punta_esmeraldaSo you have just touched down in Acapulco at one of the Mexico vacation rentals and although you want to see the beach, you want more for your holiday than a suntan. There is so much to do in this port town that boredom will not be an issue. Book a tour to witness the spectacle of the high cliff divers – a visit to this city is not complete without it. Entrees and dinner is included with this tour. Take a balloon ride to see panoramic views of the city. From November right through until March, it is possible to attend a bullfighting show.

If you have chosen to stay further inland, Mexico City perhaps, there are many ways to occupy the days. This ancient city has many museums, temples and churches to see. Take the metro to Chapultepec Park, where the zoo here is noted for being one of the only captive places in the world that a panda has been born. The main square in the city, Zocalo, is a fantastic place to be entertained by musicians, eat and shop. The buildings surrounding the square are magnificent examples of architecture and offer a great photo opportunity. Book a tour to the ancient Teotihuacan Pyramids to see the City of the Gods. Learn about Aztec life and visit the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. The tour takes between seven and eight hours and is worth every minute.

It is also possible to see Teotihuacan from the sky in a hot air balloon. If boats are more to your liking, Xochimilcho can be explored in a flat-bottomed boat. This used to be the Aztec capital and the floating gardens here are to be seen to be believed. Yucatan is the place to visit if outstanding, natural beauty is something you desire. The beaches are pure, clean and breathtaking and many

Mayan ruins can be seen-great for any history buff. The copper Canyon, to the north of Chihuahua offers spectacular views of lush forests, cliffs and caves. Take a walk to soak up the natural beauty and feel the power of your surroundings. Take a boat trip to Isla Mujeres and simply relax. The island is off the coast of Cancun and has an air of indulgent laziness about it. The most strenuous activities here involve the sea, but lay back with a good book to restore both body and mind. Staying here for a while will help you unwind and replace energy levels so that you are ready for the next leg of your trip when you get back to the mainland.

If tasting real Mexican culture is what you are after, try to coincide your trip with one of the many festivals, which Mexicans celebrate. The Day if the Dead is a very colourful festival that lasts from the 31st of October until the 2nd of November. Independence Day begins on 15 September and the festivities last until the end of the sixteenth, with the Zocalo is one of the best places to join in with the celebrations.

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