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10 Incredible Tourist Attractions in Mexico

 

Mexico is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Americas. It has a wide range of attractions on offer to its visitors, ranging from ancient historic ruins to pristine rainforest and beaches. Here is a list of 10 very popular tourist sites of Mexico.

 

  1. Baja California Forest

The scenic Baja California Peninsula is an ideal location to visit for nature lovers. This ecoregion is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, some of which are endemic to this region. The peninsula is surrounded by the ocean, resulting in some humidity despite the low rainfall in the area. Visitors to the Baja California Desert will be able to witness the unique phenomenon of desert rivers which flow from the lagoon of San Ignacio. One of the most incredible features is that these rivers create tree-like art forms on the landscape when viewed from above.


 

  1. Xoxocotlan, Oaxaca

The Day of the Dead is an age old tradition in Mexico and there is no better place to witness this than Xoxocotlan in Oaxaca. Amidst the grind of city life, thousands of Mexicans take time out to be a part of a huge parade with candles and flowers where they remember the dead. Such is the enormity of this tradition that it has almost taken the form of a carnival in recent years with locals coming out with their guitars to sing along in the parade. So if you are in Mexico on October 31, Xoxocotlan is certainly the place to be.


 

  1. Las Pozas, Xilitla

Las Pozas in Xilitla is a huge theme park that was created by an Englishman by the name of Edward James. The park is perched at 200 ft above sea level in a subtropical forest and is home to surreal sculptures that replicate ruins of an ancient kingdom. Las Pozas is an attraction to be visited with the whole family. The ruins blend beautifully with the surrounding landscape, creating the surreal feeling of being transported back to the ancient times.


 

  1. Underwater Museum, Cancun

Located just a few km off the coast of Cancun is one of the most popular attractions of that region — the Underwater Museum. Brainchild of sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, the museum features several human figures made of natural materials and placed underwater. Tourists can take a glass-bottom boat ride to view this museum. The objective of this museum is to protect and preserve the natural corals in that region.


 

  1. Popocatepetl Volcano

Located about 70 km (43 miles) from Mexico City is Popocatepetl — one of the most active volcanoes in the country. The name Popocatepetl translates to “Smoking Mountain” in the local Nahuatl language. One of the most striking features are the monasteries that were built on the slopes of this active volcano by monks in the 16th century. Popocatepetl Volcano is an attraction that not only appeals to nature lovers but also to those who are historically inclined. Tourists visiting Mexico City can take a day trip to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site.


 

  1. El Castillo, Chichen Itza, Yucatan

Chichen Itza is the most popular site of Mayan ruins in Mexico and El Castillo – also known as the Temple of Kukulcan — is undoubtedly its most famous and most photographed landmark. This huge pyramid, with 365 steps, was constructed between the 9th and 12th centuries and attracts thousands of visitors from all over Mexico and beyond. This pyramid is known for its astronomical features, which the Mayans are renowned for. If you are there on any of the two equinoxes of the year, you will be able to witness the unique phenomenon of an optical illusion from the light and shadow during sunset — where it seems as if a serpent is sliding down the side of the pyramid. There are many day trips available to Chichen Itza; alternatively one can even go for a private tour of this majestic site.


 

  1. Cenote, Chichen Itza

Cenotes, or natural sinkholes, are a common site in the topography of Mexico. However, some of the cenotes have historical significance and have become tourist favorites over the years. The cenote in Chichen Itza is one such landmark which tourists flock to when visiting this popular Mayan site. Cenotes were often regarded as holy sites where pilgrims would offer various sacrifices for rain. These sacrifices would range from expensive objects to even humans. However, these cenotes today are popular tourist attractions where one can even take a refreshing dip.


 

  1. El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, Baja California

El  Arco de Cabo San Lucas, or simply Lands End, is located in Baja California and popular with the visiting tourists for its stunning rock formations and pristine beaches. Located near Los Cabos Corridor, in the 16th century this region was infested with pirates, who would hide behind these huge rock formations to strategically attack the passing Spanish vessels. Tours are easily available to El  Arco de Cabo San Lucas from the mainland; alternatively one can take a water taxi to visit this site.


 

  1. Puerto Balandra, Baja California Sur

Located just a few km from the busy city of La Paz is one of the pleasant nature getaways of the region — Puerto Balandra. Eight beaches sandwiched between stunning red mountains and a turquoise lagoon provide the perfect escape from the daily hustle and bustle of the grinding city life. The warm crystal clear waters with plenty of colorful marine life make Balandra an ideal spot for scuba diving and swimming. Puerto Balandra has minimal tourist facilities so it is the perfect destination for those who are looking for an unspoiled nature getaway with limited tourist infrastructure.


 

  1. Mexico City

Mexico City — the capital of Mexico — is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country. There is an abundance of tourist attractions in and around the city. Coupled with an ever-growing tourist infrastructure, Mexico City is ideal for tourists of all ages and interests. The city has many examples of historical architecture dating back to its colonial era. It is home to many beautiful parks and gardens, including the Xochimilco floating garden — a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mexico City is also known for its culinary offering and vibrant nightlife.


Originally posted 2017-03-24 06:46:24.

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