Everybody has their own reasons of why and to where they choose to travel. Some visit a country only for the party life while other seek something more adventurous like a jungle trek. For whatever reason, come to Mexico, this country has it all!
People are coming to Mexico for many reasons and beautiful beaches are surely one of them so I don’t need to mention the Mexican beaches on my list do I? Beside paradise beaches in Mexico, here are my five reasons of why you should visit Mexico!
The Mexican culture and history
The reason for why you should visit Mexico is the fascinating and rich Mexican culture and history! Did you know for an example that in Mexico, other than Spanish, there are more than 50 indigenous languages. The people are so proud of their traditions and customs of their ancestors which include the ancient civilizations of the Aztecs, Maya, Inca and other more. Wherever you go in Mexico, you will see people are proudly wearing beautiful and colorful traditional clothing.
Teotihuacan, Aztec ruins near Mexico city.
Mexico has more than 43, 000 archaeological sites and some of them are the two Mayan cities in the Yucatan Peninsula at Tulum and Chichen Itza. If you are not a history buff, don’t worry, you won’t regretting coming to the beautiful ancien Mayan city in Tulum because it has the most stunning setting of all Mexico’s archeological sites, right by the beach.
Photo taken by: Mai Ronsyn. An ancient Mayan city build on a cliff overlooking the turquoise crystal-clear water.
If you can’t make all the way to the ruins, head at least to the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico city. I am not myself being very into museums, but Museum of Anthropology is one of the best I have ever been to! For more information click Here.
The natural museum of Anthropology in Mexico city.
A show about the Inca civilisation.
One of the many beautiful church in Mexico.
The colorful Mexican cities
The reason why you should visit Mexico are all those bright colors you will be surrounded by everywhere in Mexico – the colorful Mexican flag, the colorful food, colorful clothes..and the very colorful Mexican cities. Living in Switzerland where food, clothes and the houses are in the same shades of grey, I found it very joyful getting lost by purpose in the colorful Mexican cities.
Walking on the street of Guanajuanto between colorful buildings.
It’s amazing how a splash of colors on houses can makes one feel a lot happier!
The colorful and beautiful buildings of Puebla in Mexico.
The colorful San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico.
The Mexican food
Mexican food is so much more than tacos although this is what Mexicans are eating most of the time and wherever you go, there are stands where they sells tacos with all kind of mouth-watering fillings. And if you like to eat, then you will not need a lot of convincing that Mexican cuisine is a very good and delicious reason to visit Mexico!
Menudo was our first meal in Mexico, a tripe soup. Spicy as I love it!
Tostadas topped with Ceviche, my absolutely my favorite mexican dish!
The traditional mexican soup, Pozole.
Tacos al pastor, tacos with braised pork, a plate for about 2usd.
When in Mexico, I have never seen hard-shelled tacos! While the real Mexican tacos are palm-size soft corn bread, the tacos in the U.S are wheat flour hard-shelled tacos.
And did you know that Fajita, Burrito, Nachos and not even Chili con carne are authentic Mexican. They are something the Americans invented. Burritos is actually a copy of Tacos de harina( wheat flour tacos)! And nachos suppose to be the traditional Mexican dish, Chilaquiles.
Trying to eat a Torta, a Mexican street-style sandwich. Huge!
Mexican Ice pops, Paletas.
The Mexican wild life
To be honest, I don’t plan my trips based on wild animals and plants. But in Mexico, the exotic wild animals are everywhere and it is hard not to take a notice of these beautiful wild creatures. Mexican wildlife is incredibly diverse and has some truly unique species and if you are a nature-lover, come to Mexico and you will not be disappointed. If you are not, come anyway and you might find a new hobby like bird-watching and you will understand why the Mexican wild life is one of the reason anyone should come to Mexico!
A Tarantula trying to escape while a local try to kill it with a stone!
A Howler monkey
The colorful Iguanas are everywhere for those who are looking!
