Mexico

The land that is Mexico

Mexico is bordered by the United States to the north and Belize and Guatemala to the southeast. Mexico is about one-fifth the size of the United States. In the east lies the Gulf of Mexico. The center of Mexico is a great, high plateau, open to the north, with mountain chains on the east and west and with ocean-front lowlands beyond.

Northwestern Mexico and inland northern areas are drier than the rest of the country. It is hot in the summer and north winds can make inland northern Mexico chilly in winter, with temperatures sometimes approaching freezing. Inland at higher elevations, the climate is also dry and temperate, and the mountain peaks are often capped with snow.

People of Mexico

With a population of approximately 108 million people, Mexico is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. The majority of the Mexican population is considered to be mestizo, a mixture of Europeans and indigenous people. Indigenous groups make up approximately 15% to 30% of the total population. Europeans (or Caucasians) represent around 9% of the population. The majority of the Mexican population is Roman Catholic, although the practice of Catholicism varies.

Mexico's goverment

Mexico is a federal republic established in 1824 after declaring its independence from Spain in 1810. The president is directly elected for one nonrenewable six-year term. There is no Mexican vice president. The two chambers of the Congress exercise both joint and exclusive powers. Members of the Chamber of Deputies serve single three-year terms and are elected by a mixed system, with 300 members directly elected and the remainder appointed based on each party's share of the vote. Senators serve nonrenewable six-year terms, with half of the seats coming up for election every three years. Mexico's highest federal court is the Supreme Court of Justice which consists of 11 justices and one chief justice. Supreme Court justices are appointed by the president, subject to Senate approval, and they serve for life.

Places to see

Teotihuacan

This complex of awesome pyramids, set amid what was once Mesoamerica’s greatest city, is among the region’s most visited destinations. Set 50km northeast of Mexico City, in a mountain-ringed offshoot of the Valle de Mexico, Teotihuacan is known for its two massive pyramids, the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, which dominate the remains of the metropolis. Teotihuacan was Mexico’s biggest ancient city and the capital of what was probably Mexico’s largest pre-Hispanic empire.


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Lands End
Land’s End is by far the most impressive attraction Mexico has to offer. Hop on a boat and head to El Arco (the Arch), a jagged natural feature that partially fills with the tide. Pelicans, sea lions, sea, sky –it’s magical, despite the backdrop of cruise ships.


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Playa Zicatela
Long, straight Zicatela is Puerto Escondido’s happening beach, with enticing cafes, restaurants and accommodations, as well as the waves of the legendary Mexican Pipeline.


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US compatibility - C-

Mexico is a land of great culture and sights and a history that goes back hundreds of years. It has a democratic government. However, right now it has problems with corruption. Also their have been problems involving drug mafia wars and many innocent people have been killed or gone missing. So right now isn't a good time to be in Mexico.