If you are looking to experience and broaden your horizons on colonial Spanish and African culture through travel, you need not cross the ocean or go so far away, just go to the beautiful country- Mexico. Mexico is one country that offers travelers a strong feel of colonial Spain tinged with modern architecture, still with an indigenous influence. The culture and people are vibrant, and Mexico offers travelers the opportunity to explore areas on the coast, mainland and mountainous regions.
Mexico also offers the traveler an opportunity to learn Spanish without the heavier cost of going to Spain or any country in Europe if you are seeking a traditional feel. And if you love to eat this country is the place to be. Mexican cuisine is not limited to tamales and tacos, an experience in any of the destinations mentioned below can provide the traveler with a broadened palate featuring fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Known to be one of the top dive destinations in the world due to it’s vibrant sea life and dazzling underwater caverns, Playa del Carmen is Mexico’s hipper and modern version of a fishing village. You can spend some time in the ruins of the Coba Mayan Village or get some quality people watching along the city’s 5th Avenue.
With Mayan Ruins towering over the sea, this formerly walled Mexican city and UNESCO Heritage site was one of the last to be built by the Mayans, a true sight to behold in the physical. Travelers can visit El Castillo, Temple of the Frescoes and explore the Temple of the Descending God.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Forget the spring breakers, Cabo San Lucas is also a great place for families and couples to visit. The beaches here range from the serene waters of the sea of Cortez and Playa del Armor to the kickin waves of Zippers, a true surfing paradise. If you are travelling with your family or have younger children, there are numerous opportunities to swim with dolphins take Camel or horse rides in the Desert Park Natural Reserve
If you don’t want to go to Tulum ( who wouldn’t?) and you are seeking a more mellow experience, look no further, with a strong presence of Mayan culture and architecture, Merida is the place to be. Travelers can explore the city and culture through festivals in the Yucatan capital where culture and tradition still evident amongst the people today.