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Why you should travel to Mexico

Top 10 reasons to TRAVEL to MEXICO

I can’t believe that after a  little more than one month our stay in Mexico has come to an end!

We sure made the most out of our time in Mexican lands and enjoyed such a variety of places and activities. We truly love Mexico and could even consider living in this country one day, who knows! By the beach I would say!…

There are many reasons why I think you should consider traveling in Mexico. Obviously this would depend on the stuff you like doing and the places you feel attracted to. But here are some good reasons to keep in mind! 

 

The transparent waters of Quintana Roo

The transparent waters of Quintana Roo

 

1. Variety of things to see & do

There is only one country that I have visited and that I think could ever compete with Mexico in this matter: India. In both countries there is such a variety of places, people, culture, landscapes, and even climates!

In Mexico, we started by the beach (Riviera Maya), passed by some big cities (Merida, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Oaxaca and, obviously, Mexico City); spent days at the jungle around Palenque and the woods and lakes in the south of Chiapas. In one month’s time we went from laying under the golden sun in our swimming suits to having to seek refugee from the rain in Chiapas and even wore our thickest jackets around the DF. All in one month!

Long live this variety! Mexicans who can afford to travel around are very lucky… they can get SO MUCH within their own country!

The jungle in Palenque, Chiapas

The jungle in Palenque, Chiapas

Lagos de Montebello. From Mexico, we see Guatemala!

Lagos de Montebello. From Mexico, we see Guatemala!

Cenote Cristalino

Cenote Cristalino

Petrified cascades of Hirve el Agua, Oaxaca

Petrified cascades of Hirve el Agua, Oaxaca

Buzzing market in Ciudad de Merida

Buzzing market in Ciudad de Merida

 

2. Food (and drinks!)

Mexican cuisine is present all over the world, and that can’t be just a coincidence! Rich in flavors, textures, meaty, spicy and, most of the times, based on corn, offers not only main dishes but a big range of snacks, popularly called “antojitos”. You won’t seat at a restaurant table that hasn’t lime wedges and at least 3 hot sauces for you to season your food to taste! If your mouth isn’t burning enough after that, try gulping down some tequila… it leaves you on fire!

Mexican cuisine is tasty as hell, and you do not need to sit down at a restaurant to enjoy it. Street vending is super popular and this doesn’t mean you will only get a taco here and there. NO! You will get full dishes, snacks, coffee, fresh juices, smoothies… you name it!

NOTE: if you are a vegetarian, your food experience in Mexico will suffer some serious cuts.

Need any other sauce? ;) Taken at Restaurante Antojitos in Queretaro

Need any other sauce? ;) Taken at Restaurante Antojitos in Queretaro

A 3-some a la Mexicana!

A 3-some a la Mexicana!

Tequila shot. It burns!

Tequila shot. It burns!

When you don't have a fridge, hang the meat out in the open. It will stay dry and last longer!

When you don't have a fridge, hang the meat out in the open. It will stay dry and last longer!

An ice-cream a day makes me cute all the way!

An ice-cream a day makes me cute all the way!

There is always something to munch on while traveling anywhere in Mexico

There is always something to munch on while traveling anywhere in Mexico

 

3. Culture

The capital of Mexico is the city with the biggest concentration of museums in the entire world! If it’s true that quantity doesn’t necessarily mean quality, it is also true that, amongst so many exhibitions, it’s quite likely that there is something for all tastes out there!

And culture is not only about exhibits locked inside rooms. You can feel the culture in the streets, closer to the people… this is very noticeable in Oaxaca, for example. The city walls are painted with beautiful graffiti, sculptures of little people invade downtown and all over you see posters of art fairs, craft markets or movie screenings. It’s such a pleasure to see that so much is going on!

Invading Oaxaca's Zocalo

Sculptures in Oaxaca's Zocalo

 

4. History

Mexico’s history is all over the country. Its well-preserved historical sites like world-famous Chichen Itza (one of the New Wonders of the World) or Teotihuacan, tell the tales of what this land was millenniums ago! You could spend a life-time in Mexico and still not visit all the ruins spread around the country.

For those interested in history and archeology, Mexico is a must! And for those who have a more general curiosity, you’ll see that while visiting these sites not only you will learn interesting facts but also have fun climbing temples and getting magnificent views of the surroundings that were once considered sacred.

Tulum, between sea and sky

Tulum, between sea and sky

Detail of Mayan ruins in Yucatan

Detail of Mayan ruins in Yucatan

 

5. Colors all around!

Mexico is one colorful country, no doubt about that! Just picture London in the Winter, for example: grey sky, grey buildings, people wearing grey clothes. Well, this is the total opposite! Houses are painted with bright tones, people proudly drive shiny cars, restaurants and cafes display different colors in their walls, tables, chairs, table cloths… everywhere! Even people’s clothes tend to be happy!

