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Discover ancient ruins, tantalise your tastebuds and chillax
Playa del Carmen, on the Yucatán peninsular, is the ultimate beach destination with the beautiful azure sea lazily washing up against miles and miles of sand. Playa, as it is affectionately known, is a bit of a party town – a quieter alternative is nearby Tulum, where pre-Colombian Mayan ruins sit atop 12-metre cliffs overlooking the same beautiful Caribbean sea.
However, the ruins at Tulum are far overshadowed by the monolithic temples at Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan. Chichen Itza is the largest Mayan city on the Yucatán, home to the captivating temple-pyramid of El Castillo. Teotihuacan is an enormous site north-west of Mexico City, where the imposing Temple of the Sun is the key feature, being the largest pyramid in all of Mexico.
Modern Mexican cities have something to offer every type of traveller – San Cristobal de las Casa has enough century-old houses, cobbled streets and colonial buildings to entertain history and architecture buffs; Oaxaca is home to the best Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) cultural celebration in the country; Guanajuato is nestled in the mountains of central Mexico and offers an escape back to nature. And of course vibrant Mexico City, the largest city on the North American continent, is a place where culture, politics, history, art and economics fuse together to create the vibrant powerhouse of Mexico. What more could you possibly want?