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Mexico

"I love Mexico, speaking as someone who admires May..."

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Mexico, officially the United Mexican States (Spanish: About this sound Estados Unidos Mexicanos (help·info)), is a federal republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost two million square kilometres (over 760,000 sq mi), Mexico is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the 13th largest independent nation in the world. With an estimated population of over 113 million, it is the eleventh most populous and the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world and the second most populous country in Latin America. Mexico is a federation comprising thirty-one states and a Federal District, the capital city.

In pre-Columbian Mexico many cultures matured into advanced civilizations such as the Olmec, the Toltec, the Teotihuacan, the Zapotec, the Maya and the Aztec before first contact with Europeans. In 1521, the Spanish Empire conquered and colonized the territory from its base in Mexico-Tenochtitlan, which was administered as the Viceroyalty of New Spain. This territory would eventually become Mexico following recognition of the colony's independence in 1821. The post-independence period was characterized by economic instability, the Mexican-American War that led to the territorial cession to the United States, the Pastry War, the Franco-Mexican War, a civil war, two empires and a domestic dictatorship. The latter led to the Mexican Revolution in 1910, which culminated with the promulgation of the 1917 Constitution and the emergence of the country's current political system. In March 1938, through the Mexican oil expropriation private U.S. and Anglo-Dutch oil companies were nationalized to create the state-owned Pemex oil company.

Mexico has one of the world's largest economies, it is the tenth largest oil producer in the world, the largest silver producer in the world and is considered both a regional power and middle power. In addition, Mexico was the first Latin American member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD (since 1994), and considered an upper-middle income country by the World Bank.[19] Mexico is considered a newly industrialized country and an emerging power. It has the fifteenth largest nominal GDP and the tenth largest GDP by purchasing power parity. The economy is strongly linked to those of its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, especially the United States. Mexico ranks sixth in the world and first in the Americas by number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with 32, and in 2010 was the tenth most visited country in the world with 22.5 million international arrivals per year. According to Goldman Sachs, by 2050 Mexico is expected to become the world's fifth largest economy. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) estimated in January 2013 that by 2050 Mexico could be the world's seventh largest economy. Mexico has membership in prominent institutions such as the UN, the WTO, the G20 and the Uniting for Consensus.

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You will LOVE the great Mexican food here and the glorious Mayan ruins in Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan. It appears the civilization in Central and South America was way more advanced than our indigenous North American tribes. The pyramids are no less spectacular than the Giza in Egypt, especially because the former have stairs that you can climb. But in terms of scale and grandeur, they are no comparison to their Egyptian counterpart.

Teotihuacan has like three of them, the biggest of which is the Sun Pyramid, followed closely by the Moon. It is best to climb all of them, but when you do so watch out, for the stairs are steep and kind of dangerous.

I was told the place is usually crowded all year round. When I get there it was flooded with Canadian tourists. For some reason they all travel in a truckload of coaches. Anyhow, it feels alright given how spacous Teotihuacan is. Take your time and photos in Teotihuacan. The site has a lot to offer, including archeological wonders, beauty of nature and a museum on site. You can easily travel to Teotihuacan from Mexico City for a few bucks.

The real deal is Chichen Itza's Kukulcan Pyramid, though. This pyramid is not as big as Teotihuacan, but it is more intricate in its design, which somehow reminds me of Angkor Wat. If you're staying in Cancun, then Chichen Itza is definitely worth a visit. But if you've seen Teotihuacan and you're tired of Mayan sites, then Chichen Itza is optional.

Overall, getting around in Mexico is not a problem. Your beginner Spanish can get you anywhere, but nowadays most Mexican youths speak English.

on January 13, 2016
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