Interesting Facts about Mexico for you and your kids!

March 29th, 2018 by

Getting ready for your drive to Mexico? Dreading the long drive across the border with your kids in the back asking you a million questions? To help you on your way and keep up the excitement about your trip to Mexico; we’ve put together some fun and interesting facts about Mexico to keep you and your kids intrigued on your journey!

Interesting Facts about Mexico for you and your kids!

Interesting Facts about Mexico: Chilies Chocolate and Corn

Some of our favorite foods were introduced to us by Mexico

Our first interesting fact has to be about food! Mainly because the food in Mexico is SO delicious, because of this it’s no surprise that our friends across the border introduced us to some of our favorite foods. Chocolate, chilies and corn are just a few of the awesome foods that Mexico introduced to the world.

 

Mexico has the world’s smallest volcano!

That’s right, Mexico’s smallest volcano, Cuexcomate, stands at just 13 meters tall and is situated in Puebla city. Don’t worry though, this mini-cano is inactive so you can happily and safely walk up this little mound of molten rock with your family. You can even go down into the volcano via a spiral staircase. An interesting and very different sight to see for the average tourist! Although, we would not recommend doing this if you get claustrophobic.

 

Interesting Facts about Mexico: Biodiversity

Mexico has a very diverse environment

This interesting fact will be great to get the whole family excited about the amazing and diverse environment you are about to venture into: Mexico is one of the top five countries in terms of biodiversity. This means that Mexico has plenty of amazing habitats and incredible natural environments for you to and your family to discover on your trip to Mexico.

See a huge variety of wildlife in their natural habitats as you explore the awe-inspiring rain forests, mountains and deserts. And with International Biological Diversity Day just around the corner (22 May) it’s a great fact to raise awareness of the importance of protecting these environments to your children.

Remember to always explore safely and with respect for the nature surrounding you.

This interesting fact brings us nicely to our next one…

 

Interesting Facts about Mexico: Forest

Almost 34% of Mexico’s land area is covered with forest

It is no wonder Mexico has such a vibrant and diverse range of wildlife as almost 34% of it’s land area is covered with forest. These forests are home to a huge variety of native animals from Spider Monkeys to the Mexican Grey Wolf.

 

Mexican law is based on Napoleonic Code where guilt prevails over the presumption of innocence

One of the most important interesting facts about Mexico is this one: Mexican law is based on Napoleonic Code where guilt prevails over the presumption of innocence. This is why it is SO important to buy Mexican Auto Insurance if you are driving your own vehicle into Mexico. Drivers are legally required to have Mexican vehicle insurance, without it you are at the mercy of the Mexican court of law. Luckily, you can get your insurance quickly and simply, online with XBorderAuto. Get your free quote now.

 

Interesting Facts about Mexico: Time Zones

Mexico uses four time zones

This interesting fact is a must know if you’re traveling to Mexico!

Did you know that Mexico uses four time zones?

So, make sure you do your research before you travel and change your watch time as you drive through each time zone. Don’t be caught out!

 

Mexico City is actually sinking

Mexico City is beautiful, with so many different attractions and great places to eat, but did you know the city is actually sinking? Yes this is interesting fact about Mexico number 7!

Having been built in the middle of a lake that had been formed in a volcanic crater, Mexico City has sunk approximately 10 meters in the past century alone. The Aztecs built the city in the middle of the lake in around 1352 as the water made the city easy to defend and gave them seemingly infinite amounts of water and food. We guess they weren’t planning on having the huge (and heavy) high-rise buildings you see in the city today.

 

Do you know any more interesting facts about Mexico? Get in touch! We’d love to add them to our blog post. Email us on: info@xborderauto.com

Visit Mexico: Must See Attractions for your Trip

March 22nd, 2018 by

Mexico has it all…wildlife, history, fantastic food, incredible culture, amazing adventures. Let us guide you through some of the top attractions you must see when you visit Mexico:

Historical Attractions you NEED to see
when you Visit Mexico

The Ruins in Coba
History and adventure
Drive through the jungle to the Coba ruins, surrounded by nature and wildlife these are truly a site to behold. Under the canopy of the jungle walk or bike around the site, see the scribe stones before scaling the heights of the pyramid. The pyramid is 42 meters tall with 120 steps, climbing this piece of history is no easy feat but it is well worth it for the remarkable view from the top. Spectators can see a breath-taking view of the whole settlement amongst the jungle which is stretched out in all directions.

