Mexico is a country of superlatives. Everything is a little bigger, wider and higher. With almost 2 million km², Mexico is the 14th biggest country in international comparison. With a population of almost 125 million people, it is the most populated country in Latin America after Brazil and the 11th in the world. The capital Mexico City is home to over 21 million people in the metropolitan area, which makes it the third largest city in the world.
Geographically Mexico belongs to the North American continent, but culturally and historically it belongs to Latin America. Mexico borders the United States in the north and Guatemala and Belize in the south. To the east you can find the Caribbean Sea and to the west the Pacific Ocean.
With over 200,000 different species, Mexico is a country with great biodiversity, and they do a lot to protect it.
Tourism is very important in Mexico, the country is a popular travel destination to enjoy sun and life, especially among its northern neighbours from the USA. That is why you can find a well-developed tourism infrastructure in many places. The climate varies from tropical to Mediterranean to desert-like climate - in other words, pleasant conditions all year round in comparison to the northern hemisphere.
And your hosts? The Mexicans enjoy life to full extend, but they respect religious values very much. Family life and family cohesion are also very important.
Mexico's major cities combine modernity with characteristics from the times of the Maya and Aztecs. Even today there are still large Mayan communities who hold onto the traditions and rituals of their ancestors. Mexican culture reflects a unique fusion of European-American, indigenous and Caribbean influences. This “felicitous mix” developed a strong Mexican identity and great national pride.
One symbol of this is the Mariachi music, which represents the typical Mexican cliché – the musicians are very popular within and outside of Mexico, probably for this very reason.
Mexico really has a special charm to visitors from all over the world. In terms of landscape and culture, the country has so many different facets, that it is impossible to get to know everything on a single trip. But you have to start somewhere!