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Check Out This List Of Our Favorite Places To Be Outdoorsy And See The Sunset In Mexico

Renowned for its picturesque, sandy beaches, Mexico has more shoreline than any country in the Western Hemisphere south of the United States. Its Gulf Coast and Caribbean beaches feature turquoise blue and green waters and Mexico’s white and toupe-colored Pacific beaches appear to go on forever.

As impressive as the beaches are, Mexico’s mountains are on different scale than most people in the United States are accustomed to. The summits of more than a dozen of Mexico’s peaks are higher in elevation than any mountain summits in the Continental United States. Mexico even has two dormant volcanos with summits over 18,000 feet, a staggering 4,000 feet higher than any of the mountain peaks in Colorado or California.

No surprise, then, that Mexico is home to some of the most beautiful sunset-settings in the world. Whether your ideal sunset spills toward you over the ocean or you prefer watching the setting sun fall behind mountains, the following is a list of the 21 places to watch the sunset in Mexico.

1. Puerto Vallarta

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Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the town of Puerta Vallarta has mountains in the background, cobblestone streets, and Spanish colonial-style homes. Reminiscent of a Mediterranian pueblo, Puerta Vallarta is Mexico at its finest.

2. Sumidero Canyon

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The walls in Sumidero Canyon are verticle in many places and reach as high as 3,300 feet. And, the river that runs through it, La Grijalva, is larger in volume than the Colorado River in Arizona.

3. Mazatlan

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Mazatlan is on the Pacific Coast and has a 13-mile long boardwalk along wide, sandy beaches. Mazatlan is one of the most modern and popular resort towns in Mexico.

4.  Pico de Orizaba

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Pico de Orizaba more than 18,000 feet high. That means, in elevation, Pico de Orizabah dwarfs every peak in the Continental United States by more than a half a mile.

5. Isla Cozumel

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Mostly undeveloped, Cozumel is an island in the Caribbean renowned for its turquoise blue and green water which makes it one of the most popular snorkelling and diving destinations in Mexico.

6. Tulum

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On the Yucatan Peninsula, Tulum is famous for its white sand, Caribbean-blue waters, and the well-preserved Mayan ruins on the cliff above the beaches. It is arguably the most beautiful sunset-setting in Mexico.

7. Los Cabos

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On the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos refers to the general area including Cabos. Everywhere around the city there are views of the sunset from the hilltops above the town.

8. Copper Canyon

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The crevasse below the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains, Copper Canyon is the deepest, widest canyon in North America, considerable grander than the Grand Canyon both in width and depth.

9. Xcaret Park, Cancun

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A privately owned eco-tourism resort, Xcaret Park is located on the Caribbean’s Rivera Maya. In addition to its coral reefs, crystal clear water, and fine sandy beaches, Xcaret the namesake of the Pre-Columbian Maya that built a settlement there more than 1,800 years ago.

10. Palenque

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Palenque is home of some of the largest and most well preserved Mayan ruins in Central America. Thought to have been built around 700 A.D., Palenque’s pyramids offer sunset views out over the jungle.

11. Agua Azul Waterfalls

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Cascading turquoise-colored mineral has created a series of cataracts that fall into the pools below. Some of the falls are more than 20-feet high and the river itself is more than 100 yards wide.

12. Todos Santos

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According to Forbes Magazine, Todos Santos is Mexico’s best-kept secret. Just north of Cabo on the Baja Peninsula, Todos Santos is renowned for its peaceful setting and long, unbroken beaches.

13. Acapulco

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There is not a bad view in Acapulco. With the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains behind it and the Pacific Ocean in front, Acapulco has long been a favorite of Mexican and international visitors alike.

14. Ixtapa

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In the Mexican state of Guerrero, Ixtapa is the ideal resort town. The El Palmar Beach has one skyrise after another with views looking over the ocean. Still, Ixtapa is still a fishing village at heart which means there is always a plethora of fresh fish at the local market.

15. Isla Mujeres

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An island in the Caribbean sea, Isla Mujeres is famous for unparalleled snorkelling and diving. The beach eases out into the water and in some places a person can walk out into the ocean for a half a mile before needing to swim.

16. Playa de Carmen

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On the Rivera Maya, Playa de Carmen is the ideal Caribbean town. The beaches are lined with miles of palms and the ocean offers world-class snorkelling and diving. And, the town of Playa de Carmen has a bustling nightlife.

17. Puerto Escondido

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Puerto Escondido — the “hidden port” — is a stunning area with coral reefs and rock formations hammered by crystal clear water. Underdeveloped in relation to many of Mexico’s other resort towns, Puerto Escondido is the definition of peace.

18. The Marieta Islands

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The Marieta Islands are a natural wonder. Located several miles off the coast of Punta Mita, the Marieta Islands were formed over millions of years by coral.

19. Puerto Penasco

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Puerto Penasco is wildly famous as it is one of the few places in Arizona where the Sea of Cortez touches the four-corners state. Though the town is more developed than most Mexican resort towns, Puerto Penasco offers beautiful sunset views. 

20. Sierra de Los Tuxtlas

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Sierra de Los Tuxtlas is in tropical Mexico at the southern end, Caribbean side. A massive range of mountains, the Sierra de Los Tuxtlas may be the most beautiful of Mexico’s long list of mountain ranges.

