The diversity of culture in Mexico is a huge part of its charm and appeal. Urban sophistication, Spanish old-world charm, the rush of oil-industry wealth and a strong sense of tradition clash and combine to create a heady and atmospheric destination. There is so much to see and do in Mexico and one short stay is not enough to take it all in. Here are just a few of the things you won’t want to miss.
The floating gardens of Xochimilco
Every Sunday, thousands of Mexicans make the pilgrimage to the floating gardens of Xochimilco. The meandering waterways are overhung with lush trees and surrounded by flower-filled meadows. There is a distinct community spirit and street-party atmosphere as you drift slowly in your brightly coloured gondola. Families dine on elaborate picnics and drink beer, while boats of musicians and mariachi bands drift by to serenade you.
Visit the ancient Palenque ruins, once a powerful Maya city state now a fascinating archaeological site situated in the midst of the jungle. These archaeological ruins are relatively small but contain some of the finest examples of Maya architecture and sculpture to be seen.
Copper Canyon is a system of remarkable canyons in Northern Mexico. The system of six individual chasms is larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon, and is truly a sight to behold. You can explore the canyons on foot, by bike or on horseback, or you can take an awe-inspiring train journey, which is by far the most popular option.
If the chaos and crowds of Mexico City don’t appeal to you, then try the more relaxed Guanajuato instead. The city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s easy to see why. Founded in 1559, Guanajuato is still home to opulent colonial architecture and stunning baroque churches. The city is creative and lively, with a relaxed cafe and bar culture and plenty to see and do.
Book a trip abroad today and explore all that Mexico has to offer.
Brightly painted gondolas at the Xochimilco floating gardens: http://www.flickr.com/photos/omaromar/3584111099/