Mexico: Off the Beaten Path
Where to Go!
Let it be known, this is coming from someone interested in adventures off the beaten path, but I have not personally been to these spots in Mexico. I am going to try to sum them up so I can plan for the future and for all of us to talk about!
Places to Cover:
- Copper Canyon
- Valladolid, Mexico
- Akumal, Quintana Roo
- Puebla, Puebla
Book to go to Mexico
A Little about Mexico
Mexico was recognized as its own county on December 28th, 1836. It declared independence from Spain in the Year 1810. The country has about 120 million residents and is approximately the 11th most populated country in the world. The Tropic of Cancer almost completely divides the country in half and therefore has two different climates. One that stay constant throughout the year and one that gets cooler in the winter months, making it the perfect spot for travelers with all types of weather preferences. Mexico is home to a vast, predominantly Hispanic culture and is a huge tourist destination. While the country is a frequent stop for cruise ships and beach goers, there are plenty of spots off the trail that a percentage of travelers would prefer to visit.
Map of Destinations
Copper Canyon, Mexico
Copper Canyon is Mexico's version of the Grand Canyon from neighbor Arizona in the United States. According to a legend when being asked how the Copper Canyon was formed, said that it was a footprint of a giant. Copper Canyon is four times the size of the Grand neighbor to the North and covers 25,000 square miles of rugged terrain. There are plenty of ways to discover the canyon. You can ride the local train which is very cheap. On the way there are plenty of local villages to visit, as well as restaurants and shops. There are people who live there as well. The local, native Tarahumara Indians are people who have excluded themselves from modern civilization. They live in caves in the winter and cabins in the warmer times of the year. They are weavers and make wool blankets to keep warm in the colder times of the year. There is an awesome option for thrill seekers. You can zipline down the canyon. reaching a speed of 65 mph, with a top vertical drop of 1450 feet.
Valladolid is a small town about 2 hours from Cancun. It is enriched in Mayan culture. This is a great destination for people trying to see an entire area in one day. It is small enough to walk around by foot and yet so intriguing that you'll want to take all day immersed in what you see. They have awesome local dishes including the "pollo pibil." If you know what this is, sound off in the comment section! Perhaps one of the most "off the beaten path attraction here is the underwater natural pool at Cenote Dzitnup. It only costs about 2 dollars and is a wonderful escape from the heat, that is not a beach or man made swimming pool. The lights in the cave where the natural pool is located turns the water vibrant green, turquoise and blue colors and is a one of a kind experience. Founded in 1540 this is the perfect blend of culture and escape for your off the beaten path tours.
Akumal, Quintana Roo
If you're looking to still be in a tropical setting, aside from the ones picked for you by most cruise ships, look no further. Akumal, Quintana Roo is a small town about an hour south of Cancun by car with a small amount of hotels and destinations, making this an off the beaten path destination. The biggest thing here is the fact that Loggerheard Turtles and Green Turtles call this place home year round. Any time, and we do mean ANYTIME you can make it out here, it's very easy to see a lot of wildlife and take in the incredible view. Snorkeling is very cheap to do and will give you a mental picture to keep with you for a lifetime. A lot of cruises offer adventures less stellar than this and for a higher price, so this is a nice adventure to embark on!
Puebla is one of the most important cities in Mexico. Founded in 1531, with over 2.7 Million current residents, Puebla is located southeast of Mexico City. This is a beautiful city with beautiful churches covered with gold, incredible pottery and art and a landscape pushed in between two volcanoes that will surely be a mind blast! There is one thing that this city is most famous for though, and that is their victory over the French on May 5th, 1862...And if you haven't already guessed, this is the reason we celebrate Cinco de Mayo. So yes, if you like to drink tequila, this is the day that your excuse to drink stems from. Also just a half an hour outside of Puebla is the Pyramid of Cholua, one of the world's Largest Pyramids.
Get to Mexico
Most Cruise ships dock very close to the destinations listed here. You can find pretty decent deals, especially coming from the United States, since it is so close in distance.
Copper Canyon: Fly into CUU which is the airport in Chihuahua
Valladolid: Fly into MID, the airport in Yucatan
Akumal, Quintana Roo: Fly into CUN, the international airport for Cancun
Puebla, Puebla: Fly into MEX, the Mexico City Airport
You can take a group and guided tour as well. G Adventures of Trafalgar offer Prime Destination Tours of Mexico's Greatest Spots.
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