Mexico as you have never seen it before

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Mexico as you have never seen it before

A riot of colours, smells and stunning vistas… Mexico bewitches and fascinates in equal measure. Dare to stray off the beaten track and explore this multifaceted country.

You will stumble across a lost paradise on the west coast of the country. From Puerto Vallarta, a boat will take you to one of Mexico's best-kept secrets on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Located at the heart of the fabulous Marieta Islands, the Playa del Amor nestles in the middle of a crater. Only those with a permit are lucky enough to visit this beach. Its turquoise waters intensified by the dazzling Mexican light are sure to tempt you in.

Another amazement awaits to the south of Mexico City. In the town of Cholula, you are certain to admire the radiant Baroque church that sits on top of the hill. But did you know that this hillock actually hides a Pre-Columbian construction? 400 m wide, this ancient temple dedicated to the god Quetzalcoatl, one of the main Mesoamerican divinities, is the largest pyramid in the world!

If you are keen on natural wonders, head to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in the state of Michoacán. Accompanied by a guide, you will be fascinated by these butterflies which come to spend the winter in this protected forest. The reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, takes you deep into its dreamlike universe.

And Mexican nature still has a few other surprises up its sleeve. In Santa María Regla, two hours by road from Mexico City, you will not believe your eyes when you see the Basaltic Prisms. These perfectly geometric rock formations were created by the slow cooling of lava from a volcano that has long since disappeared. Waterfalls cascade down through this organ-like natural wonder. Simply magical.

Our off-the-beaten-track tour of Mexico comes to an end in the capital. As you stroll around the streets in the district of Santa María La Ribera, you will come across an astonishing building. The Moorish Kiosk is a masterpiece of engineering combined with North African architecture. Constructed from steel, it was built to represent Mexico at the Universal Exposition in New Orleans in 1884. It was then moved to the centre of Mexico City and now regularly hosts dance shows and concerts which soon get the locals up on their feet. How can you resist not joining them?