EL CORAZÓN! is a travel guide that gets to the heart of Latin culture and Spanish speaking destinations . Every issue will explore the diversity of these destinations through unique itinerary options as well as give you insight into local life through cuisine, art, history and experiential travel and voluntourism.
In this issue, we get to the heart of some of Mexico’s best kept secrets in the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero.
Oaxaca – Pristine Beaches and Cultural Magic
Oaxaca is rich in history, tradition, language, culture,and natural resources. There is a dazzling array of museums, archaeological sites, lively markets, magic festivals, stunning beaches, renowned cuisine and folk art villages. It even boasts the most remarkable historic tropical forests on earth (according to the World Wildlife Fund)
Though Oaxaca boasts this astounding variety of attractions, it is still a hidden treasure for most Canadians. The fact that the beaches of Oaxaca are not as well-known as some of its counter parts in Mexico, is definitely part of its charm. 370 miles of unspoiled coastline are just waiting to be discovered. There are plenty of options depending on personal tastes but one thing is for sure, you won’t find the typical crowds found in the more well-known beaches.
Guerrero-Mexico’s Sun Triangle
With the world’s weather patterns changing continuously, it sometimes proves a challenge for those looking for guaranteed vacation sunshine. Fortunately, there are still a few places in the world where sunshine is almost guaranteed. The state of Guerrero, in Southern Mexico, is one of those fortunate places. The “Sun Triangle”,connects 3 of the state’s top tourism destinations -Acapulco, Taxco and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.
Located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, each of the 3 destinations has its own unique character and offers all of the components of a great stand alone vacation destination but you may choose to create a sun triangle of your own by combining Acapulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and Taxco in one vacation.
ACAPULCO-VIBRANT BEACHES & EXCITING NIGHTLIFE
Known as Mexico’s first beach resort, Acapulco has an eclectic history of being the winter retreat of some of the world’s most famous celebrities with good reason.
Acapulco offers vibrant beaches and a city that comes alive at night with non stop excitement. Acapulco’s colourful past has been undergoing a revitalization with investment in new hotels and infrastructure. It’s time to discover all that made Acapulco the original “vacation choice” for Canadians.
TAXCO-THE JEWEL OF MEXICO
Taxco’s cultural heritage, history, and architecture date back to the sixteenth century. The colonial town’s old world charm, gastronomy and climate are just some of the many treasures that can be discovered in Taxco. Originally a silver mining town, Taxco produces some of the best silver creations in Mexico at great prices. Only 3 hours from Acapulco, Taxco is one of Mexico’s best kept secrets.
IXTAPA-AN ENCHANTING ESCAPE
Further up the Pacific Coast, in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, you can find one of the world’s most admired bays and spectacular sunsets. The 2 destinations in one create the perfect combination of quaint Mexican culture with first class resorts and restaurants. Only a 15 minute drive separates the cosmopolitan hotel zone of Ixtapa and the sleepy fishing village of Zihauatanejo. Stroll along the lively streets and take in outdoor cafes, shops and artisans and choose anything from a small, boutique hotel or a larger all inclusive resort. Add an abundance of sea and land activities and you have the recipe for the perfect escape