Flights to the Americas
Say ‘Mexico’ and what usually comes to mind is a pristine coastline that stretches as far as the eye could see. But there’s more to this gem of North America than its 10,000 kilometres of white sand beach.
Start in the capital, Mexico City, where the country’s best cuisine meets its highest artistic achievements. It’s also the perfect gateway for ancient history buffs to explore the roots of civilisation, with the ancient city of Teotihuacan just a short drive away.
Moving southeast, to the Yucatán Peninsula, you will find Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage site that stands testimony to the golden years of the great Mayan empire. The Yucatán’s emerald waters make it a prime spot for scuba diving and sport fishing. Or you can take a dip in one of the district’s 7,000 cenotes. It’s also where the many resorts favoured by tourists are located, with Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Cozumel at the top of everyone’s list.
For a glimpse at the heart of Mexico, visit Oaxaca and immerse yourself in the art and charm of the country’s indigenous cultures. While there, you can treat yourself to a handmade shawl or rebozo made with age-old skills passed down for generations.
If rugged landscapes are what you’re looking for, take a scenic train ride aboard El Chepe and head northwest to the state of Chihuahua, where you’ll find the Copper Canyon and various trails perfect for a short trek. Of course, no visit to Mexico would be complete without a taste of its world-famous cuisine. Start with the familiar and grab a taco al barbacoa and tortillas from the colourful cantinas lining the streets. Or feast like a local on chiles en nogada, a stuffed poblano chilli served with a walnut cream sauce and pomegranates.