The best sights to see in Mexico
The country of Mexico may be a relative youngster when compared to the likes of the UK, but various civilizations flourished in the region before the arrival of the Spanish. Those now long lost peoples built monumental cities that can still be seen today. As well as its mysterious past, Mexico also offers beautiful natural sights ranging from sandy beaches and clear blue seas to spectacular mountain vistas and canyons.
The following list will highlight just a few of the best and most famous locales.
The most impressive Mesoamerican ruins on the continent are located just 30 miles to the northeast of Mexico City. No one really knows who built the city but according to the Aztecs the name means ‘where man met the gods’ and it is thought that the Aztecs used the site as a pilgrimage site. The city boasts some of the largest pyramids in the Americas making it a must-see visit for all expats to Mexico.
Found just off the Yucatan Peninsula, Cozumel is renowned for being one of the best diving locations in the world, offering clear water and a dazzling variety of tropical fish and marine life making it highly popular with diving enthusiasts. The area was discovered by Jaques Cousteau in 1959 and ever since the area has been a National Maritime Park.
The beautiful vibrant city of Acapulco is the original Mexican resort town which became famous in the 1950’s for being the holiday destination of choice for Hollywood movie stars and millionaires. It remains a very popular tourist destination, particularly with young Americans going on their Spring break. No visit to Acapulco is complete without watching the cliff divers perform their impressive jumps into ocean. They have been doing it since the 1930s, although today the divers are professionals.
The Zócalo is the main plaza at the heart of Mexico City and is one of the biggest public spaces in the world. Since the days of the Aztecs the square has been a gathering place having been the site of Mexican ceremonies, the swearing in of Viceroys royal proclamations, military parades, Independence ceremonies and modern religious events such as the festivals of Holy Week and Corpus Christi. It has received foreign heads of state and is the main venue for both national celebration and national protest.
The Copper Canyon
The Copper Canyon is a network of Canyons which together are several times larger than the Grand Canyon. The best way to explore the canyon is by using the famous Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway. The track runs through 86 tunnels, over 37 bridges and rises as high as 7,900 feet above sea level.