Cozumel, located south of Cancun and across Riviera Maya provides one of the most unforgettable diving and snorkeling experience in Mexico. Cozumel has clear turquoise waters and hosts the Palancar which is the worlds second largest barrier reef. Be sure to include this city in your Mexico vacation itinerary and get the chance to see the Chichen Itza which is the capital of ancient Maya empire and is included in the list of the Seven Wonders of the World. There are several archaeological sites near Cozumel like Tulum that was the main Mayan port and is a unique walled fortress, Coba is located in the lush jungle forest with an authentic Mayan community that allows you a view of what life was during the Mayan civilization, Castillo Real which used to be the Mayan astronomical observatory and San Gervasio which was most visited by the Mayan women as it was a site dedicated to Ixchel, deity of midwifery, fertility, medicine and weaving. Spend your day at the water theme park Xel Ha, Natures Sacred Paradise Xcaret, Chankanaab National Park, Playa Mia Grand Beach Park or the Punta Sur Ecological Park. The list of attractions in Cozumel is quite long.
Unforgettable Sites in the Riviera Maya
The first thing that pops up in mind when you think of the Riviera Maya is the famous historic archaeological sites. Learn more about ancient civilizations of Mexico by visiting the thousand year old cities of the Mayans. Its capital is Chichen Itza, a great intellectual discovery since this is where Mayan astronomers plotted most of their calendars in their observatory and its also where the grand pyramid and Castillo are found. The only walled city of the Mayan is Tulum which is interestingly overlooking the beach. But this is not all there is to this region which boasts of many other interesting attractions and activities. Xel-Ha is a good place to conquer when youre a nature lover as it has many coves, lagoons and caves in its premises while Xcaret is a Mayan themed ecological park with lots of fun activities prepared for its visitors. Or otherwise, go on a day tour of Isla Mujeres that has a Mayan temple and several watersports or Isla Contoy with its sandy white beaches and lush palm trees. The Riviera Maya should definitely be included in your Mexico vacations as its not only relaxing but mentally enriching experience as well.
Things to do in Mexico City
It would take several Mexico vacations to fully explore Mexico City and enjoy the many activities and attractions in the worlds biggest city. Museum lovers have more than a hundred museums to visit such as the Archaeological Zone and Templo Mayor Museum. Zocalo is the center of Mexico City and is an interesting display of the old and new side of Mexico. Here you will see the Chapultepec Park, the worlds largest park within the city that is hundreds of years old but has modern entertainment for the whole family. Mexico City boasts of more than a dozen archaeological sites within the city plus the splendor of the seven centuries old Aztec floating gardens of Xochimilco. Other activities that may interest visitors is a visit to the zoo, bullfights, horse betting at the Hipodromo delas Americas Horse Track, mountain biking, trekking or white water rafting. This is just a few items on the list and a Mexico vacation that includes a tour of Mexico City will surely let you discover more.
The Gray Whales of Mexico
One can never quite describe the awe and wonder you feel at seeing whales frolicking in their natural habitat after your anticipation have built up while scanning the waters looking for these graceful mammals. The gray whales leave the winter waters of Northern Bering and go to the Sea of Cortez every year during fall to give birth and feast on the bountiful food in the tropical waters of the Pacific. The best place in Mexico to watch these huge but gentle whales with their calves is Magdalena Bay just off the coast of Los Cabos. The best place to go to is Los Cabos than any other place in Baja or even the famous San Ignacio as there is a better chance of sighting the whales there especially during the last week of December to the last week of March. Whale watching tours make sure strict rules and guidelines are followed in order to ensure that the whales are not harmed. When planning your Mexico vacation, dont fail to include whale watching in your itinerary.