Mexico - Touring Holidays
On an escorted tour to Mexico you will discover a destination bursting with life, which is home to archaeological treasures, historical cities, and a rich landscape of mountains, deserts, jungles and sun-kissed beaches.
The country is home to about 100 million people, with its capital Mexico City said to be among the most populous cities in the world. Its beating heart is the Zocalo, once the main centre of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan. This UNESCO-listed site is the second-largest square in the world, pipped at the post by Moscow’s Red Square. Just to the east of the Zocalo is the Palacio Nacional, a beautiful colonial building, while to the north stands the Catedral Metropolitana, which displays a fascinating mixture of architectural styles – a testimony to the passing of time.
Cancun & Riviera Maya
If you choose a beach holiday in Mexico, you’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re after powdery white sand and azure waters. Four coasts here offer around 6,000 miles of gorgeous shoreline – the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Sea of Cortes. There is a resort for everyone, from party capital Cancun, with its designer shops and non-stop nightlife to the Riviera Maya, known for the archaeological ruins of Tulum, located right on the beach.
If you head inland you’ll discover a number of simmering volcanoes, and rainforests which are home to thrilling wildlife including spider monkeys, tapirs and even jaguars. Keep your eyes peeled around your hotel grounds too – you might spot iguanas basking in the sun and coatis – a type of racoon – foraging for leftovers.
It is historic ruins that top the list of most people who choose a Mexico holiday, and there is certainly no shortage. The most well-known perhaps is Chichen Itza – now one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The stepped pyramids, temples, columned arcades and stone structures here were sacred to the Maya people and this was the centre of their empire from 750AD to 1200.
More remnants of ancient cultures come in the shape of the jungle-swathed temples of Palenque, Teotihuacan’s complex of pyramids, Monte Alban, boasting a spectacular mountain-top location, and a host of other mystical sites scattered all over the country
Long days of exploration are certain to give you an appetite, and Mexican food won’t disappoint. Staples in local cuisine include flour tortillas, beans, commonly boiled and then fried, avocado, which is mashed with onions and coriander to make guacamole, tomato salsa and lots of chillies – as a general rule of thumb, the larger the chilli the milder the flavour. It is believed that the Mayans were the first to discover chocolate too, learning as early as 900AD that the cocoa bean, if turned into a liquid, made a delectable treat. And if that’s not reason enough to love Mexico, we don’t know what is!
Every Travelsphere holiday offers exceptional value for money. Included in the price are return scheduled flights/rail travel and internal flights, where applicable, overseas transfers and transportation, carefully chosen hotels, many meals and excursions and the services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager or Local Guide.
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