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    Tourist Attractions in Mexico

    The most interesting tourist attractions places in Mexico. Photos and a brief description.

    About Mexico

    Delightful, ancient, hot Mexico seems to have been created in order to enjoy every day of your stay in it. The country where amazing and mysterious civilizations of the Maya and Aztec Indians lived in the old days, today blooms and sings on the ruins of old ruins, paying tribute to the memory of a culture that has gone forever. The appeal to ancient legends and myths is a favorite theme of most colorful Mexican festivals.
    Giant pyramids and amusement parks, luxurious palace buildings and high fortress walls, bright tropical greenery and turquoise waves that lift surfers to the skies, golden sandy beaches and majestic Catholic cathedrals, five—star hotels and ancient museums – modern Mexico has everything!

    Famous Tourist Attractions in Mexico

    Chichen Itza

    Founded in the VII century AD, the sacred city of one of the Maya tribes, Itza, is located one hundred and twenty kilometers from the capital of the Yucatan Peninsula. The architectural richness of the ancient settlement consists of a nine–stage Temple of Kukulkan and two small temples of Warriors and Jaguars, a well used for sacrifices, a huge ball court and a giant rectangle formed from the ruins of columns.

    Chichen Itza
    Mexico City Cathedral

    Mexico City Cathedral

    The main Catholic church of the Mexican capital was built on the site of a former Aztec sanctuary dedicated to the god of war — Huitzilopochtli. The construction of the cathedral was carried out from the beginning of the XVI to the beginning of the XIX century. Combining the architectural features of the Baroque, Renaissance and neoclassicism, the temple was erected in honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    National Museum of Anthropology

    One of the richest museums in Mexico is located in Chapultepec Park (Mexico City). It consists of two major departments – archaeological and ethnographic. The museum's exposition is represented by exhibits from the pre–Columbian era, which include the famous Aztec calendar - the Sun Stone, treasures of the Maya tribe and cultural and archaeological finds belonging to other ancient Mexican civilizations.

    National Museum of Anthropology
    Chapultepec Palace

    Chapultepec Palace

    Founded in 1785, the Chapultepec Palace was used for a long time as a government residence. At one time it housed the Military Academy and the National Astronomical Observatory. Since 1939, the main exposition of the National Historical Museum has been exhibited in a majestic building built in the neoclassical style.

    Copper Canyon

    The main national park of the country got its name because of the moss growing on the slopes of a one and a half kilometer canyon and casting copper from afar. The bottom of the natural attraction is covered with subtropical forests. Copper Canyon is home to a third of all Mexican animals, among which you can find a black bear, a Mexican wolf and a cougar.

    Copper Canyon
    Acapulco

    Acapulco

    Located on the Pacific coast, the resort and concurrently the "night capital" of Mexico gained worldwide fame in the fifties of the XX century. Modern Acapulco is a city of gently sloping sandy beaches, water attractions, fishing, the best discos in the country and the constant thirty degrees Celsius in winter and summer.

    Shkaret Park

    Spread over an area of eighty hectares, the Caribbean amusement park is at the same time a free habitat for a large number of wild animals. Numerous beaches, a turtle farm, a butterfly park, a journey along an underground river and nightly performances telling about the history of ancient civilizations make Shkaret a favorite holiday destination for both children and adults.

    Shkaret Park
    Pyramids of Teotihuacan

    Pyramids of Teotihuacan

    The oldest city in the western hemisphere, the date of foundation of which raises questions even among experienced archaeologists, is located fifty kilometers from Mexico City. Its two pyramids – the Moon and the Sun - are the main historical sights of the ancient settlement. The remains of sacrificed people and animals were found in the pyramid of the Moon. The Pyramid of the Sun is a large-scale structure with a height of almost sixty-five meters.

    Cenotes on the Yucatan Peninsula

    Natural limestone wells filled with groundwater were used by the Maya Indians as places for collecting water and sacrifices. Cenotes were considered the gateway to the Realm of the Dead and belonged to the category of sacred objects. Today, a number of natural wells in Yucatan are a favorite dive site for diving enthusiasts.

