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A trip to Mexico is to discover an intense cultural life, millenary traditions, white sandy beaches like those of Puerto Vallarta or Tulum, tropical forests with emerald rivers, mountain ranges, active volcanoes and incredible cities like Cancún and Mexico... This incredible diversity of climates and landscapes provides refuge for many animal species, such as the toucan, the jaguar or the quetzal. Mexico is also a country with a very rich history, the result of a mixture of very different civilizations, starting with Spanish and pre-Columbian civilizations. From this singular past, Mexico has inherited several major archaeological sites such as Teotihuacan or Chichen Itza, magnificent colonial cities and small villages each more exotic than the next. Finally, to discover the best of Mexican natural and cultural treasures, a tourist guide on Mexico will be very useful because it is a huge country that requires a minimum of orientation.

What to see, what to do Mexico?

When to go Mexico ?

The year can be considered to be divided into three periods in Mexico. The best time to travel to Mexico, ideal to benefit from preferential rates, is from April to June and then from September to November. The intermediate period is due to the school holidays in July and August. The tourist boom period extends from December to March or April, depending on the dates of Holy Week. A high number of visitors means higher prices and necessary reservations, but also a wider choice of activities for tourists. Mexico is a very festive country. Many religious and popular festivities take place there every month. Among the most important ones, not to be missed if you are travelling to Mexico at this time, are: The Guelaguetza festival in Oaxaca in mid-July. The city of Oaxaca welcomes representative communities from the 7 regions environnantes  (Sierra Juárez, Tuxtepec, La Cañada, La Costa, La Mixteca, Los Valles Centrales, Istmo de Tehuantepec). They come to present an overview of their culture, through dance and music performances. The National Independence Day, on 15-16 September, is another major event where, throughout the country, the scene of Miguel Hidalgo's call for an uprising in 1810 is repeated. Also not to be missed: the Cervantino International Festival in the city of Guanajuato in mid-October with concerts, dance and theatre performances by internationally renowned speakers. Not to mention, of course, the Feast of the Dead, on November 1 and 2. Across the country, all families celebrate their dead and unite with their loved ones; nothing to do with All Saints' Day... Here, the Feast of the Dead is a colourful feast.

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Large, extraordinarily varied, rich in every respect, Mexico can be approached in many ways, depending on the tastes, interests and budget of each traveller. There are many ways to get there, and there is no shortage of ideas when it comes to planning your trip. If you are looking for the pleasures of the sea, you are sure to be satisfied. Those who are more interested in art and architecture will prefer colonial cities and archaeological sites. The country will also delight those who are interested in fauna and flora, and love beautiful natural areas. Please note that the sample itineraries below are comprehensive and rather "tiring", as they offer a maximum of possible activities. You can adapt your itinerary to your own wishes and capacities, or contact specialized agencies.

How to go Mexico

How to go alone

Well served, Mexico is a generally safe country for solo travellers. The wave of violence linked to drug cartels and social repression generally spares tourists; neither criminals nor the state want to attract too much publicity. However, tourists can be easy prey, especially in the subway, taxi or street at nightfall. The ordinary rules of caution should be observed: do not display your camera, "banana" or wallet

How to go on a tour

Mexico is a huge country and it is impossible to discover it in one trip. Tour Operators mainly offer stays of about ten days around a theme (Mayan culture, Aztec sites...) or a region (the Pacific, Yucatan, Chiapas, the capital and its surroundings).

How to get around

It is very easy to travel by plane in the country, most cities being equipped with an airport. There is also a very good long-distance bus network at low prices. However, depending on the route, to save time on the plane and avoid long hours on the bus, the plane is often more interesting. Note: with the emergence of low-cost airlines on some routes, air and bus fares are sometimes identical.

