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Is Mexico calling you?
off the Pacifi c side around Puerto San Carlos
or Laguna Ojo de Liebre. The west coast is
also great for surfi ng. The eastern side, which
borders the Sea of Cortez, possesses much
calmer waters and is perfect for swimming
and kayaking. It must be said that
We’ve all heard about the likes of Cancun,
Baja and beautiful beaches are
student population) and synonymous. The only area to
Mazatlan and Chichen Itza, but is there numerous museums. avoid is Cabo San Lucas, a large
really more to Mexico? According to
East of Guanajuato resort town that sits on the
is the quaint, charming Baja’s southern tip.
Kumuka’s Mexico enthusiast and expert Lee town of San Miguel
Nicholson, the answer is a mighty big YES!
de Allende. Looking
much like a painter’s palette, 4
Although very close to Cancun,
So, where will tailor-made travel take you?
the area’s houses are painted in colourful it’s worlds apart. This tiny island is a picture
ochres, reds, ambers, mustards and yellows. postcard of chilled-out bliss. Its beaches are

OPPER CANYON and the local Tarahumara people, who still It’s become an arts centre, with numerous lined with perfect white sand, and the town’s
Larger and deeper than the more famous reside in mountainside caves. galleries and painting workshops on display. streets are still either sand or dirt. It feels very
Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA, the Copper Further north, almost 600km from remote and cut off from the world, making it
Canyon system is hewn into the southwest
COLONIAL HEARTLAND Mexico City, is Zacatecas. This high altitude the ideal place to kick back and do absolutely
part of the state of Chihuahua. The most North of Mexico City, running up the (2500m) desert mining town is a gem: the nothing. If you travel here between June and
phenomenal way to experience the six- central spine of the nation, is the colonial colonial architecture is magnifi cent, there September, you can even snorkel with the
canyon abyss is aboard the Chihuahua al heartland. Because of its wealth of silver and are plenty of interesting museums and you gentle whale sharks, the largest fi sh on the
Pacífi co railway, which runs from Los Mochis gold, this area was the one of the fi rst settled can even descend into the bowels of the planet. From April through October, half a
to Chihuahua. The most dramatic views are in by the Spanish in the 1520s. silver mines. For those who prefer heights to million fl amingos call Isla Holbox home.
the fi rst half of the journey, making the town About 300km northwest of the capital is tunnels, an exhilarating cable car can take you
of Creel a perfect place to jump ship. From the fascinating city Guanajuato. Stunningly to a nearby summit.
here, you can descend almost 2000m by jeep situated within a ravine, this UNESCO World 5
Nestling in the Sierra Madre Oriental
into the canyon and spend the night in the Heritage site actually sports intriguing mountain range, and surrounded by
small town of Baptopilas. There are numerous subterranean roadworks, making its network 3
This narrow peninsula may be a barren rainforest, this little town can be used as a
activities in the Creel area, such as hiking, of alleys a great place to soak up the ambience. desert, but it’s what lurks offshore that is the base to visit the nearby surreal artwork of
mountain biking and horseback riding. You’ll There is fantastic colonial architecture, lots real attraction. Between December and April, Las Pozas, built by the eccentric Englishman
also fi nd Mexico’s highest waterfall (246m) of cultural and art events (thanks to the huge grey whales migrate from Alaska to give birth Edward James, who Salvador Dali believed
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