    Cenotes on the Yucatan Peninsula
    Mescaltitan Island

    Mescaltitan Island

    Reaching a diameter of four hundred meters, the island is entirely built up with white and pink rows of houses accommodating no more than a thousand permanent residents. The legendary homeland of the Aztecs and the national Mexican drink mezcal is currently engaged in fishing and shrimp fishing. Once a year, a ship regatta and a festival dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul are held on Mescaltitana.

    San Francisco de Campeche

    The capital of the state of Campeche was founded by Spanish conquistadors in 1540 on the site of an ancient settlement of the Maya Indians. Located in the west of Yucatan, the city still has the appearance of a fortress built in it in the XVI-XVIII centuries to protect against pirates. The main attractions of San Francisco de Capeche are the forts, the Botanical Garden and the Franciscan Cathedral.

    San Francisco de Campeche
    Maya City Tulum

    Maya City Tulum

    Tulum is distinguished from other Mayan cities by a high wall built by the Indians to protect them from the raids of the northern nomadic peoples. The most massive urban structure located closest to the sea, the temple and fortress of El Castillo, according to archaeologists, could serve as a lighthouse. The temple of frescoes is a clear evidence of the ancient worldview that divides reality into the underworld (death), earthly (life) and heavenly (gods).

    Palenque

    A huge number of ruins, located on an area of fifteen square kilometers, testify to the former greatness of the ancient Mayan city of Lakam Ha. The modern name of the complex – Palenque – was given to it by the Spanish conquerors. The center of the ancient architectural composition is a Palace consisting of several large and small courtyards. The three pyramid temples (the Sun, the Cross and the Leafy Cross) symbolize the ceiba tree, which, according to Indian legends, holds the entire universe.

    Palenque
    Palace of Fine Arts

    Palace of Fine Arts

    The main opera house of the Mexican capital was built in the first third of the XX century by the Italian architect A. Boari. The walls of Carrara marble and the magnificent decor inherent in the Art Deco style made this building one of the most beautiful structures of the New World. In the Palace of Fine Arts there is a famous fresco by Diego Rivera – "At the crossroads".

    Underwater Sculpture Museum

    Created by British sculptor Jason de Cairos Taylor, the unusual underwater museum can be called one of the most expensive in terms of visits – the price of a ticket to it ranges from one hundred dollars. The art installation of four hundred modern objects is divided into three parts and is available for review by anyone who knows how to use scuba gear.

    Underwater Sculpture Museum
    The Island of Dead Dolls

    The Island of Dead Dolls

    A tiny island located in the south of Mexico City turned into the last refuge of dolls by chance, when a hermit who lived on it in the middle of the last century found a toy of a drowned girl in the river and hung it on a tree. Over time, the man began to collect dolls and decorate the island with them. Today, sun-bleached and insect-eaten toys give the area a creepy, surreal look.

    Cancun

    Having grown out of a fishing village, a large Mexican resort is loved by tourists from all over the world. In Cancun, the daytime temperature never drops below twenty-four degrees, and the beaches located on it are clean and rich in waves, so necessary for surfing. Five-star hotels and the developed infrastructure of the resort allow you to relax in Cancun with maximum convenience.

    Cancun
    Cave of Giant Crystals

    Cave of Giant Crystals

    Huge gypsum crystals began to form in a cave located near the city of Chihuahua, about twenty-six million years ago. Growing at one hundred percent humidity and a temperature of fifty-eight degrees Celsius, the "rays" weigh several tens of tons and reach a length of eleven meters.

    Xplor Amusement Park

    Among the seven extreme activities of the Xplor Park are swimming on rafts along rivers and caves, descending by cable car, riding a buggy through the jungle and riding in hammocks. Professional instructors closely monitor vacationers and help them overcome obstacles. An additional means of security and tracking is a helmet with a microchip embedded in it.

    Xplor Amusement Park
    Leon Trotsky House Museum

    Leon Trotsky House Museum

    The house in the Coyoacan area, where Leon Trotsky spent his last days and was killed in 1940, was turned into a museum in 1990. In a building located on the corner of Rio Churubusco and Viena, a temporary exhibition of documents and a public library belonging to a Soviet communist is on display.

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