Captivating Mexico holidays
Ancient civilisations come alive among fascinating Aztec and Mayan ruins. You’ll find them dotted all over the country, whether hidden deep in the jungle, perched on the Caribbean coast, or basking in the sun on the high plains around Mexico City. Mexico also contains a cornucopia of natural wonders too. From the mountains and misty cloud forests of Chiapas to the wild Pacific coastline around Puerto Escondido, our Mexico holidays allow you to explore the natural beauty of the country. And when it comes to arts and culture there’s plenty to captivate the senses – the bold strokes of artists like Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo, the joyful notes of Mexico’s brass bands and mariachis, the heat of its chilli-spiked cuisine, and that potent shot of gold tequila to get the fiesta started.
This high-altitude metropolis has a vast and varied history, encompassing pre-Hispanic civilisations and colonial rule. Watch the world go by in the massive Zócalo, the city’s expansive main square, or wander the character-packed streets and drink in the history of the old colonial centre and the archaeological ruins of Tenochtitlan.
This southern state is famed for its eponymous capital city. With its mellow yellow stone buildings, elegant colonial centre, lively arts and crafts scene and sophisticated culinary flare, this is the spot for both foodies and culture vultures alike.
Green and serene, this southern state borders with Guatemala and has many a Mayan ruin to discover – including Palenque. Its cool highlands and shady rainforests are home to a whole host of wildlife, and the countryside is dotted with colonial towns, such as San Cristóbal de las Casas.
Bordering California USA, the long thin arm of the Baja Peninsula is a sandy stretch separating the Pacific Ocean from the Gulf of California. This is where you’ll find the infamous party town of Tijuana, not far from San Diego just across the North American border. The city of Cabo San Lucas sits on the peninsula’s southern tip.
Made up of two regions, the Yucatan and Quintana Roo, this sun-soaked peninsula has coastlines on both the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Ocean. Lined with the golden beaches of Playa del Carman, Cancun and the islands of Isla Mujeres and Cozumel, this is where you’ll find the sun worshippers. The dramatic cliff-top Mayan ruins of Tulum lie on its southern coast and the laid-back atmosphere is perfectly suited to holidaying.
The flight time from the UK to Mexico is roughly 10 hours.
You won’t need a visa for visiting Mexico, although you will need an up-to-date British passport. Visit GOV UK for entry requirements to Mexico or, alternatively, visit CIBT visas for more information.
Mexico is blessed with year-round warmth. However, the higher you head, the colder it’s going to get, especially at night. Watch out for the occasional tropical storm between August and October. Also, keep an eye out for hurricane updates if you’re heading to either coast during June to November.
Mexico is six hours ahead of the UK.
Spanish is the official language of Mexico although English is also widely spoken in the tourist areas.
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