Mexico is one of the most popular destinations for US citizens. This comes as no surprise given that just the thought of Mexico brings up pictures of lush beaches, crystal clear water, great weather, wild nightlife and rich tradition and cuisine. And while tourist hubs like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta or Los Cabos are always the first choice for many planning to visit Mexico, this country is teeming with less known, less visited but equally impressive destinations.

If you’re seriously considering visiting Mexico next summer, there are numerous lodging and transportation options. Depending on the state you live in, you can even travel there by your own car, just remember you need a separate Mexican insurance policy. With that in mind, here are some interesting facts to know before you plan your trip to Mexico.

Mexico is Home to 34 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Even though Chichen Itza is probably the most famous, it’s only one in 34 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mexico. The title is not reserved for ancient structures only, but natural wonders or colonial cities such as San Miguel de Allende. As for natural wonders, one has to mention the El Vizcaino as one of the largest biosphere reserves in Mexico or the magical monarch butterfly reserve in Michoacán.

It’s Not All (Breaking) Bad

A lot of people are discouraged from visiting Mexico because of its infamous drug cartels, but they definitely shouldn’t. While there are some areas in the country run by these organizations, a lot of regions are as safe as any city in the US. For example, The Yucatan peninsula is unaffected by drugs and violence. Just to stay sure, do your research before you plan your trip and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

Mexican Food is Very Diverse

Of course, you’ve already tried tacos, but Mexican cuisine is so much more diverse. There are amazing dishes to taste in Mexico, and every region is known for a different specialty. For example, the cuisine on Yucatan is heavily influenced by Mayan culture. One of the main specialties there is cochinita pibil: slow roasted pork wrapped in banana leaves and dipped in orange marinade. How does that sound?

Diverse Souvenirs

There’s so much more you could bring back from Mexico than tequila or coffee. Mexico is well known for traditional handcrafted items like pottery or hammocks you can find throughout the country. You should also consider chocolate, wool blankets, leather bags and a special brand of cinnamon.

Low Season is the Cheapest

The low season in Mexico lasts from late spring to the beginning of fall. Contrary to what many may think, visiting Mexico during the Christmas holidays is actually the most expensive, but these are still very popular with tourists regardless. Prices remain high throughout the winter but drop after Easter. If you’re looking to visit Mexico on a budget, that’s the ideal time.

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Published by Arina Smith