"Mexico" Mexico by roamer61

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Mexico City, Palanque and the Yucatan

Mexico, also called Mesoamerica, was home to a variety of ancient cultures who lived here between 1200 B.C. and 1521 A.D. The Maya being the most famous. Though my trip was for archeaology, other come to Mexico for its Spanish culture or for the resorts of Acapulco, Cancun, Ixtapa or Cozumel. While in Mexico City, an excursion to the Pyramids of Teotiuachan is highly recommended (see article in site). Also make sure you visit the National Museum of Anthropology. It gives a great overview and ranks as one of the great museums of the world. A side trip to Villahermosa and La Venta Park may be worth your while (see below). The site of Palanque is a must for history and archeology buffs. Merida is the gateway to the Yucatan. Cancun can be a gateway as well. Here, you can visit Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Tulum and some of the many lesser known sites in the area. Though I didn't, you can also catch a Bullfight as well as sampling the cuisine and cultures of this spectacular country.

NOTE* I may be going back to Mexico in the not to distant future. Primarily to Guadalajara and its vicinity.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A rich history and culture
  • Cons:Watch out for bad water, drink bottled water only
  • In a nutshell:A wonderful destination as it has something for everybody
  • Last visit to Mexico: Apr 1990
  • Intro Updated Aug 27, 2007
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  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2008 at 8:37 AM

    What an interesting trip you had. I find ruins of all sorts very interesting. Thanks for the great tips.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2008 at 2:20 AM

    Interesting page on Mexico.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Stephen, fabulous overview with brilliant photos of this fascinating country. Well done.

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    It is a pleasure to read your Mexico page, Stephen. I visited Mexico three times, but never found the time yet to build a page.

  • GenuinelyCurious's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2007 at 10:30 AM

    Seems like we did a very similar trip... but you've got better tips and photos! Thanks for sharing.

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2006 at 5:44 PM

    I like the La Venta Park very much. Great page!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2006 at 6:15 AM

    Interesting page on Mexicao Stephen. You've covered most of the Mayan ruins. Hans and I had the pleasure of seeing the incredible Chichen Itza, but did not get to see Palanque, Teotihuacan & Uxmal. Also thanks for visiting my Jasper page.

  • Redlats's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2006 at 8:28 AM

    Hi Stephen. Interesting overview. We are leaving for the Yucatan in a week, so we will see some of the Mayans ruins you mention. Looking forward to it!

  • vesna04's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2005 at 9:01 AM

    Hi Stephen, you've done a great job here. Greetings from rainy Kotor !

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2005 at 11:31 AM

    Great page on Mexico and the Mayan ruins! Good tips about the food and water - you do have to be careful on the Yucatan peninsula. But it's worth it!

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