This past fall, we stayed two months in Mexico. We were greeted with a colorful Independence Day celebration followed by a terrible and tragic earthquake. Shaken but not deterred, Mexico prevailed to show us its renowned artistic murals, colorful colonial character, and eclectic appreciation of music. Over the course of our visit, Mexico also guided us past the highlights of its recent history, told us the story of its hard-fought Independence, and introduced us to its pre-Hispanic antiquity.
This year, Mexico is calling again. It is luring us back with its simple pleasures, mild comfortable weather, and bewitching natural beauty. Its art, architecture, and historical ruins inspire us to want to know more. Unable to resist, Mexico has coaxed us back for another three months. This time, we will visit three of Mexico’s southern highlights: the Yucatán Peninsula, and the states of Oaxaca, and Puebla.
Since I first learned of its cataclysmic dinosaur-destroying asteroid, I have wanted to explore the Yucatán Peninsula. Of course, only a boring old geologist would go for this reason alone. In truth, our first wish is to walk Yucatán’s white sand beaches, wade in its warm turquoise waters, and lounge under an umbrella with a couple of icy cocktails. During the month of February, after some compulsory beach time, Esther and I also desire to travel across the peninsula in search of its colonial character, natural treasures, and ancient Mayan heart.
In March, we will move on to the city and state of Oaxaca. From everything I have read, especially the inspirational posts of our trusted WordPress friends, Oaxaca is universally recommended as the most diverse, indigenous, and gastronomic region of Mexico. When we are not sauntering along Oaxaca City’s lively streets or resting in its shady plazas, we hope to venture out into the area’s verdant and varied landscapes, visit its archeological sites and local handicraft villages, and relax along its long laid-back coastline.
If we can tear ourselves away from the Oaxacan sensory buffet, we will relocate for the month of April to the city and state of Puebla. We are excited to get to know Mexico’s 4th largest city, and one of the best-preserved baroque centers in the Western Hemisphere. Centrally located at an altitude of more than 7,200 feet (2,195 meters), Puebla should also serve as an ideal base for trips to nearby places of interest, and expeditions to Mexico’s highest mountains.
With the Yucatán Peninsula, Oaxaca, and Puebla, we have picked three irresistible places in southern Mexico for our next month-at-a-time adventure. Without a doubt, the next three months will be full of color, friendly smiles, and fun opportunities to expand our awareness and education. Once again, it is time to travel, and Mexico is calling.
Blogger’s Note: We are sad to say that our best friend Lizzie has passed away at the age of 14 years (or 99 in dog years). During our first year of retirement travel in 2016, she was healthy enough to go with us. It was her big adventure, and she had the time of her life riding in the car, running on the beach, and relaxing on the sofas in each of her comfortable vacation rentals. Now, as we so fondly remember our cute little chestnut and white companion, she will always be wagging her tail happily, looking up at us hopefully with her big brown eyes, and waiting impatiently for a treat beside the big refrigerator in the sky.