21.  Sierra Madre de Oaxaca

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North of the Sierra de Los Tuxtlas mountain range, the Sierra Madre de Oaxaca range is larger in scale and includes even higher mountains. While not as tropical, the Sierra Madre de Oaxaca mountains are home to some of Mexico’s most beautiful sunset views.

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

Mexico City is the oldest surviving capital city in all of the Americas. It also is one of only two that actually served as capitals of their Indigenous communities – the other being Quito, Ecuador. But much of that incredible history is washed over in history books, tourism advertisements, and the everyday hustle and bustle of a city of 21 million people.

Recently, city residents voted on a non-binding resolution that could see the city’s name changed back to it’s pre-Hispanic origin to help shine a light on its rich Indigenous history.

Mexico City could soon be renamed in honor of its pre-Hispanic identity.

A recent poll shows that 54% of chilangos (as residents of Mexico City are called) are in favor of changing the city’s official name from Ciudad de México to México-Tenochtitlán. In contrast, 42% of respondents said they didn’t support a name change while 4% said they they didn’t know.

Conducted earlier this month as Mexico City gears up to mark the 500th anniversary of the fall of the Aztec empire capital with a series of cultural events, the poll also asked respondents if they identified more as Mexicas, as Aztec people were also known, Spanish or mestizo (mixed indigenous and Spanish blood).

Mestizo was the most popular response, with 55% of respondents saying they identified as such while 37% saw themselves more as Mexicas. Only 4% identified as Spaniards and the same percentage said they didn’t know with whom they identified most.

The poll also touched on the city’s history.

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The same poll also asked people if they thought that the 500th anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlán by Spanish conquistadoresshould be commemorated or forgotten, 80% chose the former option while just 16% opted for the latter.

Three-quarters of respondents said they preferred areas of the the capital where colonial-era architecture predominates, such as the historic center, while 24% said that they favored zones with modern architecture.

There are also numerous examples of pre-Hispanic architecture in Mexico City including the Templo Mayor, Tlatelolco and Cuicuilco archaeological sites.

Tenochtitlán was one of the world’s most advanced cities when the Spanish arrived.

Tenochtitlán, which means “place where prickly pears abound” in Náhuatl, was founded by the Mexica people in 1325 on an island located on Lake Texcoco. The legend goes that they decided to build a city on the island because they saw the omen they were seeking: an eagle devouring a snake while perched on a nopal.

At its peak, it was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. It subsequently became a cabecera of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Today, the ruins of Tenochtitlán are in the historic center of the Mexican capital. The World Heritage Site of Xochimilco contains what remains of the geography (water, boats, floating gardens) of the Mexica capital.

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Mexico Plunges 23 Places On The World Happiness Report As The Country Struggles To Bounce Back

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Mexico Plunges 23 Places On The World Happiness Report As The Country Struggles To Bounce Back

When it comes to international happiness rankings, Mexico has long done well in many measurements. In fact, in 2019, Mexico placed number 23 beating out every other Latin American country except for Costa Rica. But in 2020, things looks a lot different as the country slipped 23 spots on the list. What does this mean for Mexico and its residents? 

Mexico slips 23 spots on the World Happiness Report thanks to a variety of compelling factors.

Mexico plummeted 23 places to the 46th happiest nation in the world, according to the 2020 happiness rankings in the latest edition of the United Nations’ World Happiness Report. The coronavirus pandemic had a significant impact on Mexicans’ happiness in 2020, the new report indicates.

“Covid-19 has shaken, taken, and reshaped lives everywhere,” the report noted, and that is especially true in Mexico, where almost 200,000 people have lost their lives to the disease and millions lost their jobs last year as the economy recorded its worst downturn since the Great Depression.

Based on results of the Gallup World Poll as well as an analysis of data related to the happiness impacts of Covid-19, Mexico’s score on the World Happiness Report index was 5.96, an 8% slump compared to its average score between 2017 and 2019 when its average ranking was 23rd.

The only nations that dropped more than Mexico – the worst country to be in during the pandemic, according to an analysis by the Bloomberg news agency – were El Salvador, the Philippines and Benin.

Mexico has struggled especially hard against the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Since the pandemic started, Mexico has fared far worse than many other countries across Latin America. Today, there are reports that Mexico has been undercounting and underreporting both the number of confirmed cases and the number of deaths. Given this reality, the country is 2nd worst in the world when it comes to number of suspected deaths, with more than 200,000 people dead. 

Could the happiness level have an impact on this year’s elections?

Given that Mexico’s decline in the rankings appears related to the severity of the coronavirus pandemic here, one might assume that the popularity of the federal government – which has been widely condemned for its management of the crisis from both a health and economic perspective – would take a hit.

But a poll published earlier this month found that 55.9% of respondents approved of President López Obrador’s management of the pandemic and 44% indicated that they would vote for the ruling Morena party if the election for federal deputies were held the day they were polled.

Support for Morena, which apparently got a shot in the arm from the national vaccination program even as it proceeded slowly, was more than four times higher than that for the two main opposition parties, the PAN and the PRI.

Still, Mexico’s slide in the happiness rankings could give López Obrador – who has claimed that ordinary Mexicans are happier with him in office – pause for thought.

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