Planning on taking a holiday to Mexico in the near future? Before you start digging around for your passport, changing up your travel money and buying new swimming shorts, take a look at this collection of some of Mexico’s most unique and interesting tourist destinations, which may give you some great ideas for places to visit on your holiday.
The Call of the Quetzal
If you take a trip to Mexico’s famous Chichen Itza, the archaeological ruins of a Mayan civilisation which is situated in the Yucatan state of Mexico, then you may be lucky enough to hear the fabled ‘Call of the Quetzal.’
The Quetzal is a bird that was sacred to the Mayan’s and it is said that if you stand in the right place by the main pyramid in Chichen Itza you can hear a bird-like call.
This has been explained by some to have been created by the Mayans by building a series of air passages that create the bird like sound when the wind passes through them.
Staying in Chichen Itza, we have ‘El Castillo’ - a step pyramid that is also known as the Temple of Kukulkan.
What makes ‘El Castillo’ (Spanish for castle) so interesting is that during the spring and autumn equinoxes, when the sun rises and sets the shadow of a serpent can be seen moving along its side as the sun strikes part of the pyramid – illustrating the Mayan’s incredible understanding of the sun and ability to carefully calculate its arc.
Mexico’s Puebla City holds the honour of being home to the world’s smallest volcano, Cuexcomate. Standing at a less-than-impressive 43 feet tall, it is widely considered to be the smallest volcano on the face of the earth.
The volcano is no longer active and its inside is now home to a spiral staircase, allowing tourists to investigate its interior.
Compare Cuexcomate to the Ojos Del Salado volcano which sits on the border between Chile and Argentina, measuring an impressive 22,615 feet tall, it is easy to see why the Cuexcomate is such an interesting and uniquely miniature volcano.
Arbol Del Tule
The Arbol Del Tule is a tree situated in the town centre of Santa Maria Del Tule, around 9km east of the city of Oaxaca. It is widely regarded as having the widest trunk of any tree in the world.
The tree has a circumference of nearly 38 feet around its trunk and is roughly 116ft tall. Although the exact age of the tree is unknown, it is believed to be around 2000 years old – making it one of the oldest trees on the planet.