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Mexico sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Puerto Vallarta A country with rich history, Mexico is home to unique sights of ancient civilizations. The country attracts not only fans of hot countries and beach rest, but also people who are keen on history, numerous scientists and archaeologists. In Mexico you can see the internationally famous Mayan pyramids, Aztec monuments and ancient settlements mentioned in many legends and mysterious stories. Those, who want to see settlements of old tribes with their own eyes, should definitely make a trip to pyramids of Teotihuacan. The largest two pyramids are located in this “ghost city”. These are the pyramids of Moon and Sun, the height of which estimates 150 and 225 metres respectively. The temple of Quetzalcoatl, the most powerful and honoured god according to Maya, is located nearby.
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One more ancient building that is worth visiting is located in Cholula. This is Cholula Pyramid, which size once exceeded the size of the pyramid of Cheops. The Cholula Pyramid was partially destroyed, but it looks very impressive even nowadays. Several interesting buildings can be found in the cities of Chichen Itzā, El Tajin, Palenque, Tikal, Xel-Ha, Xcaret and Uxmal. Mexico City, which was founded in 1325, is a true open air museum. Nowadays, there are as many as 1400 historic landmarks in the city. Its territory is home to 10 archaeological zones and more than 80 museums. Start your observation of the city with a visit to El Zocalo Square to enjoy numerous old houses, mansions of the colonial period and buildings of the Aztec times that have miraculously survived till our days. The Metropolitan Cathedral is one of the most beautiful buildings of the medieval period. This is the largest church of its type in whole Latin America. The National Palace is a well-known masterpiece of architecture. The façade and halls of the palace are decorated with beautiful frescos.
Continue your acquaintance with historic heritage of Mexico by visiting the magnificent city of Teotihuacan. The temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Palace of Jaguars, Quetzal Butterfly Palace, the Temple of the Feathered Serpent and Plaza de la Luna are just a few architectural complexes from the long list of local sights. Travellers, who want to enjoy magnificent nature, should visit one of local national parks. Xel-Ha Park remains the most visited one. The park features a naturally made aquarium that appeared in one of local caves. Travellers will find exotic fish and rare plants in this beautiful place. Copyright
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Mexico is the most popular country for beach recreation. Its enchanting palm beaches are famous all over the world. One of the most popular resorts of the country is Cancun. Its main attraction is a vast beach conventionally divided into two parts. One part of the beach is distinguished by big constant waves, so surfers love spending their time here. The other part, on the contrary, is very peaceful and is considered as a perfect place for family recreation.
One of the calmest and safest beaches in the country is Isla Mujeres. The Playa Linda Resort is very popular with fans of water sports. The most prestigious resorts in the country are Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen. They will please their guests not only with multiple luxurious beaches, but also with upscale hotels.
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Mexico is perfect not only for peaceful beach recreation, but also for diving. A lot of divers visit the island of Cozumel. In its coastal waters, there are magnificent coral reefs that are a home for stingrays, sea turtles and other exotic dwellers of sea depths. It is important to note that in Mexico, there are perfect dive sites for experienced divers, as well as for those who are just mastering this sport.
Vista de Cancun It will be very interesting for beginners to visit the resort of Playa del Carmen, around which you can admire fascinating coral forests. You can see sea turtles and moray eels in the district of Akumal. The Mama Vina schooner is one of the unique underwater attractions. It was flooded specifically for divers. Today, the major attractions of the schooner are beautiful corals.
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Mexico is also very popular with shopping enthusiasts. They come here for unique silver items, tequila, ceramic articles and beautiful clothes in national style. Some of the most popular souvenirs for tourists are items in style of Maya. Travelers can buy wonderful rite masks and different wooden items. It will be interesting for food shopping enthusiasts to visit Morelia that is famous for its traditional sweets. Some national treats are cooked of cactuses, so they seem really exotic to foreign tourists.
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Map of all parks
National and city parks of Mexico
♥   State Park 'Alameda Poniente San José de la Pila' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche' . On the map   Photos
♥   City Park 'Andrés Quintana Roo' . On the map   Photos
♥   City Park 'Anexo Villa de Guadalupe' . On the map   Photos
♥   City Park 'Angel Albino Corzo' . On the map   Photos
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Castles of Mexico
♥   Castle 'San Juan de Ulúa' Veracruz. On the map   Photos
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Palaces in Mexico
♥   Palace 'Los Pinos Official Residence' Mexico City. On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Museo Nacional del Arte' Mexico City. On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'National Palace' Mexico City. On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Palace of Government' Monterrey. On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Palace of Iturbide' Mexico City. On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Mexico from our review series

Chapel La Estancia

From the series “Glass Architecture - Impressive Villas and Buildings from Glass”
Cuernavaca, Mexico, became known to the world thanks to its outstanding wedding Chapel La Estancia. It is situated on the territory of a picturesque garden that for a number of years is being used for wedding ceremonies. In 2007 one of the local young architects decided to build in this garden a small glass chapel. Later, he celebrated his own wedding there. Chapel La Estancia is a nice and airy place. Only at first glance, the project of this building looks easy.

