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Mexico is really proud of its most beautiful resort city – Ixtapa. All residents of this North American country consider this settlement a true gem of their homeland. Having arrived in the gorgeous city of Ixtapa, you will see how harmoniously historical past can coexist together with modernity, and culture goes hand in hand with science. Besides that, you will not find a newer resort on the Mexican coast with clear water, sunny weather all year round, and optimal temperature above 25 degrees by Celsius. It is hard to find a more suitable vacation destination in Mexico on the Pacific Ocean coast.
The beach resort of Ixtapa was established in the 70s of the 20th century. The country’s government started a new development program for resort destinations on the Mexican coast. Until that time, there was simply a small village on the site of Ixtapa, and local people were mostly fishermen. Once the government paid its attention to this region and decided to turn the settlement into a resort, the region started developing and getting richer. Currently, this is quite a well-developed region with quality infrastructure.
Tourists from all over the world come here to enjoy a pleasant vacation and sunbathe at sandy beaches that Ixtapa is famous for. Linda and La Ropa are the most popular recreation areas of the resort. These beach areas are perfect for vacationers with children because the ocean is usually calm in the area. Is scuba diving an essential part of any vacation for you? In this case, both Linda and La Ropa will greatly please you with their rich and diverse underwater world. Naturally, we need to mention coral reefs that look simply fabulous in crystal clear ocean water. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
In addition to scuba diving, Ixtapa beaches are an ideal destination for everyone who loves surfing. Certain coastal areas have moderate to high waves and are suitable for this water sport. Both beginners and experienced surfers can find suitable areas to polish their skills. Are you a fan of fishing? Without a doubt, when heading to the Mexican coast for a vacation, you will not need to forget about your favorite hobby. Local coastal water is great for fishing. If you have never tried fishing in the ocean before, you will be pleasantly surprised and have an opportunity to catch someone really big. When beach recreation and swimming in the ocean become a bit boring, you can play tennis in one of the tennis courts or find an opponent and see who plays golf better at one of the world-class golf courses.
What else can tourists do in Ixtapa? Naturally, vacation is not only about beaches. The resort’s territory is a picturesque place with gorgeous flora. As local nature is really beautiful, it is always interesting to make exciting excursions in the Mexican coast or try camping in the region. For tourists, this is a unique opportunity to learn more about local wild nature, see exotic plants, and breathe fresh and clean air.
In Palma Real Ixtapa Golf Course, you will see how gorgeous eagles live and nest, and how crocodiles live in their typical habitat. If you want to study the lifestyle of wild animals in detail, we suggest you participate in one of the numerous excursions that the course regularly organizes for guests of the resort. During such excursions, guests can learn more about the endangered species and see how the staff tries to save them. Who knows, maybe you will be lucky to see one of these rare animals with your own eyes. Participation in one of these programs is another reason to be proud of oneself and know that you helped rare animals, such as sea turtles, to survive.
When enjoying a vacation in Ixtapa, tourists craving for archaeological landmarks will find it super exciting to explore the most famous Mayan sites. Needless to say, the ancient city of Chichen Itza is one of them. Prepare for a long journey as this city is located far from the resort. Chichen Itza is a true monument of the long lost civilization and the location of the biggest Mexican pyramid – El Castillo or the Temple of Kukulcan. The temple is still full of mysteries and hidden secrets that scientists cannot solve yet. Besides the temple, visitors can see an ancient arena, a King’s bath, and a sacrificial well.
After a visit to Chichen Itza, consider making a cruise to Isla Mujeres or “The Island of Women”. This area is famous for its unique and picturesque nature as well as numerous landmarks of the past. When you feel tired of excursions and sightseeing, you can always swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. To relax, simply drink the national alcoholic drink – tequila. Mexican tequila is widely recognized as the best in the world.
Not all countries have direct flights to Mexico. To get to Ixtapa, many tourists need to make a change in the airport of the United States or any large European country such as France or Germany. After that, fly to the Mexican capital. There are many domestic flights to the resort city, and the flight lasts only thirty-five minutes. It is also possible to get on a train to Ixtapa that regularly takes off from the capital’s railway station.
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One more ancient building that is worth visiting is located in Cholula. This is Cholula Pyramid, which size once exceeded the size of the pyramid of Cheops. The Cholula Pyramid was partially destroyed, but it looks very impressive even nowadays. Several interesting buildings can be found in the cities of Chichen Itzā, El Tajin, Palenque, Tikal, Xel-Ha, Xcaret and Uxmal. Mexico City, which was founded in 1325, is a true open air museum. Nowadays, there are as many as 1400 historic landmarks in the city. Its territory is home to 10 archaeological zones and more than 80 museums. Start your observation of the city with a visit to El Zocalo Square to enjoy numerous old houses, mansions of the colonial period and buildings of the Aztec times that have miraculously survived till our days. The Metropolitan Cathedral is one of the most beautiful buildings of the medieval period. This is the largest church of its type in whole Latin America. The National Palace is a well-known masterpiece of architecture. The façade and halls of the palace are decorated with beautiful frescos. … Open
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