X
Legend has it that when King Carlos V asked a Spanish conquistador to describe the Mexican terrain, the answer came as a crumpled sheet of paper laid on a table, indicating the new colony's mountainous landscape.  
Credit: Corbis 
X
Massive heads comprise the architectural legacy of the Olmecs, an ancient Mesoamerican culture. These basalt sculptures, created as offerings to gods or animal spirits, range in height from five to 11 feet and weigh up to 18 tons.  
Credit: PhotoDisc 
X
Lacandona, in Chiapas, is the largest remaining tropical rainforest in North America. The area consists of 2,300 square miles of forest with pastures and agricultural clearings, as opposed to the 5,000 square miles of lush jungle it was at one time.  
X
One of Mexico's most popular archaeological sites, Tulum was once part of a large establishment of Mayan structures. A tall, thick stone wall surrounds the 60 buildings within the site. The name—Tulum—is the Mayan word for 'wall'.'  
Credit: PhotoDisc 
X
The ancient city of Chichen Itza is not the only reflection of the advanced Mayan civilization. They also developed the first known writing system in the Americas, mapped out the heavens, and invented the 365-day calendar.  
Credit: PhotoDisc 
X
The Sea of Cortez sustains some 900 species of marine vertebrates and 2,000 invertebrates, making it the most biologically diverse body of water on the planet.  
Credit: PhotoDisc 
X
El Monumento de la Independencia, or Angel of Independence, the gilded winged victory angel that sits atop a 150-foot column in Mexico City, has presided over Paseo de la Reforma traffic circle since 1910.  
Credit: Weststock 
X
Most Mexicans consider themselves Catholic, but much of the Mexican Christian tradition has fused with more ancient beliefs. Hierarchies of pagan gods are depicted with the Christian Trinity and saints. In many churches, the dark-skinned Virgin of Guadalupe is a prime example of the link between the two worlds.  
Credit: Corbis 
 
  • Regional Galleries
  • Most Recent Galleries
Replay Slideshow
 
txt

advertisement

Compare Rates to Cancun


Post Your Comment

You have characters left.

advertisement