Mexico is one of North America’s most popular destinations. It is a large country and has many regions which are attractive to tourists. There are world-class cities, wonderful villages, and numerous Native American sites.
My list of the Best of Mexico includes the following:
Mexico City is the largest city, population-wise, in the world. The center of life in this urban complex is the Zocolo, the main square, which features the Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the largest churches in the Americas.
Just north of the capital city are the ruins of the great Aztec city of Teotihuacan.
Mexico’s second largest city is Guadalajara which is a very attractive place, filled with fountains and wonderful Colonial architecture.
Its Cathedral is also a gathering place for both locals and tourists.
West of Guadalajara, over the mountains, is the small town of Puerto Vallarta, made famous during the filming of “Night of the Iguana.” Its crowned church, Our Lady of Guadaloupe, defines the Old Town.
The symbol of the city is the “Boy on a Seahorse” sculpture, one of a number of public sculptures along the Malecon, the beach walkway.
South of Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s oldest tourist destinations, Acapulco, where cliff divers have been entertaining travelers for decades.
On the opposite side of the country, within the Yucatan Peninsula which juts into the Caribbean Sea, are numerous Mayan archaeological sites, of great interest to tourists. The best of these is Chichen Itza, a huge complex of what was once an Imperial city. El Castillo is its most distinctive building.
Another Mayan site, Tulum, is the only Mayan city found directly on the coast..