Guillermo González Beristaín is not only one of Mexico’s best chefs, but he is one of the best in the whole of Latin America. His restaurant “Pangea”, located in Monterrey, was ranked no.19 on the 2016 List of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. Such success can only be testament to the chef’s character and determination, something that Beristáin has plenty of.
A foodie from a young age, Beristáin always knew that the kitchen would play a big part in his future. In an interview he told us how he had always liked cooking and experimenting in the kitchen when he was younger – he enjoyed looking for ingredients and seeing what he could come up with. As he grew older his talent for cooking became noticeable and something he couldn’t ignore.
So, you have just booked your flights to Mexico for what you hope to be an unforgettable holiday, and now you are beginning to think about the necessary preparation beforehand. Well, the good news is that you need not look any further! In this article I have highlighted what I believe to be the 5 main things to prepare and take with you as you explore one of the most interesting and beautiful countries in the world.
Of course, when travelling to a foreign country, one thing that must take priority is that you are medically fit for travel. International health organizations recommend Hepatitis A, Tetanus, and Typhoid for any traveler in Mexico. Diphtheria and Rabies vaccines should also be considered. However, there is no need to worry about getting a Yellow Fever vaccination, as no certificate is required to enter the country. On the other hand, if you are looking to travel to other countries in Central and South America afterwards, this certificate may be required upon entry depending on their respective laws, so its worth checking for your whole trip beforehand.
Airbnb has become a major platform for finding the perfect accommodation for your trip abroad, with options in more than 34,000 cities worldwide. Since becoming such a popular choice with travellers, they now offer a wide variety of accommodation possibilities so that tourists can choose the perfect option depending on their travel plans. In this post, I am going to outline a few of the Airbnb possibilities available for different types of travellers looking for their desired experiences in Mexico.
Firstly, if you were looking to go to Mexico City, Mexico’s vibrant capital, to soak up Mexican culture, I would recommend an apartment so that you can fully make the most of your time there. This gives you the opportunity to be at the centre of the action, making travelling to different parts of the city and returning home incredibly easy. As an extra tip, if you research what you are looking to do during your trip, you can easily filter your options on Airbnb so that your apartment will be close to the places where you want to visit!
The Mayan city of Tulum is located in the Eastern peninsula of Yucatán in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, and is a hotspot for tourists given the incredible level of preservation of its old city walls. The ruins are made up of a number of templos (temples) and castillos (castles) which stand against a breathtaking backdrop of the Caribbean coast as a classic demonstration of Mayan architecture. Interested tourists may consider spending the morning exploring the city – either on a guided tour or independently – followed by an afternoon relaxing on the beach and swimming in the coast’s crystal clear waters.
If that still doesn’t satisfy your thirst for Mayan constructions, take a trip about 30 miles into the jungle to visit the Cobá ruins. Here you can cycle (bike rental available) or simply wander through paths lined with dense forestation to explore even more examples of Mayan innovation. The main attraction at this site is the 120-step pyramid which is still open to those who want to climb it for spectacular views over the surrounding jungle.
When you think of Mexico, tacos and margaritas are usually the first things to come to most people’s minds. Although Mexico’s tacos and margaritas really are quite delicious, there are so many more tasty treats to be found in this country. Here’s a list of the top 5 drinks you should be sure to sample the next time you’re in Mexico!
A Paloma is a popular tequila drink which mixes 1 shot of tequila and 3 shots of either Squirt, Jarritos Toronja, or grapefruit soda. At some restaurants, it’s also served as a blended cocktail, combining tequila, grapefruit, lime, and soda.
La Ventana has often been named the new ‘Tarifa’ or ‘Cabarete’ due to its amazing conditions and weather for kitesurfing. With thousands of tourists flocking to this kitesurfing paradise every year, this beach offers the perfect experience with its intense blue waters of the Sea of Cortez, incredible views of Isla Cerralvo and stunning desert surroundings.
This incredible spot was first found by a group of windsurfers in 1985 and has since become a kitesurfing Mecca, with La Ventana having been crowned by the Discovery Channel as the number 1 kitesurfing spot in the world! What is so incredible about this location is that there are constant steady and strong winds, particularly during the cold season between October and March, and kite-surfers can often enjoy a constant cross-shore wind that makes it very safe as well. Yet if you are a beginner do not fear; the strongest wind comes at midday and will die down at around 5:30PM, allowing learners to make the most of the perfect learning conditions in the morning.
With its origins still uncertain, the ancient city of Teotihuacan is a mysterious yet enticing attraction in the heart of Mexico, bringing historians and tourists alike to marvel at the obscure buildings, temples and pyramids, some of which date back to 200BC.
Teotihuacan is often referred to as the City of the Gods as this was the name given by the Aztecs, as they considered it to be the place where the current world was created. However, the Aztecs are not considered to be the founders of this magical city, and its true origin still remains to be a mystery to archaeologists. With such perplexity surrounding the city and its incredible constructions, it is no wonder that many people flock to Teotihuacan to see this historical wonder for themselves. The Avenue of the Dead is the name given to the road that leads down the centre of the construction complex, as the mounds on either side give one the impression that they are tombs. The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest pyramid in Teotihuacan, situated to the east of the Avenue of the Dead and a main attraction to visitors.
Playa de Carmen is one of Mexico’s most trendy and popular beach locations. There are a thousands of activities to do, ranging from sight-seeing to water sports. But because there are so many options and activities, it may be difficult to pick and know which are the top choices. Here’s a list of the top things and places to go do and see in Playa del Carmen – so I hope this saves you some time!
Scuba diving and snorkeling is a must when you are visiting Playa del Carmen because this area has some of the best diving spots in the world. Along the coastline, you will notice that there are thousands of stores offering diving and water sports services so it’s hard to miss! When you go diving in Playa del Carmen, you will get to see sea turtles, stingrays, eels, lobsters, king crabs and even sharks! Everyone who has gone diving in Playa del Carmen has come back with great stories. It’s a top activity that I highly recommend!