South America

Mexico

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Mexico is the Egypt of the Americas, complete with Mayan pyramids and a history of inhabitants that stretches back to around 20,000 BC.

The scenery is equally diverse and uplifting, with everything from idyllic tropical beaches and dense jungle, to cactus-strewn deserts and snow-capped volcanoes. Swim with dolphins on the Caribbean coast, watch whales leap from depths of the Pacific, or track endemic wildlife in the jungled national parks.

Whatever you do, don’t miss the fantastic margaritas and the exceptional Mexican cuisine – something of a national obsession. And remember, Mexico is a huge country dense with sights, so don’t expect to see it all in one trip.

Places To Visit

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Mexico City is so huge that locals simply call it Mexico. It is a complex city of contrasts, where the first world mingles with the third. Some of the world’s finest boutique hotels can be found in the city, along with a wealth of museums and heritage sights. For the equivalent of Mexico City on a more manageable scale, head west to the city of Guadalajara – birthplace of tequila and sombreros.

The Baja California Peninsula, which trails down into the Pacific Ocean, is home to some of Mexico’s most dramatic seascapes. The climate here is warm throughout much of the year with an average temperature of 26°C (79°F). Los Cabos is the highlight, one of Mexico’s most beautiful and exclusive destinations on the southernmost tip of Baja California Peninsula, 220km (136 miles) south of La Paz.

Visit during the winter months for the unforgettable courtship, mating and birth process of the grey whale. Whilst in the summer months, Magdalena Bay is perfect for all watersports and scuba diving. A must is a visit to the 244 islands that make up the Cortez World Heritage site. Los Cabos is an unforgettable experience for the entire family thanks to its championship golf courses, excellent sport fishing and gorgeous beaches offering quality services.

Equally idyllic are the white-sand beaches of the Mayan Riviera on the Yucatan Peninsula, a coastal strip that stretches more than 120km (75 miles) from Puerto Morelos to Punta Allen. The subtropical climate of the Yucantan Penninsular means that temperatures are consistently around 26°C (79°F).

Considered one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations over the last decade, here you can relax or enjoy recreational activities at luxurious resorts nestled in the jungle. This area was the home of the ancient Mayan civilisation, and the peninsula is scattered with dramatic ruins that rise from the jungle – Chichen Itza, Tulum and Uxmal are some of the more popular sites. You can also visit incredible ecological reserves such as Sian Ka’an, which was declared a World Heritage Sight by UNESCO. Enjoy ecotourism outings, sailfish and marlin fishing and other outdoor activities, such as horse rides with a backdrop of the turquoise Caribbean waters.

Whilst in the Mayan Riviera area don’t miss out on a visit to Xcaret and Xel-ha two of Mexico’s most important theme parks where you can see fascinating indigenous wildlife, and live the unforgettable experience of snorkelling in underground rivers. The night life is also equally as spectacluar with great lobster restaurants, bars and night clubs.

Local Weather & Useful Info

Weather

Capital
Mexico City

Currency
Mexican Peso

Languages
Spanish

Best combined with
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Flying Time
13-14 hrs

Fly To
Cancun (Mayan Riviera), Cabo International Airport (Los Cabos)

Time Zone
GMT-6

Travel Details
No visa required for British passport holders

Health Risks
Hepatitis, typhoid, diptheria

Hotels

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Los Cabos
Esperanza Resort

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Las Ventanas al Paraiso

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Paraiso dela Bonita

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