Mexico

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Whether your idea of vacation is sipping margaritas at a resort on the Yucatan Peninsula, trekking through ancient Aztec or Mayan archeological ruins, taking a Spanish immersion course, or testing your limits by sampling a spicy taco from one of the cities' local food carts, a visit to Mexico imparts every traveler with enduring memories. This far-reaching Latin American country is rich in history and culture and its people are proud and passionate about everything from their traditions and festivals to their love of football (soccer).

Though still marked by wide economic inequality, the country seems to be pushing a recovery through a recent call to action on the part of its president for Mexicans to “rediscover the country’s marvelous natural riches” and make Mexico a leading tourist destination. Mexican society in the cities seems to be well on its way to fostering a cosmopolitan lifestyle in the way of dining, entertainment and education. And so, travel information on destinations throughout Mexico is widely available and travel within the country is fairly easy via plane, bus or car. But beware, Federales are notorious for pulling over foreign drivers and extorting a fee in exchange for not hauling you off to jail.

Highlights

Cabo San Lucas A popular holiday destination with beautiful beaches.
Chichén Itzá These famous Mayan ruins are considered one of he world's mysterious wonders.
Oaxaca Rich in culture, architecture, festivities and food, the state of Oaxaca and its capital have a lot to offer.

Tips and Hints

• Learn a few helpful phrases in Spanish. Many people speak some English in the resort areas but it's less likely in rural or small towns.
• Don't drink the tap water.



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