The Sights and Sounds of Cozumel
Cozumel, located south of Cancun and across Riviera Maya provides one of the most unforgettable diving and snorkeling experience in Mexico. Dubbed as one of the best diving destinations in the world, it has amazingly crystal clear waters and the worlds second largest barrier reef, the Palancar. 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.
Wonder at the Whales of Mexico
How can one describe the breathtaking moment when the whales come out of the waters and the mere sight of these gray marine mammals leaves you breathless with wonder?These giant mammals go to the Sea of Cortez every year during fall to escape the winter of Northern Bering and give birth in the tropical waters of the Pacific where they can also find a lot of food. Magdalena Bay just a little off the coast of Los Cabos is the best place to go whale watching for the mothers and their young. Although San Ignacio is more famous for whale watching, there is a higher chance of seeing whales in Los Cabos than any other place in Baja during the whale season from end of December to end of March. Whale watching tours make sure strict rules and guidelines are followed in order to ensure that the whales are not harmed. Be a part of this tradition and include this memorable activity in your Mexico vacations itinerary.
Scuba Diving in Mexico
The vibrant colored marine world of Mexico is a must-see for both experienced and beginner divers. Diving in the Pacific Ocean on the west coast is a totally different experience than the Caribbean Sea plus there is the option of Cenote or sinkhole cave diving or diving at the worlds second largest reef, the Great Maya Barrier Reef. The cities of Cozumel, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta provide very good diving spots too. Cozumel has coastline reefs and intricate underwater landscape with dramatic cliffs, canyons and colorful plants that makes it so popular among divers. Cancun on the other hand gives a choice of either the shallow and colorful reefs of Playa del Carmen or Chinchorro Banks which gives access to the Great Maya Barrier Reef. Puerto Vallarta too is equally famous with islands and bays nearby and has added underwater creatures of whale sharks, dolphins, sea turtles and a host of tropical fish. There are several other diving sites in Cabo San Lucas and La Paz that will give you a beautiful tour of the underwater landscapes.
Things to do in Mexico City
One visit to Mexico is never enough to see all of Mexico City and what the worlds biggest city has to offer to its visitors. There are more than a hundred museums such as the Archaeological Zone and Templo Mayor Museum that you should see. Zocalo is the center of Mexico City and is an interesting display of the old and new side of Mexico. The centuries old Chapultepec Park which is the worlds largest park that is within a city with several entertaining activities is located in the Zocalo. There are more than a dozen archaeological sites right within the city such as the splendid seven centuries old Aztec floating gardens of Xochimilco. When in Mexico, why dont you visit the zoo, watch a bullfight, bet on your favorite horse at the Hipodromo delas Americas Horse Track, go mountain biking or 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.