Mexico is a country thriving with unique culture and history. As the country in Latin America with the highest amount of tourism, Mexico offers a variety of opportunities to explore its ancient historical landmarks or indulge in one of its many unique resorts right on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico or the Pacific Ocean.
Here are a few of the many reasons you should plan your next vacation to Mexico.
One Canadian dollar is the equivalent to nearly 12 Mexican pesos, and even at that conversion rate, you still have the opportunity to negotiate with the vendors in the markets for their goods. In addition, most of the attractions in Mexico are free for visitors, which is ideal if you’re on a budget.
Whats unique about Mexico’s cuisine is that it varies by region. Most dishes are a combination of the ancient Aztec and Mayan dishes and the influence of the Spanish conquistadors. While they serve some of the more internationally recognized dishes, like tamales, tacos and quesadillas, they also have a variety of dishes not found anywhere else.
Northern Mexico offers varieties of beef, goat and most uniquely ostrich dishes. Central Mexico is a combination of the influence of other regions of Mexico, offering myriad carnitas, tamales, and barbacoa. Yet in Southeastern Mexico, they are known for their varied use of spices, with a little Caribbean influence. There is also a wide use of fish in areas near the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean.
Did you know Mexico is also home to the creation of chocolate? Dating back to 1100 BC, the Aztecs were known to use cocoa in their drinks. Some vendors still offer authentic Aztec chocolate in the markets.
3. Vacation Packages
Many different travel companies offer a variety of packages for you to travel to Mexico, with particular themes and itineraries to match your needs. You can book a trip for two on a tennis vacation on a beach in Cancun, a historical tour vacation of Mexico City or an adventure diving trip to Cozumel. Mexico is a diverse travel destination offering something that appeals to everyone.
There are so many options for travel packages, there is always one to fit your and your specific travel desires.
While the majority of Mexican citizens speak Spanish, they all have varying degrees of knowledge in speaking English. This makes it easy for many tourists, most of whom visit from the United States and Canada, to communicate with the locals to get directions or ask for help. It also makes laughing and joking with the local children memorable.
You can negotiate easier when buying your goods because you can banter back and forth with the vendors.
Most of the Mexican people are also very friendly to tourists. They understand that tourism helps to boost the Mexican economy. When tourists are happy and traveling to Mexico everyone benefits.
Anyone who has visited Mexico will contend that the weather is almost perfect year-round. Near the end of their rainy season, around the beginning of Fall, temperatures are cool and all the vegetation is at its greenest and most vibrant. In the southern regions of Mexico, the temperature remains between 24 and 28 °C (or 75.2 and 82.4 °F) year round. Making and ideal temperature to go out hiking through the rugged landscape and exploring the ancient Mayan ruins.
While Northern regions above the Tropic of Cancer are slightly cooler during the winter, they are still fairly warm, resting at about 20 to 24 °C (or 68 to 75.2 °F). Great weather by our Canadian standards during winter.
If you can afford to fly during the major holiday seasons in Mexico, you’re in for a treat.
The most famous holiday and biggest cultural experience in Mexico is the two days following Halloween, Day of the Dead – Da de los Muertos. It is in connection with the Catholic holiday All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2). These days are in recognition of those who have passed on before them. All Saints is a celebration of those who were unmarried and under 18, while All Souls Day recognizes the married and over 18 relatives who are deceased.
It is a time of bright colors, unique artwork, and incredible tradition.
December 16-24 is Las Posadas. A nine day a celebration of the biblical story of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter in Bethlehem. This celebration is a little more somber, with candlelight processions and stops at various nativity scenes. The residents of each house in the processions refuses entry until it reaches the host of the celebration who acts as the Innkeeper.
(note from us: We actually saw this procession years ago in Guatemala and had no idea what was going on, very cool to learn about it)
Mexico is a country with vivid cultural experiences and innumerable sights to see. While affordable, it offers a variety of experiences that cater to everybody’s specific needs.
What other reasons do you have for traveling to Mexico?
I’d say it’s beauty, history, beaches, cenotes, marine life and shopping are just a few more reasons to visit Mexico this year.