México

One of my bucket list destinations has always been Mexico, so when I had the chance to visit the country I was ecstatic. I don’t know exactly what fascinated me the most, but it just seemed like such a rich country culturally: history, arts, architecture and food. I think the Latin American culture is incredibly diverse and colorful and this intrigues me profoundly. As an Italian I feel a connection to Spanish and Latin countries, we share the same strong emotions and passions – you feel it in the spicy foods and in the fiery cocktails, in the sensual music and vibrant dancing, you see it in the people’s smiles and kindness.

Already in a single country like Mexico you find incredible differences in the various states and regions, given by geographical and climate factors and by the cultural evolution of the territory. The country is divided up into 31 states and 1 federal district, which is Ciudad de México – the country’s most populous city with more than 8 million inhabitants.  The northern part of Mexico is mainly desert and scrubland, and this is where the stereotypical Mexican men image comes from as they wear the large sombreros to protect themselves from the sun. In the central part is a volcanic area, and therefore a mountainous region, where you can find some of Mexico’s greatest cities like Guadalajara-Jalisco in the west, Mexico City in the center and Veracruz towards the east – all around are also some stunning colonial cities. The South and the Eastern coast are characterized by a rich vegetation: forests, mangroves, animals of all sorts; and in the middle of the jungle you can find lovely resorts that overlook the Caribbean Sea or deep Cenotes in which to dive in.

On this trip I only had the chance to visit the Yucatan Peninsula and, in particular, the region of Quintana-Roo where some of the most notorious seaside locations can be found, such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen. The peninsula itself is divided up into 3 different regions: Quintana-Roo, Campeche and Yucatan. The climate here is tropical – so you get sun and 28°c in January or tropical storms and wind, but it changes extremely quickly during the day. Around this area you can also find some of the most notorious archaeological sites from the Mayan era: Chichen Itza of course, but also Uxmal, Coba and Tulum.

The whole experience left me with a great desire to go back and explore much more of this wonderful country! Can’t wait!

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-V

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