Mexico holidays : introduction
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Exuberant festivals, ancient civilisations, canyons and deserts, sugar-white sand and coral reefs, authentic street food, mariachi and mezcal - Mexico is a vibrant and passionate country of endless variety and contrast.
If you can tear yourself away from the gorgeous Caribbean and Pacific beaches, there are wonderful old Spanish towns to explore, local markets selling colourful textiles, fascinating museums, and excellent restaurants serving regional specialities alongside classic dishes spiced with chilli peppers, chocolate and coriander. Accommodation ranges from rustic lodges to luxurious private villas and elegant colonial haciendas, steeped in history and character.
Mexico has superb Olmec, Aztec and Maya ruins, whose ancient heritage survives to this day in the customs and dress of its indigenous communities - brilliantly displayed in colourful festivals held throughout the year, a fusion of timeless tradition with richly symbolic Catholic ritual.
The natural world is exceptional too, whether you’re swimming in turquoise sinkholes, or cenotes, spotting whale sharks out to sea, following clouds of Monarch butterflies on migration or taking in the incredible scenery of the Copper Canyon. Adventurer, culture lover or history buff, Mexico will capture your mind and delight your senses.
Climate and when to go
Mexico is a year-round destination with higher temperatures in the rainy season of May to October. The hurricane season, generally around September, can affect the Caribbean coast. The area around the Sierra Madre, which extends from the US border down to Mexico City, has a more moderate climate with warm days and cool nights, although winter (December to February) can be cold.
“Thanks for a truly fantastic holiday. Parts of the holiday were so memorable and the view out of that hotel window is the best one could ever see and that will live with me forever. We were lucky to see the Easter procession in Taxco which again was a very moving experience.” - BH
“Another top trip through Last Frontiers. Mexico was a great place to spend Christmas, offering a good mix of traditional celebrations and local culture, and we stayed in some wonderful hotels and enjoyed the climate.” - CH
“We had a fantastic time and all the logistics went extremely smoothly. The people at Journey Mexico were very friendly and went out of their way to make us welcome. I think the highlights were probably the trekking and the Day of the Dead celebrations in a village outside Oaxaca.” - AH & GH
“I've just sent you a card of a drawing I did in Zacatecas to thank you all for a wonderful trip. It was the right balance between travel, sightseeing and exploration as far as we were concerned. El Salvador was a positive surprise and Morgan's Rock was great and a good way to end the holiday. Thanks again, we really enjoyed the trip.” - CB