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Mexico

Mexico is a rare gateway destination for travellers as it transitions from sub-topical to tropical at about the country's halfway point where the Tropic of Cancer lies. For many travellers, Mexico is an ideal destination for a beach vacation along its coastal lowlands; the heart of Mexico, however, is in its mountainous regions which cover most of the country. Winding through the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range in the dry northwest is the spectacular Copper Canyon, where one can take the Chihuahua al Paciífico railway through a series of spectacular canyons which collectively dwarf the Grand Canyon. Here reside the Tarahumara peoples, one of several indigenous groups with a rich history in Mexico. The heart of Mayan territory is marked most notably by the mesmerizing Chichen Itza archaeological site. Its Kukulkan Pyramid is one of the seven new wonders of the world. The Yucatan is also home to a remarkable biodiversity, including several species endemic to the peninsula. These life forms contribute to Mexico being classified as one of the most "mega-diverse" countries in the world, making it a choice destination for naturalists.
  • Mexico introduced chocolate, chillies and corn to the world
  • Over 60 indigenous languages are spoken in Mexico. Only India has more native languages
  • 39% of the Earth’s marine mammals either live in or visit the Sea of Cortes in their lifetime
  • Millions of monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico every year from the U.S. and Canada
  • The National University of Mexico is the oldest university in North America
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Signature Moments
  • Riding the Chihuahua al Pacífico railway
  • Observing dense congregations of Monarchs simultaneously take flight

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