9 reasons why you must visit Mexico
We asked Joe Diaz, AFAR Magazine Founder, what it was that he loved most about traveling in Mexico.
Obviously he couldn’t narrow it down to one highlight, so here are Joe’s top nine reasons why you should be going to Mexico now…
The friendliness of the Mexican people is among the highest in the world. Everywhere you go someone will be there willing to lend a helping hand. Churros El Convento is one of my favorite highlights, which captures the friendly spirit of the Mexican people.
Your dollar can go a long way in Mexico and the price to value ratio is high. (Remember what Warren Buffett says, “Price is what you pay, value is what you get.”) As you travel into the interior of Mexico and away from major beach destinations, you’ll notice the difference in prices. Two of my favorite areas are San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato.
I can’t say enough about the freshness, flavors, diversity and quality of Mexican food. Every region brings its own distinct traditions. From roadside stands to Michelin-starred restaurants, Mexico is home to some of the world’s best food. Sayulita is my recommendation for the world’s best shrimp burrito. And when in Mexico City you need to eat at Dulce Patria and Anatol.
4. The Pacific Coast:
I love Mexico’s Pacific coast. There is so much coastline to explore. One of my favorite spots is the area around Puerto Vallarta. The small villages north and south of the city bring you back to a calm and tranquil state of mind. One of my top beach towns is Sayulita, which is about 45 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta. Here is a quick guide to Puerto Vallarta.
5. Escape from it all:
Mexico has always had a reputation of being one of the world’s best hideouts. From the beaches of Tulum and Oaxaca to the haciendas in the Yucatan. You won’t have to search long and hard to find your perfect escape. La Casa Que Canta was one of my hideaways this year. And for our Editor in Chief, Julia Cosgrove, her “go to” is Amansala in Tulum.
6. Indigenous culture:
Spending time in Chiapas, I developed a love for, and a fascination with, Mexico’s indigenous culture. The textiles are beautifully hand-woven and the people here use clothes and patterns as form of communication. Chiapas isn’t one of Mexico’s most traveled areas, so the opportunity to get off the beaten path and beneath the surface is at your fingertips.
7. The music:
From mariachi to modern rock, Mexico knows how to play infectious tunes. Head to Guadalajara to spend time in the place that calls mariachi home. Or when you’re in Mexico City, take a trip to Plaza Garibaldi. If modern is more your style, download some of Mana’s best tracks.
8. Tequila and Mescal:
I’m a huge fan of these truly Mexican spirits. And it takes a trip to Jalisco and Oaxaca to begin to understand the depth and variety of flavors tequila and mescal affords. Shake off your awful memories of getting drunk on Cuervo as a teenager and begin to explore the quality of real 100% agave-made tequila. You’ll leave the hangover at home.
9. Architectural ruins:
Mexico is home to some of the richest archaeological sites in the world. Thousands of pyramids dot its landscape with the most famous near Tulum and Mexico City. This year I visited the pyramids of Teotihuacan and Guachimontones. To begin to comprehend the knowledge and vision it took to construct these will take your breath away.
There are so many great reasons to visit Mexico. What would you add to this list?