It doesn’t matter if you’re a thrill seeker, an urban explorer, nature lover or history buff – Mexico is a popular destination for the adventurous at heart. With almost 50 national parks, 33 World Heritage Sites and one of the largest cities on the planet, the sheer abundance of spectacular settings and unforgettable experiences is also what makes this country the ultimate adventure destination for honeymooners. And if you share a common passion or have wildly different interests, you and your new spouse should consider these six unique experiences in Mexico for your post-nuptial celebration.
Embark on an Unforgettable Urban Adventure
No city in the world can match the vibrancy of Mexico City. This bustling, cosmopolitan megalopolis of 21 million people has everything an urban explorer would want, including world-class museums, spectacular historic and contemporary architecture, and a long list of acclaimed restaurants where you can celebrate your nuptials in style. What really makes Mexico City hum, however, is the street life. Soak up the local hospitality as you explore the bustling markets, trendy boutiques, hip galleries and fashionable cafes scattered throughout this city’s lively neighborhoods. You’ll understand quickly why Mexico City is one of the most fascinating cities in the world.
Discover Your Inner Indiana Jones
Located outside of Cancun, Chichén Itzá is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico, but this massive pyramid marks just one of many incredible sites along the vast 1,500-mile route that makes up the Mayan Trail. Stretching across the Yucatan Peninsula, the trail runs from the Mayan city of Tulum – where the archeological sites stand guard over the glittering waters of the Caribbean – to Tierra Bajas – where you’ll find Calakmul, the breathtaking remains of an ancient civilization, buried deep in the dense tropical forest. Honeymooners can choose to explore Mexico’s rich history along the Mayan Trail on their own with a fun road trip or by joining an organized tour. Either way… you’re exciting adventure awaits!
Explore the Wonders of Nature in the Sierra Mountains
After your wedding ceremony in Mexico, consider visiting the Sierra Madre mountains, 130 miles north of Mexico City, which is home to one of the most spectacular annual pilgrimages in the world. Every year beginning in November millions, if not billions, of butterflies arrive at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve from the United States and Canada. Visitors to the 138,000-acre World Heritage Site are treated to an awe-inspiring sight as the sky turns orange with the fluttering wings of these graceful creatures. The butterflies head north again in March, an epic 3,000-mile journey, but for a few months a year, these rugged mountains are one of the most magical places on Earth.
Ride the Rails Through Copper Canyon
If it’s an adrenaline rush you seek, Copper Canyon, located approximately 500 miles south of El Paso, Texas, is Mexico’s don’t-miss highlight. Imagine the Grand Canyon, but bigger, deeper and grander, and you’ll begin to get the picture. Put your body and heart to the test with fun activities such as hiking, mountain biking, white-water rafting and rock climbing. Get a spectacular view of the majestic landscape by hopping aboard the Copper Canyon Railroad to your desired destination. This glorious 400-mile train ride passes through the rugged desert before climbing into the mountains for breathtaking canyon views.
Get to Know the Locals in Mérida
For curious and open-minded couples, spending time immersed in another culture is an exhilarating experience. Mérida, the charming capital of Yucatán, is the ideal spot to learn about the culture and history of this great country. A small, accessible city of tree-lined boulevards, grand plazas, cobblestone streets and pastel-colored colonial buildings, Mérida is an architectural gem where aimless wandering rewards visitors with the sights and sounds of a city rich with history, tradition and culture. Chic boutique hotels in restored haciendas, a flourishing art and design scene, and a plethora of cooking schools only add to the city’s amazing appeal.
Dive into the World’s Second Largest Reef
Off the coast of the Mayan Riviera, in the warm waters of the Caribbean, lies the stunning Great Mayan Reef. The second-largest reef system in the world – second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – this underwater paradise is a delicate ecosystem teeming with schools of fluorescent- or neon-colored fish as well as dolphins, sea turtles and whale sharks. Scuba diving and snorkeling here are world-class along the secluded beaches and luxury resorts, but even more so off the coast of Isla Mujeres. And while you’re in the area, don’t miss the Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA), a contemporary art museum off the coast of Cancun. Ride in a glass-bottomed boat or scuba dive to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea for a jaw-dropping view of the more than 500 monumental sculptures. It’s just one of many unique adventures that await newlyweds honeymooning in Mexico.
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