Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California

Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mexico

From the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California World Heritage inscription: The site comprises 244 islands, islets and coastal areas located in the Gulf of California in north-eastern Mexico. The Sea of Cortez and its islands have been called a natural laboratory for the investigation of speciation. Moreover, almost all major oceanographic …

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Sian Ka’an

Sian Ka’an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mexico

From the World Heritage inscription: Sian Ka’an is situated on the eastern side of the Yucatán Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. Where possible, boundaries were defined to coincide with natural features: the site is bounded by the Caribbean Sea and the barrier reef to a depth of 50 m in the east; by …

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Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan

Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription: The urban layout and architecture of Tlacotalpan represent a fusion of Spanish and Caribbean traditions of exceptional importance and quality. It is a Spanish colonial river port on the Gulf Coast of Mexico which has preserved its original urban fabric to an exceptional degree. Its outstanding character lies in its …

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Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza

Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription: The town of Chichen-Itza was established during the Classic period close to two natural cavities (cenotes or chenes), which gave the town its name “At the edge of the well of the Itzaes”. The cenotes facilitated tapping the underground waters of the area. The dates for this settlement vary according …

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Exploring the Ancient City of Teotihuacan

Exploring the Ancient City of Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan is a Mesoamerican city and UNESCO World Heritage Site that is believed to date back as far as 400 B.C. Much of the city’s history between 400 B.C. and 1400 A.D. remains a mystery. When the Aztecs arrived in the area in the 1400s, it was already completed deserted. It was they that gave …

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Thoughts on Acapulco

I’ve been in an internet black hole the last several days in Mexico. Here are a few observations from my brief stay in Acapulco, Mexico: I booked a place via Hostelworld.com. It turns out it was quite a bit out of town. The taxi ride from the airport was 610 pesos, and that was the …

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4 Things Americans Get Wrong About Mexico

I’ve taken four trips to Mexico in the last 18 months, which is the most travel I’ve ever done in Mexico. That being said, I’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to exploring the country. I’ve been to every US state, all but one Canadian province and until recently I couldn’t even tell you …

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