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What to see in Mexico in 7 days

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What to see in Mexico in 7 days

With almost 2,000,000 square kilometers, Mexico is the third largest country in the Americas and obviously has countless places to see. For our part, we are going to review the essentials for a week-long trip. Before doing so, and so that the experience is pleasant and without unforeseen events, we recommend that you take out medical insurance to travel to Mexico  since healthcare, although free and universally accessible, is quite saturated.

That said, let’s go with some of the most interesting places to see in Mexico

Mexico D.C.

It is more than possible that you will land at the airport of this great city of more than 8 million inhabitants . Therefore, we are going to recommend some of the places of greatest tourist and cultural interest.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico

It is located in the Plaza de la Constitución or the Zócalo as the locals call it and can boast of being the largest cathedral in Latin America. It is also the oldest since it began to be built in 1573 and in the neoclassical and baroque style of the time.

Its dimensions are spectacular. Its two towers reach 67 meters in height and it is no less than 128 meters long . Quite a colossus. It is a World Heritage Site and can be visited at established times.

Anthropology National Museum

You will discover on your visit that Mexico is a melting pot of languages. In addition to Spanish, more than 60 languages ​​originating or developed in pre-Columbian times are spoken. You will find more information on this aspect and others such as the evolution of the Mayan and Aztec civilizations at the National Museum of Anthropology.

  • Address: Av. Paseo de la Reforma s/n, Polanco, Bosque de Chapultepec.

Tlatelolca Mayor Temple

Speaking of anthropology and if you want to see remains of the constructions and cities of the Mexica or Aztecs, in Mexico City itself this great temple is preserved, part of a larger population center that came to have 74 buildings .

Precisely in the National Museum of Anthropology there is a model that reconstructs what the temple was in its moment of greatest splendor:

Frida Kahlo Museum

She was the most international painter and artist and one of the great representatives and promoters of pop art. She was born in the district of Coyoacán in the Casa Azul, which today is the Frida Kahlo Museum. In this house she lived and painted a large part of her paintings.

In one of them that he painted in 1936, when he was barely 20 years old, you can see that the house always had those blue facades.

  • Address: Londres 247, Del Carmen, Coyoacán, 04100 Mexico City.

Teotihuacan

The Templo Mayor Tlatelolca is just an appetizer of what you will see in the nearby town of To the east of it are the Pyramid of the Sun, 67 meters high, and the Pyramid of the Moon, less than a kilometer to the north. In the image you can see the second from the Pyramid of the Sun:

Palenque and the Mayan culture

The center of the country and the coast of the Gulf of Mexico were dominated by the Aztec civilization, while the south and the Yucatan peninsula by the Mayans. And a very representative place of this native people is the Palenque Archaeological Zone , nestled in the northern jungle of the state of Chiapas.

What is surprising about this place is that what can be visited and seen today only represents 2% of what the city was before the arrival of the Spanish. In fact, exploration and excavation work is still going on.

Already in the Yucatan peninsula, near the city of Mérida, is one of the most famous Mayan sites in Mexico. In this sanctuary city, one of the 7 wonders of the modern world stands out: the Temple of Kukulkan , a great pyramid that is preserved in magnificent condition and one of the most visited monuments in the country.

Rivera Maya

It is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world thanks to its many attractions.

In terms of sun and beach leisure, highlight the popular city of Cancun and, to the south, Playa del Carmen . Both towns also have two islands off the coast: Isla Mujeres and Cozumel, as well as attractions such as the Xcaret Eco-archaeological Park in Playa del Carmen.

To the south of this town is another place much visited for its beauty: the Cenote Dos Ojos caves . It has natural pools with crystal clear waters and are very visited by divers.

Continuing further south you will still find another natural wonder of Mexico: the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve , a World Heritage Site and with an impressive wealth of fauna and flora.

Vallarta

We leave the Atlantic coast to go to the Pacific where there are also endless interesting places. One of them is Puerto Vallarta , in the state of Jalisco, and it has nothing to envy to the tourist destinations on the east coast.

