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Five awesome things to do in Mexico

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Five awesome things to do in Mexico

Dance in a city square

You’ve got to love a city square that encourages dancing. And not just any dancing - salsa dancing! We turned up in Puebla, went for a walk and by early Sunday afternoon a band had set up and dozens of people were moving to the sounds. 

You might want to take a dance class first, but really dancing is all about just getting in there and having fun. 

And if you don’t have a partner or really can’t dance, just enjoy the free entertainment.

Marvel at the ruins

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Aztec, Mayan, Zapoltec – Mexico’s history is fascinating and the countryside is littered with ruins honouring its rich heritage.

You can still walk in the footsteps of these ancient civilisations, up some very steep buildings with very high and very uneven steps!

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Walking through valleys and temples built thousands of years ago, structures that have withstood the weather, wars and earthquakes is mind-boggling.

From Teotihuacan to Monte Alban, Tehuantepec to Palenque; all have unique characteristics and provide a look at a different aspect of life.  Check out the postcards to see what the sites would have looked like at their peak – they are impressive today, but they would have been an amazing sight in full colour!

Learn about Mayan history

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You know about the Mayan calendar, and have probably heard of Chichen Itza, it is after all one of the Seven Modern Day Wonders of the World, but the Mayan Civilisation spread across the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and into Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

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The ruins show just how progressive and impressive this culture was.  But don’t just visit Chichen Itza, visit a few of the different sites, if you can, to get a real feel for the Mayan mite.

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And if you’ve had enough of visiting ruins you can visit existing Mayan cultures in the mountains near San Cristobal de las Casas.

Visit a museum

Travellers seem to fall into two groups, those that absolutely love museums and visit every museum in every city they ever visit and those that would rather meander through a town and see the sites. Which camp you fit into, don’t miss the museums in Mexico. Mexico has a proud and interesting history from the Mayans and the Incas to the Spanish. And they’ve found a way to represent that history in beautiful surroundings. The museums don’t replace visiting the actual ruins, but they enhance the whole cultural experience perfectly.

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There are a lot of museums and galleries here, more than almost any other city in the world so you won’t get around them all. We recommend the Anthropological Museum in Mexico City, it is stunning.

Swim swim swim

The Gulf of Mexico? The Caribbean? Cabo or Cancun? When it comes to seaside activity, there is a lot of choice in Mexico. We swam in the Gulf – just because you can! And the Caribbean. Both were warm and beautiful azure blue waters. 

The beaches were every bit as lovely as you would expect a beach on the edge of the Caribbean to be!

Diane Squires is a tour host with Two’s A Crowd.

This post first appeared on the blog Allabroad.com.au

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