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Luxury Mexico Holidays
Just west of the Caribbean lies one of the most diverse and fascinating countries on the planet. From the rocky cliffs of the Pacific coast, to the white sand beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Gulf, Mexico is rich in unique history, culture and sensational natural beauty. Mexico holidays simply offer the most unforgettable travel experiences, in the most relaxed and carefree surroundings.
Explosion of Colour
Vivid and brilliant colours wherever you look - that's the first thing that strikes you from the moment you arrive in Mexico. The hues in nature -- the sun-baked deserts of Chihuahua and Sonora, the deep green jungles of Chiapas, the snow-capped volcanoes of Sierra Madre -- imbue every aspect of Mexican life: their homes, their dress, their food, their fiestas, their arts and crafts. Along the streets of every town and city, the houses are painted in every colour of the spectrum, both inside and outside; the markets are overflowing with vibrantly coloured fruit and vegetables, stacked in patterned, artistically arranged piles, and fabrics and handicrafts, drenched in colour, with gorgeous recurring designs, appear everywhere.
This colourful display is also reflected in Mexico's unique history and cultural life, its many indigenous groups having traditions stretching back thousands of years. You can visit many such groups in Chiapas and Oaxaca, and learn about their ancient cultures through their handicrafts, their beautifully hand-woven textiles, their food and their age-old healing traditions. And the country's rich and mysterious heritage is also visible in the amazing prehistoric ruins scattered throughout the land, from the towering stone pyramids in the Yucatan Peninsula, to the remains of ancient cities at Chichen Itza and Tulum.
World Heritage Cuisine
The colourful nature of Mexican life even extends to the cuisine, which is among the most diverse and exciting in the world -- in fact, Mexican cuisine was recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, for its contribution to preserving the country's distinctive culture. It's far from being just about tacos and tamales -- most menus uniquely combine ancient Mayan and Aztec recipes with the influence of the Spanish conquistadores, but also vary by region, with every state having its specific traditions in ingredients, flavours and cooking styles. You shouldn't miss Tikin Xic, the Mayan barbecue-style fish of Cancun, or Mole Poblano, just one of the many varieties of Mole, which with its exquisite aroma and colourful presentation has gained the name of Mexico's national dish.
If it is a beach holiday you are seeking, the beaches of Mexico are almost unsurpassed in the world. Beaches like Tulum, the jewel of the east coast, next to the country's best-preserved Mayan ruins against the backdrop of the azure waters of the Caribbean; beaches full of contemporary art, beaches that intertwine with lush jungle. From the rocky cliffs of the Pacific coast, where you can enjoy fishing trips, surf the giant waves, and watch humpback whales on the horizon, to the powder-white beaches lapped by the calm tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the choice is endless.
A special and unique feature of Mexico's beaches, found nowhere else on earth, is the cenotes, the mysterious under-water caverns which the Mayans believed were entrances to the underworld. The water in the caverns is so pure and clear that you can see straight through to the fish swimming in the plant life below. Swimming here is like passing into ancient worlds, where giant tropical vines and trees form soaring cathedral walls pointing up to shafts of sunlight.
Magnificent Interior Landscapes
But there is so much more to Mexico holidays than beaches -- the magnificent interior landscapes provide ideal terrain for adventure pursuits like trekking, biking and white-water rafting. The spectacular highland country around San Cristobal in Chiapas includes the awe-inspiring Sumidero Canyon, viewed by boat from the Grijalva River, as well as the stunning Christmas Tree Falls, and the Lakes of Colours, named for the varied and iridescent hues of their waters. In the Copper Canyon, reached by the renowned Chihuahua Pacific Railway, hiking through the high sierra is truly unforgettable, taking you through rich flora and wildlife that vary as the elevation changes.
Despite the attractions of the beaches and the interior, you should not forget that Mexico also has many extraordinary cities. The capital, Mexico City, although it is now the world's third largest mega-city, is one of the oldest cities in the world, and was once the epicentre of the Aztec empire. It has the largest cathedral in the western hemisphere, and is rich in ancient Mesoamerican sites, including the Great Pyramids of Teotihuacan, the "City of the Gods", and Tenayuca, to the north of the city, with its extraordinary Aztec pyramid bordered by hundreds of interlocking stone snakes.
About 200 miles south-west of the capital is the renowned and beautiful city of Acapulco, encircled on three sides by the towering Sierra Madre del Sur mountains that descend right to the shoreline -- one of the world's most exciting cities for entertainment and nightlife. Guadalajara, north-west of the capital, is Mexico's second city, and often described as the most Mexican of all the cities. Vibrant and colourful, it is bursting with folk art and charming colonial treasures.
In fact, the possibilities offered by Mexico holidays are virtually endless. The array of beautiful and historic cities, the astonishing biodiversity -- Mexico is one of the world's 5 most bio-diverse countries, with thousands and thousands of native plant, bird, animal and reptile species -- the friendly and welcoming people, and the near-perfect year-round climate -- all add up to a truly special and unique destination. Everything is a treat for the eyes, and the dazzling colours will always keep you smiling.