The Things We Love About Mexico

Recently, a friend of mine, Sylvie Laitre from Mexico Boutique Hotels, compiled a list of 30 things she loved about Mexico.

1. Before walking out of a restaurant, complete strangers will say “¡Buen provecho!”(Bon appetit) to all who are enjoying a meal.

2. Serenades are alive and well. Especially on one of the most important festive days of the year over here…MOTHER’S DAY! A country that is both musically-inclined AND loves their mom is wonderful to me

3. I can take a 6-hour bus ride that includes movies, a stretch-your-legs-out comfy seat, WiFi, a sandwhich, a bag of munchies and a bottle of water for UNDER $40 dollars…

MORE of Sylvie’s list here

I love the list she made and couldn’t agree more! As a full-time resident of Mexico, she admitted that she could have gone on listing things she loved about her adopted country.

So, in the spirit of reporting the positive things about Mexico, here are some additional and unique things that, as a visitor to Mexico, I love as well, that we can add to the list:

  • Kind greetings and goodbye gestures, a kiss on the cheek or ‘Que le vaya bien’ always brightens my day, no matter what
  • Chilaquiles (#13 on Sylvie’s list but worth repeating. I love chilaquiles so much I could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner any day of the week or weekend, but I prefer the crispy ones with the green tomatillo sauce.)
  • Baby hammocks – have you seen these? Wow, does it look comfy for a tot
  • Mango season, get ready because it’s coming up
  • All of the non-profits in Mexico doing amazing work to advance, educate and beautify their communities, here are a few
  • Siesta time (I don’t know if this technically still exists in Mexico because everybody always seems to be working hard all the time when I visit, but I sure wish the U.S. would adopt this concept)
  • The local buses with guitar players on board who sing to the children
  • Ancient Mayan pyramids and cenotes (I admit you can see some pretty impressive sites in the states, but nothing really compares coming face to face with these breathtaking wonders)
  • Tropical, colorful birds flying around
  • The children of Mexico — pretty incredible to say the least
  • Bing ice cream – need I say more?

I could go on as well, but if you haven’t been to Mexico in a while (or if you’ve never been for that matter), here are at least 30 more things you can look forward to experiencing on Sylvie’s list:

Keep the list going! What are some of the things you love about Mexico?


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Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. She can be reached at

5 comments for “The Things We Love About Mexico

  1. 2011-03-24 at 7:35 am

    Chilaquiles! YES.

  2. Erin
    2011-03-11 at 10:42 am

    Those things plus…. coconuts on the beach with lime and gin, the vivid colors, hearing waves rolling in and roosters crowing at the same time, paper mache skeletons, the catholic alters on the streets….. shall I continue? :)

  3. 2011-03-09 at 9:09 pm

    I like the people – the locals are so friendly.

  4. 2011-03-08 at 6:58 pm

    This is a great article!!! Can’t wait to return to my Merida!! I am searching for a volunteer project there. I started a blog on our most recent trip. I will continue it, as I return and share my love of Mexico!! Thanks!

  5. 2011-03-08 at 8:36 am

    Wow, I agree with the 30 but maybe add the beautiful sounds of birds & the practice of the schools marching band in the afternoon.

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