There is SO MUCH More to Mexico than Meets the Eye

I’d like to take a minute to say something additional about Mexico before I move onto the next location. I spent two weeks traveling across Mexico this past November in 2021, and I had also spent over a week in Mexico in June 2017. When I say Mexico, most people generally think of the beach, but I cannot express enough how much they are doing themselves a disservice by doing that. My least favorite parts of Mexico lay by the beach. Don’t get me wrong, Cancun is a great spot, but there is so much more to Mexico than beaches. After all, Mexico’s total land mass covers 1,972,550 square kilometers, but only 9,330km of that is coastline!

Mexico is brimming with culture, and the unfortunate fact is that most people think of Mexico and think of the beach- or worse. I’m not saying Mexico is the safest place you can visit, but if you do your research, plan ahead, and hire a guide to show you around on your way, you can discover some incredibly charming and unique places across Mexico. The culture is just palpable, and there’s so much to see.

The View of Guanajuato from a Hot Air Balloon

Mayan Regions

If you head down south to the Yucatan Peninsula and the Mayan regions of Mexico, you’d be surprised to find Mayan villages and many cities that still hold onto the Mayan customs and beliefs. In fact, in Acanceh, a small town on the outskirts of Merida, we met with families whose older relatives only spoke the Mayan language and continued to follow the tradition of cooking in a Mayan hut outside of their home. Certain family members would spend all day preparing the corn tortillas, cooking a delicious pumpkin spread, and putting together pork tacos. Their traditional foods and preparation methods were handed down from their families for generations back to their Mayan heritage, and they are still practiced today. In the words of our guide, “People ask where the Mayans went. They didn’t go anywhere. They are all around us still in this region. They just changed over the years like the rest of the world.”



Central Mexico

If the Mayan regions are a little too meat-filled for you (there are a lot of traditionally meaty meals), then I cannot recommend the artistic and cultural hubs found in Central Mexico enough!! In Guanajuato, you will find a colonial city filled with beauty, theatre, singing, and celebration. Plus, the food is delicious and accommodating to almost any dietary restrictions. And in San Miguel de Allende, you will find a trampoline for talented artists just starting out on their careers and blossoming into talented powerhouses. I can’t forget to mention Puebla, either, which is brimming with colonial hotspots and history.


There is so much more to Mexico than meets the eye. Don’t judge Mexico without visiting. Research, plan, and I hope you get to discover its hidden gems firsthand!

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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