Mexico, with its vast deserts and balmy tropical beaches, is the fifth largest country in the Americas with a land area covering over 2 million square kilometers. This diverse country is also famous for producing such talents as Gael Garcia Bernal and Salma Hayek, as well as literary greats such as Octavio Paz.  If images of warm tropical beaches and mouthwatering burritos aren’t enough to entice you, here are ten more reasons to love Mexico:

  1. Acapulco- With its gorgeous beaches and a bustling nightlife, Acapulco is a great place to soak up the sun. Dubbed as the ‘Pearl of the Pacific,’ this beach was made famous by the TV series, ‘The Love Boat’ and films such as Elivis’s Fun in Acapulco.
  2. Palenque- The ruins of Palenque, once hidden by thick jungles, dates back to 100 BC and contains some of the finest Maya architecture, sculptures, carvings and scriptures in Mexico.
  3. Chocolate- This sweet, decadent dessert has its roots in Mexico. It is produced from the seed of the Theobrama cacao tree which has been cultivated for at least three millennia.  The Aztecs turned it into a beverage known as xocolātl—a Nahuatl word which means “bitter water.” The seeds actually have an intensely bitter taste and have to be fermented to develop the flavor.
  4. Mexican Cuisine- some of Mexico’s most internationally recognized dishes include tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos and tamales.
  5. Frida Kahlo- The famous painter, Frida Kahlo and her trademark mono-brow is known for her surrealist art and self-portraits hails from Mexico.
  6. The Sombrero- This pointy hat with an extra wide-brim comes in a wide array of festive designs and colors and has become one of Mexico’s national and cultural symbols.
  7. The Pinata- these clay pots which are filled with candies, chocolates, and colorful confetti, is hung on a pole and then smashed with a stick by a blindfolded person. This is a common sight in children’s parties in Mexico and has been adopted by some people in the United States.
  8. The Pyramids of Teotihuacan-The vast pyramids- Piramide del Sol and Piramide de la Luna can be found in Teotihuacan, Mexico’s biggest ancient city.
  9. Puerto Escondito- this once hidden port is famous among surfers for the Mexican pipeline and is ideal place for sun-worshippers to get a tan, or to go swimming.
  10. The Barrancas del Cobre- or the Copper Canyonin Northern Mexico is a series of more than 20 impressive canyons which is four times larger than the Grand Canyon in Arizona when combined.
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