When you hear Mexico a lot of people think of tequila, sombreros and maharachi bands, but there is so much more to Mexico. Mexico is a country full of fascinating history, interesting culture and beautiful landscapes, and there are three things in particular you can do in Mexico that will let you experience just that:

Swimming in cenotes

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Mexico is well known for its stunning beaches in Acapulco and Yucatan, but if you would rather like to cool off somewhere a little more exotic then why not try out swimming in one of Mexico’s many cave underground pools or cenotes? These turquoise pools were the place where Mayans communicated with their gods. The water in the cenotes is so clear and pure that will enable you to spot many fish.

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Visiting ancient Mayan Ruins

Mexico’s culture has been heavily influenced by the Mayan civilization. The Mayas lived between 2000 BC and 250 AD, and they are mainly famous for developing a hieroglyphic script, mathematic and astronomical systems, and impressive architecture. The pyramid architecture in particular is one thing that can still be seen in many areas in Mexico.

The Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen-Itza are probably the most famous pyramids in Mexico. Chichen Itza is in Yucatan State and was one of the largest Mayan cities. The ruins in Tulum are in a very impressive setting as they are situated on 12-meter tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. Another great ruin to visit is Uxmal, located in the Puuc region, which is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Maya culture due to its size and wonderful decorations.

Experiencing the Day of the Dead

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The Day of the Dead is a Christian holiday that is celebrated all over the world on 1st November. It is a very important festivity in Mexico and families come together to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Traditionally, families build private altars called ofrendas in their homes to honor the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed. They also visit the graves with these gifts. In some parts of Mexico, for example in Mixquic, Pátzcuaro and Janitzio, people spend all night by the graves and many even have picnics at the grave site. Some even dress up with costumes and special facial make-up.

As you can see there really is much more to Mexico than tequila, sombreros, and maharachi bands, so why not book your next trip to Mexico with Sunmaster and try out some of the experiences described above?

 

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