A sprawling country with over 10,000 kilometres of dazzling coastline, Mexico enjoys a wealth of diverse climates, from luminous cloud rainforests to glittering white-sand beaches resting on the glorious Caribbean Sea. Attracting a global crowd of urban elite, Mexico offers luxury and indulgence at a premium level and in an array of stunning landscapes.
Mexico has everything, and that statement is not made lightly. From the lush rainforests of the south, grassy plains and arid deserts of the north to the seductive coastlines rife with pearly beaches and glitzy clientele, this is a country that is completely prepared to fulfil the desires of even the most particular visitor.
Whether they seek the rusticity of a tiny village of pueblos in Chiapas, the seclusion of an exclusive villa set on a private Baja Californian beach or the vibrant bustle of Mexico City’s chic Polanco district, discerning travellers won’t be disappointed by the beauty and adventure on offer.
Once an absolute wilderness, Mexico is slowly developing even its most feral regions, though in general, the government has taken great care in preserving areas of ancestral importance and delicate environment.
One such place is the 1300 year-old palace at Palenque: a lush jungle surrounding ruins overrun by howler monkeys and the sultry air filled with the screech of parrots. The cloud forests of Oaxaca (pronounced wa-ha-ca) are another spectacular sight, luring intrepid trekkers to their exalted heights and rewarding them with panoramic views of indescribable beauty.
The Yucatán peninsula boasts a glorious, thriving coral beds and exotic marine life irresistible for passionate snorkelers and divers. For sun-seekers, the sugary sands and bending palms of Puerto Vallarta beckon seductively, while the rowdy beaches and raucous nightlife of Acapulco and Cancún are as beautiful as they are notorious.
Home to a wide array of species such as elephant seals, sea lions and spectacular grey whales, Mexico offers a bounty of exciting opportunities to connect with its impeccable natural attractions.
Mexico City is the vibrant, pulsing capital city, and is bursting with vitality, romance and a bohemian charm that is infectious. The fashion elite favour the emerging art scene of the Condesa district, with its cool, tree-lined streets and boutique hotels. Polanco is the exclusive, affluent area perfect for the ‘see-and-be-seen’ crowd and home to cities premier restaurants, enormous mansions and selective, elegant nightclubs.
El Bosque de Chapultepec
El Bosque de Chapultepec is a kind of Central Park; this verdant sprawl is home to the cities important museums. For lovers of Frida Kahlo or Diego Rivera, their house in the romantic village-district of Coyoacan is preserved and exhibits several pieces of theirs, though it is typically packed beyond comfort. For a larger display and more space, visit the Museo de Delores Olmedo, the home of a former lover of Rivera’s.