In addition to paradisiacal beaches, Puerto Vallarta will offer you the following attractions and activities:

  • Aquaventuras, one of the largest water parks in Latin America and where you can swim with dolphins.
  • Make all kinds of purchases at Galerías Vallarta, in front of the marina.
  • Rent a place on a recreational boat and go out to watch whales, dolphins and other aquatic animals.
  • Take a hiking route through the mountains southeast of Vallarta.
  • Or practice adventure activities in these same forests with companies like Gotcha.
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Introduction to tourism 

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Introduction to tourism 

Defining tourism is not a simple matter, as it is a complex industry made up of many different businesses, the common theme being that they provide products and services to tourists/visitors.

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), tourism entails the movement of people to countries or places outside their usual environment for personal or business/professional purposes. These people are called visitors. Generally speaking, a visitor is classified as a (same-)day visitor if their trip does not include an overnight stay and a tourist if it does include an overnight stay. The purpose of their trip can be for business, leisure or personal reasons, other than to be employed by a resident entity in the country or place visited.

If a trip’s main purpose is business/professional, it is often subdivided into two further categories – ‘attending meetings, conferences or congresses, trade fairs and exhibitions’ and ‘other business and professional purposes’.

Types of tourism

There are three basic forms of tourism: domestic tourism, inbound tourism, and outbound tourism.

Domestic tourism refers to activities of a visitor within their country of residence and outside of their home (e.g. a Brit visiting other parts of Britain).

Inbound tourism refers to the activities of a visitor from outside of country of residence (e.g. a Spaniard visiting Britain).

Outbound tourism refers to the activities of a resident visitor outside of their country of residence (e.g. a Brit visiting an overseas country).

The tourism industry in Britain is primarily a private sector industry, consisting of around 200,000 businesses, some very large including international hotel groups and airlines, as well as small and medium sized businesses, industry groups and bodies.

Domestic tourism is the core of businesses revenue (generally at least 80%, particularly outside of London), with demand peaking during the school holidays, particular Easter and Summer. Dealing with the demands of international visitors requires specialist knowledge, cultural understanding and investment.

Most UK statistics separate spending and volume of day visitors from overnight tourists. VisitBritain’s statistics and research reports focus on overseas visitors who come to Britain.

For domestic statistics (ie. data on people from within Britain who visit another location in Britain) get in touch with the tourism organisations for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and London. 

What are tourism products?

‘Tourism product’ covers a number of different categories including:

  • Accommodation, i.e. hotels, bed & breakfasts, guest houses, self-catering/serviced apartments, camping, caravanning and home stay
  • Hospitality, i.e. food and beverage serving services, e.g. pubs, restaurants, cafes, private dining for groups/conferences
  • Transport services, e.g. rail, road, water, air networks and rental
  • Guided tours and tourist guides
  • Travel agencies and other reservation services, including tour operators and destination management companies (see travel trade section)
  • Cultural services, e.g. museums, attractions
  • Sports and recreational activities
  • Retail

The travel trade

It is useful to distinguish between trips which are booked directly and those which are booked via third parties such as the travel trade. The travel trade acts as an intermediary between visitors and tourism products. The travel trade has multiple purchasing power. One tour operator can make arrangements on behalf of hundreds of other people.

The growth of the internet means that more people are now booking their trips directly, either online or by phone after researching on the internet. However, the travel trade still plays a major role, particularly in longer-haul markets or where visitors have more complex travel arrangements.

The travel trade are likely to bring both individuals and groups to Britain. Take a look at our working with the travel trade section to find out more.

