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Is there just one single Mexico? Or should it be be thought of as a plural entity and known as "the different Mexicos", given the rich culture, geography and climate here? Its landscapes are spectacular and varied, from desert expanses to tropical forests, snow-capped volcanos and translucent lagoons. Culturally speaking Mexico is a multiracial patchwork blending influences from Spanish settlers and native Indians.

Mexico also boasts an exceptional range of natural environments due to its location and size. A vast aviary, the land of cactuses is also endowed with huge forests in the south, which is home to monkeys and magnificent big cats including jaguars, pumas and lynxes.

The Yucatan peninsula and its pre-Columbian ruins at Chichén Itzá, Uxmal and Palenque remain top destinations for tourists from around the world. Cancun, at the end of the peninsula, has sadly gone the way of mass tourism with its postcard beaches and concrete coastline. Gp the extra mile to Playa del Carmen, which has retained a human scale and is an excellent base for excursions to Cobá, Tulum and the island of Cozumel whose sea bed is one of the most beautiful in the world.

Although not as well-known, colonial Mexico boasts towns with unique appeal such as Pátzcuaro and Guanajuato. Mexico City, a cultural lighthouse in Latin America, does not reveal its charms right away; but this unique town boasts an incredibly rich history that emerges gradually - to the delight of open-eyed visitors.

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Mexico : Must-see towns and regions

  • Mexico-City

    Without denying the ills that affect the megalopolis of Mexico City - including violence, pollution, poverty and delinquency - you’ll have great fun exploring this dazzling former lakeside city known ...

  • Oaxaca

    Before heading for the emblematic archaeological sites in the central valleys, plan to stop off in Oaxaca and even stay a few days here to take in all the different facets of this dynamic and highly a...

  • Taxco

    Taxco is a listed historic monument and a real gem - one that could be in silver since the village owes its prosperity to its mines of that precious metal! Hugging the slopes of Mount Atachi 175km sou...

  • Tulum

    Tulum draws in large crowds, not surprisingly since the Mayan ruins exhibited at the village’s archaeological site overlook the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea! You can enjoy the double pleasure...

  • Guanajuato

    Guanajuato is a superb town nestled in the heart of a region that grew rich due to its extraordinary deposits of gold, silver and copper. It is a student town full of energy and cultural activity; the...

  • Zacatecas

    Thanks to the rich silver mines of its past, Zacatecas has a splendid legacy of civil and religious buildings, which you can explore on its attractive callejones. Its museums are not to be outdone eit...

  • Campeche

    Capital of the State of the same name in the Yucatán, Campeche is a very pleasant holiday destination on the seaside. The restoration of its lovely homes and some of its ramparts have earned it a plac...

  • Pátzcuaro

    Soak up the unique provincial atmosphere in Pátzcuaro, particularly on Plaza Vasco de Quiroga. Explore the Friday market on Plaza San Francisco for pottery; stroll through the crafts shops at Casa de ...

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