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Mexico is a world apart, a multi-faceted reality born from the meeting of the indigenous and Spanish cultures. And it's this fusion of cultures, combined with enchanting nature, that makes it a perfect destination to organize every kind of trip.

Relax and fun will be guaranteed by its amazing crystal-clear Caribbean sea: the Mayan Riviera will leave you literally breathless. Let yourself be amazed by the white beaches of Cancun, Tulum, Isla Mujeres and Playa del Carmen, dive into the transparent sea and abandon yourself to the peacefulness of this paradise on the coast. But Mexico is famous also for the important archaeological sites, evidence of the ancient Mayan culture, which will offer you several ideas for a cultural tour discovering ancient pyramids and temples, the remains of a world that today we find hard to imagine. You will find vestiges of the great Maya universe in Chichen Itza, Teotihuacan, Uxmal, Palenque, places where time seems to have stopped.

In the colorful colonial cities, such as Guadalajara, San Cristobal de las Casas, Campeche, Merida, Guanajuato, you will find evidence of the Spanish rule which lasted for three centuries in the buildings and streets still retaining a typically Latin atmosphere. They have remained almost identical over the years. You will then see the utmost expression of the meeting between two worlds, that of the Spanish settlers and the natives, in Mexico City, which is so cosmopolitan and modern with its palaces, avenues and parks, and yet at the same time still so linked to an ancient past in the archaeological area of the pyramids.

Nature in Mexico will charm you like nowhere else: from the jagged coasts and semidesert landscapes of Baja California, to the great lush natural reserves and Copper Canyon, or Canyon del Cobre, to be visited on the evocative Chepe train

The traditional Mexican cuisine will delight you with delicious typical dishes, while the state of Jalisco is famous for the production of tequila. Stop at the street-food stands, buy tacos and churros losing yourself in the real atmosphere of this lively country. Mexican hospitality and the warmth of the people will contribute to making your vacation unforgettable; in the handicraft markets you will find typical multi-colored objects, such as ponchos, hammocks and the characteristic straw hats.

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  • Geography of Mexico

    Mexico borders north the  United States of America, and south  Guatemala and Belize. Its coasts extend for 10,000 km and enclose the Gulf of Mexico ; they are lapped by the  Caribbean Sea to the east and the  Pacific Ocean to the west.
    A large part of its territory is characterized by mountains, except for the Yucatan Peninsula  and the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico. Some peaks of its mountain ranges are higher than 4.000 - 5.000 m, such as Citlaltépletl (Pico de Orizaba), which is 5,700 m high. The capital, Mexico City, is located on the Mexican Plateau, which is situated between  Sierra de Madre Occidental and Oriental, the main mountain chains. Rio Bravo is the Mexican river that defines the border with United States.
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  • Archaeological sites in Mexico

    If you are looking for  art and culture  during your Mexican holiday, you cannot miss the visit to some amazing places, such as Chichen Itza, Tulum and Uxmal. Here, it is possible to admire some of the most beautiful and well-preserved Mayan ruins. Furthermore, you will have the chance to discover the history of these communities, which had a key-role in Mexican historical background.
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  • Weather in Mexico

    Mexico is a large and vast country, this is why the climate strongly varies from place to place within the country. Generally, the weather is warm and humid in the Yucatan region and in Riviera Maya, while in the north it is drier and more arid. The rainy season lasts from May to October. The rainfalls usually take place   during  afternoon hours and continue for a couple of hours at most. The northern part of the country, close to the United States, is characterized by cold and rainy winters. Also the altitude can influence the climate. Moving towards the south, near Guatemala and Belize's borders, the climate becomes tropical. Mexico can be visited during the whole year, but it is necessary to pay attention to the climate of each area you'd like to visit.
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  • Art and culture of Mexico

