You probably know that Mexico is among the most culturally and gastronomically rich countries in the world. The great truth is that most people know very little about the country and, incredible as it may seem, there are still people imagining that The Culture in Mexico is just tequila, sombrero and desert. We are going to tell you all about the curiosities of this great country that welcomes the thousands of tourists that land here every year.
Location of Mexico
The vast majority does not know the full name of the country. Mexico is officially the United Mexican States. Although it stands out economically among Latin American countries, Mexico is located in North America and shares borders with the United States, Guatemala and Belize. Furthermore, Mexico has border by the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The border between Mexico and the United States is the second longest in the world, the first being the border between Canada and the United States.
Capital is the oldest in the Americas
Mexico City, the country’s capital, is the oldest in the Americas. This is because, in the year 1519, when the Spaniard Cortez arrived in the place that is now the Mexican capital, it was already considered the largest capital on the planet. At that time, Mexico City was called Tenochtitlan and was the capital of the Aztec Empire.
Bosque de Chapultepec is huge
Another record for the country’s capital, Bosque de Chapultepec is considered one of the largest urban parks in the world and the largest in Latin America. The forest has an area of approximately 686 hectares, and is located in the central region of Mexico City, in addition to having museums and a huge green area.
Mexican Food is a World Heritage Site
Mexico is a country of cultural and gastronomic wealth that is unmatched by the rest of the world. That is why Mexican food has been recognized by UNESCO.
Death is celebrated, not mourned
The joy, colors and sympathy of the Mexican people are also reflected in the darkest side of life: death. In Mexico, no one suffers when remembering a loved one who has passed away. After all, the Day of the Dead is celebrated with joy. That is why it is one of the largest and most traditional celebrations in the country.
Peppers and sauces are extremely strong
Mexicans love spicy dishes, seasoned with a lot of chili sauce, which in Mexico is known as salsa. In the country, there are more than 140 varieties of pepper. The Mexican people are used to eating chili peppers and seasoning their dishes with parsley since childhood.
A biodiversity country
Few people know, but Mexico is a country of great biodiversity. All this thanks to its geographical position and relief, which allows for the great diversity of ecosystems. This wide variety is easily explained by the existence of seas, deserts, forests and lakes, which allow the development of the most diverse species of animals and plants.
Education and civility
The Mexican people are extremely polite people. You will hardly find a Mexican who is stupid or who will answer you something rudely. Children are taught from an early age to say please, thank you, sorry and cheers when someone sneezes.