Mexico - with its rugged, stunning scenery, fascinating history, cultural traditions, and warm people is the perfect vacation destination. Whether you are seeking a relaxing respite on the sun-drenched Gulf of Mexico or the posh Pacific Coast resorts, an adventurous excursion to ancient ruins or the excitement of a major city - Mexico offers a bounty for tourists and business travelers alike.
First settled by various native peoples, known as Indios, pre-Columbian Mexico gave rise to several great civilizations, including the Maya, the Toltec, and the Aztec. After the invasion by Spanish explorers, the native populations were greatly reduced, but many of the surviving Indios kept hold of their traditions. The remains of their magnificent temples and pyramids still stand today.
The densely populated capital, Mexico City is situated on a wide plateau at an altitude of 7,382 feet surrounded by high mountains, including volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl. Built on the ruins of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, this modern metropolis offers plenty of cultural and historical stop-offs, yet all the amenities expected by sophisticated travelers.
The remote, mountainous region around Oaxaca is famous for its fanciful folk art and ceramic pottery. It is also the heart of “Mezcal Country”, where native agaves are sourced to make mezcal and tequila and where age-old distilling traditions combine with modern marketing methods to create a thriving village economy.
The Pacific Coast, including Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas, is home to world-renowned resorts. The Gulf Coast resort of Cancún, rises from a jungle landscape and offers the jet set lifestyle, charming villages, and Mayan ruins. The Gulf island of Cozumel is a snorkeling and diving Nirvana, where one can dine on fresh seafood under the stars. For a slightly tattered taste of the Old West and some great bargain shopping, there is Tijuana.
With all its possibilities - fine dining; swimming, exploring, and sightseeing; and the thrill of the Latin-style nightlife - Mexico provides an attractive option for scheduling business conferences, trade expos, conventions, and team-building events.