Delve into the mystery of the Mayans and the vibrancy of present-day Mexico on a cultural discovery. Marvel at a 1300-year-old Maya palace at Palenque as parrots screech and howler monkeys growl in the sweaty emerald jungle around you. This is Mexico. Sliding from a palm-fringed sandy beach into the warm, turquoise waves of the Pacific on the Yucatan Peninsua is also a Mexican experience. This large country, which straddles temperate and tropical zones, reaching 5 kilometres into the sky and stretching 10,000 kilometres along its coasts, with a city of 19 million people at its centre and countless tiny pueblos everywhere, can hardly fail to provide a huge variety of sights.
Adventure is what you’ll undoubtedly have if you take just a few steps off the beaten path as activity-based tourism, community tourism and genuine ecotourism are developing rapidly in rural areas. The opportunities for experiencing Mexico’s spectacular wilderness and interacting with local communities are greater than ever; from cooking lessons in the Veracruz countryside, hiking the Oaxaca cloud forests to snorkelling the coral reefs of the Yucatán. Cultural tours, activity adventures and blissfully relaxing beach holidays all beckon in colourful Mexico.