CULTURE

HISTORY

Relief in Bonampak, Chiapas © CPTM- Photo: Ricardo Espinosa - reo
Relief in Bonampak, Chiapas © CPTM- Photo: Ricardo Espinosa - reo

Mexico’s history spans many millennia, from the earliest inhabitants some 20,000 years B.C. to the dawn of civilization sometime between 1500 and 1400 B.C. The first civilized society was the Olmec, followed through the centuries by the Zapotec, Mayan, Teotihuacan, and Aztec. Great cities arose with magnificent pyramids and broad avenues. The arrival of the Spaniards in the first part of the 16th century brought about the collapse of the Aztec empire and with it, the establishment of Spanish language and culture that persists to the present day.

CUISINE

Guadalajara Chef, Jalisco © CPTM- Photo: Ricardo Espinosa - reo
Guadalajara Chef, Jalisco © CPTM- Photo: Ricardo Espinosa - reo

Mexican cuisine is celebrated internationally and has been recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible World Heritage. The contemporary Mexican kitchen is bubbling with surprises (think tostadas paired with uni or whimsical foam made of cilantro) that will delight and satisfy. From the winemaking regions of Baja California to the coffee fields of the south, to cheese production in the north to the mole of Oaxaca, there’s something to discover in every corner of the country.

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

San Miguel de Allende © CPTM- Photo: Ricardo Espinosa - reo
San Miguel de Allende © CPTM- Photo: Ricardo Espinosa - reo

Whether cultural, natural or a mixture of the two, Mexico boasts a total of thirty-four UNESCO World Heritage Sites—more than any other country in the Americas.