12 Reasons We Love Mexico
There are many more than 12 reasons to love Mexico, but if we had to choose, we'd say the Maya ruins, tropical white-sand beaches, magnificent waterfalls, cobblestoned colonial towns, monarch butterfly reserves, and a railroad trip through the majestic Copper Canyon would definitely make the list. From the lap of luxury to off the beaten track, there are thousands of reasons to love Mexico — but we recommend starting with these 12.

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Too-Pretty Tulum

While there are many impressive Maya ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula, Tulum's beachfront location—perched on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea (and its fifty shades of blue)—is hard to beat. During my time there, I could not help but wonder how living in that walled city must have felt with such a million-dollar view at your doorstep.

It is one of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites, and its construction dates back to the years 1200-1450AD. Don't miss the buildings "The Castle" and "Temple of The Frescoes" and the "God of Winds Temple" (inset).

In addition to exploring the ruins, you can also swim at the beach at the bottom of the cliff.

To get here, drive about one hour south from Playa Del Carmen.

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