Getting there: regular flights from major world cities to Cancun, Mexico City, Acapulco and Guadalajara and Tijuana
What to see: Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Acapulco, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Tijuana
Official language(s): Spanish
South of the border, Americans often pick Mexico as one of their favorite vacation destinations.
And, for excellent reasons -- from Caribbean beaches to dessert vistas to the cool Sierra mountains ... Mexico has it all.
color, excitement and flavor of this country is a magnet for spring
travelers and adventurers, as well as European tourists who also flock to Mexico by the millions each year to bask in the glow of Mexican culture and the warmth of its people.
On the travel menu are fascinating tours of Mexican history, ancient Mayan and Aztec ruins, the world class beaches of Mexico, and hot and spicy night
life in major tourist meccas from coast to coast including Acapulco, Mexico City, Guadalajara (the home of mariachi music) as well as great bargain shopping in Tijuana.
Of course, nothing compares to Cancun for fun in the sun in the Mexican Riviera -- with side trips to Isla Mujeres, Mexico's own Caribbean "paradise" - or world class scuba diving in Cozumel.
Also don't forget off-the-beaten track tours of El Tajin, one of the most mind-blowing archelogical sites in all of Mexico.
DID YOU KNOW? Mexico Travel Fun Facts
• The Chichen Itza pyramid, a day trip from Cancun, has been named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
• Tequila, tabasco and the chihuahua are all named after places in Mexico.
Chichen Itza, named one of the new Modern Wonders of the World in 2007.
• Mexico is home to the volcano rabbit which lives near Mexican volcanoes. It has short, thick fur, short legs and small rounded ears.
• Beef is more popular in northern Mexico, while chicken is preferred in the south. The most-used ingredient in either region is still the chili pepper. The hot and spicy condiment is also found in popular snack foods, and even candy!
• Over 600,000 U.S. Americans live in Mexico City; the largest concentration of Americans living outside of the USA.
More about Mexico travel & tourism around the Web:
Just up ahead, check out more practical tips for getting there and getting around, online bookings, event calendars and online tools for planning the perfect trip just south of the border.
- Check out the official Mexican tourism site with hyperlinks to city
and state guides covering everything from Acapulco
to Zitacuaro including extensive travel and shopping info, history,
cultural backgrounders, and feature stories.
- Mexico awaits with travel essentials, art and culture, a drink
recipe or two, a guide to Mexican beer, hotel and airline bookings,
plus guides to doing business and living or retiring south of