As the days get shorter and the temperature begins to fall in the Northern Hemisphere, you have two choices: take the winter wardrobe out of storage and get ready for the cold and flu season or pack your bags and go to the Caribbean. There are many reasons to visit Mexico and here are five of them:
CARIBBEAN DAYTRIPS TO TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY WHEN IN MEXICO
Chosen as one of the seven wonders of the modern world, this ancient 6th century AD Mayan city, with its iconic Kukulkan temple, is truly one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the world. The playing field, the sacred cenote, the caracol astronomical observatory and the platform of skulls all provide a glimpse into the ancient Mayan civilization. Most definitely worth a visit.
A trip to Mexico is not complete without a visit to Tulum. Although this city was not nearly as important or prosperous as Chichen Itzá (rising up as the civilization was declining), it can claim something that no other Mayan city can: it is bathed by the Caribbean. Located in an area that is now part of a protected nature preserve, the archaeological ruins are known by the name of the village where they were discovered, an ancient village that conserves much of its original charm and has become a bastion of back-packing hipsters, yogis and the occasional celebrity (Cara Delevigne, Demi Moore, etc.).
After you’ve visited the city’s ancient ruins, relax and enjoy a michelada at one of the beach bars (day or night), savor the refreshing and flavorful local cuisine at Haruwood or Celtli, or take part in a purification ceremony at a local temazcal.
Sian Ki’an Biosphere Reserve.
Tulum is also the site of a nature preserve that boasts mangroves and petenes, gigantic trees that grow in freshwater springs in swamplands and are found in very few places in the world. There are interesting walking and kayaking tours through the preserve which are operated by the local community, hence an authentic and sustainable activity.
A trip to the Mayan Riviera jungle is a truly unique experience, especially on an ATV. Go for a swim at the end of your tour in one of the Yucatan Peninsula’s cenotes. Cenotes are natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock which were considered sacred by the ancient Mayans.
At Chac Mool, you can take a dip and even go snorkeling or scuba diving in the sacred cenote or grand cenote known as Xkekén. These are just some of the many daytrips you can take from the Barceló Maya Caribe Hotel.
Mexico’s best-kept-secret island. Those who come here wish they could stay forever. There’s something about Holbox that is mesmerizing, or rather many things: the white sandy beaches, the laid-back atmosphere, the carefully preserved natural habitat, to name but a few.
It’s also a starting point for daytrips to nearby islands covered with marshlands and cactus where visitors can watch the exotic seabirds, go snorkeling and search for whale sharks.