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12 Reasons We Love Mexico

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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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Carretera Federal, Cancun - Chetumal Km 230, 307, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
A pre-Columbian Maya site on the Caribbean Sea in Tulum Mexico.
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Malecón, Zona Romántica, Amapas, 48399 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
The Malecon boardwalk is a popular activity for both tourists and locals in PV. You can enjoy the local street foods, arts, and crafts here. Along the way, you will stumble upon larger than life statues such as the one above. I came upon this...
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San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Las Ventanas is an ideal place to sit back, kick up your feet, and recharge. The views from your palapa are magnificent (we were in 408), and the margaritas are fantastic. The vibe is fun during the day and romantic at night. Don't forget to get...
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Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico
Mérida is the capital and largest city in the Yucatan Peninsula. It retains an abundance of beautiful colonial buildings and is a vibrant cultural center with music and dancing playing an important part in day-to-day life.
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Of all the Maya ruins, none exude the royal, palatial feel like Palenque. Perched in the hills with broad sweeping views down into the gulf plain below, one can sense the power the rulers must have felt at this location. The architecture and...
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Cuatro Cienegas has got to be one of the coolest places on the planet earth! It is certainly not like any other place or ecosystem I have ever visited and I would have never imagined you could find paradise in the middle of the Chihuahuan desert....
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Calle 28 de Septiembre 109B, Zona Centro, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
For less than $2, you can take a quick funicular ride to the Pipila Monument to get this top-of-the-world view of Guanajuato, Mexico. We arrived just after sunset, when lights were flickering across the colorful city. There were people around, but...
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Agua Azul, Chis., Mexico
Deep in the jungles of Chiapas turquoise rivers emerge from deep springs. Agua Azul is a series of cascades and pools found just off the road between Ocosingo and Palenque. Closer to Palenque, and equally accessible, is Misol Ha, a dramatic...
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Michoacán, Mexico
Every autumn, millions of Monarch butterflies make their way from Canada and the northern US to the pine forests of this corner of Michoacán, where they hibernate for the winter. Seeing these little creatures fly in swarms over hills and highways...
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Ferrocarril, La Bienestar, Los Mochis, Sin., Mexico
Ride the last great passenger train in Mexico through one of the deepest and most ecologically diverse canyons in the world. Take the Ferrocarril Chihuahua-Pacifico from Los Mochis to Creel, explore the canyon a bit, then hop back on the train and...
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Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo, Mexico
What do you get when you cross a crepe with a waffle cone? – Marquesitas, the sweet Yucatecan street food that originated in Mérida and has thankfully found its way to sleepy Isla Holbox. When the hum of generators fills the humid...
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Calle Isabel la Catolica 30, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
A 17th-century palace is now a 17-room hotel. Some rooms have walls made of volcanic rock, and the rooftop terrace offers panoramic views of Mexico City’s historic quarter.