White sand beaches, misty highlands, ancient temples, themed water parks, rich sea life and so much more! Mexico is a land where dreams come true… 

Mexico is a huge country that will take several trips to truly explore. But if your family enjoys beautifully preserved colonial cities, whale watching, swimming with sea lions or whale sharks, hiking, surfing or just hanging out on pristine beaches, this is where you want to be! When you are ready, there is something for everyone in Mexico!

In this newsletter we are going to focus on our favorite places. Next week, we’ll send out our list of all our favorite things to do. Mexico has so much that I can’t fit it all in one newsletter! And you won’t be able to fit it all into one trip. But there’s always next year, and the next, and the next!

Our Favorite Places:

Mexico City – the capital city of Mexico and the largest city in North America, has a renowned art and culture scene and some of the best food in the western hemisphere! Better yet, it is affordable, safe (in most areas) and relatively easy to get around in. One of the main tourist areas is the Historic Center of Mexico City which holds the complex of Templo Mayor, the religious center for the Aztec, and the fascinating Museo Nacional de Antroplogía, which many say is the “must see” of Mexico City. The entire area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Oaxaca – This beautiful colonial city, located a couple of hours from Puebla, is truly a treat! At 5,000 feet above sea level and surrounded by the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range, Oaxaca is the consummate cultural and culinary destination of Mexico. If you like Mexican food, in particular mole, Oaxaca is the place to be. Her nickname is “The Land of the Seven Moles” – who can resist a good mole?

The Baja Peninsula – Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo might be known for their beaches, nightlife and uber glam hotels but the baja is best known as the Mexican Galapagos. Sea kayaking, glamping on isolated beaches, bird watching, hiking, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, or best of all, swimming with whale sharks and sea lions! You name it, adventure awaits in the Mexican Galapagos.

Riviera Maya – the tourism and resort district that runs along the Caribbean coastline in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Formerly known as the Cancun-Tulum corridor (which describes the area perfectly) is known for its white sand beaches; amazing snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities; all inclusive resorts; quaint boutique hotels; fine dining opportunities and tourist attractions. Archaeology is a big draw with the ruins of Tulum, Chichen Itza and Coba being easy to access but just as fascinating are the eco-parks of Xcaret and Xel-Ha. There is definitely something for everyone and flights to Cancun are plentiful!

Cozumel – with an international airport or a one-hour ferry ride from Playa del Carmen (in the Riviera Maya) you can be on the tropical paradise known as Isla Cozumel. With a Mexican heart, Caribbean soul and an immense area of protected reefs, Cozumel is a huge draw for many travelers. From swanky hotels to small bed and breakfasts, there is something for everyone, especially if sea life is what you’re looking for! The average temperature is 80 degrees and the waters are just about the same. The island is near the largest barrier reef system in the Americas, the Mesoamerican reef, and is home to 250 species of fish, including the queen angelfish and the toadfish, which can’t be seen anywhere else in the world. If you like marine life, this is the place you want to be!

San Miguel de Allende – with her colorful buildings and cobblestoned streets, it’s hard to resist the charm of this 500-year-old colonial city. Nestled in the Sierra Madre mountains, San Miguel de Allende, is an off the beaten path draw for music lovers, artists and foodies from all over the world. While the city has seen a huge shift in tourism over the past 50 years which is evidenced by the excellent restaurants and high-class hotels, there is still a laid back atmosphere with a cosmopolitan panache unlike any other city in Mexico. But you’ll have to come see for yourself.

I hope you enjoyed our favorite places in Mexico and are excited to see next week’s list of our favorite activates! If you are ready to go right now CALL ME, I’d be thrilled to help you plan a family trip to Mexico. Or better yet, you can sign up for a 30-minute discovery session by following this link: www.calendly.com/bambi.

Now let’s go explore the world!

All my best,

Bambi Wineland is the mother of two internationally adopted children, a traveler, and the Founder and CEO of Motherland Travel. Motherland Travel began by designing Heritage Journeys for families with internationally adopted children. The emphasis of those Heritage Journeys has always been on deepening family connections, building self-esteem and cultivating pride in a family’s multi-cultural heritage. Motherland Travel also uses the philosophies of transformative Travel for designing family trips with purpose – building rich connections, with each other and the world! Read more about her here >> http://motherlandtravel.com/

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