For a country of extremes, Arriba, Arriba then, let’s go to the magnificent and mystical Mexico on a private tour.
Mexico, the country, has everything you could ever wish for as a tourist: richness in ancient history, strong traditions and culture, lands of extremes, amazing beaches, delicious food and friendly, welcoming and hard working people.
Mexico’s historic colonial cities, ancient Aztec and Mayan sites are so important, not just to Mexico but to the world, that they are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Making sure that they will be preserved and unchanged forever.
The diversity of the Mexico terrain means that it is possible to see and explore on adventurous tours deep canyons, mountains, vast deserts, rain forests and jungles.
The amazing beaches on either side of the country are the main reason why Mexico is so popular as a tourist destination to North Americans and people from all over the world. On the western shore there is the North Pacific Oceans and on the east coast is the Gulf of Mexico. Read More...
‘Mexico’ comes from the word ‘Mexica’ and it was the name of the indigenous group that made central Mexico their home in the early fourteenth century, they are better known as the Aztecs.
The Aztecs were conquered by the Spanish, hence why there is such a Spanish influence in Mexico. Spanish is the official language and it is spoken by 95% of the population.
When is comes to food in Mexico, yes there are a great many Spanish influences in the traditional Mexican dishes, but there are also influences from pre-Columbian times. This is recognizable in the three ingredients that are at the heart of most Mexican Dishes; beans, hot chilies and corn.
To describe Mexico for a tourist on a private tour, sightseeing tour or a vacation, it is fun, vibrant, educational, and it can be both relaxing and exhilarating, an abundance of delicious food and drink, welcoming but above all memorable.
Top 10 Things to Do in Mexico
The Pyramids of Teotihuacan, Mexico City
See The Pyramids of Teotihuacan by guided tour. Built by a new civilization from 2nd century BC, these can be found near Mexico City. The Pyramid of the Sun, the largest, was built around 100 AD and building began a hundred years later of the Pyramid of the Moon which is smaller. The Aztec honoured and used these pyramids some 7 centuries after the demise of the Teotihuacan empire. They became a place of pilgrimage.
Chichen Itza, Yucatan
Visit Chichen Itza on a sightseeing tour, the largest Mayan city in Yucatan Peninsula. There are many things to see but the most famous is the temple/pyramid of El Castillo. This amazing temple was designed with astronomical significance. There are 91 steps going up each side of the temple and one step at the top, when added together make the number of days in a year, 365. It is fascinating to see the temples and learn their history.
Copper Canyon in the Sierra Madre Range
Made up of several large canyons, Copper Canyon in the Sierra Madre Range is larger than the Grand Canyon in the US. These canyons are narrow, lush green and deep and are one of Mexico’s natural, historical and cultural wonders. There are many ways to explore the canyons, but the most popular sightseeing tour is by train. The scenery is amazing and the entire tour is enthralling, going through 86 tunnels and crossing 37 bridges.
Cancun and The Mayan Riviera
Go on a sightseeing tour or vacation to Cancun, Playa del Carmen and an island called Cozumel collectively known as The Mayan Riviera found at the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. This area attracts over 5 million tourists annually. Cancun is one of the more popular areas, especially for young adults. There are stunning beaches and fantastic activities along with excellent nightlife. It is extremely popular during college spring break!
On the Mexico Pacific coast is a very popular beach resort town called Acapulco which was made famous during the 50 and 60’s for being the destination of movie stars, the rich and well-known music artists. The setting of this resort is great with the bay being backed by the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains. Take a sightseeing tour to the La Quebrada cliff where you get the chance to see professionals dive 40m into the small ocean cove.
National Museum of Anthropology
Take a guided tour to see the largest and most visited museum in Mexico, the National Museum of Anthropology which is located in Mexico City. It is the home for archaeological and ethnographic collections of Pre- Hispanic and formative Mexico. There is also a very large collection of contemporary art and indigenous textiles. This is an excellent tour to take when you are visiting Mexico because you learn so much about its history.
Cenote Dos Ojos
Mexico’s largest underwater cave systems or at least one of them is Cenote Dos Ojos which you can find on the outskirts of Tulum. Cavern of two eyes is the translation of its name. There are great guided tours to be done here which includes the tours taking place in the water. For divers, there are more adventurous tours deep into the underwater cavern. The cave system is two sinkholes that are connected by a long passageway.
An archaeological site which is located in Chiapas, Palenque was part of the Maya empire on the western edge. It may be smaller than other Mayan cities, but it still has much to offer on a sightseeing tour. Of all the sculptures and architecture the Maya produced Palenque has what many believe the finest dating back from the 600 AD. You will also see the only Mesoamerican pyramid, the Temple of Inscriptions built as a funerary monument.
Take a guided tour to the oldest and largest cathedral in Latin America, the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City. The architecture of the exterior is of different styles all of which are impressive. The interior has four similar domes which are supported by rows of columns. See the innumerable altarpieces, paintings and statues that can be found in the 5 naves and 14 chapels. There are also catacombs underneath.
The Ancient Fortress of Tulum
The Ancient Fortress of Tulum is one of the most visited places in the Yucatan Peninsula. This is a great sightseeing tour not only for the well-preserved ruins but for the views due to it being situated on top of 12 meter high cliffs. There are also other important finds such as the Temple of Frescoes with reliefs and sculptures and the Castillo, the largest building on the site which is located on the cliff side.