I might be showing off a little too much of my sheltered ways but hey, my horizons have been expanded so Iâ€™m fessing up! For the first 28 years of my life I had an assumption about Mexico. In my mind it was a desert with beaches along the coasts, maybe some jungleâ€™y forest blending into the desert the closer you got to South America. Desert + beaches. Thatâ€™s all. These sandy assumptions are a big part of why going to Mexico was never on my radar. Turns out, my assumptions were about 9% correct,Â they have a lot of mountains and some incredible forests as well…proof: Iztaccihuatl, Pico de Orizaba, La Malinche.