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Mexico

 

Mexico [1] is a country in North America, lying between the United States of America to the north, and Guatemala and Belize to the southeast. Its extensive coastlines include the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Mexico has nice and warm people, unique food, art and archeology, pyramids, museums, Haciendas, 6,000 miles of shoreline, superb architecture and cities, weather from snow mountains in the Sierras, to rainy jungles in the Southeast and desert in the Northwest, more than 50 golf courses, excellent fishing, world top destinations like Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos, and Patzcuaro. Mexico is ranked 8th major destination for foreigner visitors, according to WTO.

Regions

  • Baja California - The western peninsula
  • Northern Mexico - The expansive deserts of the border states.
  • The Bajio - historic states in a traditional silver-mining region
  • Central Mexico - center, surrounding the capital city
  • Pacific Coast - tropical beaches on Mexico's southern coast
  • Mexican Caribbean - or the State of Quintana Roo, with wonderful beaches, jungle, sinkholes and Mayan archaeological sites
  • Yucatan Peninsula - Jungle and impressive Mayan archaeological sites

Cities
Mexico has many touristy cities; these are nine of the most traveled:

  • Mexico City - Country capital, one of the largest cities in the world, find everything from parks, aztec ruins, colonial architecture, museums, nightlife and shopping.
  • Acapulco - A beach destination in the state of Guerrero, is renowned for its warm climate and vibrant nightlife.
  • Canc?n - In the southern state of Quintana Roo, is famous for its turquoise color sea, warm climate year round and world-class nightlife.
  • Cabo San Lucas - Beach destination in the Baja California peninsula, with a characteristic mediterranean weather.
  • Guanajuato - World Heritage Site by UNESCO, a hilly colonial city home of cultural festivals.
  • M?rida - Colonial city in the southern state of Yucatan. Startpoint to visit the mayan world.
  • Puebla - World Heritage Site by UNESCO, colonial city famous for its cuisine and cultural sites
  • Puerto Vallarta - In the state of Jalisco, a favorite beach in the pacific for Americans.
  • San Miguel de Allende - Located in central Mexico in the state of Guanajuato, a hilly colonial city home to thousands of foreigners.
Climate
Varies from desert-like regions on the northwest part of the country (cities like Hermosillo, Ciudad Juarez, or Los Cabos); and temperate in the northeastern part (cities like Monterrey, Nuevo Laredo, Ciudad Acu?a), but note that much of the northern Mexican territory gets very cold during the winter with average day time highs around 8C (39F) and 12C (59F), overnight lows avarage around -5C (24F) and snow is sometimes frequent in certain northern places like (Chihuahua, Durango, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and northern Tamaulipas) but can also occur at higher altittudes in the temperate forests in the central part of Mexico. Also, northern Mexico gets very hot during the summer with sudden violent storms in the afternoon, with heavy rain and hail, also an isolated tornado can occur with these storms but rarely, and the temperatures during the day can quickly exceed 39C (100F). The Bajio region is semiarid (cities like Aguascalientes, Leon and Zacatecas); and temperate forests in the central part of the country {Mexico City, Toluca}, and tropical rain forests in the south and southeast regions like (Chiapas, Cancun). During hurricane season, hurricanes are common in the coastal cities specially those near the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

Landscape
High, rugged mountains; low coastal plains; high plateaus; temperate plains with grasslands and Mezquite trees in the northeast, desertic in the northwest, tropical rainforests in the south and southeast {Chiapas, Cancun} semiarid in places like {Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi} and temperate coniferous and deciduous forests in the central part of the country {Mexico City, Toluca}.

Talk
Spanish is the main language. You can get by with English in most top tourist destinations, but much of the country is monolingual. Mexico has one of the richest diversity of languages, more than 350 indigenous languages are spoken within the Mexico territory.

Mexican Spanish is slightly different from both the Castilian Spanish spoken in most of Spain and the Spanish spoken in South American countries. All three are mutually intelligible—it's about the same as the differences in English spoken in various countries—but you can expect some funny looks if you speak only Castilian. (In particular, unlike Castilian, the z and the soft c should be pronounced like an s.) Mexican Spanish is the variant most often taught in the United States of America, so if you learned Spanish there, you should be OK.

In some regions, native languages such as Mayan or Nahuatl are still widely spoken.

There are Spanish languages schools throughout Mexico. The city with the most schools is Cuernavaca, with more than 50 schools. Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato also offer a number schools to choose from. Prices vary, however, most schools are very reasonably priced. Many schools can arrange homestays with local Mexican families.

 
             
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