Simple colorful restaurant in Juchitan de Zaragoza. Note the odd presence of James Dean in the wall!

Simple colorful restaurant in Juchitan de Zaragoza. Note the odd presence of James Dean in the wall!

Scooby Doo was also traveling around Mexico at the time! ;)

Scooby Doo was also traveling around Mexico at the time! ;)

One of the most colorful towns ever: Campeche

One of the most colorful towns ever: Campeche

In Mexico, even food is a colorful experience!

In Mexico, even food is a colorful experience!

 

6. Friendly people

In general, Mexicans are welcoming, smiley and make you feel safe and at home. They are always ready to give you directions, to make a joke about anything that might come up or ask you where you’re from. They like talking! This is also one “camera-friendly” country where people don’t seem to be bothered if you click some photos and they are on frame. I love “camera-friendly” people – says a lot about their level of friendliness.

Mexico is full of "buena vibra"!

Mexico is full of "buena vibra"!

After showing us his ass-crack during a 2 hour boat ride, our raft man posed for a photo!

After showing us his ass-crack during a 2 hour boat ride, our raft man posed for a photo!

The gringo community making friends with the locals... the way it should always be! ;)

The gringo community making friends with the locals… the way it should always be! ;)

Do you think Mexicans are shy?! ;)

Do you think Mexicans are shy?! ;)

 

7. Relaxed life-style

My Mexican friend Rodrigo told us that once, at a bar in the Netherlands, he saw a poster that depicted the “Dogs of the World”. Apparently, the German dog had a very sober pose, the British dog looked very snobbish, and there were other European dogs looking all mighty fine. Next to those, there was the Mexican Dog: looking lazy under a sombrero alongside a cactus and a shot of tequila! Rodrigo says that this lazy stereotype that the World seems to associate with Mexican people isn’t true. They actually work a lot – and we’ve seen that with our own eyes! While at Rodrigo’s house, he and his girlfriend would always come home at around 10pm after a hard day of work since early morning.

The lazy life-style might not be true, but I would say that the relaxed approach to life is there. Mexicans do not stress over every little thing like Europeans do, for example. If it can’t be done today, then it’ll get done tomorrow. And it’s not about being lazy, but more about prioritizing what really matters in life and “selecting” what’s worth stressing over.

Traveling is a state of mind

Traveling is a state of mind

 

8. Ever-present music

Example of the happy vibe that you generally feel around Mexico, is that there is always music playing everywhere, particularly in public transportation. Sometimes, in the bus, you might even get a movie playing with full blasting sound, while the radio is simultaneously on. It can get annoying if you are tired and trying to nap, but it’s fun most of the time!

Riding the bus in Mexico you are in for some Latin music experience!

Esme: a smiley Mexican singer

Esme: a smiley Mexican singer

 

9. Excellent Transportation

- Bus: Transportation options are modern, good quality and decently priced. The buses for medium to long distances have more leg room than any plane I have ever been on! Seats are comfy, bathrooms-on-wheels are fairly clean and they even have a check-in system for your luggage! You give your suitcase and get a token that you should return upon arrival, to make sure that the bag you want to take is rightfully yours. Others countries could also use a system like this!

- Colectivo: If you don’t want to use the main buses, you can always take a “colectivo” – small vans or taxis shared by several people with a common destination. You can virtually go anywhere like this and pay what the locals pay.

-Taxi: If you have a few more bucks to spend, you can opt for a taxi that is quite affordable compared to many places around the world. Example: on our last day in Mexico city we paid less than USD1.5 for a 7minute ride of about 1KM between Metro station and hotel.

- Metro: the metro in Mexico City is extensive, efficient and really cheap. For 3 pesos (0.23 USD) you can go from any given point to another while being entertained by all sorts of businesses-on-the-go that come in and out at each stop. DF’s best spot for people watching has to be the metro! From the moving disco boys and girls selling CDs and DVDs to chewing-gum sellers, or ladies singing about the benefits of the new cough drops they try to sell for 10 pesos, the metro is a moving market with so much appeal.

Colectivo ride. Not advisable for those who get motion sick easily...

Colectivo ride. Not advisable for those who get motion sick easily…

 

10. Wheel-chair access

This might sound like an odd reason to include here but I am sure it will be important for some. Just because you are in a wheel-chair, doesn’t mean that you can’t go around and see the world, right?