Rio Secreto in Playa del Carmen
Unique adventure in historical natural caves
Visit Mexico and be one of the first to explore this amazing underground river. Swim or hike through these incredible tunnels and ancient caves on a magical journey under crystals, stalactites and stalagmites. There are plenty of excursions to book with tour guides to take you through and teach you about this amazing natural site. A great alternative to the normal attractions on offer, our only advice would be to accept the walking stick when they offer – it comes in handy when navigating the trickier areas of the site.

Visit Mexico Chichén Itzá Mayan Ruins

Chichén Itzá Mayan Ruins
History and adventure
This is one of the most beautiful Mayan ruins in the state of Yucantán, a must see on your Mexican vacation. Some describe this incredible world heritage site as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The focus of the site is the giant stepped pyramid temple, named El Castillo, is remaining evidence of a once incredible city that was central to the Maya empire. This great site is thought to date back from A.D. 750 to 1200. Don’t forget to pack plenty of sun cream and water as it you may end up spending a good few hours exploring or even booking on one of the tours to learn more about the site.

Rosary Chapel, Capilla del Rosario in Puebla
History and culture
This incredible chapel will take your breath away. From the outside it is quite unremarkable, you would most likely walk straight past but trust us, this is a building you won’t want to miss. Once you enter you will be in awe of the ornate architecture, lavished with gold and intricately designed; life-sized statues watching as you walk through their holy chapel. You can feel this history and the presence of thousands of people who have worshiped, married and passed on here. You can spend hours admiring the art work or simply sitting to take it all in.

Must See Wildlife Attractions when you Visit Mexico

Visit Mexico Wildlife Whale Watching

Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas
Exciting trip out for the whole family, seasonal tours
Be one of few to witness these incredible mammals. There are plenty of excursions available to take you whale watching, the guides are usually very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and tend to love their jobs (who wouldn’t!). Just be conscious that these tours are seasonal and are usually between December to April and you are never guaranteed to see a whale. However, it is extremely likely that you will see a whale during January and February so if your trip is primarily to see whales we suggest you book then!

If you’re feeling more adventurous you could book a tour that even takes you right in the water to swim with whale sharks, these tours tend to be from La Paz, Holbox Island or Cancun.

Diving at the Palanca Reef in Cozumel
Nature and adventure
Take a dip into the deep blue on a magical scuba diving experience when you visit Mexico. The Palanca reef in Cozumel offers and abundant variety of marine life to swim amongst, from sharks and eels to huge angel fish and sea turtles. Even without the creatures the coral reef is a sight to behold. The visibility is usually around 100ft and you will have opportunity to visit different locations including the Palancar Horseshoe, Gardens, Bricks, Caves and Pinnacles. If scuba diving isn’t your idea of fun you can see a lot from just snorkeling and a few not-so-deep-dives!

Visit Mexico Wildlife Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies at the Reserva Mariposa Monarca
Wildlife attraction, great for families
Situated near the State of Mexico border in Michoacán you can find thousands of beautiful Monarch butterflies that have flocked to the Mexican highlands to hibernate for winter. This incredible biosphere reserve is another of Mexico’s world heritage sites and is open seasonally, from October to March. We recommend visiting on a sunny day as these wonderful creatures are rather weather sensitive, seeking shelter amongst the trees when the clouds cover the sun. The reserve is set amongst the mountains and forest which means that although you can drive to most areas a short hike may be needed to access some the harder to reach sites.

The Eco-Archaeological Park of Xcaret
Wildlife and adventure for families
This amazing park has everything – and we mean EVERYTHING – from tropical jungle trains to swimming with dolphins, the park showcases Mexico’s remarkable biodiversity and cultural heritage in all its splendor. Although this may not be the most authentic presentation of Mexico, it’s guaranteed fun for all the family and will give you a taste of Mexico all in one place. You may need to spend a couple of days here during your Mexico visit as it has everything! The children will be unable to resist the underground river swims and the incredible array of wildlife the park has to offer. Adults can enjoy the food and the more ‘grown up’ activities including Mayan archaeological sites or their spectacular wine cellar.

Know of an attraction or destination that’s not featured on our visit Mexico blog?
We’d love to hear from you!

If you have discovered an amazing destination on your visit to Mexico we would love to include it on our visit Mexico blog post. Simply get in touch on: info@xborderauto.com

Remember: Always get your Mexican Auto Insurance before you visit Mexico if you are planning on driving!