In Mexico, you get memories for life, whether you prefer culture or nature. In the past, the Aztecs ruled in the area around Mexico City, while the Maya Indians kept to the south in the borderland with Guatemala. The successors of the Native American cultures, the Spanish colonial masters, have left behind a charming colonial architecture. And so, of course, is nature with deep ravines, high mountains, lush rainforests, volcanoes, cactus-covered deserts and paradisiacal sandy beaches.
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Population: 121.7 million
Capital: Mexico City
when we in Sweden look forward to Christmas Eve, do you prepare in the city of Oaxaca to sing the praises of the radish? On 23 December every year, a festival is held, celebrating the red vegetable during the Night of the Radishes – Noche de rábanos.
Vanilla comes from Mexico? It is a perennial plant that belongs to the orchid plant family.
Mexico can offer an outward-looking, simmering, bubbling city life with seductive streets with lots of people, hectic zocalos (central squares) and beautiful architectural traces of the past. One such site is the city of Oaxaca in the state of the same name, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In addition to colorful facades, a lively street life, well-attended restaurants and coffee bars as well as hopeful traders who offer everything between heaven and earth, there are also many interesting churches and museums to explore. Oaxaca is located on a plain about 500 kilometers south of one of the world’s largest metropolises, the capital Mexico City which with its 23 million inhabitants (one fifth of Mexico’s population) contains both unimaginable wealth and incomprehensible poverty, architectural gems and slums,
Mexican Native American cultures
A trip to Mexico City is also a perfect starting point for a tour of the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Not far from Mexico City on a plain at an altitude of about 2,000 meters you will find Teotihuacan, where the high pyramids of the sun and moon stand as monuments to a time when priests sacrificed people to satisfy the divine sun. The Sun Pyramid is the world’s third largest pyramid, and from here you have a dizzying view of pyramids, temples and surrounding plains and mountains.
Also experience the tropical landscape of Chiapas and Yucatan with Palenque with great mystery where Mayan ruins and statues mingle with lush rainforest. Another exciting Mayan ruin complex is Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula from the 5th century. There is much to explore in the vast North American country that borders the United States to the north, Guatemala and Belize to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean to the east.
Mexico’s Pacific Coast
Under the protective, slightly swaying palm roof, you can enjoy a liquado (Mexican milkshake) and watch life on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, for example in Puerto Vallarta where during the winter months you can also see humpback whales if you are lucky. However, the most popular holiday resort on the Mexican coast towards the Pacific Ocean is Acapulco where the beaches are fantastic, and often also the azure waters. This has been the case ever since a young Elvis Presley in the early 1960s helped market the place in the film “Fun in Acapulco”. Acapulco actually consists of three areas: Playa Revolcadero near the airport with the lush tropical lagoon; further north is Puerto Marquis with the luxurious Acapulco Diamante Resort and finally what most people consider the “real” Acapulco, namely Acapulco Bay – a natural harbor with luxury hotels,
The Caribbean coast of Mexico
Acapulco has, however, faced stiff competition as the life-lovers ‘and bathers’ favorite destination for areas bordering the Caribbean Sea, including Cancún and not least Cozumel – Mexico’s only Caribbean island. Cancun to Honduras – bigger is just the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. For the same reason, the area is also very popular with divers, and the colorful and imaginative formations have also been praised and quality-stamped by master diver and documentary filmmaker Jacques Cousteau. There are about 100 world-class dive sites near the coral island of Cozumel, and if you have the opportunity to rent a boat and get a bit off the coast, the experience will be even stronger.
Climate and weather Mexico
Below you can read about the weather and climate in Mexico – see, among other things, temperatures for the capital Mexico City.
According to bridgat, the northwestern regions of Mexico have a desert climate, while it is temperate in the northeast. But in winter it can also be cold in the north with daytime temperatures of 8-12 ºC and snow in some areas. In summer, the temperature can rise to 39 ºC with occasional storms and heavy rain. In the central parts of the country it is temperate, and in the south / southeast there is tropical rainforest. The climate in central Guatemla is fine all year round with temperatures between 21-26 ºC degrees. During the hurricane season, the coastal cities on the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico are particularly affected.