Originally the architect wanted to make the whole building in the glass. For the realization of this idea, there must be done a complex system of ventilation in order to escape the greenhouse effect. The floor and the ceiling in the chapel are made from wood, the walls forming glass flat-topped panels that are put 10 … Read all

La Yesca Dam

From the series “The Most Impressive Dams on Earth”
La Yesca Dam is a world known dam in Mexico. It has begun to work only in 2012. The 220 meters high dam has been built for 5 years. La Yesca Dam is a 628 meters long rock-fill dam with a solid concrete pavement. The dam is located on the Santiago River near Guadalajara. Today it is quite popular touristic place of interest.

As other largest world dams, La Yesca Dam generates huge volumes of the electric power and regulates water currents. The surface area of the reservoir is 33,4 square meters. The dam is an essential component of the working power station. The power of which has numerously increased since the new dam has appeared.

This power station is one of the leading in the whole world. It has two all-powerful turbine-generators. Travellers, who want to see the large and … Read all

Chicoasen Dam

From the series “The Most Impressive Dams on Earth”
Chicoasen Dam is a rock-fill Mexican dam. It was beginning to build in 1974. In 1980 it has begun to work, since that time, it became the biggest dam in North America. Its height is 261 meters and length 485 meters. The reservoir’s size is 52 600 square meters, about 1,6 billion cube meters of water stays here.

This dam on the Grijalva River plays an important role for Mexico, it is the main technique of water collection. This dam is a part of the hugest state hydroelectric power station which official name is Manuel Moreno Torres. It was named in honour of its first owner but people know it under the name of the area – Chicoasen Dam.

The dam is located in a quiet picturesque place, that’s why tourists like this place very much. The best time for visiting this area is late … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Mexico

In the past, there was a Native American settlement on the site of the modern city. Local tribes called their home Mazatlan, which means “the place of deer”. The indigenous people were mostly hunting deer and fishing to survive. The Spanish invaders captured the settlement in 1531. Despite such a drastic change, the settlement kept its original name. Soon, Spanish rulers turned an ordinary indigenous village into a true port town that quickly turned into an important stop and a major … Read more
Archaeological excavations proved that the first settlements on the site of modern Puebla existed long before the start of our age. The modern history of the city started in 1519 when Hernan Cortes entered this region on his way to Tlaxcala. The indigenous people were under the Aztec dominance at that time, and they were not happy about it. That is why when the Spanish army captured the territory, local people met them as liberators. The foundation date of Puebla – 1531 – is also … Read more
The first settlers appeared in this region approximately in 200 AD. These were Mesoamerican peoples. During the Classic Period, there were two settlements in the area, namely, Toluquilla and Ranas. Several centuries later, the Otomi people settled in the territory of modern Queretaro, forming the Otomi Nation or the Otomi State. The Aztecs captured the region in the 40s of the 15th century. Hernán Pérez Bocanegra y Córdoba from Spain arrived in this land on July 23rd, 1531. Bocanegra is … Read more
The Tlahuica civilization was the first group of people who permanently settled in the area of modern Cuernavaca in the 12th century. Xolotl, the ruler of Texcoco, conquered the Valley of Mexico in the 12th century. Until the 16th century, the American Indian settlement endured multiple attacks from the north. In 1521, conquistadors under the guidance of Hernan Cortes burned down the Indian settlement and established a town. They built a beautiful palace and a church. Cuernavaca was developing … Read more
Playa del Carmen
Not far from the natural attractions is an interesting historical site - the ancient Mayan city of Tulum. Several buildings and sculptures have survived oin this place. Although they date back a thousand years, the very ruins of ancient structures can leave a lasting impression. Usually, these two tourist attractions are visited within a single tour. Guests of the resort have the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful national parks in Mexico - Xcaret. This miniature park is … Read more
Mexico City
Palace of Fine Arts. The construction of the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) was started in 1904. The palace was built on the ruins of the Monastery of Santa Isabel. According to the plan, the grand opening of the palace was to be held on the day of the 100th anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain. However, the project, led by the Italian architect Adamo Boari, faced serious difficulties due to instability of the soil on the site. Time passed, the revolution started, … Read more

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