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5 essential places to visit in Kyoto

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5 essential places to visit in Kyoto

This list of places to visit in Kyoto will help you prepare a trip to a city that has been able to combine its ancient culture and traditions with modernity in an incredibly harmonious way. Neighborhoods that preserve their traditional wooden buildings and teahouses, still hurriedly toured by maikos and geishas, ​​hundreds of incredible temples and shrines, beautiful gardens and grand palaces, make Kyoto a traveler’s dream.
Although any time is perfect to visit Kyoto, all its wonders shine even brighter in spring with the cherry blossom or hanami, turning the entire city into an explosion of colors and smells, which make these months, without a doubt, the best Time to travel to Japan.
Another of its great attractions is its delicious gastronomy, in which eating dishes based on sushi, sashimi, tempura, ramen, Kobe beef, okonomiyaki, gyozas or miso soup, will make your palate enjoy the most.
We have to confess that for us Kyoto became our favorite city during the trip to Japan on our own that we did a few years ago. Such was our infatuation with the city that we returned to spend a month living in an apartment in the Gion neighborhood, during which time we wrote this guide to Kyoto .

So, based on our experience of the time we spent in the city, we have made this list of what we believe are the 10 essential places to see in Kyoto . 

1. Fushimi Inari Taisha

We can say that Fushimi Inari-taisha is our favorite temple and one of the essential places to visit in Kyoto .
This sanctuary built in the 8th century in honor of the goddess of rice, is famous for its thousands of red or orange toriis, which wind their way through the base of the Inari mountain and have been donated by individuals and companies so that the God Inari be favorable to them.
If you have time, we recommend taking a long walk through its 4 kilometers of toriis until you reach the highest part and we are sure, it will be one of the experiences you will remember from the trip.
It is also important to keep in mind that Fushimi Inari is one of the most visited shrines, so we recommend coming first thing in the morning if you want to see it or take photos with few people.
The sanctuary, located less than 4 kilometers south of the city, can even be reached on foot, although the most common way is with the JR Nara line train ( included in the JR Pass ), from Kyoto Station. The journey is about 8 minutes and the train will leave you practically in front of the sanctuary, so it is the best way to get here. We made the visit first thing in the morning, taking advantage of the train trip that would later take us to the city of Nara.
Another option to learn more about the history of the shrine is to book this tour that includes Fushimi Inari and Narawith guide in Spanish.
The temple is open 24 hours a day, so you can get up as early as you want to visit it.

2. Kinkaku-ji

Kinkaku-ji or the Golden Pavilion , is a Zen temple in which its pavilion covered with pure gold leaves or gold leaf stands out.
The temple, a World Heritage Site, was built in 1397, although the current structure is from 1955 since in 1950 a monk with altered mental faculties set it on fire, it has a beautiful pond in front called the Water Mirror and a Japanese garden, is one of the postcard images of Kyoto.
Located a bit far from the center, to the west of Kyoto, you can reach the temple in half an hour with buses 101 and 205 from Kyoto station.

3. Gion District

Gion, the famous neighborhood of the geishas, ​​is another of the most essential places to visit in Kyoto . Taking a stroll at sunset through its narrow streets and traditional Japanese-style wooden houses is one of the best things to do in Kyoto . If you are also lucky enough to come across a maiko or a geisha on the way to a tea house, we assure you that the experience will be complete.
In addition to walking around the neighborhood, we advise you to pay special attention to Hanamikoji street, full of restaurants and tea houses, which is a good place to see them when they go to work from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. or when they leave work from 8:00 p.m. 10 p.m.
Geishas, ​​called Geiko in Kyoto, are performers of traditional Japanese arts such as the famous tea ceremony. During their formative years,

4. Kiyomizudera

Kiyomizu-dera, the temple of pure water , is one of the most touristic places in the former imperial capital of Japan. This temple, built in 778 on a hill to the east of Kyoto, is famous for its magnificent views of the city, the pagodas, the pavilions, the doors and the nature that surrounds it, which form a set of extreme beauty.
Kiyomizu-dera, like most famous Kyoto temples , is best visited first thing in the morning, before organized groups arrive.
To get to the temple you can take the 100 or 205 bus from Kyoto station and get off at the Kiyomizu-michi or Gojo-Zaka stops, keeping in mind that the final ascent to the temple is done on foot.
Visiting hours: every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

5. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Strolling among more than 50 varieties of bamboo perfectly aligned while you hear the whisper of the swaying of the trunks produced by the wind, we are sure that it will be another of the moments that you will remember from a trip to Japan .
This bamboo forest, a plant of great importance in Japanese and Oriental culture, has in Arashiyama specimens of more than 20 meters in height that delight the thousands of tourists who come here every day.
Although the normal thing is to come only once during the trip, we recommend, if you have time, to visit the forest at different times of the day, since due to the change of light and colors, each one of the experiences becomes unique.