    Mexican art plunges its roots in the ancient indigenous traditions but it was also influenced by European and Asian cultures, this is why the majolicas of Puebla recall the products of Chinese pottery. The Mexican handicraft is connected to ceremonial events. Indeed, many products are used for the celebration of the Holy Week and in particular to the celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos): for this particular event, local people prepare skulls with every kinds of materials. For those who want to learn something more about the art of this amazing country, the Popular Art Museum in Mexico City is worth a visit. Furthemore, Mayan and Atzech heritage also influences local art as well as the traditional music. In fact, Mexico was the former home to important pre-Columbian communities.
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  • Mexican cuisine

    Mexican cuisine was listed in the  Intangible Cultural Heritage of Unesco in 2010. Mexico boasts its own cuisine, very different from the one of the other countries, but very similar to the famous American tex mex. Contrary to your expectations it is not too spicy: only dressings, such as sauces, are spicier. Mexico will surprise those who love tasting new foods. It is possible to find street food stands in every corner selling traditional dishes such as tacos and quesadillas. You won't be disappointed if you love tasting different and delicious courses spending only few pesos. Furthermore, Mexican people love eating, this is why they eat at every hour: this is why it is not difficult to find a restaurant or a fast food where to sit down in the late evening. If you want to live a unique experience as you were a native, you have to taste some specialities served in the small restaurants and stands.
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  • Playa del Carmen: what to do

    Playa del Carmen develops around a pedestrian street, called Quinta Avenida. It is just few metres from beaches and sea and provides everything is necessary to spend a holiday or some time here: bars, restaurants, fast foods, souvenir shops, two big shopping malls but also other services such as pharmacies, car rental shops, wellness centres and spas.
    This street is 4 km long and represents the real cultural and commercial hub in Playa del Carmen. In the surrounding alleys it is possible to find many hotels and hostels. Accommodations for tourists in Playa del Carmen are different if compared to those in Cancun, this is why this area  boasts buildings harmoniously integrated with the surrounding environment.
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  • Mexico City: what to do

    Mexico City is the capital city of Mexico, it is the Federal District, home to the federal powers of the United Mexican States. It is one of the largest cities in the world, counting about 9 milion of inhabitants, it is also an important political, economic and cultural hub for the country. Mexico City is also called Districto Federal or México by its inhabitants. This city is divided into 16 neighborhoods, called "delegaciones" and over the years some municipalities close to the city have become part of the capital, such as Coyoacan, San Angel and Tialpan. Anyway, these smaller municipalities have managed to maintain their colonial charm.
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  • Cancun: what to do

    Cancun is the most famous and tourist-crowded city in Riviera Maya, together with Playa del Carmen. It is often associated to dream beaches, luxurious hotels and fun. Of course, if you are looking for all this, you won't be disappointed. Anyway, Cancun has many other things to offer, do not hesitate to take part in some excursions and visit the unmissable spots.
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  • Puebla: what to do

    Puebla is an historic city, where there was a violent struggle in 1862, after the attack made by the French troops. Today there are still many places that recall this very important event in the history of Mexico. Los Fuertes  (Fuerte de Loreto and Fuerte de Guadalupe): are the two strongholds that are located on top of the Cerro de Guadalupe, the main place where the Battle of Puebla took place on May 5, in 1862. The achievement of General Ignacio Zaragoza in order to defend the city against the French invasion is commemorated every year in Puebla for the entire month of May and especially in May 5 (Cinco de Mayo in Spanish). Zócalo  (City Center): is the historic center of Puebla in which you can admire beautiful examples of colonial architecture. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 by UNESCO. The Cathedral : built between 1575 and 1640, boasts two of the highest towers in all of Mexico. Los Sapos  (Arts District): many painters and artists have ...
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  • Guanajuato: what to do

    On the top of the hill of San Miguel you can see the 28 meters high statue of  El Pipila, which is still considered a real hero in the history of Mexican Independence. You can reach this place using the cableway located behind the Juarez' Theatre, placed in the historic center. The view of the city from the top is very fascinating, especially during the hours of the night, when Guanajuato lights up and offers a real show and a breathtaking view. In the center of the city the major points of interest are the Teatro Juarez, located inside the main park called  Jardin de la Union, a place where you can also find restaurants, bars and cafés. In  Callejon del Beso  (the Alley of the Kiss), there are two balconies belonging to the same building and only 69 cm away from each other. This particular architectural solution is linked to a legendary love story. Even the  Basilica de Nuestra Señora, built between 1671 and 1696 is worth a visit, as well as the ...
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  • Guadalajara: what to do

