Taking a vacation to Mexico can consist of many things. You may want to see as many archeological sites from the Maya and Aztec civilizations as you can, or laze on the beach at an all-inclusive resort like Ocean Turquesa. Some people want to go to Mexico to take part in tourism which involves its many incredible natural wonders. If you’re in the mood for adventure, be sure to hike, kayak, or climb to some of these sites.
1. The Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
This ecological reserve is one of Mexico’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and is the breeding ground for thousands of beautiful monarch butterflies each year. Though there are fourteen colonies of the insects spread out over the 200 square miles which make up the park, only two are able to be visited by tourists. Be sure to watch your step; along with clouds of Monarchs, the reserve is also home to foxes, birds, lizards, and snakes who are protected under the government’s conservation laws.
2. The Copper Canyon
This natural wonder is actually a set of six canyons in the state of Chihuahua, fed by rivers which run into the Sea of Cortez. The walls of the canyons are green due to mineral deposits, and the hue is similar to oxidized copper. The spot is home to the native Raramuri tribe, who are known to be incredibly fast runners.
3. Banco Chincorro
This cove is the site of several historic shipwrecks, many of which have never been recovered from the ocean floor. For the curious snorkeling or scuba fan, the two nearly intact Spanish galleon ships are a must see. Banco Chincorro is part of the Sian Ka’an reserve, a huge Heritage site which includes over twenty ancient Maya ruins and covers most of the state of Quintana Roo.
4. Agua Azul
If you’ve ever wondered what highly calcified water will do to a tree, a rock, or an entire river bed, then the waterfalls at Agua Azul are a must see. These beautiful bright blue waters contain very high levels of minerals, which end up deposited on the surrounding scenery. A tree that has partially fallen into the stream now looks as though it is carved from white stone. This spot is quite close to the historic site of Palenque.
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