Mexico is well known for its beautiful beaches and its varied landscape with deserts and mountains. With the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California on the west coast and the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean on the east, the country offers some of the most spectacular coastal activities in the world.
For history buffs, Mexico also boasts fascinating historic ruins such as Cichen Itza – once a Mayan City, as well as old Spanish towns from a by-gone era. But Mexico is not only about its beaches, fascinating towns and cities. There are a number of exciting and very interesting festivals and religious holidays to take note of as well.
The Day of the Dead is celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the 1st and 2nd of November. People celebrate this day in order to honour their loved ones who have passed away. Across the region festivals take place with markets, music and parades. You’ll see loads of sugar skull masks, dressing up and families enjoying the festivities.
The colourful Guelaguetza festival is otherwise known as Los Lunes del Cerro (Mondays on the Hill). It takes place annually over two Mondays in July, usually in the state of Oaxaca, with its origins dating back centuries. People from the various regions gather in bright costumes, each representing their region for a day of dance, song and festivities. Participants also provide food from their region as a form of cultural exchange and as a means to honour the purpose of the festival, which is the tradition of exchange and offering of gifts.
Mexico’s independence day is when people from across the country gather at midnight in their community squares to listen to the town’s and city’s mayors echo the call for freedom, as Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the president of Mexico did on the 16th September 1810. This event, which took place more than two hundred years ago, sparked a revolution against the Spanish rule over Mexico. Today it is celebrated with parades, firework displays and music.
Cruising to Mexico is a must, but even more so when you can experience one of their beautiful cultural traditions. Speak to your Cruises International Consultant today to find out more.
|Title||Ship||Cruise Length||Cruise Line||Sailing Date||Start Price|
|13 Night Cruise sailing from Port Louis to Cape Town aboard Crystal Symphony.||Crystal Symphony||13 nights||Crystal Cruises||9 December 2017|
|24 Night Cruise sailing from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires aboard Seabourn Quest.||Seabourn Quest||24 nights||Seabourn Cruise Line||20 December 2017|
|16 Night Cruise sailing from Cape Town roundtrip aboard Crystal Symphony.||Crystal Symphony||16 nights||Crystal Cruises||22 December 2017|
|13 Night Cruise sailing from Yokohama to Anchorage aboard Star Legend.||Star Legend||13 nights||Windstar Cruises||4 May 2018|
|14 Night Cruise sailing from Anchorage to Vancouver aboard Star Legend.||Star Legend||14 nights||Windstar Cruises||17 May 2018|