There are plenty of things to see when you go to the land of the Aztecs. These include the numerous pyramids minutes away from the city, crystal clear waters ideal for diving and the colorful houses for rent in Mexico. Of course, before setting off on your journey, there are a few things you must know about the country. Here are three important things to know as well as three Mexican treasures you’ll be interested in for your recreation.
Best Time To Visit
There are 12 months in a year, giving you 12 choices as to when to go on your trip. As to when is the best time to visit all depends on you. Do you want to skip the big crowds and peak period? Would a heavy rain shower rattle your plans? If you say yes to the first and no to the second, then perhaps traveling during the offseason, which is the end of May until the end of November. If what you wouldn’t mind a little price hike nor crowds and lines in exchange for the hot, summer sun, then travel from December to early May.
Places To See
There’s a little of everything for everyone in Mexico. History buffs will be glad to visit the numerous ruins scattered all around the country, from the seaside ruins in Tulum to the deep, jungle ruins in Palenque. Another place you must not miss is the Museo Nacional de Historia located in the beautiful Chapultepec Castle. If you came to Mexico to absorb some sun, you might want to dive into the clear waters of Cancun. Those who have an interest in architecture will delight in the different styles the churches have, ranging from Baroque to Renaissance. Art Connoisseur will also have the time of their lives as they admire the art of Frida Kahlo and Francisco Goitia. Nature lovers will be in bliss while they explore the Sac Actun cavern and Santa Cruz Cenote. This and much more can be seen and discovered during your travel in Mexico.
Ways to Go Around
Getting from one place to another will never be a problem when you travel in Mexico. When it comes to land transportation, there is an extensive roadway network connecting the country. Inside Mexico City are combis or vehicles that can carry multiple people that will operate along a certain route. There are also numerous buses all around the country, with three classes: Segunda (second class), Primera (first class), and De Lujo (luxury buses). That being said, sometimes it can be best to skip the long, tiring bus ride and just go on a plane instead. For example, taking the bus from Mexico to Cancun can take more than 24 hours while riding the plane will take a little more than two hours.
There are currently 1834 airports in Mexico, and around 36 of them are international airports. If you want a scenic route, but one with a bit more speed then you may want to take a train; however, this is limited to three options only, names a suburban railway and the Copper Canyon Railway and the Tequila Express. Ferries and boats are also available, with the most notable route from Baja, California to Mainland Mexico.
If you want to see a celebration, go see a fiesta. Since Mexico is a mostly Catholic country, it should not be a surprise to know that most towns and cities celebrate their own patron saint. Aside from religious fiestas, there are also national fiestas, a majority which is related to the liberation of the country, and local, which can be either historical or also related to the country’s independence. Some of the most popular fiestas include the Diez y Seis (Independence Day), Dia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe Day) and the Fiesta de Santa Cecilia (fiesta dedicated to St Cecilia, patron saint of musicians). Perhaps the most famous fiesta of all is the Dia De Los Muertos or the Day of the Dead. It revolves around the remembrance of one’s family and friends by building private altars that have their loved ones image along with their favorite food and drinks. Graves are cleaned and decorated, and the food is eaten by the family members who have come to celebrate life.
Blurring the line between sports and entertainment, Lucha Libre or “Free Fight” is one of the most popular forms of professional wrestling around the planet. What makes it distinctively different from other professional wrestling genres is the use by most wrestlers (luchadores) of the masks (mascaras) that can cover the entire head. To be unmasked is considered to be the highest form of humiliation a luchador can ever endure. One wrestler, El Santo, took this to heart and took off his mask only once in public during a television appearance and only did so because he was dying. Ten days later, he passed away. Lucha relies on agility and flexibility, thus why the most popular luchadores are the cruiserweights. Some of the most popular luchadores who have made it big in the United States are former World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio and former Cruiserweight Champion Kalisto. It is an absolute must to watch a match before you leave, so go ahead and ask your concierge when and where the next match will be.
If you’ve always wanted to see a rodeo, you might want to give the Charreada a chance. Also called charreria, the national sport of Mexico finds its roots in Spanish traditions brought over during the 16th century. It’s not uncommon to see charros or horsemen whose ancestors have been participating for five generations. They parade into the arena, often escorted by a mariachi band. There are several events, like the Terna en el Ruedo (Team of three) where trios must tie up a bull by its neck, hind legs, and feet in less than ten minutes. The charreada is deep-seated in tradition and some may say it’s even an art form. So it may come to nobody’s surprise that it was included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Charreadas are more often done in northern Mexico so if you plan to see one during your trip, best to do research ahead of time where and when it will be.
Mexico is a country whose roots are deeply embedded in its history, culture, and rituals. Even in a short visit to the country, you will immediately discover why numerous tourist love and return to Mexico.