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Journey Mexico recommends top five Mexican destinations for 2017

Aside from the well-known all-inclusive experience, Mexico offers a wide range of attractions for all types of visitors: from interesting history and flourishing arts to culinary delicacies and awe-inspiring nature. Zachary Rabinor from Journey Mexico recommends the top five destinations where travellers can discover the true Mexico.

Journey Mexico recommends top five Mexican destinations for 2017

Mexico has a lot to offer aside from the typical resort experience. Boasting centuries-old fascinating history, buzzing culture and delicious gastronomy, this beautiful nation is filled with charming towns, bustling cities and stunning natural sites.

According to CEO of Journey Mexico, Zachary Rabinor:

“Mexico offers world class opportunities for culture, wildlife, active travel and more. Ranking seventh in the world for UNESCO World Heritage Sites—we have 34—and with the U.S. dollar at an all-time high relative to the Mexican peso, the time to get off the beaten path in Mexico is now.”

In order to widen foreigners’ perception of this diverse country, Rabinor presents avid travellers with a list of Mexico’s top five destinations where visitors can see its true essence, away from all-inclusive venues.

Artistic growth in Guadalajara

Home to an emerging artistic and cultural scene, Guadalajara boasts an interesting mix between colonial architecture and modern design.

In order to discover the artistic treasures it comprises, travellers can visit galleries like "Travesia Cuatro", founded in 2003 to bridge the gap between Latin American and European artists, view exhibitions from local artists that are just emerging in the scene at "Paramo Galeria", and admire architecture and unconventional art at "Curro y Poncho".

Wine route in San Miguel de Allende

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Miguel de Allende is filled with cobblestone streets, colourful markets and chic boutiques.

Though exploring the city is an amazing experience on its own, there’s nothing quite like discovering the "Guanajuato"wine route. Starting just outside San Miguel de Allende, from the vineyards of "Cuna de Tierra", which has produced wine since the 16th century, a history propelling the area to craft Mexico’s best Cabernet Sauvignon, the journey continues in "Bodega Dos Buhos" and "Vinicola Toyan" before moving forward with a horseback ride on the "Antiguo Camino Real" which offers the most breath-taking views of the "Guanajuato Sierra" and the Golden Corridor of San Miguel De Allende.

Delicious cuisine in Mexico City

Mexico’s vibrant capital is amazing in every right, but its condition as a metropolis has especially allowed all of the country’s rich culinary tradition to unite, from renowned fine-dining establishments to incredible taco stands. Travellers can eat their way through Mexico City, starting off with a taco bite of street-side providers and trying local delicacies like "elotes" (corn on the cob lathered in Mexican crema, cotija cheese, and spices). At "Casa Jacaranda in Roma Norte", visitors can learn familial "tamale" and "chalupa" recipes, whilst "Temporal" restaurant offers a "chocolate and mezcal" tasting as its chef crafts a custom menu blending two classic Mexican specialties.

Tranquillity and natural beauty at Isla Holbox

Though only a short ferry ride from Cancun, Isla Holbox is just the opposite of its busy neighbour. Set between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, this small island is only 26 miles long and less than two miles wide with an unspoiled and sparkling beachfront; a true haven for peace and tranquillity. Part of the secluded island belongs to the Yum Balam ecological reserve, an area filled with shallow lagoons and a growing population of pink flamingos and white pelicans. Snorkelling fans can swim side by side the largest fish in the world, whale sharks, which inhabit Isla Holbox’s protected waters.

Mayan and colonial history in Merida

A colonial city that was founded atop the ruins of "Tho", an ancient Mayan city, Merida offers a fascinating blend of modern and ancient history.

Filled with large colonial houses, former homes of wealthy "hacienda" owners, Merida oozes old-world charm through its cobblestone streets. Those who are interested in discovering Mexico’s history through Merida, the "Museo Regional Antropologia" within "Palacio Canton" provides an anthropological exploration of Mayan culture, whilst the "Museo de la Cancion Yucateca" illustrates the city’s musical history.

Visitors can finish their trip at "El Gran Museo del Mundo Maya" for archeological relics from Mexico’s beginnings.

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