resort, Cancun is a coastal city that looks out across the Caribbean Sea.

Benefiting from its location, Cancun offers stunning beaches and pleasant waters where you explore some of the world’s best coral reefs.

Be sure to stop by Xcaret Park and Isla Contoy.

A natural paradise, Xcaret Park offers a fantastic range of activities, including the chance to swim in the underground tunnels.

A bird haven, Isla Contoy’s geographical location makes it an invaluable island, helping to sustain multiple bird species.

Strictly regulated, some tours to the island are available, offering the chance to take in one of the most beautiful eco systems found in the Gulf of Mexico.

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