Well, we were happily surprised to see that a lot of important historical ruins around Mexico have wheel-chair access! Even those like Palenque, where we had to climb tons of stairs to get to the main temples, have a specific entry paved to be accessed by people on wheel-chair. I really think this is awesome because these places are not so easy to reach and they really took an effort to make them accessible for everybody!

I have actually read that Mexico is trying to make all city centers accessible as well, with ramps that will allow individuals on wheels to roam around: this was quite noticeable in some places we visited, such as Campeche or Comitan, where the side-walks have ramps that connect all areas without steps.

Oddly enough, in Mexico City, we couldn’t almost find ramps or lifts to enter the metro. We were carrying luggage and thought we’d use those to avoid carrying the weight up and down the stairs. We must have been in at least 7 stations while visiting the city and only saw special access in 1, that had a wheel chair railing alongside the stairs. Weird! I am positive there must be a way for wheel-chair users to access to the metro on each station, after all, this is the capital of the country and it should be setting an example. But the truth is that we didn’t see it, so if it exists, it’s not that easy to spot, which is not ideal.

Wheel chair access on Mexico City's metro

Wheel chair access on Mexico City's metro

 

Pack your bags… and travel to Mexico!

 

Hasta pronto, Mexico! :)

Hasta pronto, Mexico! :)


No matter what your are more attracted to, you are very likely to find at least a couple of things you might like in tierras Mexicanas!

Mexico is vibrant, so extremely rich in its places & people and very good-value for money too.

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25 Comments

  • Now i want to go!!!

  • Ester Says

    I found your blog on reddit, and since I’m going to S-America soon I of course read the whole thing about Mexico :) You have managed to get me from being “meh” about Mexico to super excited! Keep up the good work!

    • Zara Says

      Hi Ester! Glad you are excited!! I hope you have tons of fun and find Mexico as interesting as we did! Let us know how it goes! :)

  • Rob Says

    Great article! I spent some time down in Mexico and this just brought back a lot of memories!

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  • Congratulations!
    We need more people like you to counteract the negative propaganda being spewed by the U.S. media to scare its people into staying in their own country – which is much more “dangerous” than Mexico’s tourist sites!
    Keep up the great work – and thank you!

    • Zara Says

      That propaganda is over kill in my opinion. There might be dangerous areas in Mexico, sure… but it is such a big country that labeling everything everywhere under the same category is just stupid. Those choosing to stay at home are going to miss on so much Mexico has to offer!!!

  • Wonderful post! I have lived and worked in Mazatlan, Sinaloa full time for 7 years now. I try to explain my wonderful life in this beautiful country, but all my NOB (north of the border) friends cannot get past the thought that I will be beheaded at any moment. *eye roll* I hope you do not mind, I added a link to this post to my company newsletter this month!

    • Zara Says

      Unfortunately the world is full of preconceived notions and the truth is that the Anti-Mexico propaganda the US often does, doesn’t help much! :( Tip: invite your friends over so that they see for themselves this amazing country… and I hope they do not end up beheaded so that they can go back home and tell others about the positive things in Mexico too! ;)

  • Mexico was once an underdeveloped, poor country that saw very few tourists. In recent years that has changed and a lot of emphasis has been placed on tourism. As a result there are excellent facilities, marvelous attractions and a myriad of things that tourists can do. Here are 10 good excuses to visit Mexico.

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  • Turgay Karaca Says

    Mexicans are very hot bloded, friendly. They are very lucky because they have very very rich history. Antropology museum in Mecixo city was awsome. I have been many countries and cities, but i like mexico city so much.
    They knows how to enjoy, they no need to hurry for nothing, they are very relax for everything. This is why they are looks young.

    Viva Mexico,

    • Zara Says

      I agree with you Turgay!
      I find Mexicans to be really friendly and chilled out too!
      Gotta love that way of life! :)

  • Yanet Says

    I visited Mexico and I LOVED IT! There is always something to do, and people are super friendly everywhere and when they know you are visiting they always try helping out on whatever you need. Can’t wait to go back ! (:

    • Zara Says

      Hi Yanet!

      I agree with you 100%. We also found Mexican people to be very friendly and super welcoming!
      I am sure this is one of those countries where we will eventually come back for sure!! :D

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  • Franca Says

    I cannot believe I still haven’t been to Mexico. I think I’d love everything about it: the food, the colors, the people, the laid back attitude, the street art… perhaps is time for me to go! Thanks for sharing, you guys make me want to visit this country even more! :)

    • Zara Says

      Mexico is, hands down, one of my favorite countries in the world.
      You MUST travel there, Franca. Seriously, go for it.. soon! ;)

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  • Fabio Says

    I´m planning to go to Mexico this year. Thanks a lot for the reasons.

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