Mexico has something for everyone. Famous for beaches, stunning cultural sites, bustling cities and vibrant festivities, it is the perfect getaway for a variety of different travelers. It is also now increasingly accessible due to the number of Mexico holiday deals available from Europe, Canada and the US. Take a look at the must-see sites for culture vultures, and then read this post with 35+ interesting and fun facts of Mexico
The Pyramid of the Sun was built in Teotihuacan around 100 AD and is the second largest pyramid anywhere in Mexico. Also found in this site is the Pyramid of the Moon which was started 100 years later and finished in 450 AD. The Teotihuacan Empire eventually met its demise, but the site was used and honored by the Aztecs, becoming a place of pilgrimage. This is one of the most visited sites in Mexico and should be on the list for any traveler with cultural yearnings.
The pretty colonial city of Guanajuato is nestled in the mountains of the Sierra de Guanajuato. The city was originally founded in 1554 and really became developed during the 16th century mining boom due to its location next to one of the richest silver mining areas of the country. Visitors here will marvel at the colorful streets and alleyways, with the stunning haciendas and colonial buildings a real draw.
For many, a cultural visit to Mexico is all about the Mayans, so a trip to Chichen Itza is bound to be top of the list. As the largest of the Mayan cities in the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza is one of the most visited cultural attractions in Mexico with the most famous landmark to be found at the site being the temple pyramid of El Castillo.
Dia de los Muertos
The Day of the Dead Festival is a cultural phenomenon enjoyed all over Latin America, with many in Mexico starting at the end of October. During this time, tombs and alters are decorated with flowers as families prepare for the return of the spirits, while offerings are also left in the cemeteries. In Mexico the festival can be traced back to the Zapotec and the Aztecs – indigenous cultures existing thousands of years ago. If this great national holiday is of interest make your way to Patzcuaro in Michoacan (check safety conditions as the state has been notoriously dangerous the past few years).
Although much smaller than other Mayan cities found in the country, Palenque is home to some of the richest architecture and sculptures ever produces by the Mayan’s. For those who have a keen eye for the culture of indigenous people, visiting Palenque is truly a fantastic experience. Most of the structures here date from around 600 AD to 800 AD.
How many of these have you visited? Which did you like best and why? And tell me, which is your favorite cultural attraction…in the world? Share your thoughts in the comments section below, and please don’t forget to share this post if you liked it!
[photo credits @ Flickr Guanajuato by Irene Soria, Chichen Itze by bigA888, Dia de los muertos by chupacabras, Palenque by danielkaempfe]