Mexico is a large country located south of the United States. It’s rich in cultural diversity, cuisine, and top-of-the-range travel destinations. Mexico’s official name is the Estados Unidos Mexicanos, or the United Mexican States.
Read on to discover more interesting facts about Mexico:
What is Mexico’s Most Popular Travel Destination?
Cancun is inarguably the most popular travel destination in Mexico. It contributes to a quarter of Mexico’s tourism revenue. The largest collection of Mayan artifacts is in Cancun.
Oaxaca is another highly popular travel destination. It is a largely untouched destination that offers travelers a real taste of Mexico, with an exciting mix of Spanish and Indian elements. The historic center of Oaxaca and the archaeological site of Monte Albán is one of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In total, Mexico has 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Is Mexico Safe?
Most parts of Mexico are safe for travel, including Mexico City, Guadalajara, Yucatan, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and more. However, some parts of the country can experience violent and non-violent crimes.
Which Language Do Mexicans Speak?
There are 69 recognized languages in the country, mostly indigenous. However, most Mexicans speak Spanish. Interestingly, Mexico is the world’s largest Spanish-speaking country.
What is the Most Iconic Attraction in Mexico?
Mexico has a variety of iconic attractions scattered all over the country;
The Great Pyramid of Cholula, Mexico, is the largest pyramid in the world. This pyramid, which is larger in volume than the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt, is believed to have been constructed by the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl. The Great Pyramid of Cholula, Mexico is made up of more than 30 pyramids, believed to have been built more than 300 BC.
The Chichen Itza El Castillo, a Toltec Style pyramid located in Yucatan, is one of the 7 wonders of the world.
Mexico City has 145 museums, the second most museums in any city after London.
How Old is Mexico City?
Mexico City, founded in the late 15th century, is one of the oldest cities in North America.
Is Mexico City Expensive?
Mexico City is cheaper than most North American cities. You can easily find nice meals under $5, and the city has amazingly cheap hotels and restaurants.
Why is Mexico so Diverse?
Mexico is an ecologically megadiverse country. It has over 200,000 different plant and animal species, including jaguars, volcano rabbits, spider monkeys, ocelots, and more. This makes up 10-12% of the world’s biodiversity.
Does Mexico Have a Coastline?
Mexico’s coastline is a staggering 7000 miles. Depending on your location, you can swim in the Caribbean Sea, Pacific Ocean, Bay of Campeche, Sea of Cortez, or the Gulf of Mexico. All beaches in Mexico are public, including Los Cabo, Tulum, Cancun, Acapulco, and more.
Other Facts About Mexico
1. It’s believed that the asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs from the earth struck the Mexican Yucatan peninsula. Today, the Yucatan Peninsula is one of the most pristine destinations globally, with lots of beaches, cenotes (natural freshwater pools), and rivers.
2. According to World’s Top Exports, Mexico is the world’s largest beer exporter, with an estimated $4.3 billion in exports in 2019.
3. The US-Mexico border is the second largest international border globally, only second or the U.S-Canada border.
4. Mexican food has UNESCO recognition. UNESCO classifies Mexican cuisine as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
5. The National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City is the oldest university in North America. It was opened in 1551 and closed in 1867 during the dictatorship, and later reopened during the Mexican Revolution of the 1910s.