to the Luxurious Mexican Summer You've Always Wanted
As we move closer and closer to colder months, you might find yourself staring out of your office window dreaming of chasing summer. With its stunning coastlines, vibrant and rich culture and some of the best food you’ll ever eat, we’re sure Mexico is on your 2023 vision board. You’ve been living with that TikTok and IG-induced FOMO for too long, and now it’s time to finally make that jump across the Pacific.
To help you get a wriggle on, we’re giving you the rundown of the must-see places to visit in Mexico that you’ll never get tired of bragging about to your friends. Escada’s new Flor del Sol fragrance is inspired by the very vacation you’re bursting to take. It draws from balmy nights by the pool with the girls and sipping cocktails under palm trees, carried by the exotic and seductive scent of dahlia – Mexico’s national flower.
Is that vision firmly in your head now? Good! Time to learn the most jaw-dropping sights Mexico has to offer:
Mexico, specifically the Yucatan region, is famous for its cenotes, essentially underground reservoirs that look like they were made to induce wanderlust. Around Tulum, for example, there are cenotes peppered all over the place. Most of them are totally fine to swim in, but just ensure the cenote you’re eyeing off is safe, and you’re actually permitted to dive.
Since water in cenotes comes from underground, it tends to be cooler than the ocean under beaming sunlight, meaning that diving into that unforgettable azure oasis will leave you feeling beyond refreshed. With cascading trees and wooden walkways adorning the swimming holes, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got your camera on you at all times.
Go Deep Into the Gran Cenote
Vibrant colours are probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Mexico as a travel destination. As cliche as it sounds, there’s a reason for it. From the natural to the manmade, Mexico is lacquered in so much striking colour that’ll have your mind far away from the dreary grey of Australian winter.
There’s the Las Coloradas pink lakes, an attraction you can promptly file under *looks photoshopped but isn’t*. Thanks to its high salt content, evaporation causes an overgrowth of red algae and brine shrimp, which makes the water appear a bright pink.
Alternatively, you can head just over two hours south of the pink lakes to the small village of Izamal — a town painted almost entirely yellow. The town was given a sunny makeover to celebrate a visit from Pope John Paul II in the early 1990s, and the townsfolk must’ve liked it so much they simply made the change permanent. Coated in deep yellow, the packaging for Escada Flor del Sol fragrance matches the vibe perfectly, coupling that yellow with pastel pinks and fiery magentas.
Of course, with lush jungle and crystal clear waters, you’ll never be too far away from deep greens and light blues either. Why not fully immerse yourself as you go snorkelling among sea turtles at Akumal Beach, and live your ultimate mermaid fantasy?
Get Some Colour in Your Life
We all know the incredibly Westernised version of Mexican food we’re used to, and we (hopefully) all know that is hardly authentic. To get the ultimate, authentic dining experience, it’s best to head to towns that you might otherwise have missed.
Case in point: Valladolid. The city is located smack bang in the middle of the Yucatan peninsula, which was the heart of the ancient Mayan civilisation. You can expect, then, that Yucatanian food is tried and true, perfected over literal centuries. As you wander through Valladolid, you must indulge in cochinita — a dish consisting of slow-roasted pork, marinated in achiote and sour orange juice and wrapped in banana leaves. You can also get your morning kick by eating longaniza de valladolid (diced pork loin coated in sauce with a kick) before refreshing yourself with one of the many varieties of agua frescas available in the region.
Taste Some Regional
When on a summer girls trip, it can feel like you’re always on the go just to make sure you get everything in. But you’re on vacay! Treat yourself to that massage, stay at that wellness retreat, you’ve earned it. In case you’re on the hunt for a truly tranquil moment, take that special moment to stop and take it all in on a jungle tour near Tulum. With some being on horseback, you can have those quiet moments admiring all that natural Mexico has to offer. Smell the dahlias that inspired Escada Flor del Sol fragrance, or admire the towering cacti that adorn its packaging. Just don’t forget to give yourself that much needed spritz once you return.
Remember to Stop and Smell the Flowers
Escada Flor del Sol