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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.

Diego Luna Talks The Importance Of The Storytelling In ‘Narcos: Mexico’ And Why Mexico City Will Always Be His Home

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Diego Luna Talks The Importance Of The Storytelling In ‘Narcos: Mexico’ And Why Mexico City Will Always Be His Home

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Netflix’s “Narcos: Mexico” Season 2 comes back to continue the story of enigmatic drug lord Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo and the subsequent rise and fall of the Guadalajara cartel he founded in the 1970s, with Diego Luna reprising his role as the mysterious Félix Gallardo.

The show depicts how Félix Gallardo’s eloquence and strategic thinking helped him attain a swift rise to the apex of the Mexican drug cartels. 

For a man of which not much is widely known about, Luna reveals in this exclusive interview with mitú how he was able to dive into his character.

When preparing for this role, Luna said there wasn’t as much research material about El Padrino (Félix Gallardo’s alias) compared to the personal stories of other real-life personalities, such as El Chapo. 

“The good thing for me in playing this role is this man was a very discreet person, he understood the power of discretion,” Luna says.

It was important to see what people said about him—what people say or feel when they were around this character, this perception of him helps a lot. I had to do research and see what was a common answer—people talk about how intelligent and precise and strategic he was, and that’s how I wanted to portray and build this character,” Luna told mitú over the phone. 

Season 2 picks up after the murder of DEA agent Kiki Camarena, with Félix Gallardo enjoying political protection at his palatial home in Mexico.

It’s evident in the beginning scenes of this second season that his rags-to-riches story is starting to unravel and a bit of paranoia is starting to set in that he may have a knife (or gun) at his back at any moment. 

A running allegory used by the characters’ dialogues of the Roman Empire’s eventual collapse and Julius Caesar’s ultimate end foreshadows what we all know will happen to Félix Gallardo—his drug empire will eventually collapse in a smoke of cocaine dust. 

From crooked Mexican politicians and cops to ranch hands trying to make extra money delivering cocaine across the border, the show demonstrates the complicity among the cartels and how far the cartels’ reach.

“Narcos: Mexico” attempts to show that good and evil isn’t always black and white. The story highlights the gray area where even those committing corrupt acts are victims, Luna explained. 

“Some of the characters that take action are victims of the whole system,” Luna said in Spanish. 

The side of Mexico shown in “Narcos: Mexico” has been criticized by some as a side of Mexico stereotypically seen in the media.

However, Luna sees it as a side of the country that is real and must be discussed in order to move forward.

“When this season ends, I was 10 to 11 years old [at the time.] That decade was actually ending. It’s interesting to revisit that decade as an adult and research that Mexico my father was trying to hide from me [as a child],” Luna explained.

Luna says that this type of storytelling is important to understanding the fuller picture of Mexico.

The need for this type of storytelling—the stories that put a mirror up to a country to see the darkest side of itself—is vital, regardless of how complex it is to write scripts about all the facets of a country marred by political and judicial corruption. 

“In this case the story is very complex, it’s talking about a corrupt system that allows these stories to happen. We don’t tell stories like that—we simply everything. With this, I had a chance to understand that complexity. The journey of this character is a presentable journey. Power has a downside, and he gets there and he thinks he’s indispensable and clearly he is not,” Luna said. 

Outside of his role on “Narcos,” Luna is a vocal activist and is constantly working to put Mexico’s art and talent on an international stage through his work, vigilantly reminding his audience that Mexico has culture waiting to be explored past the resort walls of Cancún and Cabo. 

“The beauty of Mexico is that there are many Mexicos—it’s a very diverse country. You have the Pacific Coast that is beautiful and vibrant and really cool. By far my favorite beach spots in Mexico are in Oaxaca, and all the region of Baja California. You also have the desert and jungle and Veracruz and you have all the Caribbean coast and the city is to me a place I can’t really escape. Home is Mexico City, and it will always be where most of my love stories are and where I belong,” Luna said in a sort of love note aside to his home country. 

As much as Luna can talk endlessly about his favorite tacos in Mexico City (Tacos El Güero for any inquiring minds) and the gastronomic wonders of its pocket neighborhoods such as la Condesa, he also wants the dialogue around Mexico’s violence to be shown under a spotlight, as searing as it may be. 

“We can’t avoid talking about violence because if we stop, we normalize something that has to change,” Luna said. 

Perhaps “Narcos: Mexico” can bring some introspection and change after all. Let’s hope the politicians are watching.

READ: ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Season 2 Picks Up Where We Left Off With Félix Gallardo And The Guadalajara Cartel

Mexican Newspaper Slammed After Publishing Graphic Photos Of Woman’s Tragic Death

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Mexican Newspaper Slammed After Publishing Graphic Photos Of Woman’s Tragic Death

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In Mexico, the recent brutal mutilation and slaying of a 25-year-old woman are spurning conversations about the country’s efforts to prevent femicide and laws that protect victims from the media.

On Sunday, Mexican authorities revealed that they had discovered the body of Ingrid Escamilla.

According to reports, Escamilla was found lifeless with her body skinned and many of her organs missing. At the scene, a 46-year-old man was also discovered alive. His body was covered in bloodstains and he was arrested.

As of this story wasn’t troubling enough, local tabloids and websites managed to bring more tragedy to the victim and her family by splashing leaked graphic photos and videos of the victim’s body. In a terribly crafted headline, one paper by the name of Pasala printed the photos on its front page with the headline “It was Cupid’s fault.” The headline is a reference to the fact that the man found at the scene was Escamilla’s husband.

According to leaked video footage from the arrest scene, Escamilla’s husband admitted to stabbing his wife after a heated argument in which she threatened to kill him. He then claimed to have skinned her body to eliminate evidence.

Mexic City’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, revealed that prosecutors will demand the maximum sentence against the alleged perpetrator.

“Femicide is an absolutely condemnable crime. It is appalling when hatred reaches extremes like in the case of Ingrid Escamilla,” Sheinbaum wrote in a tweet according to CNN. According to reports, Mexico broke records in 2018 when its homicide record reached over 33,000 people that year.

The publication of Escamilla’s mutilated body has sparked discussions regarding the way in which reports about violence against women are handled.

Women’s rights organizations have lambasted the papers that originally published photos of Escamilla’s body and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also expressed criticism of the media’s response to the brutal slaying.

In a press conference on Thursday, President López Obrador expressed his determination to find and punish anyone responsible for the image leaks. “This is a crime, that needs to be punished, whoever it is,” he stated.