Mexico has a rich culture and many places to explore.
One of the most thriving and lucrative industries of Mexico, tourism is growing by leaps and bounds, which is evident from the recent stats available. According to Forbes, it is the top destination for Americans and only at the beginning of 2018, the country has received a whopping 40 million total tourists from different parts of the world. For your information, this is a new record.
The reasons for this surge in tourist numbers from Northern America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe are many. However, mainly, the infrastructural development in major tourist destinations such as Oaxaca, Riviera Maya, and Baja California Sur is to be accredited.
While this development has been only recently done, the story of healthy tourism in the country is not very old. Various UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Mayan and Aztec ruins scattered across the country, and hot tourist locations such as Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, Playa del Carmen, Mazatlán, Monterrey, Cabo San Lucas, and Zihuatanejo have been serving to welcome guests from around the world year round.
What makes these places so amazing and how do they contribute to the tourism of Mexico? Let’s answer this question by exploring the places one by one.
Cancun and the Mayan Riviera
Cancun is basically a part of the Mayan Riviera, which includes other areas such as Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel as well. This region is famous for the symphony of the blue sky and the crisp water meeting in the distant limitless horizon all the while encompassing all the tourist activities within their boundaries. Whether you are scuba diving, snorkeling, or just enjoying the setting sun, you’d feel the vastness of the region very appropriate for these activities. You won’t find yourself limited at all. Probably, this unbound vastness full of unbound activities is what makes this region so attractive that it makes a total of 20% revenue of the Mexican tourism industry.
Commonly called Vallarta, the city is the second most popular destination in Mexico. Although it is not as diverse as the region we talked about above, it has everything for everyone of any age. Its luxuries attract elite from North America while its adventurous activities attract youth from around the world. You could see people swimming beside dolphins, paragliding, cruising, and jet-skiing.
All of these activities are either very adventurous or luxurious, but the truth is that there are things that can be enjoyed in between these two extremes. We are talking about arts and culture. There are many arts and crafts shops lined across the city squares and in them, there are limitless artefacts that give a glimpse into the history of Mexico.
Lying peacefully on the Pacific coast, the resort village of Zihuatanejo has a peculiar, raw attraction for tourists preserved in the “small town” feel of it. Long ago, its inhabitants mainly relied on fishing, but with the construction of a well-planned resort city of Ixtapa nearby, they have seen the introduction of the hospitality industry more than anything. However, with all the due pomp and show that is surfacing with every rising sun, Zihua has retained its old traditions very well. You could see narrow cobblestone streets lined with old houses still giving you the old vibes of the city very well.
Cabo San Lucas
Another resort city, Cabo San Lucas can be spotted with its white, expansive beaches, eerie arching cliffs, wild nightlife with its characteristic conga line dances and tequila shots, adventurous tourism activities like snorkeling, parasailing, scuba diving, jet-skiing and horseback riding, and exquisite bird species. As you can see, the city can be called versatile when it comes to everything entertaining, adventurous, and peculiar. No one has ever left it saying otherwise.
Mazatlan is the beach city of Mexico. There’s absolutely no denying in it, thanks to the vast coastline of the city. Some 20 km or more has been dedicated by nature to the sandy beaches and these very kilometers serve to attract tourists. However, only recently, there has been some development in the infrastructure, which has helped the city update its personality to become a hub for the creative and the people wanting to be amazed somehow. Even, the old Mazatlan has been renovated to greater extents.
The second largest city of Mexico, Guadalajara, does not fall back from the tourist scene of the country. However, compared to Mexico City, this city is more inclined towards cradling the old heritage of Mexican culture and history. In fact, the very practices that comprise them have deep roots in this very city. Mexican hat dance, sombreros, and rodeos originated here. If you want to know how Mexico has evolved, visit the limitless number of museums and theaters dotting the city.
Truly the metropolitan city of Mexico, Monterrey ranks third in the list of largest cities of the country. If you want to see the influence of American culture on Mexico, this city could provide you with ample opportunities. All those manicured lawns, industrial zones, spacious malls, and fast foods provide a scene all too very familiar for an average American. However, in all of these Americanized sections, there is a Mexican tinge, especially in the areas near Macroplaza where social life would bring you out to the country called Mexico and its appeals.
Stated as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO and the art city by the locals and foreigners, Guanajuato has an array of beautiful museums such as the Museum of Quixote packed with extremely versatile works of art, cobbled alleys that give old city vibes, ancient plazas such as Jardin de la Union and Mummies of Guanajuato, and a plethora of other attractions waiting to be explored on foot only because the city is a living museum itself.