Destination of the Week: Mexico
'Mēxihco was the Nahuatl term for the heartland of the Aztec Empire' - are you dreaming of Mexico this year?
Mexico; the land of tequila, tacos and according to the Conde Nast Traveler, the top city in the World - San Miguel de Allende - has recently experienced a revival in interest worldwide with Fox reporting 11.8 million visitors in 2013.
Mexican history is steeped in Maya, Aztec and Spanish influence. This is displayed in the vibrant infrastructure, language, dance, cuisine and traditional dress. After New Spain won independence from Spain, it was decided that the new country would be named after its capital, Mexico City, which was founded in 1524 on top of the ancient Aztec capital of México-Tenochtitlan.
Mēxihco was the Nahuatl term for the heartland of the Aztec Empire, namely, the Valley of Mexico, and its people, the Mexica, and surrounding territories which became the future State of Mexico as a division of New Spain prior to independence in 1821.
Mexico's allure can be summed up in its dual identity as the base of culturally significant empires such as the Aztec and Maya civilisations with ruins in areas of Mexico City and the Yucatan, as well as being 'party central' - just ask the thousands of typically American youth that descend on the now famous Cancun for Spring Break.
And a recent 'third identity' in the form of areas such as San Miguel de Allende which the Conde Nast Traveler described as: "having a great atmosphere, excellent restaurants, culture and ambiance galore. The lack of [traffic] lights and billboards makes the region romantically and historically beautiful, and the city itself offers a traditional feeling of a small town in the heart of Mexico. An amazing place to be."
So will you be visiting Mexico this year?