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Nicholas DeRenzo
Dec 2020
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Go deep on a submarine tour in Cozumel

Equipped with 26 portholes, Mexico’s only tourist-designated submarine, the Atlantis XII, plunges guests more than 100 feet beneath the surface of the Caribbean, off the island of Cozumel. The submarine glides past the Chankanaab reef, the Felipe Xicotencatl shipwreck and The Wall, a sheer cliff that drops 1,800 feet into the darkness below.

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Take a day trip to the Teotihuacán pyramids

Only 30 miles from Mexico City, this easily accessible archaeological site was once the largest city in the Americas, with an estimated population of at least 125,000 before the year 500. Now, guests flock to see its monumental structures, including the Pyramids of the Moon and the Sun — both of which you’re welcome to climb.

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Snorkel in Cabo Pulmo National Park

There’s a reason famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez the “aquarium of the world.” At this marine park 60 miles north of San José del Cabo, you’ll come snorkel-mask-to-face with playful sea lions, abundant sea turtles and hundreds of species of fish.

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Ride horses in Cabo San Lucas

The southern tip of Baja California features a unique landscape where the desert butts directly up against the sea. There’s no better way to explore the area’s beachside cliffs and cactus-lined desert trails than on horseback.

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Swim with whale sharks off Isla Mujeres

From May through September, this island just off the coast of Cancún plays host to hundreds of migrating whale sharks. Though they can weigh as much as three African elephants (or 41,000 pounds), the world’s largest fish are slow-moving filter-feeders that make for gentle swim partners.

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