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In terms of culture, history, scenic landscapes and culinary delights, Mexico has it all. For travellers who venture away from the palm fringed beaches of the all-inclusive resort for a true taste of the country, our Mexico tours are the chance to explore one of the world's most underrated and worthwhile destinations.
Wedged between the United States of America, Central America and surrounded by both the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, Mexico enjoys a diverse landscape that has cultivated a rich culture. Before the arrival of Europeans, Mexican heritage is considered a part of the cradle of civilizations with advanced cultures such as the Olmecs, Toltecs, Mayans, and Aztecs among some of the more impressive Mesoamerican civilizations that called Mexico home.
Built by the Aztecs, Teotihuacan was the first major urban area in the New World and was named "the City of the Gods". After construction began in the first century BC, Teotihuacan is thought to have become home to over 125,000 people who lived amongst the impressive pyramids in complex residential compounds.
Nearby is Tula, capital of the Toltecs where palaces were decorated with gold, turquoise and jade. Much more frequented are the pyramids and archaeological sites of the Mayans such as Chichen Itza and Tulum, however the Yucatan Peninsula is home to many more Mayan sites. For a land that has only been inhabited for 10,000 years, the advance tools and buildings found within Mexico's borders are sure to impress even the most intrepid of travellers.
These days, Mexico tours have the chance to showcase a vibrant culture that changed heavily after the arrival and conquest by the Spanish in the 16th century. Many Spanish colonial buildings remain in the largest cities such as Mexico City or Guadalajara, but even in the smaller places one can find a display of baroque flavour in towns such as Oaxaca, discover a truly 17th century classic town in San Miguel de Allende, while discovering places such as Morelia that have retained the atmosphere of a European cathedral town.
These cities also become rich destinations for festivals such as the Dia de los Muertos, or 'Day of the Dead.' Each year, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, villagers throughout Mexico empty out of their homes and into local cemeteries to welcome the souls of their dearly departed. There are bouquets of marigolds and candles as far as the eye can see, and gravestones are cleaned and festooned with flowers. Families don embroidered indigenous dresses for feasts, for which they cook their deceased relatives' favourite foods.
With a cuisine that is favoured in all corners of the world, Mexico tours have the chance to taste fresh and local recipes that vary across the country. Whether sampling the chilli filled sauces or homemade salsas with fresh seafood, slow roasted porks, vegetable tortillas, this is a cuisine that is hard to get enough of.
Whether discovering Mexico for the first time, or discovering an authentic side you did not know existed, Mexico tours offer the chance to see a vibrant culture, fascinating history and a charm that you will want to return to again and again.