Mexico has pleasant and warm weather, unique food, art and archaeology, pyramids, museums, haciendas, superb architecture and 21st century cities, weather from snowy mountains in the Sierras, to rainy jungles in the Southeast and desert in the Northwest, numerous golf courses, excellent fishing, and world-class destinations like Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos, and Mazatlan.
Mesoamerican architecture is mostly noted for its pyramids which are the largest such structures outside of Ancient Egypt. Spanish Colonial architecture is marked by the contrast between the simple, solid construction demanded by the new environment and the Baroque ornamentation exported from Spain. Mexico, as the center of New Spain has some of the most renowned buildings built in this style. Mexico is also the land of beaches and resorts for the weary northerners to relax and enjoy a good margarita with some tacos or other more refined local restaurants. Read more.
Lo mexicano corresponds to everything that is referred to the Aztec culture and to the ethnic diversity of the country. Mexican society enjoys a vast array of music genres, showing the diversity of Mexican culture. Traditional music includes mariachi, banda, norteño, ranchera and corridos
The origin of the current Mexican cuisine is established during the Spanish colonization, being a mixture of the foods of Spain with native indigenous ingredients. Of foods originated in Mexico is the corn, the pepper vegetables (together with Central and South America), calabazas (together with the Americas), avocados, sweet potato (together with Central and South America), the turkey (together with the Americas) and other fruits and spices
For the history buffs, here is a list of the historical sites worth exploring to understand the old Toltec, Aztec, Inca and Maya civilizations
- Chichen Itza – Majestic Mayan city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 and recently voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
- Coba – Majestic Mayan city, located around two lagoons.
- Templo Mayor – ruins of the pre-Hispanic Aztec pyramids of Tenochtitlan, located in the center of Mexico City.
- Ek Balam – Recently reconstructed Mayan site, famous for its unique decorated stucco and stone carved temples.
- El Tajín – In the state of Veracruz near the town of Papantla. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Guanajuato – In the state of Guanajuato, two sites making part of the “Tradición él Bajío”: Plazuelas and Peralta.
- Monte Albán – In the state of Oaxaca, a Zapotec site dating from about 500BC. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Palenque – Mayan city in the state of Chiapas, Palenque famous for its elaborate paintings. Also well known for having the largest tract of rainforest in Mexico located in the same area.
- Teotihuacan – In the state of Mexico, near Mexico City. Enormous site with several large pyramids.
- Tulum – Mayan coastal city with spectacular Caribbean vistas. Dates from late Mayan period.
- Uxmal – Impressive Mayan city-state in the Puc Region, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.