More About Mexico for Senior TravelersJun 22nd, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel
In Mexico, know the various areas where you might be traveling and read this information. It is a site with a very good overview for seniors with enhanced sections called About Mexico, Destinations, Activities, Vacation Theme, Travel Experiences and Events.
Mexico’s 32 states are truly diverse, as each one has countless tourist destinations offering a wide array of activities. Due to its diversity, Mexico can accommodate different ways of traveling and options according to your travel style: from sunny beaches to business centers; from archaeological zones to nature and adventure trails; from luxury spa resorts to magnificent golf courses. In Mexico you can find the activities that best suit your style.
I touted their World Heritage Sites on another blog. Mexico has the distinction of being the American country with the most places (25) registered on the World Heritage List. Some are already popular tourist sites; others are off the beaten path but undoubtedly merit the extra effort to visit and admire. I enjoyed the many Maya and Aztec cities and monuments.
Cancun is Mexico’s most important tourist destination and one of the world’s most well-known resorts. Located in the state of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula region, it has a subtropical climate, with average temperatures ranging between 81º – 95º F and sunny days throughout most of the year. Once you have experienced Cancun you will not forget the gorgeous beaches of powdery white sand that my wife and I loved, the ultra chic resort hotels and the warm turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea which are memorable. I enjoyed the area close to the Hard Rock Cafe; the music is played very loud and that guitar out front of the place is huge. Cancun is called the Caribbean Jewel of the Yucatan Peninsula and is the ultimate vacation and resort destination whether your idea of a good time is surfing, kayaking, fishing and swimming or just laying in the tropical sun.
In 2005 Hurricane Wilma wrecked those beaches. Without notice, in September 2009 the Beach Recovery Trust began on a $71 million beach restoration project to rebuild beaches along the coastline of Cancun and the Mayan Riviera. There are some environmental treasures that just have to be preserved.
From personal experience in Mexico, when walking down the street using the sidewalk, be very careful as suddenly the sidewalk can disappear, have steps, have steps that are broken, large pot holes or even no more sidewalk in front of you. Keep your eyes pointed downward, especially in rural villages.
If you are serious about learning Spanish in Mexico, I can recommend this program; I studied the language in Cuernavaca. Cuauhnáhuac Spanish Language School is located in Cuernavaca, Morelos, México, about 1 1/2 hours south of México City. The Institute is characterized by its flexibility, its superior method of teaching Spanish Intensively, and a variety of customized programs for all levels (beginner to superior). Most students choose to live with selected Mexican families as I chose to do. I recommend this experience to enrich your stay with a total immersion in the Mexican culture. In addition to Intensive Spanish classes and housing with a Mexican family, Cuauhnáhuac encourages participation in extra cultural activities, and guided excursions in the afternoons and on weekends to enhance language acquisition. See the schedule of fees for classes and housing. I recall the experience well; I remember that there was a 14 year-old boy studying all by himself. No parents. Just him. Weird I thought but he was managing well.
Folks have asked me for years the “best way to learn another language.” My response was…”get a girl/boy friend or move to that country for one year!” Either would work but this program simplifies things a great deal. Cuernavaca is cool as there are 28 organizations offering a total of 35 Language School programs. So take your pick of available programs and enjoy the city that was nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring” by Alexander von Humboldt in the 19th century. It has long been a favorite escape for Mexico City and foreign visitors because of this warm, stable climate and abundant vegetation. Buen viaje. jeb