Mainly popular for its massive population and also infamous for pollution problems, Mexico still remains a place that offers you with a number of exotic and historical sites. Hence, the city is visited by a number of tourists every year. According to a study, approximately twenty million foreigners visit Mexico every year. Popular among the masses for its fine tequilas as well as Mayas, Aztecs and Corona beer, Mexico also has beautiful beach resorts on the Caribbean and Pacific sides. It is also, in a way, an archaeologist’s heaven. If you are planning to travel here anytime soon, following are some of the top Mexico tourist attractions:
Once you have gotten your cheap airline tickets to Mexico and have landed on the Mexican soil, first place to visit has to be Planque. This archaeological site was once located on Maya empire’s west side, which is today’s state of Chiapas in Mexico. Although much smaller than its neighboring Mayan cities, this city has some of the finest sculptures and architectural gems that you would love to visit. Most of these date back to 600 – 800 AD. It also includes the famous Tempe of Inscriptions, a funerary monument.
Situated on Yucatan Peninsula’s east coast, Tulum is Mayan city of Coba’s main port. Built in 1200 AD, the time when Mayan civilization was facing its downfall, this city has lost some of the perfections that other Mayan cities built during the glory era have. However, its location, with tropical beach in the back is nothing short of an exotic view. To relax on a sunny day, you must visit this part of Mexico. You can also find some of the best hotels in Mexico here in Tulum. However, if you are looking for cheaper resident, there is every kind of inns here.
3. Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is not just another coastal resort getaway. While maintaining its “small town” appearance, PV offers the tourists Mexico’s most sophisticated and grand oceanfront. Once you are there, there are several things you can do, not to forget checking out the famous La Nostalgia statue that supposedly brings good luck to the visitors. Once you have gathered all the luck, you can look for some classic dining spot or just rest at the beach and enjoy the fresh air and sound of the sea. Also don’t forget to visit Banderas Bay and Isla Rio Cuale.
4. Copper Canyon
If you love to hike and camp, then Copper Canyon is a must for you. This beautiful place is said to lure a number of tourists every year, who get to experience the Copper Canyon Railway journey, which is full of exotic, breathtaking views. You will also get to see the Basaseachic Falls, which is considered as Mexico’s second highest waterfall. Eco-tourists find it highly enjoyable to hike here and explore the nature’s secrets hidden within, and also get to do a little bird watching, as the land is full of rare, exotic bids.
Teotihuacan was a metropolitan built by a civilization that rose in second century BC. Teotihuacan was tall and proud with its towering pyramids and its famous “Pyramid of the Sun” was constructed around 100 AD. Around a century later, the construction of “Pyramid of the Moon” began. Later, the Aztecs turned these pyramids into places of worship and hence they were preserved forever. Even today, they stand tall and are visited by hundreds of tourists every year.
For the snorkeling and scuba diving lovers, Cozumel is the best place to be. In 1959, Jacques Cousteau discovered an underwater world of Cozumel and today it is considered as one of the top diving areas of the world. Today, this place has also become a National Marine Park and efforts are being made in order to preserve the tropical fish and coral reefs. Apart from the underwater world, its beaches are exotic and its sand is best for those who wish to rest their bare feet and relax. This charming island will keep you coming back for more.
7. Los Cabos
At Baja California’s southern tip lies the twenty-mile long beach of Los Cabos. This land has a floor of clear white sand and a background filled with sophisticated cafes, restaurants and luxurious resorts. Other attractions this place has to offer include Cabo San Lucas, the spring destination for many and also the San Jose del Cabo, more quieter and peaceful spot. During the winter days, one can sit an observe whales at the distant within Pacific. So, if you are going with your family or friends, or for a lonely getaway, this place has a lot to offer either way. Just plan your vacation before head!
Around five thousand feet higher than the sea level, Oaxaca is colonial city, which is surrounded by the mighty mountains of Sierra Madre del Sur. Here you can enjoy the best of the Mexican cuisine, shopping malls and other native unique customs of Oaxacan culture. This city is also famous for its Dia de Los Muertos festival, also known as the “Day of the Dead” festival. On this day, the natives decorate the graves of their loved ones with flowers and candles and leave offerings in the graveyard for the spirits that shall return that day. Many tourists visit the city when the festival is near to be a part of it.
9. Chichen Itza
In Yucatan Peninsula, Chicken Itza is one of Mayan’s largest cities and is also the “most visited” Mexican tourist destination. This city’s biggest landmark is the mighty temple/pyramid of El Castillo. There are four faces of the pyramid and all of them have 91 steps that add up to 356, representing the days of the years.
In 1950s, Mexico’s most famous resort town, Acapulco came into prominence. It became a popular getaway of the Hollywood stars as well as millionaires of the US as well as across the globe. It is still considered as one of the top-notch tourist destinations of Mexico. The place also offers cliff diving opportunity, without which it is said a visit to Acapulco remains incomplete.