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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 Wants To Be The Hub Of Latin America’s Space Industry And This Is Their Incredible Plan

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Mexico Wants To Be The Hub Of Latin America’s Space Industry And This Is Their Incredible Plan

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Although the world is still struggling with how best to contain the Coronavirus pandemic, many governments are forging ahead with long term goals and development programs.

One of the most important to new programs to launch in Mexico is central to its economic and scientific future – its future in space. Together with other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (some of which already have their own independent agencies), Mexico is looking to become the leader in the region when it comes to space research and exploration.

The country recently announced its intentions for just such an agency, that they hope would be based in Mexico with foreign capital providing the seed money to get the project off the ground.

Mexico announced its intention to head up a Latin American and Caribbean space agency.

Mexico has launched an ambitious new project – creating a Latin American Space and Caribbean Space Agency that would facilitate the sharing of satellite images and aims to observe the planet. The agency would be dedicated to earth observation, satellite image sharing and multi-sector dialogue.

The project was presented by Javier López Casarín, Honorary President of the Technical Council of Knowledge and Innovation of the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AMEXCID). López Casarín attended the meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), where he presented the project for the creation of the Latin American and Caribbean Space Agency, an entity that will be at the same level as other agencies (think NASA and the European Space Agency) of world space research with which it hopes to exchange information.

As part of the same meeting, the Latin American coordinators highlighted the role of Mexico in charge of the presidency of the community of Latin American states and appreciated the proposal to create a joint space agency.

Mexico has had a space agency of its own since 2010 but they’re looking to expand the operations.

Mexico has had its own space agency, the Agencia Espacial Mexicana, since 2010. Plus, several other countries across Latin America and the Caribbean have their own similar departments that over see satellites, information gathering, meteorological date, etc.

Mexico’s space agency has been tasked with carrying out study programs, research, and academic support, however, its duties have never included the aim of space exploration with its own infrastructure.

One of the agency’s key objectives is to help increase internet connectivity across the region.

In 2019, the Agencia Espacial Mexicana announced it was developing its space program around the needs of Mexican society – that it would be for the social benefit.

Among other techonoligcal solutions, the government has made it a core principle to help expand access to Internet across the country. By merging various space agencies into one, this increased Internet connectivity will likely spread to other countries in Latin America.

Internet connectivity rates vary from around 27% in El Salvador to close to 80% in Brazil – so bringing that wide gap is seen as critical for sustained development in the region.

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The Little-Known Underground Railroad That Ran South to Mexico

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The Little-Known Underground Railroad That Ran South to Mexico

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Latinos make up the largest minority group in the country, yet our history is so frequently left out of classrooms. From Chicano communities in Texas and California to Latinos in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and the Underground Railroad – which also had a route into Mexico – Latinos have helped shape and advance this country.

And as the U.S. is undergoing a racial reckoning around policing and systemic racism, Mexico’s route of the Underground Railroad is getting renewed attention – particularly because Mexico (for the very first time in history) has counted its Afro-Mexican population as its own category in this year’s census.

The Underground Railroad also ran south into Mexico and it’s getting renewed attention.

Most of us are familiar with stories of the Underground Railroad. It was a network of clandestine routes and safe houses established in the U.S. during the early to mid-19th century. It was used by enslaved African Americans to escape into free states and Canada. It grew steadily until the Civil War began, and by one estimate it was used by more than 100,000 enslaved people to escape bondage.

In a story reported on by the Associated Press, there is renewed interest in another route on the Underground Railroad, one that went south into Mexico. Bacha-Garza, a historian, dug into oral family histories and heard an unexpected story: ranches served as a stop on the Underground Railroad to Mexico. Across Texas and parts of Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas, scholars and preservation advocates are working to piece together the story of a largely forgotten part of American history: a network that helped thousands of Black slaves escape to Mexico.

According to Maria Hammack, a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin studying the passage of escapees who crossed the borderlands for sanctuary in Mexico, about 5,000 to 10,000 people broke free from bondage into the southern country. Currently, no reliable figures currently exist detailing how many left to Mexico, unlike the more prominent transit into Canada’s safe haven.

Mexico abolished slavery a generation before Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Thirty-four years before Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, in 1829, Mexican President Vicente Guerrero, who was of mixed background, including African heritage, abolished slavery in the country. The measure freed an estimated 200,000 enslaved Africans Spain forcefully brought over into what was then called New Spain and would later open a pathway for Blacks seeking freedom in the Southern U.S.

And he did so while Texas was still part of the country, in part prompting white, slave-holding immigrants to fight for independence in the Texas Revolution. Once they formed the Republic of Texas in 1836, they made slavery legal again, and it continued to be legal when Texas joined the U.S. as a state in 1845.

With the north’s popular underground railroad out of reach for many on the southern margins, Mexico was a more plausible route to freedom for these men and women.

Just like with the northern route, helping people along the route was dangerous and could land you in serious trouble.

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Much like on the railway’s northern route into Canada, anyone caught helping African-Americans fleeing slavery faced serious and severe consequences.

Slaveholders were aware that people were escaping south, and attempted to get Mexico to sign a fugitive slave treaty that would, like the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 that demanded free states to return escapees, require Mexico to deliver those who had left. Mexico, however, refused to sign, contending that all enslaved people were free once they reached Mexican soil. Despite this, Hammock said that some Texans hired what was called “slave catchers” or “slave hunters” to illegally cross into the country, where they had no jurisdiction, to kidnap escapees.

“The organization that we know today as the Texas Rangers was born out of an organization of men that were slave hunters,” Hammack, who is currently researching how often these actions took place, told the AP. “They were bounty hunters trying to retrieve enslaved property that crossed the Rio Grande for slave owners and would get paid according to how far into Mexico the slaves were found.”

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