By:Adrienn Takacs | Point2homes.com
1. It’s a heaven for gourmands
If you like to eat delicious food and don’t mind an ounce of corn, pepper or chili in your dinner, then Mexico is the place for you! Besides the renowned quesadillas, tacos, and nachos with guacamole, make sure to try out something more traditional. Tostadas, a type of deep-fried corn tortillas, can be a great new alternative to traditional tortillas. Tamales, first prepared by the Mayans, Incas and Aztecs, are pockets of corn dough, filled with a delicious stuffing and wrapped in banana leaves.
2. You can enjoy a ride on the Saturday Tequila Express
What better way is there to get to know the region where this famous distilled beverage originates from, than sitting in a train and enjoying the view between the Amatitan and Hacienda San Jose del Refugio agave plantations? Visitors get to see the old processing techniques and can taste shots or cocktails of tequila on site. Across the road from the Jose Cuervo Factory, one can also visit the National Tequila Museum, where old photos are exhibited regarding the preparation of this world-famous alcoholic drink.
3. It’s the best place to take an afternoon nap
Although the biggest commercial centers and cities have already abolished the siesta, it is still common in smaller towns and in the rural area. This daily ritual is held every day between 1:30 and 4 pm, so that workers can grab a meal and even enjoy an afternoon nap before returning back to work.
4. Speaking of siestas, the weather is also perfect!
Since siestas are usually held in countries with warm climates, one will be happy to find that Mexico is no exception! The Cancun area has an annual average temperature of 26OC, similarly to Mexico City. It also has about 9.41 hours of sunshine daily on a yearly average, and has about 80 rainy days in total each year.
5. Contribute to the local economy by purchasing handmade goods
The best place to purchase your artisanal products in the country is in Ciudad de Mexico, in Mercado de la Ciudadela, the local market. It is the largest and most famous fair in Mexico, where you can buy everything from souvenirs to fresh fruit and vegetables.
6. Living is inexpensive
Compared to other North American, and even most of the European countries, Mexico is way cheaper. A three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant costs somewhere around $22 USD, and a monthly pass on the local transportation system is $20 USD. Monthly rent for a three-bedroom apartments outside the city center usually cost under $400 USD, whilst basic monthly utilities (such as electricity, heating, water and garbage) is generally $50 for a 915 sqft apartment.
7. Affordable residential properties
When on apartment hunt, bear in mind that you can purchase a great apartment in one of the most popular neighborhoods of Merida for $69,000. With a spacious kitchen, snug living room, a dining room, a bedroom and a full bathroom downstairs, the house also comes with two additional bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor. The residential property is very close to the city center, and comes with two parking spaces off the street.
8. Beach Luxury in Cancun
If in search for luxurious seaside condos, Mexico will surely not disappoint! For a whopping $850,000 you can purchase a two-department condo, with a total of 6 bedrooms and six baths, on 6,351 sqft. The property is located in the luxury hotel zone of Cancun, in the first row right next to the sandy beach with crystal-clear waters. The main apartment consists of a master bedroom, two other bedrooms with their own baths, large dining and living room with a lovely kitchen. The secondary area has three bedrooms, of which the master has an amazing view of the sea, three bathrooms, kitchen with its own sea view, a living area, and a dining area. The property is located in one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the region.
9. Oaxaca is a true festival city
Oaxaca, lying on the southernmost part of the country, is mostly known for its indigenous peoples, thus having a strong cultural heritage. Near Christmas time, during Calendas, locals dance from church to church. Even the large, national festivals gain a regional atmosphere here.
10. Celebrate the Day of the Dead
The Day of the Dead is one of the most famous Mexican festivals, and it is one of the most important for Mexicans. Despite its morbid name, the Day of the Dead is a happy and emotional time, when people remember their passed loved ones. The manifestations vary from region to region, but the strongest celebrations are in the rural area and in the southern and central part of the country.
11. The Impressive Historic Center of San Miguel de Allende
To catch a glimpse of the Mexican essence, you have to check out El Jardin, the historic walking area of San Miguel de Allende, where every day mariachis play traditional music while locals dance. 17th and 18th century historic and religious buildings in the center are also a must-see. You shouldn’t miss the opportunity to take a trip into the nearby desert during wet season (from August to October), when cacti are in full bloom.
12. Mexico City, the cultural capital
To say that Mexico City is the capital of Mexico would be an understatement, since its abundance in museums, historic and religious architecture, exhibits, and events make it the cultural center of the country. From the lively historic center through the Museum of Modern Art and the Ciudadella craft market, the city has something memorable to offer to everyone. If in search for great food, active nightlife, or shopping, head to the San Angel and Condesa districts. To get a glimpse of the remains of the city before the Spanish conquest, check out the floating gardens of Xochimilco.
13. You can go to Mazatlan, the beach paradise
The second largest city of Mexico, Mazatlan, is also a famous resort town. Its long sandy beaches in the front of prestigious hotels make it one of the most sought-after destinations in the country. Water sports enthusiast can practice various activities ranging from sailing and surfing to snorkeling and scuba diving.
14. Merida, the Mayan center
Located in the state of Yucatan, Merida is one of the best cities to have as a base for exploring Mayan ruins. Its proximity to Uxmal, La Ruta Puuc and Chichen Itza, the most spectacular construction on the Yucatan Peninsula, has made it a must-see destination for history and architecture lovers.
15. Discover the unique underground world of the cenotes
The Mayan Riviera is home to more than 20 cenotes, a kind of natural sinkholes occurring in limestone, which were formed by the crumbling of the bedrock, displaying water underneath. Some of the best cenotes are the Ik Kil (between Chichen Itza and Valladolid), Dos Ojos south of Tulum, and Sak Aktun, just outside of Tulum.
16. Hike a volcano
Since the country is located on a seismically active region, it is rich in both active and dormant volcanoes. These mountains are considered a real challenge for local and foreign hikers. One of the most frequented destinations is the Nevado de Toluca, a 4,558-meter high dormant volcano 80 kilometers west of Ciudad de Mexico. If you get to the top, you can admire a splendid crater lake, and during clear days, you can admire an amazing view of the also dormant Iztaccihuatl volcano.
17. Save baby turtles
The Mexican Riviera is home to 7 of the 8 existing marine turtle species in the World, and because of this, locals have taken action to conserve and protect the hatchlings which can be found on the beach. Local tour companies organize night walks to observe how females lay their eggs, or at the end of the season, guide their babies towards the ocean. A number of organizations accept long-term volunteers to assist in protecting and monitoring these sea creatures.
So it’s really no wonder that so many people think about moving or retiring to this amazing country, where the culture is strong, the living is affordable, and the natural as well as the man-made attractions are some of the best in the World!