Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Routes of Mexico; a gastronomic geography lesson

2010 has been a busy year for the Mexican tourist board. Not only does it mark the country's bicentenary of independence but November also sees the 100 year anniversary of the 1910 revolution. All in all, it's been a year of celebration and there's no doubt that more sand more people are drawn to visit Mexico.

However, the ongoing bloodshed and violence, particularly in the Northern states, continues to plague the news, leaving many tourists questioning where is safe to travel. In an effort to disperse this fear, the tourist board launched a campaign across the USA and Canada earlier this summer, highlighting the diverse delights of Mexico. 'Routes of Mexico' is aimed at travellers with special interests, from bird watching to wine tasting and gastronomy. Here's a quick summary of those routes and the areas they cover:

Wine country and the aquarium of the world - Tijuana down the Baja California peninsula.

The millenary Tarahumaras - Chihuahua and Sinaloa

Magic of traditions and nature - Michoacan and Guerrero

Birthplace of history and romanticism - Guanajuato, Queretaro and Jalisco

Art of tequila and music under the sun - Guadalajara

The Huastecas and their outstanding beauty - Hidalgo, Veracruz, Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosi

Thousand flavors of mole, a blend of unsweetened chocolate, dried chili peppers and spices - Mexico City, and the states of Tlaxcala, Puebla and Oaxaca.

Mystery and origin of the Mayan culture - Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche and the Yucatan

Colonial experience - Guanajuato, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, Jalisco and San Luis Potosi

Encounter between history and modern day - Durango, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Sonora

It's a great idea to highlight the diversity and attractions of such a vast country but which areas are truly safe to visit? This article colour codes each itinerary by how safe the route is and certainly makes for interesting reading.

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