After spending around fourteen years in Mexico, I experienced so many amazing adventures. It seems kind of logical that I should start off 2018 telling you about some of the great things you can see in Mexico.
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Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Mazatlán, Sinaloa sits on the coast, just a little bit South of Baja California (del Sur). A ferry actually runs between Mazatlán and Baja California daily. A group of Spanish militants and local natives originally settled Mazatlán. However, a group of German emigrants helped develop it into the thriving sea port. As signs of it’s German heritage, the local music sounds extremely Bavarian, and the local breweries thrive.
The attraction that I loved the most was the local beaches, which seemed super clean. I also took the opportunity to see the world famous Mazatlán Carnival. I didn’t feel super impressed with some of the traditions of it, but the tradition ran pretty deep for the locals. Of note, baseball seems more popular here than anywhere else in Mexico.
For trips to the beach, with a dash of culture, and the world famous carnivals, I would recommend Mazatlán.
Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Across Mexico, Tampico, Tamaulipas sits on the gulf coast. This Spanish settled city rests in the Delta of the Pánuco River. Unlike its West coast counterpart, Tampico caters little to actual tourism. The main source of income comes from the oil industry, and oil wells off its coast.
I loved the deep history of the Mexican Revolution, as well as the Mexican-American battles that took place in the area. The stories from both sides of the wars (including WWI) make for some fascinating incite into the culture. The beaches in Tampico rival those found anywhere, simply because only the locals frequent them. The cleanliness feels like home, which for those who reside there, it fits.
Unlike the two cities mentioned above, when I refer to Chihuahua, I mean the entire state. The city of Chihuahua (the capital city of its namesake) holds tomes of history and cultural traditions. The local populace features an eclectic mixture of natives, French, Spanish, and Oriental settlers. The Mexican-American and Mexican Revolution both shaped the State to how it stands today.
One of the most wonderful attractions in Chihuahua is the Copper Canyon. This canyon claims the title as the deepest, longest, and most isolated Canyon on the American Continent. If you had months to dedicate to it, you could explore every single climate zone in Copper Canyon, ranging from hot and humid in the deepest parts, to icy and windy at it’s peaks.
Chihuahua also claims one of the most beautiful waterfalls, Basaseachic. This 807 foot waterfall offers an amazing view from several of the trails and vantage points built by the local natives. The local ladies carry wares all over the trails to sell as tourists and workers alike move along the paths. Whether you want water, a soda, or some of the local handicrafts, you can find that here.
I could go on for days about some of the other sites in Chihuahua. But then I’d never get anywhere else. Do you guys have any experience in Mexico?
I grew up in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, México, where people either owned cattle ranches or fruit orchards. Much of my work ethic came from working on Rancho La Mesa (my family’s ranch). That ranch also sparked what grew into my wild imagination. I read somewhere that you should write the story you want to read, and that stuck with me. My writing began in sixth grade, around the time I began learning to type.