Now and again you learn something that shatters a long-held cultural myth.
This is what it is like at the biggest land port of entry in the western hemisphere.
The setting sun bathes the 2000-year-old ruins in a gilded glow as the jungle begins to stir: this Guatemalan village is like nowhere else on Earth.
Ten minutes. That's how long it takes for me to decide that this hotel is one of the best I've ever stayed in.
Just two hours from LA, this is the ideal add-on to a trip to the US west coast.
This charming old city is the perfect gateway for a first-time traveller to Mexico. Just watch out for the clowns.
It would be hard to find a better-located, more reasonably-priced base.
This vast, complex country feels more old than new. Uncharacteristically Western mega-resorts strap beautiful white-sand beaches in Yucatan while surf capital Baja California remains sparsely unpopulated and wildly intriguing. Head to chaotic cities for architectural overload, where pastel-coloured colonial buildings surround shady plazas, and sample delicious tacos from street vendors. Viva Mexico!