Top 5 exotic destinations of MexicoBy Fernanda Duque Hernández
Mexico’s a vast and magnificent land! With over 1,973,000 km2 (data according to Mexico’s Institute of Geography and Statistics), one really does wonder how much of the nation we actually know? Rest assured because we’re here to help you and guide you across such great land, the place where culture, history, nature, food and fascination blend! Join us while we take a trip across some of Mexico’s exotic destinations:
Cascada Petrificada, Oaxaca
Thousands of years ago a unique natural phenomenon took place in the Valley of Mitla in Oaxaca, a 'petrified waterfall' was formed -which is actually a water runoff made up of sodium carbonate and magnesium with streaks of sulfur-, an unusual thing that locals named ‘Hierve el agua’.
At the top of the mountain you’ll find carbonated water springs, natural pools from where you can admire the majesty of the mountain range of Oaxaca. Besides enjoying the water, visitors can go on day-excursions by foot or bicycle. Its natural beauty is just one of the most astonishing features of this zone; archeologists believed that it was a sacred place for Zapotec culture.
Cañón de Guadalupe, Baja California
In the heart of Mexicali, in the Baja California desert -just 50 kilometers from the border with California-, you’ll come across the Guadalupe Canyon: an oasis with waterfalls, hot springs and cave paintings.
This place is perfect for relaxing after a day of hiking in the desert! You’ll also be able to admire the breathtaking landscape from one of the natural –cold-water- pools. Later on, flowing into the night you also can set up your tent and enjoy a private Jacuzzi under the stars.
Lagoons at the Nevado de Toluca, State of Mexico
Is it possible for a volcano to have lagoons? In Mexico is it! Every year, thousands of people visit the Nevado de Toluca for hiking or mountain climbing, but some visitors are unaware that thousands of years ago, when the volcano activity ceased, a seal was formed in its eruptive mouth, leading to the formation of two pools of drinking water: the sun and the moon.
Although they’re not very deep, you can fish rainbow trout and even dive, activity only recommended with expert advice due to temperature conditions -of -2 to 12 degrees-and height.
The cave of the sleeping sharks, Isla Mujeres
If you like diving, you must know that Isla Mujeres is one of the favorite destinations for this activity! Half an hour aware from this town, you’ll find underwater caves where a strange –yet fascinating- phenomenon takes place: every time a shark passes into this area, it seems to go under an unusual state of complete relaxation.
Many say that this happens because of the water’s composition, since the caves contain more oxygen and less salt, which affects the species’ behavior.
El Valle de los Monjes, Chihuahua
If your year resolution is to visit the Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, take some time to visit El Valle de los Monjes (The Valley of the Monks), towering vertical cliffs of over 50 meters high and located only 15 kilometers away from the town of Creel.
Since this is no ordinary choice among tourists, this is the ideal place for those travelers that look to be in peace with nature or for those adventurous travel photographers, because it is surrounded by wooded areas, it has lakes and is the place where the ancient Rarámuri culture inhabited.
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