Mexico is a land rich with archaeological wonders of the world, lively music and unforgettable festivities. “Barriga llena, corazón content” (full belly, happy heart)…. You will be amazed by the heaping platters of fabulous robust flavors – fresh seafood, “dry soups”, mole, barbacoa, carnitas and mixiotes! Explore the unique regional preparations – Corundas of Michoacán (a triangular tamale cake variant), the Pepita con Tasajo (strips of salt-cured beef in a sauce of ground pumpkin seeds and spices), and Huachinango à la Veracruzana (red snapper prepared in lime juice, jalepenos, olives, and raisins).
Want to hike along some of the most gorgeous scenes in Mexico? Perch along the rocky cliffs and ancient ruined walls of Tamul overlooking the Caribbean. Horseback ride or hike along the spectacular Copper Canyon, four times larger than its American counterpart, with its deep chasms, waterfall gorges, and thrilling heights. Let Travel Benefits by Design lead you through the adventurous discoveries and fascinating culture of Mexico.
Mexico City represents a blend of Mexican culture and thriving commerce. Immerse yourself with the music of the Mariachi at the Garibaldi Plaza and imbibe at Museo del Tequila y el Mezcal’s drinking tours.The Master Concert & Performing Arts Center (Palacio de Bellas Artes) and the National Palace are Mexico City’s classical landmarks. The National Palace contains three interior courtyards, nine Diego Riviera murals depicting native life before the Spanish Conquistadors, and the historic bell tower of Campana de Dolores, which rings in the War of Independence celebration to this present day. Learn about the Hispanic golden age of revolutionary art and muralists by visiting the Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino, featuring the works of Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo. An absolute “sight-to-see” is the resplendent opulence of Castillo de Chapultepec. It houses the palatial residence of Emperor Maximilian and Empress Carlota, a museum depicting Mexican history, the WWII Tribuna Monumental de las Águilas and the state gardens.
Other City Highlights
Visit the city of Taxco’s Santa Prisca, a heavily ornate Baroque cathedral filled with some of the finest gold inlay interiors in Mexico. Spend a few days at Guanajuato, the most beautiful of Mexico’s silver mining cities.
Guanajuato is filled with charming colonial buildings of pink and green limestone and ornate neoclassical architecture (the Juarez Theater, the Oratorio de San Felipe, and the University of Guanajuato). The Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato houses the famous artwork of Olga Costa and José Chávez Morado. Another unique characteristic of this city are its winding alleys and cobbled streets atop mountainsides and its massive archways both above ground and below ground, supporting a labyrinth of subterranean roads.
Mexico’s Archaelogical Heritage
Visit the City of the Gods at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan. The mysterious origins of Teotihuacan remain unknown, and even the powerful Aztecs who later discovered its ruins, would be in complete awe, giving it the name “Birthplace of the Gods”. Stroll down Teotihuacan’s pyramid-lined Avenue of the Dead, from the immense Pyramid of the Sun to the Pyramid of the Moon. Some of the most lovely archaeological artworks unearthed are gold and jade decorated carvings, wonderfully preserved murals of scarlet and gold, marble and granite structures, and masks of obsidian. Indeed Teotihuacan was a central hub for royal-commissioned artisans and master craftsmen gathered from all over the ancient world.
Mexico’s Chichen Itza is the largest and the best restored of the Yucatán Maya sites and the most important city of the Mayan ancient civilization. The Great North Platform includes the monuments of El Castillo, the Temple of Warriors and the Great Ball Court braced by the fearsome Jaguar emblems and almost gargoyle-like mosaic masks of primitive deities. The El Castillo houses an incredible convergence of mathematical configurations – 52 panels for 52 year solar cycles, 91 steps and platform equating to 365 days of the year, and 9 terraces divided to the months of the Mayan calendar. At the outskirts of Chichen Itza are the sacred caves of Balankanche and the ominous Cenote Segrado where sacrificial remains have been found.