With a nation that stretches between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the notion that there are many Mexicos is not far-fetched. Perhaps one of the world’s most fascinating cultures, Mexico is a mixture of native legends, artistic expressions, European style and ancient influences.
Mexico is a mixture of native legends, artistic expressions, European style and ancient influences.
Proud of its heritage, Mexicans have vigorously preserved many of its ancestral traditions, and thanks to its Mayan, pre-Hispanic, and colonial roots, Mexico has garnered more UNESCO World Heritage designations than anywhere else in the Americas. Tulum, for example, can magically transport even the casual visitor back into the time of the Mayas.
From the Baja to the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico is endowed with spectacular archaeological landmarks and sweeping natural scenery in the form of valleys, rivers, waterfalls, and beaches full of their own magic and wonder. But beyond that natural wonder, the country’s gastronomy and cultural diversity invites travellers to experience its history, indulge in its cuisine, enjoy its nightlife and make their visit an extraordinary experience.
Experience tundra, high sierra, desert, rainforest, and vast oceans all in one country. Mexico is place where you can go stargazing amid centuries-old cacti; paddle through near-impenetrable mangroves; race down heart-stopping river rapids; scale sheer canyon cliffs; explore sacred cenotes and coral reefs; go zip-lining, cave diving, and so much more.
Wildlife lovers will have a chance to see creatures great and small, from delicate Monarch butterflies to playful howler monkeys. And if you are really lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of one of the country’s magnificent (but shy) jungle cats, such as the Jaguar, Puma, Bobcat, Ocelot and Jaguarundi. On the Pacific Coast you can go whale watching or witness sea turtles come into nest and/or the baby turtles hatching and heading back out to sea!
Flavours of Mexico
The Mole Route
One of Mexico’s most famous culinary creations is mole (mole-eh). The ancient word for ‘mix’, this sauce that is traditionally served over meat, comes in various flavours with chili peppers being the common factor. It is said there are more than 300 varieties of mole, flavours you can explore by travelling along the so-called Mole Route, which runs through the Mexican states of Tlaxcala, Puebla and Oaxaca, destinations that compete in claiming the creation of this exceptional dish.
The Tequila Routes
Tequila is, without a doubt, one of the most internationally known products to come out of Mexico. A product of the blue agave plant, tequila is primarily produced in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, which is approximately 65 km northwest of Guadalajara, and in the highlands (Los Altos) of the state of Jalisco. Discover how its made, its history and its flavours with a journey along the Tequila Route, which starts in Guadalajara and travels to Tequila, Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Colima and Comala.
The Wine Route
Perhaps not top-of-mind for most wine aficionados, Mexico’s burgeoning wine scene is definitely worth discovery. The Wine Route travels along the Baja California Peninsula, touching on both coasts – on the Pacific Ocean side is where you find the vineyards, which you can pair with some of the best cuisine in the country, while on the Sea of Cortez side, you can enjoy its fantastic marine life, enchanting cities, and more.
See how you can eat your way through Mexico, live it to believe it:
The magic that is Mexico goes way beyond the country’s natural borders of beautiful beaches and oceans, sunrises and sunsets. It even carries past its historic cities, quaint villages, rich Spanish heritage and awe-inspiring Mayan ruins. The new frontier for America’s closest neighbour to the south is golf, as Mexico has amassed an impressive repertoire of more than 200 well-manicured courses in every size, shape, challenge and price range.
With layouts designed by some of the greatest names in the game – Nicklaus, Norman, Woods and Fazio, to name a few – there are three distinct regions of upscale golf resorts in the country:
At the top of the list is Los Cabos, where the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez collide to form “Land’s End” or El Arco, one of the country’s most iconic landmarks. Jack Nicklaus was the pioneer of the Los Cabos golf scene, putting his name behind the Cabo Del Sol, El Dorado, Palmilla and Cabo Pacifica courses.
Cancun & The Riviera Maya
Also commanding “must play” status in Mexico are the many championship courses in Cancun & the Riviera Maya, where Greg Norman’s “Great White Shark” brand was so impressive that the PGA Tour annually holds a tournament at the El Camaleon golf course at the Fairmont Mayakoba. Other courses of note in the area include: Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club, Grand Coral Resort, Moon Palace Resort Golf Club and Pok-ta-Pok Cancun Golf Club, among others.
Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit
Rounding out this terrific trio is Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit on Mexico’s west coast. Offering a total of nine world-class courses designed by some of the biggest names in the sport – Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Robert von Hagge, among others – this area perfectly combines golf gems with luxurious resorts. Case in point: Four Seasons Punta Mita and its Pacifico Golf Course where you can test your mettle at the notorious hole 3B, dubbed “the Tail of the Whale,” the world’s only natural island green.
Surrounded by the jungle, bordering the desert, rising next to lakes and lagoons or nestled in the mountains, Mexico’s 83 ‘Magical Towns’ offer an enchanting natural beauty and glimpse back in time that is truly unique.
A series of towns around the country that offer visitors a “magical” experience – by reason of their natural beauty, cultural riches, or historical relevance – it is here you’ll witness traditional workshops up close, you’ll discover the music and dance of the region, and you’ll witness celebrations from times long since past. It also means enjoying the scenery by taking a hike, a horse ride or a mountain bike ride through the area. You can taste dishes that are prepared the same way for centuries, and discover the warmth of the people who call these towns home.
Sun and Beach
Mexico’s beaches are some of the best stretches of sand in the world, with incredible year-round weather, and everything from tranquil, palm-lined coves to cresting waves perfect for surfing. Complementing this beach wonderland are the many gorgeous resorts and isolated inns found throughout the country, the pulsating, ’til dawn nightlife, and every sport from world-class golf to extreme eco-adventure
The resort that started it all, now experiencing a renaissance at its boutique hotels, white-hot restaurants and legendary dance clubs. Stroll Mazatlán to check out gracious restaurants, hip galleries or unique artisanal shopping. Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit may be Mexico’s most sophisticated beach destination, with luxe hotels, world-class golf and the most vibrant dining scene.
Earth, sky and sea converge on the Caribbean coast
After exploring the ruins of grand Maya cities, trekking through jungles in search of jaguars and flamingos, or just chilling out with a dip in a cenote, every creature comfort awaits in Cancún, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya’s many hotels, restaurants and clubs. Ancient Oaxaca beckons at Puerto Escondido and Huatulco’s bays. And don’t forget Los Cabos, the sophisticated traveller’s best-kept secret: paradise for foodies, golfers and those seeking the perfect blend of elegance and relaxation.