Border inspection station between US and Mexico
Mexico lies between the United States, Guatelmala, and Belize. It is an exciting blend of cultures and many coastlines due to it's location along the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. It is about one fifth of the entire United States, which is quite big for one country. There are various destinations within the country of Mexico, the more popular destinations include beaches and cultural locations. From the Arizona side, the closest destinations are Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), San Carlos, San Luis, to mention but a few. I decided to finally break the barrier that is Mexico, as far as my travels are concerned. Being a big country on my 'Bucket List', I was delighted to join friends over a three day weekend to the closest beach town - Puerto Penasco. Not the best beach destination, but a great choice for water and beach time if one lives in the Arizona desert. Popular destinations in Mexico that I should like to explore include Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen, San Carlos, Puerto Vallarta, Oaxaca, Yucatan and the Aztec pyramids, and Guadalajara.
Of course there are so many great cities and locations within this great country, but I have read much about the locations I have listed: the traditional, historic and cultural aspects are of great interest to me. Experiencing culture during travel is one of the activities high on my 'to do list. Having had some immigrations issues here in Arizona, I did not know what to expect crossing borders so soon. In case you have not heard, we in Arizona are making news headlines with our recently passed new Immigrations law. Nonetheless, I was interested in going down first, to break the 'Not visited Mexico yet', and second to experience the fascinating world that is Mexico.
Boarder crossing station US-Mexico
The history of Mexico depicts three great civilizations including the Olmecs, the Toltecs and the world re-known Mayas.
The three preceded the Aztec empire which was conquered by the Spanish under the leadership of Hernando Cortes. Under the viceroy of the Spanish, Mexico was ruled for over three hundred years until the Mexican revolution of 1821. The politics of Mexico reminds me of that of my birth country of Uganda. From 1821 Mexico was ruled by many dictators and presidents turning over government every nine months or less. Prior to the Mexican - American war of 1846, Mexico had leadership over Texas, California, Nevada, Arizona, parts of Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. Mexico lost them to the USA in 1848 under the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
The famous hi-tech boarder fence along the Arizona-Mexico border.
Perhaps too well known for it's beaches, food, traditions and customs, Mexico offers some of the best beach experiences on it's shores.
Some of the popular and well known tourism beaches include: Cancun in Quintana Roo, Cabo San Lucas in Baja California Sur, Huatulco in Oaxaca, Puerto Penasco in Sonora, Ensenada in Baja California, Ixtapa in Guerrero, Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco, Playa del Carmen in Quintana Roo, Puerto Escondido on Oaxaca, Guaymas in Sonora and San Jose del Cabo in Baja California Sur. Mark (Amaretto) and I joined friends down in Puerto Penasco. What a great weekend we had, I wouldn't think twice about returning there.