Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Routes of Mexico; a gastronomic geography lesson
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.