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Things You’ll Love About Mexico More Than Burritos
Breathtaking scenery, irresistible cuisines, warm-hearted people and rich culture – these are just some of the reasons why millions of travelers kept coming back to Mexico annually. In fact, the growth rate of international tourists arriving in the country surpassed that of the tourism in the world by 3%, with an estimated 4.4% increase from January to April 2015.
Apart from the culinary delight of going to this country, tourists have many reasons to visit Mexico from the different must-try activities here to the destinations that one can only find in this part of the world. Read on below to find out why you’ll love to consider Mexico as your next travel destination.
Aside from the beach in Cancun and the Mayan temples, Mexico has plenty of destinations for those looking for an escape in nature. For beach lovers, you’ll love spending some time in the spectacular 1.5km stretch of sand in Zipolite. Found in the state of Oaxaca, this natural beauty is considered one of the world’s hidden gems. Although it’s open for all kinds of tourists, one travel blog cites it as “a favourite among more alternative travellers.” Apparently, the location is a popular among locals as one of Mexico’s very few nude beaches that retained its hippie atmosphere and culture which started in the 1960s.Rod Waddington via Compfight cc
Another hidden beauty is the Las Pozas in Xilitla that can be found in the subtropical rainforest in the mountains of Mexico. The more than 32 hectares of natural waterfalls and pools were added with towering surrealist concrete sculptures. It was created in 1940s by Edward James from California, who ‘wanted a Garden of Eden set up’ with massive sculpture that goes up to four stories high.
While some parts of the world are busy trick or treating, Mexico has a unique way of celebrating the deceased through the ‘Day of the Dead’ festivities. It is a colorful tradition that is deeply rooted in the country’s history since the era of the Aztecs. While it’s fun to take photographs of the decorations and costumes of people during this time, The Guardian author Jo Tuckman said it’s polite to ask permission before taking snaps. “The cemetery is open to anybody who wants to go, and I have never seen any sign of irritation with strangers taking photographs although it is advisable to discretely ask permission before taking closer shots,” Tuckman said.Fotogaleria oficial via Compfight cc
Just like the Rio Carnival event in Brazil, Mexico presents tourists their own authentic tradition, culture and love for art. Every mid-March of the year, the country holds its two-week Festival de México that is supported by around 50 venues throughout the city. They stage top-notch local and foreign acts that present different performing arts, including dance, music, theater and opera.
Mexico is not only for those looking for some time to relax, but also for adrenaline junkies in search of the best extreme land and water sports. “Extreme sports in Mexico are not just a different way of looking at sports, they’re just as much a way of life,” said extreme sports aficionado Victor Hugo Galán. Among the must-try and popular activities here is the cave diving, as Mexico is known in the world for its plenty of underwater caves, especially at the Yucatan Peninsula’s Riviera Maya. Great formation of stalactites, stalagmites and columns can be found in the shallower part of the caves. It has over 100 different cave entrances and long stretch of passageway to further enjoy the beauty underneath.
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For thrill-seekers looking for an above the land adventure, the extreme zipline in Cancun may suit your adrenaline appetite. The experience will take you on a 5-hour ziplining from Cancun while soaring over the lush tropical jungle in Mexico. It has been hailed as ‘one of the 35 greatest adventure in the world’ by Time and Leisure magazine. In Puerto Vallarta, you can also find the 700 feet off the ground ziplining experience that many tourists said “an adventure not meant for everyone.”