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Basic Description

When in Mexico do what Mexicans do! Mexico has the largest population of Español speakers in the world which makes it the best scenario to learn the language! In this country there is a charming contrast between modernity and traditions. As well as you can find contemporary beach resorts like Cancun or Playa del Carmen, you can also find colonial cities like Guanajuato and Oaxaca. You will be amazed by Puebla's church-on-every-corner layout, archaeological sites from Maya, Aztec, Toltec, Olmec, and other ancient cultures and impressive natural settings like Sierra Madre or the volcanic belt. Amaze yourself with tons of museums representing the country's history and renowned artists, and experience the incredible mayan constructions as a living outdoor museum of this fascinating culture.

Lunchtime will be spicy with lots of famous choices such as tacos, tamales or enchiladas! If you rather not risk losing taste in your tongue to chiles' burn you can choose any international cuisine restaurant, though we advice you try Mexico's hottest meals. At night you enjoy romantic mariachi serenades. Mexico's nightlife is known worldwide especially for its diversity. From crazy nights at dreamy beach destinations to sophisticated restaurant dinners in metropolis like Mexico city. Pack your sombrero and get ready to experience Mexico’s way of life!.

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Food & Drinks 
If you have an adventurous spirit, eat on, and you will be rewarded with a gastronomic experience you will not likely forget. Mexican cuisine is centered around three national staples: tortillas, beans and chile peppers but they vary from region to region depending on the influence of the native American traditions and the Spanish heritage. Tacos, chiles rellenos, Huachinango, sopes and much more are some of the dishes you can't miss!
Music & Dance 
There are many forms of Mexican music but there are two that stand out as the most prevalent in traditional folklore music. The Ranchera: sung on Mexican ranchs for hundreds of years and its main themes are a love of nature, religion, love and patriotism. And the Mariachi: not a style of music but a group of musicians with usually three players or more.
Plastic Arts 
Known for its folk art traditions, mostly derived from the indigenous and Spanish crafts such as ceramics, pottery, embroidered cotton garments, baskets, rugs and silver work. After the Mexican Revolution, a new generation of Mexican artists led a vibrant national movement that created works that reflected an optimistic view of the national character such as Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco.
Cinema 
Some of the most famous Mexican movies are "Amores perros", "Y tu mamá también", "El crimen del Padre Amaro" and "Biutiful". Some actors you may know, that are very famous in Hollywood are Gael García Bernal and Salma Hayek. Some modern directors we can recommend are Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñarritu.
Science and technology 
Science development was slow at first but during the twentieth century, Mexico made significant progress. New universities and research institutes were established. Today, The National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM), officially established in 1910, is one of the most important institutes of higher learning in Mexico. UNAM provides world class education in science, medicine, and engineering.
Sports 
There is almost no discipline on which Mexican sportsmen and women are not proficient. Among the most popular Mexican sports we can find softball and, of course, soccer, which is the favorite of the vast majority of the population. Unlike other Mexican sports, soccer can literally paralyze the country, especially when two all-time rivals meet each other. Motocross, diving and the famous “lucha” (wrestling) are also part of the great offer of Mexican sports available.
Spare time 
Mexicans enjoy their free time very much and as many Latin American countries they are very fond of the family time and very attentive to their religious life. Families spend a lot of time together either going on a pic nic in the park all together or assisting to church. They enjoy outdoor activities and also going to the movies. As far as sports, mexicans love soccer and restling.
Literature 
Mexican literature is one of the most prolific and influential of the Spanish language. It has internationally recognized authors such as Juan Rulfo, Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, Amado Nervo and several others. Reading Amado Nervo's poetry or Laura Esquivel's novels are a nice way of practicing your Spanish before coming.

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Highlights 
Nature and big cities perfect mixture.
Many places to explore from museums to Aztec's settlements.
Friendly locals, used to tourism so you'll be able to move around easily.
There are 25 spots declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
It is the 8th most visited country in the world.
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