Puerto Vallarta offers many delights for visitors. You can stroll the Malecon (the seafront boardwalk), visit galleries and museums, enjoy excellent cuisine, or even take part in adventurous activities like zip-lining or fly-boarding. But one activity that everyone seems to enjoy is watching the sunset. The Bahía de Banderas seems to be perfectly designed as a backdrop to this nightly show that nature puts on for us. In our daily lives we may not have the time or the best spot to enjoy a sunset, but while on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, it seems like everyone slows down, whether over a drink, or just a leisurely stroll somewhere where you can look out on the water to watch as the sun sinks down below the horizon and the sky changes color. Here are a few great spots to watch the sun set in Puerto Vallarta.
Throughout most of the country the weather in April is hot and dry, and Holy Week falls during this month, so many Mexicans head to the beach at this time. During Holy Week (officially the week leading up to Easter, but the following week is also a holiday for many) millions of Mexicans take a family vacation, so beaches and tourist attractions are crowded. Make hotel and travel reservations well ahead of time if you'll be in Mexico during the Easter break. Check our monthly listing of festivals and events for April to find out what special goings-on you can expect this month.
In my opinion, there's no bad time to visit Mexico, as each season has something to offer. There are a few things you'll probably want to take into account when planning the timing of your trip, however. If there are any special festivals or events you would like to attend, by all means you should plan your trip accordingly. You'll also want to keep in mind that certain times of the year can be crowded at popular destinations, and you'll also want to have an idea of what the weather will be like during the time of your visit. Check out our Mexico Month-by-Month calendar to have a look at what's happening each month of the year.
For more information about when to visit Mexico, read more here: When Should I Travel to Mexico? or read our reader's opinions - and give your own: What's Your Favorite Time of the Year to Visit Mexico?
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The state of Jalisco has so much to offer, from the cosmopolitan city of Guadalajara, to small towns and rugged mountains and gorgeous coastline and the popular beach destination of Puerto Vallarta, there is a huge range of attractions. This is the birthplace of mariachi music and tequila. It's also the state where you'll find ex-pat havens Lake Chapala and Ajijic. Learn about the varied cultural and regional attractions you can find in Jalisco in our Jalisco Travel Guide.
One of my favorite things about Mexico is the weather - mind you, prior to moving here I lived in Montreal, and it wasn't too hard to improve on that weather. However, a lot of people think that the weather throughout Mexico is hot all the time. In reality the climate varies a great deal throughout the country, and altitude is often more important than latitude in determining temperatures. So, instead of just packing shorts and your bathing suit, have a look at this guide to the weather in Mexico and find out what the weather is going to be like before you go (so you can pack your woolly pajamas if necessary).
Of course, when discussing Mexico's weather, we can't fail to mention hurricanes, which have ruined many a vacationer's fun in the sun. Hurricane season officially falls between June and November. If you're planning to travel to Mexico during that time, be sure to read our article on hurricane season travel for tips and information.
Photo of Popocatepetl with snow © Felicity Rainnie
In Guadalajara you'll find a wonderful blend of the old and the new. The city was founded in 1542 and has many historical buildings, but it underwent a major modernization project in the late 1940s and early 1950s which changed the face of the city. In the city center you can appreciate interesting architecture, lovely plazas and green spaces, and stores and markets. One of the most impressive buildings is the Hospicio Cabañas (now the Cabañas Cultural Institute), which is a World Heritage Site. Besides its elegant and functional architecture, this building also contains over fifty murals by Jose Clemente Orozco.
The main attractions of Guadalajara's historical center are best visited on foot. Our Guadalajara walking tour will guide you through the most important attractions of this fascinating area: Walking Tour of Guadalajara.
Photo of Guadalajara's Plaza de Armas © Suzanne Barbezat
Mexico's diverse gastronomy is one of its many attractions. The variety of cultures and communities in Mexico, as well as the country's great biodiversity accounts for the diversity of Mexican cuisine. Each region has its own specialties, ingredients and methods of preparation.
Enjoying Mexican food can be a highlight of any visit to Mexico, but some foodies travel to Mexico just for the food (not a bad reason to visit). In order to sample some of the best culinary offerings Mexico has to offer, a visit to various regions of Mexico is in order. Here is a list of destinations in Mexico that should be on any foodie's bucket list: Foodie Destinations in Mexico.
People who visit Mexico City for the first time are often surprised by it. They expect traffic, pollution, and crime. What they find is a modern, cosmopolitan city and a world of cultural offerings they never imagined. It's a fascinating place with more museums than any other city in the world, a history that dates back to ancient times, and amazing food options that range from delicious street stand tacos to delectable world-class gourmet offerings. The main problem first-time visitors face is deciding where to start. Here are my picks for top 10 Mexico City sights. The easiest way for Mexico City novices to get around? Take the Turibus.
Start planning your trip with our Mexico City travel guide.
We often think of Mexico's beach destinations, but Mexico's colonial cities offer rich cultural experiences, exuberant festivities, excellent cuisine and superb handicrafts all with a beautiful backdrop of colonial architecture and a fascinating history. Mexico's colonial history marked the collision of two very distinct cultures. It was a time of great upheaval and destruction, but this period also gave rise to a flourishing of art and architecture. Many cities in Mexico conserve their colonial town plan, cobblestone streets and beautiful colonial architecture. Several of Mexico's colonial cities have been recognized by the UNESCO as forming part of the heritage of humanity. Find out which cities are on UNESCO's list and learn more about them: Mexico's World Heritage Cities.
Photo of Puebla's Cathedral © Suzanne Barbezat
Monte Alban and Mitla are Oaxaca's best known archaeological sites, though Oaxaca State has many, many more, including one important site that was opened to the public fairly recently. Atzompa was a satellite city of Monte Alban, and is located on a hilltop adjacent to it. This is a large and stunning site that, like Monte Alban, offers lovely views of the valley. Several important finds have made headlines during the the recent excavation. The finding of a large kiln, which is very similar to those still in use in the area today shows that pottery specialization in this area dates back to ancient times. The site also has a temple which contains a tomb with multiple chambers; apparently the building was constructed for the express purpose of housing the funeral chambers. This is very unusual for the area, where tombs were generally located below residences and temples.
Explore the ancient site in this series of photographs of Atzompa archaeological site.