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Mexico is one of Central America’s most popular vacation spots and each year, it receives more than 20 million visitors. Mexico offers something for everyone, and is especially famous for its beer, beaches, holidays, Aztec and Mayan pyramids. There are so many tourist destinations in this country worth your visit and here are our top 5 picks:
Located at the southernmost part of Baja California, Los Cabos is a beach about 20 miles long with gorgeous white sand. The area features multiple resorts, bars and restaurants, and is a very popular destination during spring break. Los Cabos is also a great destination for those who are interested in water sports, and the sea offers some of the best sports fishing on Earth. Whales can also frequently be seen in the area.
Those who are interested in Mexican or Central American history will not want to leave without visiting the ancient ruins at Palenque. This architectural site can be found in the western portion of what was once the Mayan empire. Today it is located in the Mexican state of Chiapas. While Palenque isn’t Mexico’s largest archaeological site, it showcases some of the most elegant sculptures and architecture produced by the Mayan people. Many structures at this site date back to 600 AD.
Cozumel can be found near the Yucatan Peninsula, and is one of Mexico’s most popular attractions for scuba or snorkeling enthusiasts. Jacques Cousteau first explored the underwater area surrounding Cozumel during the 1950s, and he referred to it as one of the top diving spots on Earth. Since then the area around Cozumel has been transformed into a National Marine Park which is responsible for the protection of the coral reefs and exotic tropical fish that can be found there.
Oaxaca sits in a valley below the Sierra Madre mountains and is a colonial city with lots of archaeological sites to keep tourists busy. Another reason to head to Oaxaca is during Dia de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). This is a popular holiday throughout Mexico, but the town of Oaxaca celebrates this event in truly spectacular fashion. The festival has been celebrated for thousands of years and dates back to ancient cultures such as the Aztec or Zapotec. In Oaxaca, the festival will begin near the end of October, and people within the town will begin preparing tombs for the arrival of the spirits. Altars will also be created and decorated with flowers, with offerings left for the spirits.
The Copper Canyon is a collection of canyons, and when combined, is much larger than even the Grand Canyon itself. One of the most popular methods for exploring this massive area is via the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway. This route passes above thirty-seven bridges as well as going through over 80 tunnels, and will reach points which are as much as 7,900 feet above sea level, allowing passengers to see some truly breathtaking views.
All in all, Mexico offers a spectacular array of attractions for its visitors, and there is certainly something for you here. From the crystal clear beaches of Los Cabos to the majestic pyramids of Palenque, Mexico is a destination that every traveler should visit at least once in their life!
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