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exico is a country with a lot of history and culture. It has been inhabited for thousands of years and it is the site of many ancient ruins. There are also some very beautiful places to visit today such as colonial cities and modern art museums.

Here's my list of the best Mexico has to offer:

The National Museum of Anthropology

The National Museum of Anthropology is located in Mexico City and was established in 1964. In its collection, it has over 300,000 pieces of art and artifacts from ancient Mesoamerica as well as other parts of the world. It is one of the most visited museums in Mexico, with more than two million visitors each year.

The museum has a collection of over 2,000 sculptures that represent different aspects of life during that time period such as religion and daily activities. The most famous piece is a stone mask from Teotihuacan (2nd century CE) called “La Mujer del Sol” or “Sun Woman” because it shows feminine features like almond-shaped eyes and high cheekbones at an angle similar to how modern-day women wear sunglasses when outside on sunny days!

Xochicalco

In the state of Morelos, about an hour and a half from Mexico City by car, you can find Xochicalco. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a great place to visit if you're looking for some culture in your travels.

Xochicalco was built by the Toltecs, who lived there between 700-900 CE. The site includes temples, pyramids, and other structures that contribute to its status as one of the most important pre-Hispanic archaeological sites in Mexico. Its name means "in the house of flowers."

Calakmul Biosphere Reserve

Calakmul Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Campeche, Mexico. It’s one of the most important conservation areas in the world, protecting over 130 archaeological sites and home to a number of Mayan cities that are still being excavated today.

The area was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1988 due to its rich biodiversity, which includes more than 2,000 species of plants and animals. In addition to protecting these species from outside threats such as deforestation or poaching, the Mexican government has also undertaken efforts to preserve Calakmul’s rich cultural heritage by building museums at several archaeological sites within its borders.

Palenque Ruins

Palenque is a Maya archaeological site located in the Mexican state of Chiapas, about 130 km south of Ciudad del Carmen and about 130 km northeast of Villahermosa. It's one of the most important Maya sites on the Yucatán Peninsula.

Palenque was a thriving city from the 6th century BC until the 8th century AD when it was abandoned by its inhabitants who fled to other parts of Mexico and Central America due to wars with neighboring Mayan cities such as Chichen Itza and Calakmul.

The ruins at Palenque were discovered by an expedition led by Swedish explorer Carl Sofus Lumholtz in 1885. Most archaeologists agree that Palenque was occupied during three separate periods: Classic Period (c. 600-700), Late Classic Period (c. 750-800), and Early Postclassic period(c. 900-1000). There are also some remains from the Preclassic era at this site which include ceramic figurines made during the Olmec era around 1200 Bc.

Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá is a Mayan site in Mexico that was once a major city in the Maya civilization. The site is located in the Yucatán Peninsula, which has been under Mexican sovereignty since 1821. Chichén Itzá was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 and is one of the most visited archaeological sites in the world.

The sites contain many structures such as pyramids and buildings built between 800 and 1200 CE by the Maya people who lived there; these structures were used for religious ceremonies, ritual ball games, astronomy studies, human sacrifice rituals, or bathing rites (depending on which theory you believe). The ruins are also notable because they contain many carvings showing human figures wearing feathered headdresses that have led some scholars to believe that these people were associated with birds or may have even been bird-like creatures themselves!

Teotihuacan Pyramids

Teotihuacan, which is located in the state of Mexico, was the largest city in the Americas during its time. The city was built by the Olmecs and later conquered by the Toltecs. It was a major religious center, as evidenced by its numerous temples and pyramids that were constructed to worship gods like Quetzalcoatl (the feathered serpent) and Tlaloc (god of water). The site features large structures such as the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, both built between 100 BC and AD 250; these structures are among some of the best preserved in all of Mexico.

Teotihuacan is also home to one of our favorite museums: Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca (Museum for Cultures). This museum showcases artifacts from native peoples throughout history including Zapotec culture, Mixtec culture, Maya civilization as well as other Pre-Columbian civilizations across Mesoamerica such as Teotihuacan itself!

Mexico has a lot of historical and cultural sites to visit.

If you're planning a visit to Mexico in 2022, you'll want to take advantage of all the historical and cultural sites the country has to offer.

We hope this list has given you a better idea of the top attractions in Mexico. If you're planning a vacation there, we recommend checking out these places first. They're among the best things to do in Mexico, and they're guaranteed to be worth your while!

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Aug 31, 2022
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