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The 5 best gifts for travel lovers

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The 5 best gifts for travel lovers

Best gifts for travel lovers? It is not the first time that you have asked us this question and the truth is, we have to confess that it is not something as easy to answer as it seems at first glance. And we have to keep in mind that travelers are not easy at all. We know that “the details are what count” , but if we add the word “travel” to that equation , we assure you that getting the best gifts will be a safe bet. Do you want to prove it?

1. Kindle, 6” touch screen

Without a doubt, one of the best travel companions is a book. What would become of us without them during flights, long waits and of course, in moments of relaxation.
And although most of us love the smell and feel of the paper book, on many occasions this is not the most practical thing to travel, since for a traveler, weight and space are essential.

Taking this into account and after our experience, we will tell you that the electronic book is one of the best gifts for travel lovers.

2. FlyKube, the best gift for travel lovers

There is no better gift for a traveler than a trip. We agree on that, right? And if this trip is also a surprise, we are sure that from that moment on, you will become the favorite person of the globetrotter in question.

With FlyKube you have 4 options to surprise your favorite traveler with the best gift , which includes surprise travel experiences around Europe from 99 euros with flights and accommodation.

surprise destination

With this option you only have to choose the month of the trip and 4 days beforehand they will confirm both the destination and the weekend of the trip.

Main features:
– You choose the dates but not the destination
– 3, 4 or 5 day trip –
Direct round trip flights
– 3 or 4 star central hotel
– Breakfast not included
– City guide

VipKube

With VipKube you can travel to an exclusive destination, staying in 5-star hotels, which include breakfast. Without a doubt, the best gift for the most demanding travelers.

Main features:
– You choose the dates but not the PREMIUM destination
– 3 or 4 day trip –
Direct round trip flights
– 5-star hotel
– Breakfast included
– Includes a surprise activity
– City guide

all surprise

The most surprising of all. Choose the month and you will travel to a destination and a surprise weekend.

Main features:
– Choose the month of the trip to enjoy a surprise weekend and destination
– Weekend trip
– Direct round trip flights
– Hotel or B&B accommodation
– Breakfast not included
– City guide

surprise summer

This option is one of our favorites. You can enjoy a surprise vacation in a beach destination such as Santorini, Mykonos or Sardinia among others.

Main features:
– Choose the dates and the beach destination will be a surprise
– 5 or 7 day trip –
Round trip flights
– 3 or 4 star hotel by the sea
– Breakfast not included
– City guide

3. Plug adapter, a must for a traveler

If there is something that must accompany a traveler, it is a plug adapter. Although there are many models on the market, it is best to look for one that is small and weighs little and that also works for most countries.
We bought this international adapter compatible with more than 150 countries in the world that has become our great travel companion .
If in doubt, the adapter is the best travel gift .

4.Campark Sports Camera 4K

Almost without realizing it, sports cameras have made their way into the top 10 of the best gifts for travelers .
Taking into account that the best-known brand of this type of camera is not exactly cheap, and much less for a travel detail , if you do not want to spend a lot of money, a great option is this action camera, with which you can record your videos in 4K Ultra HD at 30 frames per second and will capture images at 16 Megapixels.

5. Mobile battery, another of the best travel gifts

Today that we always travel with a mobile phone and use it a lot (sometimes too much), there is nothing better than having an extra battery in case at some point we go blank .
We take two for our trips, one that has 3 phone charges and a smaller one that has one and a half charges.
We are not going to deceive you. We use it almost daily.

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