Tag : mexico
Tag : mexico
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/
If you’re planning a really relaxing getaway to sunny climes, think about heading to Puerto Vallarta – Mexico’s top spa resort. The city is located in the state of Jalisco and is known for its friendly welcome and laidback ambience.
Relaxing is much easier when there’s a beach nearby, and Puerta Vallarta doesn’t disappoint. There are numerous sandy stretches to lie back on when you’re not soothing your muscles in the spa. Keep reading for a guide to relaxing in Puerto Vallarta.
Visit the spas
There are so many spas in Puerto Vallarta that the city is known as a balneario resort, which in Spanish means a seaside spa town. There are plenty to choose from, whether you’re looking for a grand, opulent setting in which to feel pampered, or something small and friendly. Of course, which spas you choose to visit will depend on whereabouts you’re based and how much cash you want to spend.
If money is no object, the elegant facilities of Velas Vallarta might be right up your street. Lavishly finished in marble and teak, the vast centre boasts whirlpools, steam rooms, a plunge lagoon and 20 treatment rooms where you can have a hot stones massage, a volcanic mud wrap or a deep cleansing facial.
Holidaymakers travelling with children can also be pampered, as some of the local spas offer childcare facilities. Punta Mita Apuane Spa is one such centre, and you can leave the children at the kids’ club here while enjoying some quality time with your partner having a chocolate scrub and sipping champagne.
Hit the beach
Arguably the most famous strip of sand in the area, Los Muertos Beach is located at the end of the Malecon and frequented by loved-up couples as well as families. There are plenty of amenities nearby, including restaurants and galleries.
A particularly picturesque beach is Conchas Chinas, which is just south of the city. The shore here is all that separates the sea from the mountains and vegetation it backs on to, and the water is crystal clear.
Head to Majahuitas Beach to relax on some white sand and admire the surrounding jungle scenery, or make your way to Cabo Corrientes – another secluded spot where you can get close to nature. The latter is an important area for the release of sea turtles as part of local conservation efforts.
Try some relaxing activities
As well as spending time on the beach and in treatment rooms, you can make the most of your stay in Puerto Vallarta by experiencing some of the relaxing activities offered here. Meditation and yoga are among the most popular pastimes you can get involved in during your stay here.
It’s worth doing a bit of research before you set off on holiday if you want to locate a yoga tutor or find a holistic centre before you arrive. Of course, there are also many other pastimes you can have a go at if getting active is how you like to relax.
There are a couple of golf clubs located in Puerto Vallarta, and you can also try your hand at more adventurous sports like scuba diving and parasailing. Whale watching, hiking and bird-spotting are all activities that can help you unwind and connect with the natural beauty of the local area.