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Things To Do In Mexico Author: Savy Huynh

Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16 by Mexicans and people of Mexican ancestry around the world. The day is commemorated with nationwide festivities including fireworks, parades, live music, and home-cooked feasts enjoyed by family and friends. In honor of this day, take a vacaciones to Mexico and experience a variety of fun actividades.

Mexico City, a vast and lively metropolis where ancient meets modern, is a great place to start your trip. In the nation's capital, visit one of the city’s most famed museums, the National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec Park, which contains the most important collection of Mesoamerican artifacts in the world. Another must-see is the Basilica de Guadalupe, located on the hill where the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico, appeared to Juan Diego. Be sure to take a walking tour to learn more about Mexico’s heritage and attend a Ballet Folklorico Performance, which features dances in traditional dress from various regions of Mexico.

Mexico's colonial period during the 1700s was a unique blend of two very different cultures as the former Aztec way of life succumbed to the incoming Spanish rule. This period witnessed great destruction, but also gave birth to an outpouring of art and architecture. Many cities in Mexico still retain their colonial history with cobblestone streets and iconic architecture. In most towns, you can step into the past by staying at a stunningly restored historic hotel, or by visiting a beautiful church or plaza.

Mexico has several amazing and fascinating colonial cities to explore, many of which have been recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites of outstanding value to humanity. Some of the best places to visit include:

  • Guadalajara, Jalisco – the birthplace of mariachi and tequila, this is Mexico's second-biggest city and has plenty of museums and historical sites to keep travelers busy
  • Merida, Yucatan – known as the "white city," it has a vibrant cultural scene and is a great spot from which to explore the archaeological sites and natural attractions of the Yucatan Peninsula
  • Morelia, Michoacan – experience colonial architecture and local culture as you stroll among awe-inspiring plazas, gardens, and elegant buildings made out of pink quarry stone
  • Puebla, Puebla – home of the chile en nogada, Mexico's national dish, Puebla is renowned for its Talavera pottery and its historical city center chock-full of beautiful colonial buildings
  • Oaxaca, Oaxaca – a destination that combines attractive colonial architecture with colorful traditions, stunning handicrafts, and delicious asthenic cuisines
  • Taxco, Guerrero – Mexico's silver capital, a charming colonial town set in the mountains south of Mexico City

Learn more about the world's greatest ancient civilizations like the Olmecs, Zapotecs, Mayas, and Aztecs by visiting the Mayan archaeological sites of the Yucatan Peninsula, chosen as one of the New 7 World Wonders. Thrill-seekers looking for an adrenaline rush won’t be disappointed either with options from zip-lining through the jungle to exploring an underground river, or snorkeling and scuba diving at the world’s second-largest coral reef just off the Riviera Maya. Endless fun awaits the adventurer all across Mexico, and for those looking to relax under the sun, places like the Yucatan Peninsula or Cabo San Lucas, known for beautiful sunsets, sport fishing, and golf resorts along with amenity-filled all-inclusive resorts on white-sand beaches are vibrant yet relaxing, and ready to welcome you. ¡Viva México!

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