Welcoming over 20 million foreign visitors each year, Mexico is a country that appeals to just about every type of traveler. While many travel to Mexico to seek out its best beaches, jungles or food, there are others that want to soak up as much Mexican culture as possible during their trip, which is why OROGOLD has put together this quick guide on some of Mexico’s top cultural hot spots.
Out of all of the Mayan cities on the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza is the largest, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico. The most popular landmark here is the temple pyramid of El Castillo, which has huge astrological significance. Other Chichen Itza sites that OROGOLD would recommend visiting are the Great Ballcourt and El Caracol, a circular temple that was used by the Mayans as an astrological observatory.
The pretty colonial city of Guanajuato lies in the mountains of the Sierra de Guanajuato, and used to be one of the richest silver mining regions in Mexico. The mining boom in the 16th Century led to the city being developed in a beautiful way, with stunning colonial architecture and gorgeous haciendas. Colorful alleyways and streets run in every direction, and since most of the traffic travels through the city’s network of underground tunnels, pedestrians are able to fully explore Guanajuato.
Mexican heritage places a strong emphasis on arts and crafts, and one of the best regions to see this is Michoacan. Paracho is known as Guitar Capital, as it is famous around the world for being an artisan location that produces some of the finest guitars and stringed instruments. Patzcuaro is famous for its basketry and embroidery, while the artisans in Capula are able to craft the most beautiful objects out of clay, with over 400 different workshops in the area. If you are looking for one location where you can buy crafts from all over Michoacan, OROGOLD suggests visiting Quiroga, where you will have your pick of Michoacan’s best handicrafts.
With a strong colonial past, a rich Aztec heritage, and its exciting new world additions, Mexico City is a great destination for those looking to experience some Mexican culture. Each of its 16 districts has managed to retain a sense of originality and individuality. The largest one is Alameda Central, which used to be an Aztec market, as well as an execution site during the Spanish inquisition. Other places in Mexico City that OROGOLD would recommend you visit include Arena Mexico, to see traditional Mexican wrestling, Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, one of the holiest Catholic sites in America, and Temple Mayor, one of the largest Aztec temples and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For those seeking a vacation packed with culture, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Mexico. From ancient history to arts and crafts to stunning examples of colonial architecture, Mexico is overflowing with heritage and culture, no matter where in the country you visit.