Approximately 50% of the population lives in one of the 55 large metropolitan areas in the country. In total, about 78.84% of the population of the country lives in urban areas, meaning that only 21.16% live in rural areas. 30% 28% of the income. 780,000 square mi (2 million square km) making it the world’s eight largest nation. The majority of tourists come to Mexico from the United States and Canada. Other visitors come from Europe and Asia. A small number of tourists also come from other Latin American countries. There is also a burgeoning domestic tourism trade as a growing affluent middle class begins to go on holiday within their own country. While Mexico's middle/lower class usually promotes national tourism, the middle/higher class usually prefers to travel overseas.


The traditional culture of Mexico prevails even in modern times, but to learn more about what life is like in Mexico now, visitors should also check out some of the country’s popular culture offerings. Museums and monuments can only show you so much of the Mexican culture so round out the experience by spending time with the locals as they play, party, and enjoy life.

One of the most iconic entertainment options in modern-day Mexico is lucha libre wresting. This form of professional wrestling is characterized by ornate masks, acrobatic maneuvers and the playing of characters, including theécnicos -- the good guys from Mexican comic books – who tumble, twirl and spin around the ring to defeat the , or Mexican villains.


federal republic This entry gives the basic form of government. Definitions of the major governmental terms are as follows. Note that for some countries more than one definition applies. From the stone cities of Maya to the might of the Aztecs, from its conquest by Spain to its rise as a modern nation, Mexico boasts a rich history and cultural heritage spanning more than 10,000 years. This detailed timeline of Mexico history explores such themes as the early civilizations that left their mark on the regions landscape and society, 300-year period of colonial rule, the struggle for independence in the early 1800's and the country's rebuilding in the 20th century.


In the 1500's, the Spanish found several pueblos, in what is now known as New
Mexico.The main native groups were Navajo, Apache and Ute. The Spanish did not treat the Natives who lived there well, which soon after led to hostility. Not long after, they tried to convert the Natives to Catholicism which made the Apaches revolt. At that time the Natives had the upper hand, thus winning and making the Spanish leave. The Spanish were determined, so they waited until they had more power. Unfortunately, by then Mexico had gained independence from Spain (1821) and claimed New Mexico.


Paulina Rubio Born in Mexico on June 17, 1971, Paulina Rubio rose to fame as part of the Mexican pop group Timbiriche before embarking on a solo career. In 2000, her album Paulina cemented her status as an international star. Rubio has been nominated for several Latin Grammy Awards and has sold more than 20 million albums. In 2013, Rubio served as a judge on the American television show The X Factor.

Even greater success came to Rubio with the release of Paulina in 2000. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard Latin chart and was nominated for three Latin Grammy Awards. The disc sold more than 3 million copies globally.

Two years later, Rubio released her first English-language album, Border Girl. Though that album was not successful, her status as a hit maker was solidified with 2004's Pau-Latina and 2006's Ananda. Rubio followed these releases with Gran City Pop (2009), Brava! (2011), Bravísima! (2012) and the compilation album Pau Factor (2013).

Rubio is also known for her sexy music videos, which include the popular "Boys Will Be Boys" and "Algo Tienes." Today, she is a superstar who has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.


Mexico City is a fascinating capital that beguiles its visitors with endless options. One of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with 16 boroughs and more than 300 neighborhoods, it might seem a bit overwhelming to the first-time visitor, though it doesn’t have to be. Many of the most visited tourist attractions in Mexico City are concentrated in the historic center, including the Plaza de la Constitucion or Zocalo, the National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, Templo Mayor, Palace of Fine Arts and Alameda Park. A few blocks north of the Palace of Fine Arts, Plaza Garibaldi is one of the best places in Mexico City to hear live mariachi music.

Located west of the historic center, the Plaza de la Republica is home to the newly refurbished Revolution Monument and National Museum. Chapultepec Park, the largest in Mexico City, is divided into three sections and home to several of capital’s top tourist attractions, including Chapultepec Castle, the Modern Art Museum and the National Museum of Anthropology. Keep in mind