It’s difficult to adequately describe Mexico in merely a few words.
This huge country is incredibly diverse – culturally, in terms of its wide range of landscapes, and its biodiversity (being home to roughly 10% of the world’s terrestrial animal species and plants).
It’s a place of steamy jungles, beautiful colonial towns, vibrant cities, snow-capped volcanoes, exquisite turquoise waterfalls, misty cloud forests, sun-baked deserts, and a huge number of impressive and important archeological monuments. And with over 10,000 kilometres of coastline, it’s no surprise that Mexico also has some of the most unspoilt picture-perfect beaches in the world.
Mexico has the largest population of Indigenous people in the Americas. Over 65 native languages (and more than 350 variants) are spoken here, and each area of the country is distinctively influenced by the Indigenous people who live there.
And then, of course, there’s the food. It’s a world away from the “Mexican” food you find in most other places. Each region has its own traditions and specialities, from the complex moles of Oaxaca and Puebla to the delicious (and definitely addictive) tacos of Mexico City. One of the biggest dangers you’re likely to face in Mexico is overeating.
Travelling in Mexico is a real adventure for the senses. There are many pulse-raising fiestas throughout the year, including the iconic Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). But even on a normal day, you’ll be bombarded with an incredible mix of sounds, sights, and smells wherever you go.
|Approximate Area:||2 million km2|
|Approximate Population:||131 million|
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