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“Mexico is a mosaic of different realities and beauties.”

– Enrique Pena Nieto

Mexico is a country with a rich history, tradition and culture. Known for its tequila, Mexico is the third largest country in Latin America (after Brazil and Argentina) and it is comprised of 31 states and one federal district. Travel to Mexico, the place is paradise for travelers as it offers everything – rocking nightlife, coastal beaches, a walking tour of ancient architecture, lip smacking Mexican dishes and much more.

Although there have been shifts in society and politics over hundreds of years, there remains evidence of early civilizations throughout Mexico. Indigenous people whose lifestyles reflect their ancestors still inhabit Mexico’s rural areas. Likewise, Mexico‘s many pre-Columbian ruins still exist including the ancient city of Teotihuacán and the Mayan pyramids at Chichén Itzá and Tulum.

Today, reflections of Mexico‘s colonial past can be seen in the architecture of towns like Taxco and Querétaro. Today, Mexico is a tourism economy with many people flocking to coastal cities.

Travel to Mexico and relax on its wonderful beaches. Sample the flavor of Mexico (also known as “El ombligo de la luna” – the navel of the moon) and discover the civilizations that have formed today’s Mexico state from the Toltec and Olmecs civilizations to the  Aztecs and Mayans.

  • All roads seem to intertwine here in San Cristobal, making this destination a booming town for emerging artists from all over the world. It's the type of place where you can sit back and stay awhile taking in the sights, sounds, and colors passing through the bustling Andador Real de Guadalupe – perhaps over tapas and a cheap glass of Malbec at La Viña de Bacco, a long-time favorite.

  • Because Chichen Itza is one of the new 7 world wonders according to UNESCO, this place represents the most-visited archaeological site in Mexico.

  • Tequila is Mexico’s national drink, and a symbol of citizens’ pride and culture.

  • Suddenly, below several work emails and app notifications, a Whatsapp message from your mother catches your eye: “Well... I just had the longest shower...ate breakfast and drinking 3 cups of coffee... I just spent my first night ‘ever’ in jail."

  • Although I usually have a hard time ranking landscape destinations, there is one specific beach I would easily consider the most beautiful in the Baja California area, if not even in all Mexico: Playa Balandra, a spectacular, crescent-shaped bay with crystal clear and shallow water.

  • Famed for its artistic traditions in weaving, pottery and painted wooden animal carvings known as alebrijes, the Mexican city of Oaxaca is also brimming with contemporary art.

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        Cinco de Mayo ("5th of May") is more than an excuse to drink margaritas. The festival actually commemorates the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 - a victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over the French. The date is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride around the world. The Battle of Puebla delayed the French invasion of Mexico City. Five years later, Mexican forces defeated the French and expelled them from Mexico. Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that commemorates a battle fought in Mexico on the fifth of May in 1862—a battle that became an unexpected victory for the Mexican army over the French forces. Mexico was attacked by foreign troops because President Benito Juárez defaulted on his payments to European nations after war had depleted the country’s ability to pay. Mexico had endured three wars that put their country [...]

  • One of our friends had seen a photo of this place on the Baja peninsula, but other than that, we knew very little about our destination.

  • A global pandemic, travel bans, and now hurricanes — what else have you got for us, 2020?!

  • Swimming with whale sharks was something I had never contemplated until visiting La Paz, Mexico, a few hours north of Cabo San Lucas in southern Baja California Sur. My immediate response was “no way” until I learned the name “whale shark” is quite misleading. Whale sharks are the world’s largest fish and are not known to nibble on humans. These gentle giants filter plankton and fish from the top of the ocean like a baleen whale and eat eight percent of their body weight per week. After extensive online research, I soon realized that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to swim with this misunderstood creature that scientists just started studying in the 1950s.  Donning a wetsuit with some sort of swimmable life jacket plus a mask, snorkel, and fins, I dangled off the side of our small boat that comfortably carried about six. Our crew of ladies already gleefully [...]

  • “Watch us come back with a dog,” I joked to my partner as we packed our things for four months on Mexico’s Pacific coast. As it turned out, it was less of a joke than I thought.

  • World Footprints travels to Jalisco, Mexico where we'll be met by dolphins, pirates and Jose Cuervo. Jalisco is the seventh largest state of the 32 states in Mexico.  It is rich in history and considered to be the true Mexico since many of the cultural characteristics of the country (Mariachis, the sombrero, Mexican Hat Dance, tequila) originated there.  While touring the state we enjoyed a playful swim with dolphins at the Dolphin Discovery in Puerto Vallarta and spoke to a resident veterinarian about how Dolphin Discovery is at the forefront of marine life conservation. World Footprints also set sail aboard a replica of the Santa Maria as we went off the beaten path with pirates to a private island to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Stopping for a “drink” along the boardwalk in Puerto Vallarta. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick Harvesting the agave cactus [...]