Tacos, the pyramids of Teotihuacán, Cinco de Mayo, Los Cabos, mariachi bands, Oscar De La Hoya and kayaking on the Sea of Cortez are a few reasons why we love the Mexicans.
Get a taste of <a title="Mexico" href="http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/mexico" target="_blank"><em> <b>Mexico</b></em></a>! We love Mexican food, including delicious beef tacos or fish tacos, for those who prefer seafood.
The Palacio Nacional is a must-see sight, and it’s in Mexico City’s Plaza de la Constitución. Artist Diego Riviera painted the beautiful murals inside the palace, which has housed the ruling class of Mexico since the Aztec empire.
Visit the low-key beaches of Puerto Escondido, located on the Oaxacan coast in Mexico. This tourist destination caters to surfers, backpackers and families. West of the town is a large lagoon and a popular area for fishing and birdwatching.
We love exploring ancient Maya ruins including Ek Balam (pictured), Uxmal, Palenque, Monte Alban and Chichen Itza. Ek Balam is a historic site where some of Mexico’s most astounding archeological discoveries have been made.
We love music steeped in Mexican tradition and culture, including romantic boleros, música tropical, cumbias, mambos, cha-cha-chas. Heck, we enjoy listening to festive mariachi bands, too.
Mexican dishes are delicious, including pollo asado (pictured), carne asada, gorditas, cochinita pibil and arroz con pollo. Jonesin’ for something sweet? Try mole or champurrados, 2 traditional Mexican dishes made with chocolate.
We enjoy sightseeing in some of Mexico’s biggest cities, including Tijuana, Puebla, Guadalajara, Ecatepec de Morelos. Don’t forget to stop by El Ángel de la Independencia (pictured) aka The Angel of Independence in Mexico City. The Angel was built to commemorate the centennial of the beginning of Mexico’s War of Independence, celebrated in 1810.
Mexicans take their festivals and celebrations seriously, and Dia de los Muertos is no different. Day of the Dead, a national holiday, is a special time when families honor the deceased with parades, private alters, leaving gifts on graves and eating favorite foods and beverages of the dearly departed. Cinco de Mayo, Sombrero Festival and Under the Volcano are a few other Mexican celebrations.
We love the passion of Mexican soccer fans, and what’s not to love about watching an exciting game at Estadio Azteca. Fútbol aka soccer is the most popular sport in Mexico, followed by boxing, charrería, baseball, basketball, lucha libre and bullfighting.
Explore ancient ruins at Tulum, one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayan. It’s located along the east coast the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea. There are 3 major structures: El Castillo (pictured), the Temple of the Frescoes and the Temple of the Descending God.
Tamales can be traced back to the ancient Maya and Aztec civilizations when they were used as portable food to support their armies, but also to feed hunters and travelers. According to taste, this tasty treat can be filled with meats, cheese, fruits, vegetables, chilies and a variety of other ingredients.
Take a trip to Los Cabos, one of Mexico’s renowned beach vacation destinations. We also enjoy relaxing on the beaches in Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita, Cancun, La Paz and Playa del Carmen.
We enjoy watching comedian and actor George Lopez and actress Eva Longoria. Other well-known actors of Mexican descent include Delores Del Rio, Gael Garcia Bernal, Anthony Quinn and Ricardo Montalban.
We enjoy sipping on a Corona, one of the best-selling beers in Mexico and one of the top-selling beers worldwide. Dos Equis, Modelo Especial, Estella, Noche Buena and Carta Blanca are a few other popular beers brewed in Mexico. And we can’t forget about a few of our favorite Mexican spirits like tequila, mescal and pulque.
Boxing is one of Mexico’s most popular sports. We enjoy watching boxing and admire former boxer Oscar De La Hoya for being the first American of Hispanic decent to start his own boxing promotional firm.
We love the Mexicans’ sense of adventure. Go kayaking on the Sea of Cortez, fishing in La Paz, hiking in the Copper Canyon, golfing in Puerto Vallarta or diving along the Yucatan’s Caribbean Coast.
We marvel at the pyramids of Teotihuacán, located near Mexico City. Take a stroll down the Avenue of the Dead, from the Pyramid of the Sun to the Pyramid of the Moon.
Mexican-American Selma Hayek is known as one of the first Latina actresses to establish a successful film career in the US, but she’s also known for her work behind the camera as a producer and director.
We enjoy eating the popular Mexican street food, quesadillas, a flour or corn tortilla filled with a savory mixture containing cheese and other ingredients.