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mexico MEXICO TOURISM BOARD A tour of Chichen Itza is included in Mayan World itineraries. A TREASURED JOURNEY INTO THE PAST I'll say it without hesitation-it's a shame for those visiting Mexico to park themselves only on the country's gorgeous shorelines. Yes, both of Mexico's coasts offer glittering beaches, but just as alluring is standing in the shadow of temples built thousands of years ago, and tour operators can show your clients the way. paloma villaverde de rico Mexico offers a cultural feast of World Heritage sites, including archaeological wonders left behind by the Maya and Aztec indigenous groups that are awe-inspiring, enigmatic and breathtaking. According to Jennifer Halboth, director of channel marketing for the Globus family of brands, not everyone wants to head to Mexico strictly for a beach vacation. She points to laterin-life honeymooners, for example: "While it's true that many honeymooners want a little down time after the wedding, many couples getting married in their 30s or even later in life aren't looking for a beach vacation. They want to explore and experience some place they have never been. A honeymoon is the official start of a lifetime of traveling together and today's newlyweds are looking for a great story and the opportunity to start checking off their bucket lists." Halboth also points to multi-generational travelers and history seekers as ideal clients for this type of trip to Mexico. "For those who travel explicitly to uncover the hidden secrets and locations of other cultures, [this type of] vacation is perfect." mayan adventures with tour operators Monograms' 5-day Mysteries of the Mayan World itinerary (starting at $1,149 pp) includes "a visit to the Museum of Anthropology in Merida; seeing the UNESCO World Heritage site of Uxmal, home to one of the best restored and maintained ruins in the Yucatan; seeing one of the New Wonders of the World in Chichen Itza; and enjoying a Mayan cooking or language class," points out Halboth. Rachel Wasser, an innovative manager for G Adventures, agrees that Mexico is appealing beyond the beaches: "There's so much more to Mexico than its beaches and travel agents should reinforce that fact [to their clients]. july 2015 29

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend July 2015

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Loews Hotels & Resorts
Tour Talk: Goway’s IslandsEscapes
Adventures in North America
Romania: Superbly Scenic, Marvelously Medieval
Central Europe With Adventures by Disney
Get Off That Beach Chair!
Off-Beat Adventures
INDABA 2015 (With a Taste of Durban)
A Treasured Journey Into the Past
Small Boats & Big Tortoises in the Galapagos
Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze
Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2

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