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Mexico has 27 World Heritage Sites. It has more World Heritage Sites than Australia (17), Brazil (18), Canada (14), Egypt (7), Greece (17), Peru (10), Japan (14) and the United States (20). Some of the wonders of Mexico are the Historic Town of Guanajuato, the Historic Centre of Puebla, the Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan, the Historic Centre of Morelia, the Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro, the Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal, the Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan and the Ancient Maya City of Calakmul.

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Mexico now ranks 53rd of 177 countries in the United Nation`s Human Development Index.

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Mexico has the world record for beaches: Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Escondido, Puerto Angelito, Puerto Angel, Playa Cementerio, Playa Canta Mar, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Barra de Navidad, Zihuatanejo…

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Guadalajara hosts the 2011 Pan American Games. The Pan American Games will host more athletes from more countries and territories, competing in more Olympic sports for more Pan American medals, than ever before in the 55-year-history of the modern Pan American Games.

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The Chichen Itzá Pyramid in Mexico was named one of the new seven wonders of the world.

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The Zacatecas Cathedral is considered one of the world`s most beautiful churches.

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The most renowned Mexican painter after Frida Kahlo was Diego Rivera. Who was he? Diego Rivera was Frida Kahlo`s husband.

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More languages are spoken in Mexico than in Europe. That`s because that country is home to 60 Indian nations.

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In 2007, three Mexican teenagers won the Eight National Geographic World Championship. They were Emanuel Johanssen Campos (15), Carlos Franco Ruíz (14) and Angel Aliseda Alonso (16). Johanssen, was born in Tejalpa, Mexico, said, “To win gold, it`s really great. I don´t have any words”. They had help from translator in the contest, which was held in English.

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Mexico is a study in contrasts. Bustling modern places with all the latest amenities are surrounded by mountains and rainforest.

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Lagunas de Montebello National Park is one of North America`s great wildlife sanctuaries. It is one of the most important tourist spots in Mexico.

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Anthony Quinn was the first Mexican to receive an Academy Award-as Best Supporting Actor for his 1952 performance in “Viva Zapata!”. He played Emiliano Zapata, who was one of the leading figures of the Mexican Revolution of 1910.

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Felipe Muñoz was an Olympic swimmer who won one gold medal in swimming at the 1968 Olympic Games.

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Mexico is the richest and most highly developed country in Latin America.

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The national sport in Mexico is soccer. Many Mexican children begin playing football as soon as they can walk.

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Raul Velasco will remain one of the greatest television hosts of all time. He was born in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico.

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Mexico is nearly three times as large as Texas and more than twice as large as Venezuela.

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Benito Pablo Juárez García became the first indigenous president in the world. He was elected president of Mexico in 1858. Benito Juárez is admired for his integrily and steadfast principles.

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Mexico has many famous athletes: Soraya Jiménez (weighlifter), Joel Sánchez (athletics), Iridia Salazar (taekwondo), Fernando Platas (diving), Victor Estrada (taekwondo), Cristian Bejarano (boxing), Belem Guerrero (cycling), Oscar Salazar (taekwondo) and Ana Guevara (track and field).

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Laura Elena Martinez Harring from Texas became the first Hispanic-American woman to be crowned Miss United States pageant (1985). She was born on March 3, 1964, in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.

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Salma Hayek is a Mexican motion-picture actress who became a symbol of breakthrough of Latin American performers in U.S. films. She was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico.

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Mexico is largely known abroad for producing great business leaders: Emilio Azcarraga, Roberto Hernández Ramírez, Angel Losada, Jeronimo Arango, Carlos Slium Helú, Joan Sanchez Navarro, María Asunción Arambuzabala, Lorenzo Zambrano, Isaac Saba Raffoul, Alfredo Harp Helú and Ricardo Salinas Pliego.

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The vast majority of Mexicans in the United Mexican States area now enjoy a greater quality of life than over before.

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The most famous Mexican song is “Maria Bonita” by Agustín Lara. “Maria Bonita” is a symbol from Mexico in the world. Agustín was born in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, Mexico.

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Mexico is one of the most stable and democratic nations in the Third World.

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Eulalio Ríos attains his place in history as the first Mexican to win a Pan American gold medal in the 200 meter butterfly swimming competition at the 1955 Pan American Games.

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Acapulco hosted the Miss Universe 1978. For the first time, Miss Universe pageant was held in Mexico. Acapulco was chosen as hosts by Miss Universe Organization in June 1977. There were 75 contestants participating in this year´s pageant. Margaret Gardinier won the first Miss Universe title for South Africa. Miss Yucatan and Miss Mexico, Alba Margarita Cervera Lavat, qualified for the semi-finals at the Miss Universe. The judges were Christian Martell (Miss France and Miss Universe 1953), Dewi Sukarno (former first lady of Indonesia), Ursula Andress (Swiss actress), Mario Moreno (Mexican actor), Roberto Cavalli (Italian fashion designer), Anna Moffo (American soprano), Line Renaud (French actress), Melba Moore (American singer), Milos Forman (Czech filmmaker) and Wilhelmina (former Dutch supermodel).



Source by Alejandro Guevara Onofre

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