Welcome to Mexico

Mexico is a land of contrasts. From the vibrant colours woven into our textiles to the stunning hues of its landscape. From mountain ranges that run right down to the ocean’s edge to lush tropical jungles and high snow capped volcanoes.

Mexico has a wealth of natural and cultural resources due to the diverse climatic conditions and to a historic tradition of more than 3,000 years. This makes the country an ideal destination for international tourists.

Mexico offers a great variety of options for the international tourist. These can be grouped into five main areas: Mayan World, Beaches and Recreational Centres, Archaeology and Prehispanic cultures, Colonial Cities and Architecture and Natural Riches Eco Tourism & Adventure.

Mexico is located in the American Continent, and geographically is one of the three North American countries, the other two being Canada and the United States of America (USA).

Because of its history, culture and civilisation, Mexico is a Latin American country: Latin America comprises Mexico, Central America, South America and some of the Caribbean Islands. The country covers a land area of 1,953,152 sq. km. Due to its extension it is the 14th largest country in the world, occupying 1.6% of the land above sea level.

Mexico is a diverse place, and has a lot to offer to travelers. Whether you decide to visit the beautiful beaches famous around the world, historical cities from the times of the Spanish colony, beautiful national parks in deserts, mountains and forests, or just hang out in one of the modern cities, you will enjoy it.

Highlights in Mexico are the capital city of Mexico City, Oaxaca with its beautiful colonial buildings and Guadalajara. Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta are the place to be for all fun loving creatures. The peninsula of Yucatan offers an ideal mix of Maya culture, great weather and some of the world’s best snorkeling and diving. Baja Californians has been a favourite get-away for Americans for years.

For those looking for an active vacation Mexico offers golf courses, scuba diving and lotst of mountains to go hiking in.

Highly advanced cultures including those of the Olmecs Mayas Toltecs and Aztecs existed long before the Spanish conquest. Hernando Cortes conquered Mexico during the period 1519-21 and founded a Spanish colony that lasted nearly 300 years.

Independence from Spain was proclaimed by Father Miguel Hidalgo on September 16 1810; this launched a war for independence. An 1821 treaty recognized Mexican independence from Spain and called for a constitutional monarchy. The planned monarchy failed; a republic was proclaimed in December 1822 and established in 1824.

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