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Templo del Sol, site archéologique de Palenque. Author's Image
Rue colorée de Cholula. Author's Image
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Spectacle de charrería à Mexico. Jade LATARGERE

The 12 keywords Mexico

1. #Agave

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It is from this plant that the two most emblematic drinks of Mexico are made: tequila, which is indisputable, and mezcal, which is becoming increasingly popular. The latter is distinguished by its distinctive smoky aroma. Agave thrives in arid regions, so much so that it is often mistaken for what it is not: a cactus!

2. #Aztecs

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At the origin of one of the greatest civilizations of the American continent, the Aztecs dominated the territory until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. It was on the ruins of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán that the Spaniards founded their new capital, Mexico City, after having caused the fall of the Aztec Empire.

3. #Biodiversity

Mexico is a megadiverse country, containing up to 12% of the world's species. Large biosphere reserves have been created to preserve this incredible biodiversity. However, overexploitation of natural resources, rapid growth and tourism are increasingly threatening these fragile ecosystems.

4. #Cenote

This geological curiosity is found almost exclusively in the Yucatán Peninsula, which is home to thousands of them. The cenotes are natural wells created by the collapse of the limestone plate. Considered sacred places in Mayan times, today they are a delight for tourists, who flock from all over the world to bathe in them.

5. #Día de los Muertos

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It is the most important holiday in the country, taking place on November1 and 2 (although the date varies by region and community). Mexicans celebrate their dead by making altars with offerings of fruit and objects around photos of their deceased. Music, dances and shared meals punctuate the return of the dead among the living.

6. #Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo is not only known for her paintings that document her life and assert a certain Mexicanness, she is also a pop culture icon. Ahead of her time, this mixed-race woman with her flowery hair became the most important woman in Mexico, and a true feminist inspiration in the world.

7. #Lucha Libre

Typical of Mexico, Lucha Libre is a type of wrestling that is halfway between a sport and a show. As tradition dictates, the luchadors wear masks when they fight in the ring. They play legendary characters and perform spectacular acrobatics. The fight is scripted but no less impressive.

8. #Métissage

The vast majority of the Mexican population has both European and Native American blood. The Spanish and indigenous populations quickly mixed, resulting in a great mosaic of populations. Since most Mexicans are Mestizos, the concept of miscegenation is now central to the Mexican national identity.

9. #Playa

For many, Mexico evokes above all white sand beaches bordered by translucent turquoise water... It must be said that the country is bathed in the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California to the west, and the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico to the east. The climate, the sunshine, the palm trees and the palomas do the rest..

10. #Ruins

Mexico has a considerable cultural heritage, and much of it is in the form of pre-Hispanic ruins. Pyramids are often the centerpiece of these ancient cities that flourished hundreds, even thousands of years ago, from Chichén Itzá to Palenque to Monte Albán to Teotihuacán.

11. #Marine Life

The waters along the Mexican coast are populated by a wide variety of marine species. In the east as well as in the west, the diving sites are legion, and the traveler has the chance to observe whales, dolphins, turtles, sharks, manta rays, sea lions and a multitude of colorful fish evolving within exceptional coral reefs

12. #Volcanoes

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Mexico's landscape is punctuated by numerous volcanoes, 48 of which are still active. Most of them reach an altitude of more than 4,500 metres. This is the case of Popocatépetl, in the agglomeration of Mexico City and Puebla, which has been erupting since 2004. Volcanic tremors are a constant threat to the country.

You are from here, if...

Catholic images are everywhere in your home and sometimes even in your car: crucifixes, rosaries and portraits of the Virgin of Guadalupe are normal decorations in your eyes.

You are able to reproduce el grito, the famous cry of the revolution, and sometimes compete with your family members

At the table and in the car, " donde caben dos caben tres "There is always room for one more person!

You've never had to use a caterer : weddings, quinceañeras, christenings... you always have a cousin to bring a pot of frijoles, a grandmother to prepare a delicious birria or an uncle who masters the art of carne asada to perfection.

You know that coger is a misleading verb. While it translates as "to take" in Spain, it can create a lot of misunderstandings in Mexico when used by a foreigner who doesn't master all the subtleties of your language!

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