Part 3 of 5 installments
With its beautiful beaches, breathtakingly diverse landscapes, wildlife, 4,000 years of history, rich traditions and friendly people, Mexico is a country you soon fall in love with. Each place you visit casts its spell and listing 100 reasons to love this huge country isn’t as hard as it might appear at first, there is so much to admire and reflect upon.
41. Legends such as the Aluxes and Xtabay from the Yucatan Peninsula and La Llorona or weeping woman of central Mexico.
42. Guadalajara, pearl of the west, Mexico’s second largest city, rich in traditions, where the mariachis play and the tequila flows.
43. The colonial churches, museums, handicrafts, cuisine and ancient cultures of Oaxaca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
44. Each summer, the Mexican Caribbean welcomes the whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean, gentle giants that migrate to the area to feast on plankton and fish roe. Biologists believe that this is the largest whale shark gathering in the world.
45. For the 150 million migratory birds that fly south to the Yucatán Peninsula from Canada and the United States every winter.
46. Mexico is the country with the largest number of pyramids in the world.
47. Puebla, known as the City of the Angels, this beautiful colonial city is the birthplace of mole and chiles en nogada, two quintessential Mexican dishes, and of Talavera ceramics.
48. The songs of Agustin Lara, composer of Granada, Veracruz, Maria Bonita and many more romantic melodies.
49. For the variety of chilies in the Mexican kitchen, the largest number in the world.
50. Mexico is the country that gave the world chocolate and cacao, squash, beans, corn, vanilla, tomato, avocado, guava and chicle, the raw ingredient for chewing gum.
51. For black and white films from the golden era of Mexican cinema in the 1940s and 50s, the days of Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete, Pedro Armendariz, Maria Felix and Dolores del Río.
52. For the new generation of Mexican film directors and stars, including Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Iñarritu, Salma Hayek, Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal.
53. The jaguar, the noble lord of the jungle, held sacred by the ancient Maya and Aztec, the largest feline in the Americas and one of six species found in Mexico, the others being the puma, ocelot, margay, jaguarundi and lynx.
54. Palenque, the white citadel of the Maya in the foothills of northern Chiapas.
55. For Mexico’s emblem birds: the quetzal or sacred feathered serpent, the scarlet and green macaws, parrots and hummingbirds.
56. For the flamingos of the Yucatan, thousands of which make their home in Rio Lagartos and Celestun Biosphere Reserves.
57. Mexico is the largest Spanish speaking country in the world.
58. The pageantry, pride, grace and beauty of charrería, the Mexican equestrian tradition.
59. The poinsettia or nochebuena, dahlia, and zinnia, three of many Mexican plants that now grace gardens the world over.
60. The beaches of the Mexican Caribbean and the world-famous travel destinations of Cancun and Riviera Maya.
We are sure that you also have your own Mexico favorites, please let us know what it is you love so much about this wonderful country.
Click here to read our previous installment: 100 reasons to Love Mexico, part 2
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