Mexico is a colourfully distinct and unique country. It is a place known for its food and festivals, music and traditions. Malcolm Lowry, the English novelist, wrote a harrowing account of sunny Mexico in his novel Under the Volcano; however, the poor man never found himself sitting on a golden-hued beach in Cancun, drinking a frothy cold margarita under an azure sky. If he had, it probably would have changed the outcome of his tale.
Mexico might be known for its sun-kissed beaches and resorts, but there is more to see and do than sunbathe and water-ski. After you get your fill of the beaches and turquoise water, here are 5 other stops you should make on your tour of Mexico. However, all roads lead back to Cancun, so be sure to pack those Bermuda shorts and some sunscreen.
1. Mexico City is not a traditional city, but a sprawling megalopolis. It is a difficult place to navigate around. This is why you need a guided tour. Highlights of Mexico City include the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon and the Basilica of Our Lady Guadalupe. If you want to get away from the bustling crowds, then take a relaxing cruise on the rivers and canals in a traditional trajinera.
2. If you fancy stunning mountain peaks and colonial buildings, then be sure to stop at Oaxaca. Oaxaca is not only the home of the Church of Santo Domingo and the Regional Museum, but it is also where you will find the Zapotec hilltop capital of Alban. Once you get to the top of the summit, you will be afforded once of the most scenic views in Mexico. The more adventuresome traveller can even sign up for an Oaxacan cooking class.
3. Are you looking to explore an ancient Mayan city? Uxmal is an archaeological dream come true. Spend the day hiking to the top of the Pyramid of the Magician.
4. Of course, after all that hiking in the midday sun, perhaps you want a more leisurely activity. On your way to San Cristobal, take a scenic boat ride through Sumidero Canyon.
5. You probably did not know there were so many archaeological ruins in Mexico. With South America nearby, the country is often overlooked as an archaeological destination. Finish your tour of Mexico by stopping in Palenque. This enchanted, Mayan city-state is a must see for history lovers. This area is also known for its fabulous jungle trails.
It looks like all roads point back to Cancun. It is time to dig your feet in the sand and relax. After all that ancient history, culture and hiking, you could probably use an umbrella drink.
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