From the glitz of an Acapulco disco, to the tranquility of the mountain village Cerocahui, one can plan the pace of one’s time in Mexico, or simply arrive and let serendipity take its course. This nation of over one hundred million is also home to the ghosts of ancient civilizations. The Mayans and Aztecs left their legacy in the massive ruins that draw thousands of visitors each year. Chichen Itza, Teotihuacán, Uxmal, Palenque and other monuments inspire awe for the people of Mexico’s past. Mexico’s Day of the Dead festivities are a carry-over from those earlier times. The Purepecha, Nahua, Totonac and Otomí peoples believed that the spirits of the dead were united with their living relatives during the festival, and the Spanish who arrived here in the 15th century added their own Catholic touches to the tradition.
Beyond its cultural attractions, the beauty of Mexico’s terrain entices artists, ecotourists and anyone with a love of nature. Mexico is a land of volcanoes, beaches, mountains, and deserts, embraced between the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The migratory habits of Monarch butterflies, humpback whales and Sea turtles draw wildlife observers for a rare glimpse of these zoological wonders.