Although I love travelling to discover and explore new places, I’ve never actually been anywhere outside of Europe! However, I’ve got a list as long as my arm of the places outside Europe that I want to visit – Australia, New Zealand, New York, .. and of course, Mexico!
Mexico is a fantastic place to visit if you want a holiday packed with art and culture, adventure, history and good food. Today I’m collaborating with Luxury Retreats, who offer vacation rentals in Mexico and other places around the world, to share my top 5 reasons to visit Mexico this year.
1. The nature in Mexico is amazing!
If you’ve been following me on my blog and social media for a while, you may know that I absolutely love anything animal related – and Mexico is a fantastic place if you want to experience and observe several different species of animals in their natural habitats. The Calakmul Jungle is recognized by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Here you can get up close and personal (well, sort of!) with species such as monkeys, tigers, lions, pumas and eagles. Book a tour around the jungle for the best experience. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by the Calakmul archeological site that can be found deep in the jungle – if the reviews on Tripadvisor are anything to go by, it’s a must-visit!
The El Sabinal Ecological Park is another great place to visit in order to experience the unique nature in Mexico. The landscape has remained unchanged for over 400 years (and that’s not something you can say about most other places!) Walk through the forest, experience the sounds and enjoy the breathtaking views when you reach the high point.
2. Feeling adventurous? Mexico has got you covered!
Mexico is brilliant if you’re after a bit of an adventure that you will remember for the rest of your life. Fancy scuba diving? Mexico offers an amazing range of diving sites whether you want to check out the western Caribbean coral reef or if you’re feeling super adventurous, you can even experience a shark dive a shark-feeding time close to Playa del Carmen. You can also choose to experience one of the world’s most biodiverse regions in the world, the Sea of Cortez, that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005. Here you can choose to relax or snorkel and encounter animals such as sea lions, seals and plenty of fish.
From the deep ocean to the sky above – let your adrenaline soar at the Barrancas del Cobre Adventure Park where you will find 7 zip lines and 2 hanging bridges – some of the longest ones in the world that cover nearly 3 miles! There are also plenty of climbing and hiking trails nearby, as well as mountain bike rentals and horse riding sites.
3. OH THE CULTURE!
Ever wanted to turn back time and experience old customs and traditions first hand? Mexico is the place to go. Cuacuila is a village located in a picturesque mountainous area of Mexico where you can truly take a step back through time and experience what it was like living in the past. The area is known for its welcoming and friendly people, and its unique handicrafts.
Time your holiday well in order to enjoy some of Mexico’s best festivals and events. One of these events is the Balloon Festival, held in Zozocolco every November. Here, lots of colourful, hand-made balloons that are crafted using tissue paper are displayed and elevated into the air, making this an absolute delight for photography enthusiasts (or Instagram-lovers!). You can also take part in balloon-making workshops where you can learn the traditional way of making balloons with a balloon master. Visit Mexico during the month of November, and you can also experience the Tetabiakte Art and Culture Festival which includes music, dance, acrobatics and other performances to enjoy.
4. The foooooooood!
What even is a holiday without devouring lots of delicious local food!? Malinalco is a great place to visit if you want to experience authentic Mexican food. Try out the famous Malinalco style trout, stuffed with tomato, wormseed, chilli and butter or visit a traditional bakery and learn about the traditional methods of baking in Mexico, taste the corns in the central carden of Malinalco. Feeling really adventurous? Taste the frog tamales or the iguana soup (yep, that’s right!!!!) available in this area, and of course the tacos and tortillas couldn’t go amiss when you’re in Mexico! Being blessed with amazing sunny weather, be sure to try the local sweet fruits such as sweet mangoes, plums and more.
5. The ultimate relaxation destination
Think your local spa is the most relaxing place on Earth? Think again. Just on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico is an area that is renowned for its hot springs, lush green nature and traditional Mexican spas where you can treat yourself to a traditional healing treatment which uses a blend of herbs and essentials oils which have been passed down many generations.
Alternatively, treat yourself to a pamper day in Tula’s steam baths in temazcales, which claim to help detoxify, and deeply relax the body and mind.
With so much to offer to people and travellers of all different ages and coming from all walks of life. With regular direct flights to Mexico from London Heathrow, do you even need another reason to visit this beautiful destination this year!?