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Mexico: The country with the most of UNESCO Heritage Sites of any country in Americas

01.02.2016, Destination of the month

Teotihuacán Pyramids, Mexican food, steaming jungles, amazing beaches, smoking volcanoes, and vibrant cities. This is Mexico. Do you hear it’s calling for you?

Mexico is a boundless adventure for the senses, and a challenging puzzle for the mind.

México Tulum, Mexico. Mexico-2669 - Palenque

Explore Mexican history and culture

The oldest human artefacts in Mexico are chips of stone tools that should be 10,000 years old. Yet many other things and sites are much more powerful that that.

Ancient Mesoamerican city – called Teotihuacan – located in a sub valley of the Valley of Mexico hides many secrets. It was built between the 1st and 7th centuries A.D.. Its biggest monument are the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. It is said that Teotihuacan is a must for anyone who loves history, archaeology, the outdoors, or learning about cultures.

Teotihuacan Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan is interesting because of its complex residential compounds. The main road of the city centre is called the Avenue of the Dead, because the mounds on the sides looked like tombs.

The city reached its peak in AD 450, when it was the centre of a powerful culture whose influence extended through much of the Mesoamerican region. The city was a centre of industry, home to many potters, jewellers, and craftsmen. At its peak, the city covered over 30 km², and probably housed a population of 150,000 people, with one estimate reaching as high as 250,000.

Definitely something to see is also Chichen Itza where you will find astonishingly preserved Mayan pyramid, called El Castillo. Chichen Itza is an ancient city, which thrived from around 600 A.D. to the 1200s and was elected as one of the new seven wonders of the world in 2007.

Chichén Itzá Chichén Itzá

Great road to the story of Mexico and pre-Colombian history lays in the National Museum of Anthropology. Those that have already visited it say that it’s well worth of the time and affordable for a reasonable fee.

Mayan clay art, incense altar piece, National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City Indigenous Display, National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City, Mexico Coatlicue Statue in National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

When you get tired of admiring May's culture and rich history of Mexico, we recommend that you visit Xcaret Park Mexico. It is privately owned eco-archaeological park in Cancun and Riviera Maya. There you can swim with sharks or dolphins, pet sea turtles, and explore the Mayan culture in a fun way. 

Xcaret Park Xcaret Park Beach Xcaret Eco-Archaeological Park in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Definitely a thing to see in Mexico is Frida Kahlo Museum that is one of the busiest museums in Mexico City. Every month it’s visited by 25,000 visitors, 45% of them being foreigners. The Blue House – as many call it – was originally a home of Frida, but now serves as a museum that contains a collection of her artwork accompanied by work of her husband Diego Rivera and other artists.

Frida Kahlo in Baden-Baden Frida Kahlo Museo (Casa Azul) in Coyoacán (Mexico City, 2011) Frida Kahlo in Baden-Baden

Natural sights and beauties of Mexico

If you’ll visit Mexico in late October or early November, you have a great chance to see something amazing. In forested Mexican highlands there lies Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, where every autumn millions of monarch butterflies fly. This also is UNESCO World Heritage site.

If you like caves, you have to visit Cenote Dzitnup also known as Cenote Xkeken – insanely beautiful natural underground reservoir of water where you can take a swim and even snorkel.

Cenote Dzitnup

Than you can proceed to prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca. This UNESCO World Heritage site consists of two pre-Hispanic archaeological complexes and a series of pre-historic caves and rock shelters.

Regarding the position of Mexico there should not be any surprise with its beaches. Yes, they are gorgeous. Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cabo san Lucas, Tulum, and Isla Mujeres are one of the most famous.  

Tulum. Playa del Carmen. Pork fish on shangrila reef in Playa Del Carmen

Cancun is one of the best destinations if you don’t wish to enjoy only the sun, but also a few drinks after sunset and dance your night away.

Cancun

If the next day is some peace and quiet that you wish for, you can go to Isla Mujeres that is 10 kilometers off the coast from Cancun. It is peaceful and colourful island that is also a sanctuary for sea turtles. In Isla Mujeres you can also take a dive with sleeping sharks and a superb seafood dinner.

Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres

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