Travel Guide – Mexico

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Introduction

Mexico is a mysterious country that was once ruled by some great civilizations like Olmec, Aztecs, Mayans and Spanish conquistadors. It is one country where you get to live many experiences and learn a lot from its culture history and even geography. Come here to visit the magnificent ancient tourist attractions of Mexico that tell you the history of this amazing country. If you are not much of a history buff then you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the subtropical forests and the Mexican beaches.

Mexico is a perfect amalgamation of different cultures that later spread to all of America, Mesoamerican and South America. This as a result created hundreds of cultures, tribes and civilizations. Let’s begin our tour of this fascinating country.

Best Time to Visit

December to April is the best time to visit Mexico. This is usually the dry season and the weather during this time is quite pleasant. It is advisable to avoid traveling to Mexico during the summer season (which is also the hurricane and wet season). June to October is the summer time in Mexico.

How to Reach

By Air – Mexico is well-connected to all major international cities via airways. Benito Juárez International Airport situated in the city’s eastern part is the prime international airport of the country.
Getting Around – Local buses (known as camiones) are one of the cheapest ways of getting around Mexico. Bicycle, minibuses, metro and taxies are another cheap modes of transportation for traveling from one city to another.

Must See Attractions

Mexico is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, attracting travelers from almost every part of the globe. From its exotic beaches, marvelous churches, clubs to the beach resorts, Mexico is one country that can offer something for every sort of traveler. Listed below are some of the most visited tourist attractions of the country.

  • Chichen Itza – Located in the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza was one of the largest Mayan cities. Today, it is counted among one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. The temple-pyramid of El Castillo is the most famous landmark of this city. This 30 meters high and 1,000 years old observatory has a special astronomical significance.
  • Teotihuacan – This city was established by a new civilization that arose in the 2nd century BC in the valley of Mexico. Situated around 31 miles northeast of Mexico City, Teotihuacan was one of the greatest cities of the ancient times. This civilization built a flourishing metropolis and huge pyramids in this city. Seven centuries later (after the fall of Teotihuacan civilization), the Aztecs started living here.
  • The Ancient Fortress of Tulum – It is the only fortified Mayan settlement and also one of the most visited attractions of the Yucatan Peninsula. Located on a 12 meters high cliff, Tulum is famous for its tall walls (giving it a complete fortress like feel). Established in the 13th century, Tulum was a flourishing city until the Spanish invasion in 1544.
  • Guadalajara – The capital city of Jalisco, Guadalajara is famous for its broad avenues, beautiful parks, fine old buildings and a lot more. Second only to Mexico City in size, this city is a popular tourist destination. Come here to see Plaza de Armas, Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno) and Guadalajara Cathedral (Catedral de Guadalajara) etc.

Other Must See Attractions of Mexico

  • Acapulco
  • Cozumel
  • Los Cabos
  • Palenque
  • Guanajuato
  • Copper Canyon
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Cabo San Lucas
  • Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo
  • Cancún and the Mayan Riviera
  • Mexico City's Historic Center
  • Mérida: Yucatán's White City
  • Dias des los Muertos, Oaxaca

Interesting Facts

  • Mexico is the country that introduced chocolate, corn and chilies to the world.
  • The border between Mexico and the United States is the world’s second largest border.
  • Mexico City is built over the ancient ruins of Tenochtitlán (an Aztec city).
  • Chihuahua (the world’s smallest dog) is named after a Mexican state.
  • Mexico is home to over 32 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • The National University of Mexico (founded in 1551 by Charles V of Spain) is the oldest university in North America.
  • Spanish conquerors introduced the bullfighting to Mexico.
  • In Mexico, artists can pay their taxes with their artwork.
  • World's largest pyramid (Great Pyramid of Cholula) is located in Mexico.
  • Mexico is the world's fattest country.
  • Mexican children do not receive presents on Christmas Day. In fact they receive gifts on January 6 (celebrated as the arrival of the Three Wise Men).
  • Hot chocolate was the sacred drink of the Aztecs.
  • Mexico is the largest salt producers in the world.
  • Mexico City is built on a lake called Texcoco.
  • Mexico City has the most museums in the world.
  • Mexico City has the most IMAX theatres in the world.
  • Mexico City is the richest city in Latin America.
  • Carlos Slim (world’s richest man) lives in Mexico.
  • Tequila is the national drink of Mexico.
  • There is an ancient city in central Mexico that no one knows the origin of, even today.
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