Its a normal western hemisphere country, with its own special customs and traditions derived from a mix of Spanish and native American blending, and strong catholic influence.… People work and live their live very much like in the US, although "consumerism" is not a strong here; Its like going to Spain, just more poor (though Mexico is an emerging economic power) and more polluted. There is a little bit for everybody in Mexico: There are many resort beach areas , around the three seas that touch Mexico, such as Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and the Mayan Riviera on the Caribbean coast; Los Cabos, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo or Puerto Escondido on the Pacific coast and even some nice but undeveloped beaches near the port cities of Veracruz or Tampico in the Gulf of Mexico . All of them include water sports and outdoor activities: fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving or kayaking are some of them. There are many ancient Mayan ruins and pyramids , such as Chichen Itza, Tulum or Uxmal on the Yucatan Peninsula. There are also many other ruins in or around central and southern Mexico, such as Teotihuacan, Monte Alban or The Tajin, belonging to other ancient civilizations such as the Teotihuacans , Zapotecs or Olmecs . There is a vibrant night life in and around major cities, including discos, casinos, bars and restaurants on Cancun, Cozumel, Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara or Tijuana. There are many beautiful natural landmarks in Mexico, including the Copper Canyon or Barranca del Cobre in the state of Chihuahua, the CaÃ±on del Sumidero in Chiapas or La Bufadora in Baja California, as well as many national parks and biologic reserves such as El Chico, La Malinche, El Vizcaino or El Cielo biosphere and natural reserves. You can go for outdoor biking, hiking or mountain climbing in many of these places. All throughout Mexico you can look for their culture and traditions , including gastronomy - which has nothing to do, and is much tastier, than the 'Mexican food' you are accustomed to. There are also many handcrafts you can find and take home such as the ponchos or zarapes, fashionable huipil clothing, Mexican sombreros, Oaxacan black pottery, Taxco silver jewelry, Chiapas amber jewelry or Zacatecan gold trinkets. If you want to find out about the history of Mexico , you should go to Mexico City, where you can find some of the largest repositories of Mexican memory, including the Castillo de Chapultepec Museum, the National Museum of Anthropology, the Templo Mayor Aztec ruins and many other museums throughout Mexico City, such as Frida Kahlo's Museum, Museo de Bellas Artes or Modern Arts Museum, which are devoted to the arts . There are of course, thousands of natural and man-made landmarks throughout Mexico that you can visit, such as: .
The Monumento de la Independencia (Independence Monument) and Monumento a la Revolucion (Revolution Monument) in Mexico City. .
Forts of Loreto and Guadalupe, where the legendary Cinco de Mayo or Battle of Puebla took place. .
Many colonial downtowns in cities such as Guadalajara, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato or Queretaro. .
Former prison of San Juan de Ulua on the city and port of Veracruz. .
Cenote Dzitnup - underground water spring - near the city of Valladolid, on the Yucatan peninsula. .
Sotano de las Golondrinas (Cave of the swallows) in the northern state of San Luis Potosi. .
Velo de Novia waterfall in Chiapas, close to the border with Guatemala, where the famous Predator (1987) movie was filmed. .
Cueva de los Cristales (Cave of the Chrystals) where out-of-this world giant selenite chrystals are found. .
Agua Azul Falls - Chain of powerful beautiful waterfalls located in the Chiapas rainforest. Water of the falls has bright blue color and is rich with lime. Lime is sedimented along the way of the falls, creating unusual natural sculptures and encasings for trees and other objects. .
Arbol del Tule . Located in the southern state of Oaxaca, this Montezuma cypress ( Taxodium mucronatum ) is one of the oldest trees in the world (1,400 - 1,600 years). .
Monarch butterfly wintering parks . Located in the western and central states of Michoacan and State of Mexico, there are twelve wintering habitats of the monarch butterflies ( Danaus plexippus ) with some trees covered with a thick layer of millions of butterflies. .
Coyuca Lagoon . Located on the northern outskirts of the resort city of Acapulco, it is a fresh water lagoon where people can enjoy a wide variety of aquatic activities such as snorkeling, yachting or fishing. .
The Land's End Arch , unique landmark of Cabo San Lucas on the Baja California Peninsula. .
The church of San Juan Parangaricutiro, partially buried due to multiple eruptions by the Paricutin volcano. Nowadays, only the bell tower protrudes from the volcanic rock. .
Xel-Ha natural aquarium, on the Mayan Riviera. It is centered around a natural inlet and lagoon, where hundreds of tropical fish species inhabit. (MORE)