Viva La Mexico
Monday 26th October 2015 - Published by Chelsea
Its not all burros and burritos in Mexico. Oh No! Stunning beaches and boutique beers combined with mind blowing archaeological wonders to produce a dream destination. Try to coincide your visit with Dia de Los Muertos (also known as Day of the Dead) if you can. It's a Mexican festival honouring lost souls but it's not as morbid as it sounds, rather a huge three day celebration that occurs in late October, early November.
WHERE TO STAY
Forget about Cancun and head straight to Tulum. Every budget is catered for in this coastal playground situated on Mexico's East Coast Yucatan Peninsula, on the Carribean Sea. Jade green waters lap pristine white sands, ideal for the fitness fanatic and beach bum alike.You won't be sorry!
WHAT TO EAT
Live like a local and you'll never use an Old El Paso Taco kit again. Mexico has one of the most extensive street food cultures and much of the best Mexican cuisine is or is based on street food. Make sure you pay a visit to one the local tianguis (markets) and get yourself some antojitos (little cravings), washed down with a local jugo, aguas frescas, agua de jamaica or a cerveza...which brings us to the next point...
WHAT TO DRINK
Michaleda...your taste buds won't know what hit them. It's base is beer mixed with chili/hot sauce, lime and tomato juice but there are regional variations as well. They say it makes a great hangover cure but we think the trick is not to get hungover on them in the first place. Try out the recipe here.
WHERE TO SHOP
Local Mexican markets are a must! Photo ops galore and expect to bring home a bit of kitsch and a religious trinket or two, regardless of your beliefs. Not only are markets good for souvenirs, but they also give you an insight into the culture and daily life of the people of Mexico. In Mexico City, head to La Lagunilla and Mercado Coyoacán (Calles Hidalgo y Malitzin; a 10-minute walk from the Frida Kahlo museum).
WHAT TO PACK
Well we couldn't go past the latest print from Baku, AZTEC. All the colours of Mexico (and then some) with a style to suit most shapes available. Top it off with Sunseeker's Cuban Hat, the Intrigue Dress by Jets and a pair of Seafolly flip flops. Don't foget to pack Seafolly's Oaxaca Roundie Towel, with it's handy travel strap.
You may not know her name but you are bound to recognise her image. Frida Kahlo is a Mexican painter best known for her self-portraits. Kahlo's work is now seen as an emblem of national and indigenous tradition, but it was decades after her death that this occurred and she still continues to have a strong influence on many international fashion houses. You can visit her home in Mexico City, which is now a museum, better known as the Blue House. Not getting to Mexico anytime soon? The Art Gallery of NSW, Australia, is holding an exhibition of her work in 2016.
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