I’ve traveled extensively all over the world, but for some reason America’s sunny southern neighbor, Mexico, never drew me in. What a shame, as my recent trip there stands out as one of the most memorable traveling experiences of my lifetime. I was overwhelmed with the sheer depth of culture, natural beauty, and delicious food! From Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende and through the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico’s charms never let up and affirmed to me that this country is not one to be overlooked.
Staying at Las Alcobas in the fashionable Polanco district made for a great home base in Mexico City. This boutique luxury hotel exudes style with a fusion of modernity and comfort with rooms acting almost as private alcoves (alcobas), truly making it feel like a home away from home.
Days were spent sipping tamarind margaritas, wandering through local markets and colorful side streets and devouring taco stands. Of course, I made time for museums and even some impressive art galleries.
Mexico City claims to have more museums than any other city in the world. After spending four days there, I can certainly attest to this. I explored the Museo Nacional de Antropología, the largest and most comprehensive Anthropology museums in the world, the exciting and constantly rotating collection at the Museo de Arte Modern, and smaller, expertly curated museums like the Frida Khalo’s old house and studio – Casa Azul. Of course, cultural riches in Mexico City cannot be mentioned without including Teotihuacán, an enormous archaeological site just outside the city.
Next up was a lovely three hour drive through the Mexican countryside to the central highlands of San Miguel de Allende. This colonial town welcomes visitors with its colorful streets, boutique jewelry shops and exciting art galleries.
The Orient Express Casa De Sierra Nevada is the perfect property to unwind in for a few days. This boutique property stretches along Casa del Parque and includes four colonial mansions. Embracing the original colonial architecture, each manor house has been skillfully restored to provide all the modern comforts while still retaining their historic character.
The town is well known for its music and dance festivals and many restaurants are transformed into late night dance sessions, complete with enthusiastic instructors! I happily took part in this tradition.
To conclude the trip, I flew to the Yucatan Peninsula and settled into Playa del Carmen, less than an hour’s drive south of Cancun. Hotel options here are as varied as the range of local activities: Swimming and snorkeling in Cenotes (sink holes), exploring Mayan ruins, pyramids, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, horseback riding or just lazing away the days on white sand beaches with your favorite book; there is really something for everyone.
Please contact Aaron Levitt (ALevitt@absolutetravel.com) if you’d like to learn more about his trip to Mexico, or if you’d like to plan a vacation there yourself!