Mexico - A coveted destination for culture buffs
By Carlton Leisure -
Spectacular beaches, vibrant cities, opaque forests, vast deserts and an array of tourist attractions scattered across the length and breadth of the country enables Mexico to cater to tourists with varying interest. In addition the city has a vast array of cultural attractions situated in different parts of the country. From vine-covered Yucatán ruins to hip Condesa galleries there is no dearth of attractions to cater to culturally inclined souls. Here we give a lowdown on major cultural attractions in Mexico.
The country called Mexico is finely strewn with cultural attractions and the Pyramid of the Sun built in Teotihuacan around 100 AD was one among them. Situated adjacent is the Pyramid of the Moon which got completed in 450 AD. After the end of Teotihuacan Empire the site was used and honoured by the Aztecs, and later it became popular as pilgrimage. This one of the most visited sites is a must for travellers visiting Mexico.
The capital of Mexico might be wearing many hats but it is no less in terms of cultural attractions. The city’s landscape is marked by several temples, cathedrals, museums and art galleries giving people an authentic insight into the art and cultural of the city. Templo Mayor, Metropolitan Cathedral and Museo Casa Luis Barragan are major attractions. A vast majority of tourists visiting Mexico fly to Mexico City as it is gateway to many tours.
No visit of Mexico is said to be complete without a visit to sites related to Mayan civilisation. And there can’t be a better destination to see this than Chichen Itza situated in the Yucatan Peninsula. The city which is the site of El Castillo is one of the most visited attractions in Mexico.
Dia de los Muertos
Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead Festival is observed throughout the Latin America. In many parts in Mexico it stars at the end of October. On this occasion tombs and alters are adorned with flowers as families prepare for the return of the spirits and offerings are made to the cemeteries. In Mexico the festival can be traced back to the Zapotec and the Aztecs – indigenous cultures existing thousands of years ago.
Despite being smaller than Mayan cities in Mexico Palenque impresses travellers with its wealth of impressive architecture and sculptures manifesting Mayan’s arts and craft. Most of the structure in the city can be traced back to 600 AD to 800 AD. The city is also a nice place to have a peek into the life of indigenous people.