Just when you thought that you’ve explored every nook and cranny of Mexico, or that you’ve studied the place and know it by heart, better think again. There could still be a number of less-traveled locations that you may not heard of or that you may have never visited even once.
Take the Off-beaten Path
You can start your trip at Merida. Also called the White City, it reminds you so much of the values and history of the Yucatan. Nevertheless, for the past few years, it has never really caught up with other towns like Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, and Cabo San Lucas, to name a few, in terms of popularity. It’s instead a beautiful and secret hideaway for those who want to escape the beach and the growing population of other Mexican cities.
Merida is filled with several old structures, dating as far back as the eighteenth century. You can still find the roads to be made of cobblestones, while the cathedrals still appear too old. Everywhere you look, you can feel the Old World charm of the town, except that there may be some shopping centers, entertainment areas, and other conveniences that combine perfectly with the old architecture. It’s also slowly transforming into a haven for retirees, for people who love peace and laid-back lifestyle during their sunset years.
You can also venture to Veracruz, which is filled with mementos of civilizations that flourished in Mexico several centuries ago. Somewhere near the capital city is the ruins of Totonac, which may have been built between 400 and 900 AD. One of the most striking is El Tajin, or Temple of the Storm Gods. Legend has it that this was the home of the divine and superpowerful beings that had the ability to regulate the occurrence of storms atop the hills of Veracruz. The structure is also close to other interesting architecture, such as the Great Xicalcoliuhqui, Ball Courts, Tajin Chico, and Plaza Arroyo. There are also monuments that were erected in honor of their heroes like 13 Rabbit.
Don’t forget to include the Chihuhuan Desert where you can literally travel to a whole new world every time you go in to the Cave of Crystals. As the name implies, you can see a wide variety of crystal formations on the floors and roof of the cave, rather than the usual rock formations. The cave was discovered in 2000 by two miners who were digging a tunnel. The large ones have a length of more than 20 feet. You can also proceed to Cave of the Swords, which is just close to the Cave of Crystals. They even have bigger crystals, some of which are now displayed in Smithsonian Institution.
Nevertheless, you can better enjoy your exploration to these less-traveled places if you can have a comfortable accommodation afterward. You can choose to stay in Grupo Mayan, where you can be pampered after every trip in the sauna or spa. You can also go for room service.
There’s still a lot more that you don’t know about Mexico, but now is the time to do so. Enjoy Mexico more by exploring those areas that are seldom traveled by tourists and foreigners