San Francisco de Campeche

Campeche, Mexico

Ready for Pirates!

San Francisco de Campeche, also known as just “Campeche” is located in the state of Campeche, Mexico, on the Bay of Campeche of the Gulf of Mexico. Campeche serves as the Capital of the state of Campeche and has a population of over 200,000 people. The city has earned the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its preservation and the quality of the architecture. The city has retained most of the wall fortifications built to defend it from the pirates of the Carribbean.

Calakmul

Calakmul, Mexico

Calakmul, Mexico

Calakmul is located in the state of Campeche in southeastern Mexico about 22 miles north of the Guatamalan border. It is a Maya archeological site discovered deep in the jungles of the Peten Basin region. The name was given the site by its discoverer, Cyrus L. Lundell, and means “City of the Two Adjacent Pyramids.”there are 6,750 ancient structures the largest is the great pyramid and the second pyramid is also one of the tallest of the Maya pyramids.

Oaxaca City

Oaxaca City, Mexico

Oaxaca City, Mexico

Oaxaca City, also known as Oaxaca de Juarez, is the largest city and capital of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It is located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains from the base of the Cerro del Fortin to the banks of the Atoyac River. Oaxaca is a tourist town, featuring colonial-era buildings built with the native green stone and archeological sites such as Monte Alban, named a World Heritage Site in 1987.

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Tlacotalpan

Tlacotalpan, Mexico

Colorful Tlacotalpan, Mexico

Tlacotalpan is located in the eastern coastal region of the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Tlacotalpan is a World Heritage Site, chosen in 1998 because of the architecture which reflects the fusion of Spanish and Caribbean in its wide streets, houses in many colors, and beautiful old trees in both public and private spaces. The name is from the language Najuatl and it means “place between two rivers.”

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Puebla City

Cathedral in Puebla City, Mexico

Cathedral in Puebla City, Mexico

Puebla City is located southeast of Mexico City in the state of Puebla, Mexico. It is the fourth largest city in Mexico and is an industrial hub and a World Heritage Site because of its history and architectural styles. The most notable attractions are the Zocalo, a tree-filled plaza with many sculptures, surrounded by the City Hall, Casa de los Munecos and the Catherdral. Nearby is El Parian an arts and crafts market. The best known mole is named for this city, Mole Poblano. And every year on the fifth of May Puebla celebrates the defeat of the French in 1862. This holiday is also celebrated in the U.S. but is not widely observed in the rest of Mexico.

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Orizaba

Orizaba, Mexico

Orizaba, Mexico at Dusk

Orizaba is located 20 miles from Cordoba, its sister city, in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Its name comes from the Nahuatl language meaning “valley of happy waters.” One of the notable sites of the city is El Palacio de Hierro (The Iron Palace). Designed by Eiffel and built with 600 tons of steel it is now longer used as the city hall but is a tourist attraction. Other tourist attractions include the Church of La Concordia and the State Art Museum.

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El Tajin

El Tajín, Mexico

El Tajín, Mexico

El Tajin is located in the municipality of Papantla, northwest of the port city Veracruz, in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. El Tajin was named a World Heritage Site in 1992 because of its architecture and cultural importance. Among its ancient monuments is the famous Pyramid of the Niches, the Arroyo Group, the North and South Ballcourts and the palaces of Tajin Chico. It has been the most important archeological site and tourist attraction in Veracruz, The name El Tajin refers to thunder or a lightening bolt and the twelve gods of thunderstorm inhabit the ruins.

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Cholula

Cholula, Mexico

Cholula, Mexico

Cholula is a pre-columbian Mesoameican site dating back to the second century BC. It is located just west of Puebla City, Its great pyramid is the largest pyramid in the Americas and the largest pyramid by volume in the world.

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Tilaco

Mission in Tilaco, Mexico

Mission in Tilaco, Mexico

Tilaco is one site of the Sierra Gorda Missions located in the central Mexican state of Queretaro. It was built by the Franciscan missionary Junipero Sierra circa 1750 and is noted for its colorful facades and stonework. They were named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003.

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Teotihuacan Ruins

Teotihuacan Ruins, Mexico

Teotihuacan Ruins, Mexico

Teotihuacan Ruins are located 30 miles northeast of Mexico City, in what is now the San Juan Teotihuacan municipality in the state of Mexico. The site is known for having the most architecturally significant pyramids built in Pre-Columbian Americas. Also of interest are the anthropologically significant residential compounds, the Avenue of the Dead and beautifully preserved murals. The name “Teotihuacan” is an Aztec phrase meaning “place where gods were born.”

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