Four Views of Mexico is a feature from Issue 11 of Charitable Traveller. Click to read more from this issue.
A long, thin peninsula stretching from California, this sparsely populated region is home to barren deserts, remote beaches melting into the Sea of Cortez and mountains where condors soar. The exclusive beach resort of Cabo San Lucas, at the tip has a dramatic coast of jagged rock formations
In Mexico’s central highlands, this colonial city is famous for its baroque Spanish architecture. Crowned by the pink spires and turrets of La Parroquia church, the cobbled streets are lined with colourful buildings and pretty plazas and parks. The city comes alive after 11pm, when rooftop bars flow with tequila and street food stalls sizzle.
Though this state is famous for its golden Caribbean beaches and ancient Mayan ruins, what makes it unusual is its proliferation of cenotes. The limestone sinkholes were revered by the Mayans as sacred wells and today draw explorers for their beauty. Some are shallow, like jungle swimming pools, while others are deep cathedral-like caverns smothered in vines.
This desert territory is part of the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve, a series of arid but diverse mountain ranges. The Helia Bravo Hollis Botanical Gardens has hills studded with thousands of column-shaped cacti, and local cuisine includes cactus flowers in vinegar. The region is also famous for its vivid night skies.