Five Destinations in Mexico -- and Then Some
Looking toward el Faro Lighthouse in Mazatlan in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, where a large resort development is planned.
A woman mourns at a relative's grave in the cementery of Tzinzunzan, in the state of Michoacan, near the city of Patzcuaro, during the Day of the Dead in Mexico. In Patzcuaro area the Day of the Dead celebrations are especially colorful.
A view of the town and harbor of Puerto Escondido in the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico
A windsurfer off of Playa del Carmen in the state of Quintana Roo in southern Mexico.
Fishing boats on the beach at Playa del Carmen in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Tourists take a boat back to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, after visiting nearby Cozumel Island. Home to one of the world's busiest cruise ship ports, Cozumel lost its main dock to Wilma, forcing ships to anchor offshore and use smaller vessels to ferry passengers the rest of the way.
Two tourists walk on the beach at sunset in Playa del Carmen, about an hour south of Cancun, Mexico.
An old Spanish fort, San Juan de Ulua, sits across from the malecon in Veracruz City. It was built in the mid-1500s and was the central transfer point for Spanish ships carrying treasure.
The malecón, a long paved boardwalk along the docks in downtown Veracruz City, draws many tourists. The tropical city on the Gulf of Mexico has several beaches as well, including Villa del Mar and Mocambo.
A couple on a bicycle on the malecon, the paved boardwalk, in Veracruz City, Mexico. The city was settled in the early 1500s and soon became New Spain's main port.
Looking down at the Avenida de Veracruz in Veracruz City, Mexico. The city sits on the Gulf of Mexico just north of the Yucatan peninsula and enjoys warm temperatures throughout the winter and tropical temperatures in summer.
Ten miles outside of Puebla is the Church of Cholula with the Popocatepetl volcano behind it. The church was built in the 16th century by the Spanish to commemorate the conversion of the Aztecs to Christianity.
The fountain and colonial buildings in downtown Puebla, Mexico. The histroric district of the city was designated in 1987 a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its beautifully preserved colonial buildings.
The Puebla Cathedral, in the center of the city of Puebla's historic district, was built between 1575 and 1618. The initial plans included four corner towers copying the cathedral of Valladolid, Spain. Its towers are the tallest in Mexico.
A mariachi band, much like those that perform in Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City.
Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts Palace (Palacio de Bellas Artes), seen here in the early morning, is famous for its extravagant Beaux Arts exterior in imported Italian Carrara white marble and for the murals inside painted by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco. The Palacio de Bellas Artes is the premier opera house of Mexico City.
A cyclist rides through the Coyoacan district in Mexico City. The neighborhood was home to painter Frida Kahlo and muralist Diego Rivera, and their house, la Casa Azul, now houses the Museo Frida Kahlo.
A mariachi violinist plays in the Tenampa bar in Mexico City's Plaza Garibaldi. Every night mariachi bands rove the plaza and compete for the attention of visitors.
Tourists gaze up at the painted walls of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City. The Cathedral (Metropolitana de la Asunción de María) is the largest and oldest in the Americas with its first section constructed in 1573. It was built over the former Aztec sacred precinct near the Templo Mayor on the northern side of the Plaza de la Constitución, also know as the Zócalo, in downtown Mexico City.
The flag of Mexico flies over Mexico City's Zócalo, or central plaza. The Metropolitan Cathedral is at right. The Zócalo is one of the largest squares in the world and has been a gathering place for Mexicans since Aztec times. Today it is used for religious events, proclamations, parades and demonstrations.
Tourists ride a double decker Turibus though downtown Mexico City. The Turibus makes a circuit from the city's historic center, down the Paseo de la Reforma to Chapultepec Park and into the upscale neighborhoods of Condesa, Roma and Polanco. For about a dollar, a visitor can board anywhere along the route, and make as many stops and re-boards as desired.
The Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral on the Zócalo at dusk. The Zócalo, or main plaza, is in Mexico City's historic district.