    The city of Guadalajara is divided into several neighborhoods and depending on what you want to do is advisable to know at least the main areas so as not to get lost among the buildings and the streets around the old town. The main areas are: Sector Juárez : The shopping district, hundreds of shops and two large shopping centers - Centro Magno and Galerias - where the locals are found at all hours of the day going shopping and eating something in one of the many restaurants of the place. Hidalgo Sector : Residential area, located northwest of the city, where there is also the financial center of Guadalajara. Sector Libertad : It is mainly an industrial area, although the south-western part is very close to the old town. There you will able to find a very popular market (Mercado San Juan de Dios) and  Plaza de los Mariachis, where you can listen to Mexican traditional music. Sector Reforma : Each Saturday in this area you can find a street market ...
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  • The most beautiful beaches in Mexico

    A good reason to visit Mexico, apart from the Mayan pyramids and the colonial towns, is given by its beautiful beaches! From the Caribbean shores of the Mayan Riviera to the wild rocky coastline of Baja California, Mexico boasts amazing beaches for a memorable seaside stay, even for a honeymoon!
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  • Mexico's magic towns

    The magic towns, which in Spanish are referred to as Pueblos Mágicos, are Mexico 's towns joining a program launched by the secretariat of tourism in 2001. They are small settlements that the nation intends to exploit from the tourist point of view, attracting visitors. Why do this? Because these are towns that have been able to keep faith with the Mexican spirit, through customs and traditions. The characteristics that have been taken into consideration are the influence of an indigenous past or of colonialism, the preservation of ancestral customs, or for having been the scene of important historical events. If you are planning a trip to Mexico, it is really worth putting them in your itinerary, for example some of those that we present below.
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  • Baja California Sur: the wild side of Mexico

    Surrounded by the waters of the Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortés, bathed by the Pacific Ocean, the state of Baja California Sur in Mexico is for those who love wild areas, rugged expanses and landscapes that stretch towards the horizon interrupted only by cactuses. But it is also the trip for those who love wildlife, especially if submarine, those who love diving and the crystal clear sea.

    The final part of the Baja California Peninsula, an extension of the certainly best-known California in the United States, Baja California Sur is a treasure chest to be discovered. Baja California Sur is the destination for those who love active life even on holiday. It offers the opportunity to practice kayaking, diving, windsurfing, fishing, cycling, camping and hiking, not to mention the chance to explore natural landscapes of unforgettable beauty as modern adventurers, between desert dunes and spectacular lagoons.

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  • 10 places to see in Mexico for those who love wild nature

    Mexico is not only Maya pyramids and colonial cities, but also wilderness, hidden lagoons, underground waterholes and lots of wildlife. For those who love adventure, Mexico is really the ideal destination. Here is the top 10 of the wildest places in this fascinating country in Central America.
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  • Mexico: when to go

    What is the best time to organize a trip to Mexico ? When to go to Mexico to make a tour of the pyramids of Chichen Itza and the beaches of the Mayan Riviera? Since Mexico stretches for a long distance, the climatic conditions vary greatly from region to region, but let's clarify how to organize a holiday in Mexico. Tulum pyramid in Mexico
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Why visit Mexico

Mexico is a world apart in Latin America, colorful and full of culture. Its beauty is enriched by the cordiality and warmth of its people. Its coasts are lapped by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, its territory as well as its climate are really heterogeneous and nice.

Its landscape, from the Caribbean coast to the semidesert regions of Baja California, offers plenty of ideas for a trip. Common thought associates Mexico to the Caribbean sea of Playa del Carmen, the archaeology of Chichen Itza, the natural reserve of Yucatan, the colourful chaos of Mexico City and the spicy tastes of Mexican cuisine.

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