Mexico is one of the most visited countries in the world, with the majority of tourists from U.S. and Canada. With a blend of Meso-American and European culture, there are numerous incredible places to visit in Mexico like cities, nature reserves, ruins and beach resorts. Here are 5 tourist attractions you simply have to see:

1.Mexico City
One of the largest cities in the world, Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and the most important cultural center in the country. Most tourist attraction are located in the heart of the metropolis, like La zona Rosa, the Aztec Templo Mayor, the National Palace, the Palace of Fine Arts and an abundance of other historical landmarks. Make sure you don’t miss the world’s largest bullring, the Plaza de Toros Mexico and one of the largest public plazas in the world and a gathering place for the Aztecs, El Zocalo.

2.Guadalajara
The capital of Jalisco state, Guadalajara is Mexico’s second most populated city and the home of some famous traditions like mariachi music, tequila and Mexican cowboys. The historical center hosts the finest neoclassical architecture so make sure you visit the the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Teatro Degollado – the oldest Opera House in Mexico. The modern architecture is also highly appreciated with designs by Luis Barragan, Rafael Urzura and Eric Coufal.

3. Isla Mujeres
One of the most interesting places to visit in Mexico, Isla Mujeres or Island of Women is a small island located at about 8 miles northeast of Cancun, across the Bahia de Mujeres, the Bay of Women. The island used to be a sanctuary for the mayan godess of childbirth and medicine, Ixchel. Popular for activities like scuba diving and snorkeling, Isla Mujeres is very close to the Garrafon Natural Reef Park, the paradise of reefs. Make sure you stop by the Cancun underwater museum and the Dolphin Discovery amusement park.

4.Chichen Itza
A world heritage site, the Chichen Itza (“at the mouth of the well of Itza”) is one of the most important archaeological monuments of the Maya-Toltec civilization in Yucatan and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The Pyramid of Kukulcan or El Castillo (The Castle) is the most famous temple-pyramid of Chichen Itza. Inside you can see the King Kukulcan’s Jaguar Throne, but if you’re claustrophobic you may not be able to pass through the narrow tunnels.

5.Celestun Biosphere Reserve
The main attraction of the Celestun, a small fishing village is the Celestun Biosphere Reserve, one of the most beautiful places to visit in Mexico state Yucatan. A very fragile Eco-system, the 146,000 acres reserve is home to more that 300 bird species like a huge pink flamingos colony, egrets and pelicans. Salt water from the Gulf of Mexico mixes with fresh estuary water and creates the perfect habitat for the flamingos.

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