Mexico Travel Guide – Expert Picks and Bonus Information

By | 19 January, 2018

Mexico, the home of Aztecs, sombreros, tequila and passionate football fans. Yet there’s a lot more to this country beyond the stereotypes, as Mexico offers much more than you can imagine. In Mexico, you can find a tantalizing blend of cultures, landscape range from the blue coastline to Maya villages, endless fun, sophisticated cuisine and all in all Mexico has a lot to offer travelers. Most travelers get into the resort towns of Playa del Carmen or Puerto Vallarta but there’s so much more to Mexico than that.

Mexico infrastructure

Many first-time visitors are surprised to find that Mexico is far from being a “developing” nation, as the country has excellent economy, great transport system and overall life there is full of interesting events and you’ll find this is a friendly, fabulously varied and enormously enjoyable place in which to travel.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Day of the Dead (known as Día de Muertos) is celebrated in Mexico between October 31st and November 2nd. On this holiday, Mexicans remember and honor their deceased beloved ones. It’s not a depressing or morbid occasion, rather it is a festive and colorful holiday celebrating the lives of those who have passed on. It is a rather private festival when Mexicans visit cemeteries, decorate the graves and spend time there, in the presence of their deceased friends and family members. Mexican people mark the day by building altars in their homes, with offerings of food and drink for the departed and they visit the graves of the loved ones. Mexicans believe their relatives return to visit on 2nd November.

It is really excellent time to visit Mexico in November on this holiday. You will be able to witness these special and unique celebrations, as there are many public displays that you can enjoy (despite it is a private holiday as we said). If you act respectfully, you can visit the cemeteries and no one will mind your presence there.

Visit a football game

One of the favorite sports in Mexico is football (soccer, fútbol). Despite Mexican teams and national selection have not been very successful on the international stage, going to a football game in Mexico is the really thrilling experience. Mexico City and Guadalajara are the best places to go and see a football match.

If you want an unforgettable experience you must visit the biggest game in the domestic league, “El Clásico”, between Chivas from Guadalajara and América from Mexico City. It takes place at 150.000 seater, Aztec stadium and it is the experience that you will not forget. Also, if you want to bet on sporting events in Mexico or visiot some casinos you should know that gambling in Mexico is legal since 1947, gambling industry is aimed at tourist, and the government imposes several restrictions to protect locals (however, locals are not actually banned from visiting these casinos, except under 21, and under the influence of alcohol). The online gambling market is booming in Mexico, players from Mexico and tourists can play at online casinos, and if you want to know the best places where you can claim bonuses that doesn’t require any deposit look them here.

Mexican cuisine (food and drinks you must try)

Mexico is a haven for food junkies who love to try something new and preferably spicy. Many people in Mexico are eating street food at least once per week, so this isn’t just a traveler oriented market. So the street food plays a huge part in daily Mexican life. But what to eat and what are the best dishes you can eat in Mexico?

Tacos – obvious choice to kick off this list. Delicious corn tortillas, topped off with tender meats and the salsas of your choice.

Tlayudas – Often referred to as the Mexican pizza, they might even be considered by some to rival the Italian classic.

Quesadillas – a corn or flour tortilla doubled over with cheese in the middle and other additional fillings. Don’t forget to ask for a cheese, as in some places they will serve you without it.

This is just a tip of an iceberg when we talk about street food in Mexico. There are a lot of meals that must be tried when traveling around Mexico. After you put the food in your belly, then it is a time to try some of the world famous drinks. Here are a few drinks you can try on a trip to Mexico:

Michelada – Mexican beers are really interesting to taste, but if you want to mix it up, and go out of your confort zone, try a michelada, a beer-based cocktail, sometimes referred to as a “cerveza preparada,” a prepared beer. Michelada ingredients may vary depending on the region of Mexico, but they usually include lime juice, tomato juice and hot sauce, served in a glass with a salted rim.

Tequila and Mezcal – If you think you don’t like tequila or mezcal, it may be that you haven’t had the good stuff. You must try them in Mexico.

Aguas Frescas – this is the perfect choice for those who don’t like alcoholic drinks. This is the tasty and refreshing drink that’s made with rice and cinnamon.

Top things to see and/or do in Mexico

Visit the local markets – those are a great place to experience traditional food, pick up a bargain, and purchase plenty of souvenirs.

See Chichén Itzá – Chichen Itza is a large Mayan archaeological site located in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula. The site has been declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and is thought to be the best Mayan site in Mexico. Don’t miss this site, it is extraordinary.

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve – The annual Monarch butterfly migration is one of nature’s great spectacles and a top attraction for visitors to Mexico’s central highlands. Each and every year, millions of Monarch Butterflies make the trip from Canada to the forests of western Mexico.

Whale watching – There are several places to go whale watching in Mexico, but none is so spectacular than San Ignacio Lagoon. Located off the coast of Baja California Sur, the lagoon is perfect place for whale watching.

Visit Catedral Metropolitana in Mexico City – Oldest and the largest cathedral in Latin America, and the 16th century structure dominates the city’s central plaza, known as the Zocalo.

See street performances – You will most certainly come across public performances during your explorations of Mexico. Stop and watch as they are stunning.

As I expected when I started to write this article, choosing only few most interesting things to do in Mexico and to explain country is an impossible task. If you want other alternatives or you want to optimize your future trip, look for these guides and make your own incredible adventure.

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