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The Ultimate Guide to Travel in Mexico

Mexican Culture

One of the best ways to get around Mexico and too see it all is by train. Train travel in Mexico is highly popular by tourists as it is a great way to see many sights. The most popular tourist routes in Mexico to travel is the Copper Canyon Railway. Copper Canyon is a huge and beautiful area which makes up nearly a third of the State of Chihuahua. The Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacífico will take passengers through some of the most beautiful area of Copper Canyon. This trip is considered to be one of the most beautiful train trips through North America.

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For those looking to just get around Mexico by using railways, there are several railroads that will take passengers to and from just about anywhere in Mexico. Train travel in Mexico isn’t as popular as it had been in the past mainly because of newer methods of transportation, but it is still a great and inexpensive way to travel. Just about any type of train travel is available in Mexico from short train lines that take visitors from the center of a city to its environs to trains with sleeper cars that take passengers across the country. Because of the decline in the usage of trains, trains are becoming more and more difficult to find. There are many trains still is use today, but each year trains are being liquidated and they are becoming further and fewer between. It is important for those who wish to travel by train in Mexico to make sure that there will be a train available for them to board before making the trip to the train station as what used to be a short wait for a train is now hours and in some cases days.

Mexican Food

It’s important for anyone traveling Mexico to try “real” Mexican food. Oddly enough, the Mexican food that is common in the US is not quite an accurate representation of true Mexican food. The kind of Mexican food that Americans often eat actually originates from New Mexico, which was once a part of Mexico, and it often gets mistaken for Mexican food as a whole. Most Americans are unaware that most of the food served at their local restaurant is more American and less Mexican than they think. Also, in some “authentic” Mexican restaurants, many key sauces such as mole are replaces with tomato based sauces. Many who have tried much of the cuisine that really exists in Mexico say that American Mexican food and real Mexican food differ as much as American Chinese food and real Chinese food. Many Mexicans who have tried the American version of Mexican food have described it as unfamiliar. Sure, travelers can get burritos, tacos, and salsa in Mexico, but this is not what Mexican food is all about.

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Mexican food varies by region because of the variance of flora and fauna in the different regions and because of different influences and cultures. Many regions have Spanish influence and some regions even have some middle eastern influence in the food. The northern areas of Mexico are known for dishes containing ostrich, beef, and goat. In Southeastern Mexico, many of the dishes are spicy and often contain chicken. Because of its geographical location fish and other seafood are also highly popular here. In the west of Mexico and the Oaxacan region, many dishes are very spicy. The Yucatan area is known for using less hot spices in their food and, instead, using more sweet spices such as sugar in their food. Central Mexico, because of its geographic location, has a mixture of the types of foods from other areas in Mexico.

Bus Travel in Mexico

One of the best ways of traveling around Mexico is by bus. There are many different sights there are to see throughout Mexico that can’t really be seen by train and those who drive themselves often miss things themselves. Traveling by bus also allows those traveling Mexico to meet other travelers.

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There are different types of buses in Mexico and each one offers something different. Each one has their own price range as well, so it’s important for traveler’s to know what type of bus they’d like to travel on before embarking on a long trip in one. The nicest buses have comfortable reclining seats and often have snacks or drinks for their customers to enjoy on long trips. Some also have televisions and provide headphones so that passengers can enjoy a movie while they travel. There are also “Segunda Clase” buses that are something like an American school buses with slightly more comfort. However, these buses don’t reserve seats and when they get full there is often standing room only. Standing room only is great for those who are traveling a short distance, but those who are taking a longer ride will likely not enjoy the bus trip.

Travelers can literally get to anywhere in Mexico by bus as almost every town has at least one bus stop. Larger cities obviously have numerous bus stops. It’s easy for anyone to find a bus from downtown Mexico City to Cancun or even to La Paz (which is one really long, but scenic bus trip.) Also, buses of course can take tourists over short distances such as from one side of Mexico City to the other and this can be done for a very low cost. This is great for those who don’t wish to rent a car in Mexico or those who enjoy travel on a budget.

Travel in Mexico by Train

One of the best ways to get around Mexico and too see it all is by train. Train travel in Mexico is highly popular by tourists as it is a great way to see many sights. The most popular tourist routes in Mexico to travel is the Copper Canyon Railway. Copper Canyon is a huge and beautiful area which makes up nearly a third of the State of Chihuahua. The Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacífico will take passengers through some of the most beautiful area of Copper Canyon. This trip is considered to be one of the most beautiful train trips through North America.

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For those looking to just get around Mexico by using railways, there are several railroads that will take passengers to and from just about anywhere in Mexico. Train travel in Mexico isn’t as popular as it had been in the past mainly because of newer methods of transportation, but it is still a great and inexpensive way to travel. Just about any type of train travel is available in Mexico from short train lines that take visitors from the center of a city to its environs to trains with sleeper cars that take passengers across the country. Because of the decline in the usage of trains, trains are becoming more and more difficult to find. There are many trains still is use today, but each year trains are being liquidated and they are becoming further and fewer between. It is important for those who wish to travel by train in Mexico to make sure that there will be a train available for them to board before making the trip to the train station as what used to be a short wait for a train is now hours and in some cases days.

Things to do in Mexico

Those who have never been to Mexico have little knowledge of how it is a gem hidden in the rough. There are literally thousands of things to see and do in Mexico and these things are enjoyable for people of all ages.

For those who enjoy taking the scenic route to wherever they go, there is a lot to be enjoyed in Mexico. There are the beautiful snow-capped volcanoes of Popocatépetl and Nevado de Toluca. Those who enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving may be shocked to hear that many actually do so in the craters of these volcanoes. There are also many historic sites to see such as Mitla, which are ancient ruins constructed by the Zapotec civilization around 200 AD. Nearby to the ruins there is a large tree which may well be older than the ruins themselves. There is also the Copper Canyon railway which is one of the most beautiful and scenic train trips that tourists can take. Those who enjoy scenery such as canyons and rivers will find themselves finding both on this trip. For those with a little bit of cowboy in them, there are ranches that are open for tourists to visit and to enjoy horseback riding. Some ranches also offer tequila tasting as a way to cap off the evening.

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Those who enjoy the beach scene will be quickly spoiled in Mexico. Mexico is known for some of the most beautiful beaches in the world including Cabos San Lucas and Cozumel. Beaches are very lively places in Mexico thus thousands of American tourists find themselves at Mexican beaches each year. Mexico is also known for its fine arts. Many people flock to Mexico City’s Palace of fine arts to see many cultural dances and ballets.

 

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