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Where History and Bliss Intersect

From the resorts of Riviera Maya and Cabo San Lucas to the indulgences of Tijuana and the culture of Mexico City, this country is paradise with a robust past. Beachgoers and adventurers will be enthralled with crystal-clear waters and diverse ecosystems including tundra and jungle. History lovers can enjoy exploring Aztec and Maya landmarks.

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Cenote Sagrado
Cenote Sagrado

Cenote Sagrado

The Cenote Sagrado, near the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, was once a site of sacrifice to the Mayan rain god Chac. In the early 1900s, archaeologist Edward Herbert Thompson dredged the famous cenote and found copper, gold bells, rings, masks, cups, figurines and embossed plaques. He also found evidence of human sacrifice. 960 1280

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Cenote Dzitnup

Cenote Dzitnup

The breathtaking Cenote Dzitnup in Valladolid, Mexico, is completely underground with a hole in the ceiling. A guide rope and lighting make the cavern easier to enter, and it's a great place to swim. 960 1280

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Cenote

Cenote

The entrance to one of the Yucatan's many cenotes. 960 1280

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Cenote Xlacah

Cenote Xlacah

Cenote Xlacah, at the Mayan site of Dzibilchaltun, is ground-level, easily accessible and more than 140 feet deep at some points. 960 1280

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Cenote Sagrado

Cenote Sagrado

A view of the Cenote Sagrado from above. 960 1280

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Cenote Samula

Cenote Samula

People take a dip in the Cenote Samula, located right next to the Cenote Dzitnup in Valladolid, Mexico. 960 1280

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Cuzama, Mexico

Cuzama, Mexico

One of the 3 cenotes in Cuzama, Mexico. 960 1280

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Cenote Yokdzonot

Cenote Yokdzonot

Cenote Yokdzonot is located just 15 minutes from the Mayan city of Chichen Itza. 960 1280

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Cenote Suytun

Cenote Suytun

Located inside a private ranch in Valladolid, Mexico, the Cenote Suytun has an accessible entrance with a long staircase leading to the water. 960 1280

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Cenote Ikil

Cenote Ikil

Cenote Ikil, or the 'Sacred Blue Cenote,' is about 10 minutes from Chichen Itza, not far from the Cenote Sagrado. 960 1280

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Grand Cenote

Grand Cenote

The Grand Cenote, in Tulum, Mexico, is one of the most popular scuba-diving destinations in the Riviera Maya. 960 1280

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Cenote in Quintana Roo, Mexico

Cenote in Quintana Roo, Mexico

A scubadiver explores the marine life and underwater canverns of a cenote located in Quintana Roo, Mexico. 960 1280

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Esperanza
Esperanza

Esperanza

This award-winning luxury resort in Los Cabos has a beautiful location overlooking the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. 960 1280

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Esperanza

Esperanza

All the rooms at Esperanza have ocean views. The hotel is located at the tip of Punta Ballena ("Whale Point”), and in the winter months you might spot the migrating humpback whales from your private veranda. 960 1280

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Nizuc Resort and Spa

Nizuc Resort and Spa

With a prime location at the gateway to the Riviera Maya, this luxury resort and spa's unique Mayan-inspired therapies and private white-sand beaches make it a tranquil haven. 960 1280

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One & Only Palmilla

One & Only Palmilla

This oasis on the tip of the Baja Peninsula was built in the 1950s as a 15-room luxury hideaway for the jet-set crowd. Now it’s expanded to over 115 rooms, but the resort still feels glamorous and secluded. 960 1280

Kerzner International  

You will be treated like a celebrity at this beachfront sanctuary. The exceptional service includes personal butlers, luggage unpacking and a pillow and aromatherapy turndown menu. 960 1280

Kerzner International  

Fairmont Princess

Fairmont Princess

Tucked away in Acapulco's tropical oasis, this 15-story Aztec-pyramid-shaped hotel is surrounded by lush gardens, a saltwater lagoon, a golf course and more. 960 1280

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Fairmont Princess

Fairmont Princess

There's not a bad table at the resort’s Beach Club, an open-air bar and restaurant located right on the beach. 960 1280

Fairmont Princess  

Fairmont Princess

Fairmont Princess

Soak up the picture-perfect weather by one of the resort’s undulating outdoor pools. 960 1280

Fairmont Princess  

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach

This luxury resort is located on a private beach but is still close to Cancun’s lively dining and nightlife. 960 1280

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach  

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach

This all-suite hotel features breathtaking ocean views. 960 1280

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach  

Melia Cabo Real

Melia Cabo Real

The all-inclusive beach and golf resort is nestled on a sandy cove along Los Cabos' stunning sapphire coast. 960 1280

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Melia Cabo Real

Melia Cabo Real

Enjoy a meal or a cocktail right on the beach under one of the largest thatched-roof structures in Los Cabos. 960 1280

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The Westin Resort & Spa

The Westin Resort & Spa

This tropical paradise in Puerto Vallarta has a prime beachfront location. 960 1280

The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta  

The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta

The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta

Take a refreshing dip in one of the pools that flow through the property. Visit the swim-up bar or relax in a private shaded area. 960 1280

The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta  

The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta

The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta

There’s something for everyone at the Westin, whether it’s enjoying perfect-weather golfing, relaxing at the spa or just taking in the ocean views. 960 1280

The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta  

Tacos
Tacos

Tacos

Get a taste of Mexico! We love Mexican food, including delicious beef tacos or fish tacos, for those who prefer seafood. 960 1280

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Palacio Nacional

Palacio Nacional

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. 960 1280

Graeme Churchard, flickr  

Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido

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. 960 1280

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Ek Balam

Ek Balam

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. 960 1280

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Mariachi Band

Mariachi Band

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. 960 1280

  

Pollo Asado

Pollo Asado

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. 960 1280

Jorge Diaz, flickr  

Angel of Independence

Angel of Independence

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. 960 1280

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Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

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. 960 1280

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Fútbol

Fútbol

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. 960 1280

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Tulum

Tulum

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. 960 1280

Joiseyshowaa, flickr  

Tamales

Tamales

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. 960 1280

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Los Cabos

Los Cabos

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. 960 1280

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Lopez and Longoria

Lopez and Longoria

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. 960 1280

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Mexican Beer

Mexican Beer

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. 960 1280

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Oscar de la Hoya

Oscar de la Hoya

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. 960 1280

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Adventure

Adventure

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. 960 1280

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Teotihuacán

Teotihuacán

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. 960 1280

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Selma Hayek

Selma Hayek

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. 960 1280

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Quesadillas

Quesadillas

We enjoy eating the popular Mexican street food, quesadillas, a flour or corn tortilla filled with a savory mixture containing cheese and other ingredients. 960 1280

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Destinations in Mexico