Mexico is one of the best places in the world for a family holiday, there’s no doubt about that. All that warm weather can’t fail to lift the spirits, and with so many activities running the gamut from enlightening to relaxing, it’s no wonder that so many families visit this history rich country. Here are some of the top things for a family to do on a Mexico holiday.
Sample the local delicacies
What better way to share an experience with your kids than through food? If you’re going to do so, make it with Mexican cuisine and its adventurous assortment of flavors. Naturally, you’ll be able to buy the same foods as you can in ubiquitous cities across the world, but that’s boring, isn’t it. Mexico is home to some of the best street food in the world. The Pambazo sandwich is a must try, with portions of chorizo, potatoes, sour cream, and queso fresco (fresh cheese) stuffed in between chili sauce-soaked rolls.
Take a Trip Back in Time
Another reason why Mexico is so appealing to families is the sheer amount of history that happened on its soil. An example of this are the ruins of Chichen Itza, one of the largest Mayan cities to be built and also one of the best preserved. To be able to see the Temple of the Warriors up close and get a taste of what life was like so many centuries ago really is an experience neither you nor your kids will forget. They won’t be able to wait for History class!
A short distance away lies a more interactive approach into Mayan history: Merida. This city sponsors nightly cultural events around the city center, from ballets to traditional Yucatan dancing. On Sunday the festivities are even bigger, when the streets downtown are closed off for a full day of concerts, dancing, and feasts.
Fun in the Sun
Cancun has long been known as an adult playground, but that would be selling this coastal city short. The beaches give ample opportunities for kids to play in the sun, from snorkeling, kayaking, zooming around on a jet ski, to even going on a pirate cruise. Besides Cancun, there are many other cities that offer family fun. For instance, you can take a boat ride through the floating gardens of Xochimilco; 50 miles of canals through the neighborhood of Xochimilco that are viewed on colorful boats called trajineras. Then there are always the “flying men” outside of the Museo Nacional de Antropología; a traditional display where four Totonac Indians dressed in their native costume whirl and dance on the top of a giant pole.
Different language, different culture, different stories… Mexico may seem like a whole world away, but more and more families are flocking to it for a holiday that little bit different. With plenty to do, see and taste (!), you’ll certainly have plenty to talk about when you get back, and the kids won’t be able to wait to get back to school and tell all their friends. Lucky you!