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Mexico Vacation Destinations 2014: Chichen Itza, Copper Canyon Among Top Spots To Visit This Year

First Posted: May 14, 2014 04:23 PM EDT
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Thinking of going away for the summer? Why not visit our neighbor to the south? Mexico offers a wide range of activities, so you can either get a tan on the beautiful beaches or make it an educational trip.

Here are 10 spots to check out:

1. Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is one of the largest Mayan cities, and as many as 1.2 million tourists visit each year. It is located in the Peninsula of the Yucatan and it features the Kukulkan Pyramid, one of the 7th wonders of the world. El Castillo may be one of the best known constructions, but you can also check out El Mercado, the Steam Bath or the Thousand Columns.

2. Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan is located about 30 miles northeast of Mexico City. There you will find the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon.

3. Copper Canyon

Copper Canyon is located in the Sierra Madre Occidental and in Chihuahua. It is a system of canyons larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon. The Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway is one of the most popular ways to discover the area, which passes through 37 bridges and 86 tunnels.

4. Palenque

Palenque is an archaeological site located in Chiapas. The Mayan city flourished in the 7th Century. It's smaller than some of the other sites, but the pyramids are just as amazing.

5. Los Cabos

This 20-mile beach area is located at the southern tip of the California peninsula. Los Cabos' warm weather makes it a perfect winter destination, when tourists can whale watch. El Arco, or "the Arch," is another must-see place. It can only be reached by boat.

6. Cozumel

Scuba diving and snorkeling were made for Cozumel. It is located in the Caribbean sea on the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula. Kitesurfing, para-sailing and a tourist submarine are also popular activities in Cozumel, which is a National Marine Park.

7. Cancun

About 56 miles away is Cancun, one of the most easternmost points in Mexico. Other than the beach, there are a few Mayan archeological sites, such as Las Ruinas del Rey.

8. Acapulco

Acapulco rose to fame in the late 1950s, as Hollywood celebrities often vacationed there. The nightlife is big, but there are also attractions such as La Quebrada Cliff Divers, where professional divers dive from a height of 40 meters into an inlet that is seven meter wide and four meters deep. But you can also just enjoy yourself on the beach.

9. Mazatlan

Mazatlan fell out of favor in the 1970s and 1980s, but this beach town is definitely back. Mazatlan's Malecon is a promenade that stretches the beaches for about 21 kilometers. Cliffs, monuments and shops can be found along the way. It is divided into nine sections.

10. Mexico City

Mexico City is located in the Valley of Mexico and consists of 16 boroughs. As you can imagine, there's a lot to do in the capital. Chapultepec Castle, Coyoacan and the National Palace are just a few places to visit. There's also ancient Aztec sites, great food and it comes at a low cost.

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