This article originally appeared in Delta Air Lines’ 2012 Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America Travel Guide. It has been extracted from its original format. To read the full travel guide, visit the digital edition.

A visit to Mexico is a journey into worlds of culture, nature and contrast. With as much variety in landscapes and customs as there is in travel opportunities, this is one of a true traveler’s favorite destinations, whether for a weekend escape with friends, a romantic getaway or a family vacation.

Much of the attraction, of course, lies in the world-renowned warmth and hospitality of the Mexican people, who make it their mission to welcome visitors with a smile. But there’s also such a great variety of very distinct options for the eyes and the soul—the Maya and the Aztec, the Pacific and the Caribbean, the colonial and the modern.

With Delta Air Lines, travelers are able to fly from several U.S. cities to 10 of Mexico’s most important destinations. They can easily and quickly discover the raw beauty of the Mexican Caribbean, where Cancun and Cozumel always dazzle with amazingly turquoise waters and all that they hide within. In Monterrey and Guadalajara, they’ll find that cultural attractions vie for attention amid big-city comforts. The beach resorts of Los Cabos and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo will inspire visitors to spend much of their time on the water, while larger Pacific-side cities like Mazatlan, Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta add to the beach offerings with metropolitan temptations. And then there’s Mexico’s capital, a world of its own holding on to millennia of culture and life. No matter where you fly to, you’ll also find a vast array of hotels and resorts to fit your taste and budget.

Delta now makes it even easier for you to discover the many marvels of Mexico. Last summer, Delta and Aeromexico established an exclusive alliance to leverage each other’s strengths and thus expand their benefits to clients. These now include code sharing on most Delta and Aeromexico flights between the U.S. and Mexico, as well as flights within the carriers’ domestic networks and to other key international destinations, plus expedited, integrated call handling and preferred seating reservation for Elite customers. Future benefits will include co-located airport facilities, which will allow for easier connections and check-in, as well as online services such as preferred seat assignments, process upgrades and redeeming Award tickets. Aeromexico—like Delta, one of SkyTeam’s founding members—is Mexico’s largest passenger network, operating more than 550 daily flights throughout Mexico, the U.S., Canada, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.

Whether through Delta’s access to 10 destinations in Mexico or with the help of the alliance partners, we hope you’ll soon discover the bevy of wonders that this nation offers.