When you first think of Mexico, one usually imagines its colourful and vibrant culture, the delicious gourmet namely the spicy & tangy salsa and finally the intoxication of the tequila. But one needs to dig deeper to explore this picturesque country packed with enchanting cloud forests, gorgeous coral reefs and limitless deserts. Mexico is the 6th largest country in the Americas and encompasses almost 2 million square kilometers.
Kick-start the trip by spending some time at the capital - Mexico City. The largest metropolis in North America by population is brimming with several historical attractions that will take you back to the past and help you recreate life as it was back then. Start off by heading over to Zocalo - where the country's first constitution was proclaimed in 1813. It is one of the planet's biggest squares and the place is used for festivals, parades and demonstrations. Another interesting point to visit is the Temple Mayor - home to the remains of the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan. Do drop by at the National Museum of Anthropology, encompassing the country's incredible archaeological legacy region by region.
When in Mexico, do stop over at the picturesque and scenic destinations of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel, collectively referred to as the Mayan Riviera. The incredible region on the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula is responsible for drawing about 5 million visitors every year. Activities offers in the Mayan Riviera includes dolphin and stingray swims, snorkeling among reefs and tropical fish, as well as scuba diving in the globe's biggest underwater museum, an awesome collection of sculptures submerged at depths of up to eight meters.
Those who are visiting Cancun and Playa del Carmen or the Yucatan capital of Merida, take a day trip to the extraordinary Mayan City of Chichen Itza, one of Mexico's most visited archaeological sites, as well as one of the largest and best restored. Look around the array of glorious UNESCO World Heritage sites dotted around the premises. Do head over to the Chihuahua, one of Mexico's most northerly states - for it houses one of the country's most popular attractions - the gorgeous Cooper Canyon. It is a magnificent cluster of deep canyons. It is Mexico's Grand Canyon and the place is responsible for drawing millions of visitors to its nest.
Do take a trip to Tulum, housed on the east coast of Yucatan Peninsula. The tropical beach backdrop makes it a must-see destination for beach-a-holics. If you wish to experience authentic Mexican culture, then a visit to Guadalajara is a must. From the thumping mariachi music to the incredible Charreadas, a kind of rodeo that is generally accompanied by dancing, singing and delcious cuisine, the city has it all.
When it comes to shopping, be on the look-out for classic souvenirs such as fine jewellery and silverware, alebrijes (fanciful animal figurines) and distinctive black pottery, sarapes (colour-banded shawls), leatherwork, cowboy boots, hammocks, masks and so forth. As for cuisine, do dig into some of their local delicacies such as Quesadillas - fried tortillas with cheese and/or vegetables and Cochinitapibil - Yucatan's signature dish: suckling pig marinated in citrus juice and the reddish dye of annatto seeds, wrapped in banana leaves, then slow-roasted in an underground pit.
The night-life in Mexico is shimmering and buzzing. Be prepared to get intoxicated by gulping down the local alcoholic drink - tequila. The stay options are abundant with the best luxury hotels, rental apartments and cheap accommodations available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
The climate of Mexico differs by region to region. The best time to visit would be between December and April, when the weather is dry and temperature is pleasant.