MEXICO

 

 

Mexico lies between the United States of America to the north, and Guatemala and Belize to the southeast. Mexico is the fifth largest country in the Americas, and has an estimated population of over 113 million.

Mexico is ranked 7th most popular tourist destination, with much of the tourist industry centered around the beach resorts (such as, Cancún, Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Carmen) as well as the altiplano in the central part of the country, and the colonial towns San Cristobal de las Casas.Guanajuato City

The country is home to the largest Spanish-speaking population in the world and a large number of indigenous languages, spoken by some 5.4% of the population. While English is also spoken to some degree in most tourist areas.

Its extensive coastlines include the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Mexico has nice and warm weather, unique food, art and archeology, pyramids, museums, Haciendas, 6,000 miles of shoreline, superb architecture and 21st century cities, lots of golf courses throughout the country, plus excellent fishing.

GuanajuatoThe climate varies in Mexico. It has weather from the snowy mountains in the Sierras, to the rainy jungles in the Southeast, the desert in the Northwest, and the tropical climate around the Tampico area down to Cancun, as well as the adjacent side on the Pacific.

At least three great civilizations (the Mayas, the Olmecs, and the Toltec) preceded the wealthy Aztec empire, conquered in 1519–1521 by the Spanish under Hernando Cortés. Spain ruled Mexico for 300 years up until Sept. 16, 1810, when the Mexicans first revolted. They finally won independence in 1821.

GuanajuatoFrom 1821 to 1877, there were two emperors, several dictators, and various presidents and provisional executives. Mexico lost Texas in 1836, and after defeat in the war with the U.S. during 1846–1848, it lost the area that is now California, Nevada, and Utah, most of Arizona and New Mexico, and parts of Wyoming and Colorado under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. In 1855, the Indian patriot Benito Juárez began a series of reforms, including the disestablishment of the Catholic Church, which owned vast property. The subsequent civil war was interrupted by the French invasion of Mexico (1861) and the crowning of Maximilian of Austria as emperor (1864). He was overthrown and executed by forces under Juárez, who returned to the presidency in 1867.

Mexico has a great many traditions and customs. Its culture is extremely rich and full of fascinating history, legends, stories, and practices that make it so extremely unique and interesting to enjoy. The music is one of the most beautiful part of the Mexican culture, where each region has its own unique flavour of music and dance. Around Mexico you may run into mariachis serenading restaurant audiences, natives in cultural dresses doing traditional dances, or people at clubs dancing to salsa or merengue.

There are thousands of other interesting and unique traditions and habits to discover in Mexico. Make the journey.

 

 

 

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