A Sereque, this cute little animal belongs to the family of rodents.
A colorful Motmot
Mexico is known to have the world’s most unusual and mystical sinkholes and underwater caves that are called cenotes. The cenotes were Since ancient times, Cenotes are sacred sites where the ancient Mayan could communicate with the gods of the underworld. Imagine, there are about over 6000 cenotes in Yucatán alone!
In my opinion, the cenotes alone are good reasons of why you should visit Mexico!
Cenote Dos Ojos, near Tulum
Most of the cenotes have fresh water that has been filtered by the earth, making them crystal clear therefore the visibility is amazing! At some cenotes snorkeling is a lot of fun but for those who are more adventurous you should really come to Mexico for a lifetime thrilling scuba-experience! These cenotes have the world’s largest underground river system and while swimming in the dark with a torch lightning up your way, you will see beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
Yes that’s me taking deep breath before jumping into a cenote.
The Mexican wonderful natural sites
The Mexican natural sites should really make you want to come to Mexico! Get out of the touristic crowds by the beach and head to some of the Mexican natural wonders! I haven’t been to all of them so I am surely going back to Mexico to discover some more! Here are some of the wonderful natural sites in Mexico.
This lagoon also called as The lagoon of seven colours because of the white sandy bottom that gives the effect of having so many shades of blue. Laguna Bacalar looks like to be the sea but is actually a fresh water lake, feed by underground cenotes! The lake lays only about 200km from Tulum and yet not much tourist get it to this stunning Laguna Bacalar, don’t be one of them!
Photo by: Mai Ronsyn
Laguna Bacalar with seven shade of blue, Mexico.
Hierve el Agua
Hierve el agua is a set of natural rock formations in the Mexican state Oaxaca, that resemble cascades of water. If you are visiting the beautiful Oaxaca city you should take your time visiting Hierve el agua which lays about 70km away.
You can read about our day at this wonderful natural site Here.
Although only about 3h drives from Playa del Carmen, we never got all the way to this pink lake Las Coloradas, I belive it should be on the list as one of Mexican’s wonderful natural sites! But the Las Coloradas is actually a man-made salt production. The joyful pink colour comes from red-colored algae, plankton, and brine shrimp that thrive in the salty environment and once the water evaporate the pink colour get more concentrated.
Photo above and under by: Mai Ronsyn
Cascadas Agua Azul
The Cascadas Agua azul in spanish means the bleu waterfalls, which are not just by looking at my photos, but don’t let them deceive you because if you come here on the right time at the right moment these magnificent waterfalls turn incredible blue! Only about 70km away from Palenque, you should not miss this Mexican’s wonderful natural site!
The Agua azul is now grey after rainy days but come when the sun shines, the water will be blue!
Not many tourist know about Laguna Mirama, a beautiful fresh water lake, well-hidden in the Mexican jungle on the border with Guatemala. Far far away from the civilisation, Laguna Miramar is not easy to reach but once you get there…you just don’t want to leave! Read about our days by the Laguna Miramar Here.
Standing in the middle of a field surrounded by thousands of fluttering butterflies should be a reason of why you should come to Mexico! Millions of Monarch butterfliesmigrate to the mountains of Mexico annually, years after years. These butterflies spend their summer month in the native fields and forests of central and northeastern United States and southeastern Canada. By the end of summer they fly about 5000km to spend the winter in the warmer central Mexico’s majestic Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains.
This beautiful Sumidero canyon is surrounded by the Sumidero Canyon NationalPark and they are the second most important tourist site in the state Chiapas. The Sumidero Canyon was formed by cracks in the earth’s crust along with erosion by the Grijalva river, which still flows through it.The process of its formation began about 35 million years ago, making the Sumidero contemporary with the Grand Canyon on the Colorado river.
You have to take a boat tour to be able to enter the canyon. There are beautiful waterfalls and wild animals along the way so the boat ride never gets boring.