Mexico is the most popular tourist destination of the Latin Americas and the eighth most popular place for tourist arrivals in the world. As a consequence of the recession, the country is sure to be at the top of the list for more Brits in 2009 – and is already being included in “tips to save money during the summer” style articles (alongside cheap travel insurance and cheaper plane fares) in the British press (specifically: The Telegraph). So what do The United Mexican States have to offer?
The wonders that are the first thing that come to prospective visitors are Mexico’s historical attractions. Mexico was once home to the Mayan civilization and some architecture, from about 1000 years ago, is still impressively intact. Chichen Itza is a site that has been open to the public for over a century and includes a great number of temples and buildings including the pyramid El Castillo, The Temple of The Warriors and the El Caracol observatory.
Additionally, there are more Mayan sites on the Yucatan Peninsula on the Eastern coast, most notably the walled city of Tulum.
Far more can be seen within the modern-day cities of Mexico also. Aguascalientes is home to the biggest festival in the country, The San Marcos Fair, and also boasts a wealth of Baroque architecture with the Guadeloupe Church and Government Palace. The capital, Mexico City, is located in the South and boasts the heritage sites, The Historic Centre (including National Palace and the Templo Mayor) and the “Floating Gardens”.
Aside from the many historical and cultural draws, there are a number of resorts popular with tourists in Mexico. Famous spring break destination, Acapulco, is known for its beaches, water sports, nightlife and the picturesque island of Roqueta.
In contrast, the isolated Cabo San Lucas on the Baja California peninsula has pristine beaches and rock formations at its Lands End. In the North Western part of the country is Puerto Penasco, a town popular with tourists from Arizona and home to the Pinacate biosphere reserve.
The largely unspoiled country also has many natural attractions which appeal to tourists. La Bufadora is the second largest blowhole in the world and can shoot water up to 80 feet in the air every minute. The phenomenon is more unique due to it being something of a marine geyser, that is caused by sea water flooding into an underwater cave, and suddenly pushing it upwards, accompanied by a dramatic thunderous noise. For those of a less geological and dramatic nature, the Copper Canyon in the Chihuahua region is home to rolling hills and a national park.