Chichén Itzá, Yucatan
Rolled chicken fajitas
One of the many colourful houses in Merida, Yucatan
Pyramid of the sun, Teotihuacan
Local lady in Oaxaca

Mexico city with its Michelin star-worthy cuisine and heady nightlife is both show off and show stopper. Then there’s exquisite Carribean beaches, boutique haciendas and kaleidoscopic-coloured colonial Oaxaca.



It’s big, it’s bold and it’s bona fide beautiful. Flashing bleach-white beaches, dense jungles, rugged mountains and arid plateaux, Mexico has a spirit that makes every day feel like a fiesta.

Beyond the stereotypes of tequila and tacos, the country fizzes with culture. Pre-Hispanic civilizations carved out some of the world’s most fabled archaeological monuments in Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza, colonial-era cities offer up shady plazas to people-watch, and indigenous communities in far-flung corners of the country keep vibrant traditions alive.

In more modern times art-world super-couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera lent their talents to the cultural cache of the country, world-acclaimed restaurants are on the rise and private mezcales bars are drawing global stylistas in just the right volumes. This is Mexico: shrouded in history, reaching for the future, one gastro-temple at a time…