From the stark arid beauty of Baja California Sur bounded by the deep blue of the Pacific and Sea of Cortez, to the turquoise cenotes and azure seas of the Yucatan, Mexico is truly one of my very favorite countries. I especially love the regional variations to what we consider "Mexican" cuisine. Make time to explore the colorful open air markets and discover the foods and flavors many creative chefs and foodies are using to reestablish the traditional Mexican dishes. The ancient Mayans pronounced this place Meshica, and it is rich in Aztec and Mayan culture and history, much of it accessible to see and experience. And I will return again and again.