Mexico also has a rich cultural heritage that includes the
ancient Aztec and Mayan ruins of the central Mexican heartland and
the Yucatán Peninsula, as well as picturesque colonial towns and
the vast and vibrant metropolis of Mexico City.
When it comes to the Yucatán diving, there is much to admire on
both coasts. To the West is the Sea of Cortez, cut off from the
Pacific by the fascinating Baja California. Studded with rugged
islands surrounded by stunning, almost deserted white sand beaches,
this is one of the biologically richest bodies of water on our
planet and has over 800 vertebrate species and 2,000 invertebrates.
Here hammerhead sharks school in groups of up to 200 or even an
amazing 2,000, colonies of sealions live undisturbed and grey
whales come to mate, give birth and make their winter home.
To the East, around the Yucatán Peninsula and here it is all
about variety. There's something for everyone: beginners can
explore the thriving shallow reef ledges and their tiny drop-offs,
while experienced thrill seekers can ride the famous Maroma current
and dive the cenotes or inland sinkholes. Add to this virtually
guaranteed whale sharks at the right time of year and you can see