Mexico - A Lesson in the Sun, Sea, and Salsa

Explore ancient ruins, landscapes and history.

Mexico is a diverse country and a distinct culture dating back to the Olmecan tribe being the first civilization that appeared around 1500 years BC. Mexico is rich in traditions, history, art and religion offering a complete tourism infrastructure that guarantees a comfortable and secure stay to those tourists traveling to its different destinations.

Mexicana and Aeromexico, Mexico's two national airlines, provide extensive service throughout the country. Other major airlines that service travel to Mexico from the United States and Europe are Delta, Alaska, American, Northwest, British Airways and Lufthansa.

Travelers to Mexico now find it even more appealing due to the recent major changes in the past few years including a democratic transition of power, and the promotion of ecotourism and free trade. Mexico is a year-'round visitor destination and ranks first in the Americas and eighth worldwide in number of World Heritage Sites, with 23 in all. By visiting these World Heritage Sites you can walk in the footsteps of the Olmecs, the Mayans, the Toltecs, the Zapotecs, the Aztecs. All throughout the country, you can visit their ancient cities and learn about their culture and civilization.

A few years ago, Mexico offered visitors the usual variety of hotels and resorts. Today they have a greater variety of accommodations to choose from, including converted haciendas, bed-and-breakfasts, and colonial-era mansions. Mexico offers you world-class resorts that will help you to unwind and relax in a friendly, leisurely environment. Popular resorts can be found in cities like Puerta Vallarta, Cancun and Acapulco.

Mexico has some of the most stunning beaches you will find anywhere. Baja California and Copper Canyon in northwest Mexico are amazing sites to visit for foreigners and locals alike. For the more adventerous travelers, the Yucatan provides untold riches not usually seen by the average visitor. Some of the finest scuba-diving in the world can be experienced in the Gulf of Mexico. Water ski, jet skis, power-boating, snorkeling, diving... all are essential water sport activities.

Visitors can also experience party-filled nights, dancing, singing, and endless kinds of food typical in a traditional Mexican diet. Tropical forests, waterfalls, Mayan ruins, leafy trails, dense undergrowth and much more awaits those looking for a trip into a one of Mexico's jungles in the highlands of Chiapas. Other activities like eco tours are a great way of experiencing some of nature's most wonderful sights. By including eco-friendly travel with your itinerary, you can combine learning with adventure to truely discover the Mexico we are all meant to see.

Some of Mexico's finest towns and cities look and feel just as the Spanish left them two hundred years ago. Today, Mexico's colonial heritage invites visitors to experience the splendor of past heritage intertwined with a modern-day Mexico. Mexico City, the second largest metropolis in the world, is a city truely like no other. Guadalajara gave Mexico many of the cultural things synonymous with Mexico and Monterrey is Mexico's commercial powerhouse. Each has its own style, character and unique atmosphere.

One important aspect of traveling is to stay healthy. We advise all travelers to get recommended vaccinations and preventive medications for the country they are traveling to. Below is a list of vaccinations and other medical advice for visiting Mexico and some Central American countries.

  • Hepatitis A vaccination
  • Hepatitis B vaccination
  • Anti-malarial drugs when visiting malaria prone areas of Mexico
  • Rabies for extensive, unprotected, outdoor exposure in rural areas
  • Yellow Fever vaccination
  • Typhoid vaccination
  • Possible booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria and measles.

Talk to your medical provider to discuss information and advice for travling to foreign countries.

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