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Some of Mexico’s best places to frequent for those returning home

For many immigrants who send money to Mexico, these types of transfers aren't enough when it comes to staying in touch with their loved ones. Phone calls and emails may help make the separation less burdensome, but nothing beats being able to hug and kiss a spouse or child after several months apart.

It's because of this that many Mexicans will leave their life in the U.S. for a short period and reconnect with their native land, spending quality time with their friends and relatives.

While on vacation, staying at home with loved ones for the entire week or month may be perfectly fine. But for those who hope to take advantage of life in Mexico while they're away, there's plenty that can be done this time of year. The Associated Press recently discussed some of the great destinations the whole family can enjoy.

One of the best take-ins is the Soumaya Museum, which is located in Mexico City in the Polanco neighborhood. Not long ago, Carlos Slim built the museum, which has six floors that are filled to the brim with works of art from impressionists, muralists and craftsmen deriving from Mesoamerican cultures that have never been fully identified.

For those who would rather spend their time in the great outdoors, the Zocalo may fit the bill, the AP notes. Also located in Mexico's capital, the Zocalo is a wide open plaza where most of the country's government leaders congregate, as federal offices and meeting houses are all situated in this part of Mexico City. It's not all business here, however, as street vendors, Aztec dancers and other performers are virtually always in attendance, hoping to entertain those who are visiting as well as those who frequent the area regularly.

Plenty of beautiful parks in Mexico
Nothing beats a leisurely walk in the park and Chapultepec Park is an ideal place to go for a stroll. The news agency points out the park has received a number of improvements in recent years, as it's now teeming with a variety of bicycle and walking trails. Railroad enthusiasts may also find the park pleasing, as one of the country's oldest is here as well. The park is open in the daylight hours only and is closed on Mondays.

That's not the only park to choose from in Mexico, as there are several others that are just as fine. This includes Viveros de Coyoacan. This park hasn't gone through the same renovations as Chapultepec because it's smaller in size but exercise enthusiasts will have plenty to choose from, as it is also filled with pedestrian and cycling pathways, AP notes.

There's something nice about rustic, country living, where residents can mingle with friends and shop at craft stores. The Coyoacan may best exemplify this theme. The Associated Press says that the small village is rife with art galleries and corner shops and can be quite crowded on the weekends.

The tourism industry is a major contributor to Mexico's overall economy. While the summer and early winter tend to be the peak times of year for people to tour the country, virtually every month finds a considerable number of people from other countries who are interested in what Mexico has to offer.

Besides Mexico City, other metro areas known for drawing a considerable number of tourists comprise Oaxaca, Puebla and Chihuahua, to name a few. Beaches that are reputed for drawing massive amounts of people include Acapulco, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Vallarta. According to Mexico Explorando, nearly 70 percent of tourists come from the United States.

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