Updated: Nov 21, 2019
Mexico is one of the year’s most popular travel destinations as stated by Big 7 Travel - no wonder with its diverse gastronomy, beautiful coastlines and cosmopolitan capital city, as well as its charming islands and colonial towns that are ideal for day trips. However, if you’re still unsure about your visit, here are 10 reasons why Mexico is worth it!
1 | Mexican Food is diverse & delicious
Mexico - land of widely loved avocados. Oh, and not to forget home of vitamin T: taco, tequila and tamales. You don't just get served world's best guacamole, there is so much more to try and discover! Note that each Mexican state counts with its own particular cuisine and specialties: whether it is mole in Puebla, cochinita pibil in Yucatán or chapulines in Oaxaca. Come and find your Mexican favorite. (Read more about Mexican cuisine here.)
2 | There is a lot of musical variety to explore
The music of Mexico has been influenced by a variety of cultures, most notably the culture of the indigenous people and Europeans. It is very diverse and features a wide range of musical genres and performance styles, whether it's traditional folk music such as corrido or son jarocho, and ensembles like banda and mariachi, or tropical cumbia and popular rock or ska. Generally spoken, Mexicans love to sing and dance, and it is a fantastic experience to join them!
3 | Mexicans are kind and warmhearted people
Even if you don’t speak Spanish, you’ll soon realise that Mexicans will go out of their way to give you the information you’re looking for, even when that means escorting you to a tourist desk or ringing their niece for advice on bus routes. So, don’t believe everything the popular press tells you about Mexico’s "muchachos malos". Generally, local people are friendly, patient and happy to meet.
4 | It’s home to some truly unique animals
Mexico as a whole is a breathtakingly biodiverse country. Although it doesn’t come close to rivalling Costa Rica, there are some animals you can pretty much only find in the forests, jungles and waters of this North American country. If you’re lucky, you might spot a critically endangered axolotl, or even the native Mexican mammal known as the cacomistle. Head north and you have a chance of glimpsing a Mexican prairie dog, and in the waters around Baja, you might see a vaquita porpoise.
5 | Tequila, mezcal and pulque taste better in Mexico
Mexico’s booze heritage has been exported worldwide, and you can find Corona and José Cuervo in pretty much any country, but honestly? The drinks taste better in Mexico. In Jalisco, you can sample tequila that’s better than the commercial brands, whereas Oaxaca is the home of smoky mezcal that’s got a real kick. Remember that both are to be sipped leisurely, possibly accompanied by wedges of lime or orange. Pulque is the lesser known of the three, and you have to visit the country to try it, as this Mesoamerican beverage is only available in Central Mexico.
6 | Your money will go further
It’s no great secret that Mexico is a pretty affordable destination for most travellers coming from further afield, and even though prices are higher in heavily tourist populated areas like Cancún and Baja California, you’ll still get more bang for your buck. Due to the fluctuating Mexican peso right now, travellers from both the US and the UK can really benefit (although, sadly, locals are massively losing out). Even so, you should visit Mexico as soon as possible to take advantage!
7 | There’s something for everyone, from deserts to jungle
While we’ve already mentioned the variety of wildlife in the country, it’s worth remembering the range of climates and conditions that Mexico can offer the casual traveller. Deserts dominate the dry northern states, whilst western Mexico and the states of Jalisco are often considered to be destinations of eternal spring. Head to the Yucatán Peninsula and you’ve got turquoise seas, the south has lush jungles and the Pacific is humid and hot. Plus, pretty much all of Mexico is crisscrossed by mountains and volcanoes just waiting to be explored.
8 | The beaches are among the most beautiful in the world
While there’s plenty of options to choose from in Mexico, it’s clear that most travellers visiting the country are split between those wanting to lounge on the beach and those wanting to explore the cities and colonial towns. We have to mention the world class conditions of Mexico’s beaches, from the waters around Baja California where you can whale watch, to the crystalline seas of Cancún and pristine white beaches of Tulum. If you love surfing, Oaxaca and the southern coastline have the conditions for you.
9 | Mexican culture is endlessly fascinating
Mexican culture is a mishmash of influences, from the Mesoamerican to the indigenous to the Spanish, and that makes the country all the more fascinating. To learn more about the native people living in rural, indigenous communities and speaking in languages other than Spanish, you can head to Oaxaca or the mountains of Jalisco and Chihuahua, whereas Spanish Colonial history can be explored in Taxco, Querétaro and Guanajuato. Pretty much the entire country shows signs of its mestizo heritage though.
10 | There’s so much history to explore
Moving from culture to history, you really can’t go wrong in Mexico. The south and central regions of the country are dotted with numerous world-class archaeological sites like Teotihuacán, Chichén Itzá and the circular pyramids of Guachimontones in Jalisco. Even if you can’t make it in person, Mexico City museums like the Museo Nacional de Antropología can give you an in-depth introduction to the history of Mexico, dating from the Mesoamerican period. Basically, if you’re a history buff, you absolutely have to visit Mexico at least once in your lifetime!