There are hidden treasures deep within Mexico that some of us here in Wichita Falls and beyond may not be aware of or even knew existed! These cities offer something more than what we’ve all heard!
Between Cancun and Belize is this beautiful spot that is home to the first Yucatan resort. In 1511 the European, Guerrero, first landed by ship at Akumal Bay. He was shipwrecked and taken prisoner by the Mayans, but eventually became the husband of the Mayan Chiefs daughter and they bore the first Spanish Mayan child. Many Mayan natives in Akumal can trace Guerrero and his wife as their very first descendants and the statues to honor them are part of a must see tourist attraction for all. The beaches at Akumal Bay are pristine! The one charming factor to Akumal Bay is the smiling faces that you’re bound to see. Akumal is what you would expect to see on a postcard with the festive people saying Hi and yummy food at your fingertips! This isn’t what you would be used to seeing in a busy resort town, this is about as laid back and cozy as it could possibly be!
This is a popular tourist sight for its connection to the Mayan culture. The Mayans and the Aztecs are something that each of us have some familiarity with. The city was built around 1200 AD toward the Mayan decline. What puts Tulum a part from the other equally impressive Mayan sites is its proximity to the Caribbean Sea. It’s not as much of a walk for the tourist to view and visit the historical sites either, and with Cancun and Cozumel right at your disposal you’re free to come and go as you choose. Any lover of history, and any person who has a general love of exploring this wildly talked about and much respected culture would find Tulum to be perfect for a destination while visiting Mexico!
Real de Catorce
Sedona, Arizona is known for its spiritual energy. It’s a place in the Arizona desert where the beauty of the desert and the sunrise and sunset hit perfectly with the mountains to create an awe of self being. The city of Real de Catorce is much equivalent to Sedona, Arizona in these regards. The city is actually a pilgrimage city for Catholics and Huichol Shamanists. It is a very unpopulated town. This is not your typical traveling city where you would expect to find hotel after hotel and a restaurant at your disposal. It’s on the Sierra de Catorce range and the elevation is quite high. Many come here for the pilgrimage and the belief that this city has spiritual elements to it. This is an inspiring city to visit and to enjoy every second in, but also not far at all from the major populous of San Luis Potosí where there are more amenities that everyone would be used to. Real de Catorce is a marvelous way to spend an afternoon or an evening and very much recommended!
There were probably twenty five gasps as that was read. The issue with Mexico City is that there isn’t an issue, but it is made into one. Paying close attention to your surroundings and where you are traveling to; staying alert and staying notified with the local embassy and developments happening are very important. As with any city that you visit and any country you venture off to Mexico City is no different with the exception of the media and the turmoil present. There are amazing aspects to Mexico City! Once the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, Mexico City was built on the ruins. Two areas of Mexico City hold World Heritage approval by UNESCO; the Historic Center and the Xochimilco Ecological Park. Xochimilco Ecological Park is a must see! It’s beautiful, unique and historical to the word! The city is filled with elements of Hispanic history that will allow everyone the opportunity to learn while having such a fun time! Mexico City holds various monuments that are filled with splendor and each hold very impressive history. The museums in Mexico City provide such a wide variety of art. Recommended to see are the National Museum of Anthropology and the National Art Museum. Both of these are filled with wondrous painting and various elements of culture and wide ranges of history. The city is an International hub, so shopping, food and modern day culture is not an issue. There are many different and unique things to see, visit and to explore to the fullest!
There are a thousand reasons why a person could not visit Mexico, but there are a thousand and one reasons why they should! Mexico is very historical and holds so much more than what we all think we know. It’s not about what you think you know; it’s about what you see, feel, and truly learn. Mexico is one of those places that “thinking” you know is not enough; you have to know from experience!