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Interesting Facts about Mexican Culture You Need to Know

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What is there not to love about Mexico? The culture, the food and traditions are just some of what you’ll find in this abundantly diverse country.

Whether it’s an introduction or overview for your next adventure abroad I’ve compiled a list of these interesting facts about mexico culture. Some of them you may know already, some are funny facts about mexico and slightly quirky, and some you might not know but hopefully you’ll learn something new anyway!

Some of the basic facts about Mexican culture:

  1. Mexico’s population is the 10th largest country, with over 128 million inhabitants.
  2. This country is the most visited tourism destination in Latin America (over 20 million tourists visit every year).
  3. Ancient Aztec history spans back to about 1500 BCE. O
  4. On average, 40 children are born each minute.
  5. Mexico City has over 20,000 restaurants and 500 hotels. About 150 new restaurants open each day in this city alone.
  6. Mexican Food (Tacos, enchiladas, fajitas) is ranked No 1 for “World’s Most Delicious Food” by travel website VirtualTourist.com Readers of Conde Nast.
  7. The snake is a symbol of unity and independence. The two uniting snakes on the flag represent “neither hermit nor tyrant.” There are seven red stripes in the flag, which stands for the seven regions of the country. The eagle’s wings spread high to show strength and grandeur.
  8. The national dish is mole. Mole is a sauce made from chili peppers, chocolate, and spices.
  9. The National Anthem was composed in 1853 by Francisco Gonzalez Bocanegra. His remains are interred in the Column of Independence (Angel of Independence) in Mexico City.
  10. There are over 10,000 weddings each weekend in Cancun.
  11. Carlos Slim, who was ranked as one of the richest persons in the world, is Mexican.
  12. The top music genres are mariachi and rock en español.
  13. The traditional national drink is tequila, although it takes its name from the town of Tequila, in the state of Jalisco.
  14. The name of this country comes from Mexitli, the god of war in Aztec mythology. The national animal is the eagle, so named because it was considered a symbol of might and power by Aztecs.
  15. You can eat grasshoppers (Chapulines) deep-fried, roasted or in tacos.

Do you know all of these facts about Mexican culture?

  1. Hot chocolate was introduced by the Spanish, but the Aztecs had already been drinking chocolate mixed with chile pepper.
  2. There are about 100 species of avocados. Some interesting information is that avocado is also known as “alligator pear” because of its shape and tough skin. Avocado farming is a major industry, where there is even a festival dedicated to the avocado.
  3. The national game is football (soccer). The country has won the World Cup tournament twice. The heroes of the sport are celebrated in novels, films and songs.
  4. The most popular city for tourism is Cancun, located on the Caribbean coast. It attracts about one million visitors every week.
  5. Facts about Mexican culture: The National University is the oldest in Latin America. It was founded on 22 September 1551 and was initially called the Royal and Pontifical University.
  6. The country has the world’s largest number of Spanish speakers.
  7. The climate varies widely from tropical to desert according to altitude, as there are nine climatic zones in the country. The higher the altitude, the colder the climate.
  8. The Chihuahua, one of the most distinctive-looking breeds, is named after the state in the north.
  9. About 300 million liters (79 million gallons) of beer is produced every year.
  10. There are more than 1,400 varieties of cheese produced in this country.
  11. Mexico City is built on top of the former Aztec city Tenochtitlan.
  12. The Spanish word for tomato, “tomate,” comes from the Nahuatl (Aztec) word, “tomatl.”
  13. Tequila is named after a town. Tequila is produced in 6 Mexican states; Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas. It is the country’s national drink.
  14. The world’s largest underwater cave system is beneath the Yucatan Peninsula. Discovered by accident in December 2001 by British cave diver Robert Charles Waller, it stretches for at least 373 miles (600 km).
  15. The average Mexican drinks over 700 cups of coffee a year. Some Mexicans even have their way to drink it; usually adding lots of sugar and drinking it in small cups called “cuates”.
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There’s more funny facts about Mexico culture

  1. U.C.L.A. is home to the largest Mexican student population outside Mexico (about 2,400 students).
  2. Mexico City is sinking at a rate of 5 to 10 centimeters (2-4 inches) per year due to the over-extraction of groundwater.
  3. Mexico was the first to issue postage stamps, in 1856.
  4. One other interesting fact is that Che Guevara, an Argentine-born Cuban revolutionary leader, lived in Mexico for a time. It is said that he wrote his famous book “Guerrilla Warfare” while living there.
  5. The country’s coat of arms features an eagle, which symbolizes power and nobility, holding a snake while standing on a prickly pear bush. The eagle is the Aztec god Huitzilopochtli and the cactus is Opuntia (also called nopal), which symbolizes Mexico itself.
  6. The world’s second-largest pyramid is in Cholula, Puebla. It is over 200 feet high and was constructed around the year 100 B.C.
  7. The Mexican flag is an important national symbol. The colors have three meanings: green for hope, white for victory, and red for union.
  8. Chocolate started in Mexico, where it was made by mixing ground cocoa beans with water, chili pepper, cornmeal, and other ingredients.
  9. Cacao trees initially grew in Central America but were exported to Mexico where the Aztecs used them for food, drink, and medicine. They became so popular that cultivation expanded across South America.
  10. Some facts about Mexican culture is that this great country has one of the longest coastlines in the world.
  11. Mexico City is the oldest capital city in North America and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on Earth (over 2,300 years).
  12. Frida Kahlo is known as one of the great painters of the 20th century.
  13. Guanajuato is known as the “capital of mummies.” The bodies are naturally preserved by dry air in the crypts where they are then introduced into colorful glass cases for people to see.
  14. More Mexicans are living in the United States than Americans are living in Mexico.
  15. There are more than 600 Comida corrida (set menu) restaurants in the capital alone.
  16. Mexico has the world’s smallest volcano.
  17. Mexico is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world and has over 1,000 species of birds, 500 species of reptiles and amphibians, 375 species of mammals and more than 100,000 different plants.
  18. The Monarch Butterfly makes its annual migration pattern to spend winter in Michoacan; about 100 acres of oyamel fir trees are needed to provide adequate coverage for them to survive during their hibernation period.
  19. Mexico has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country; 32 total.
  20. Mexico is the birthplace of mariachi music and charreria (Mexican style of rodeo).
  21. The most popular sport in Mexico is association football (soccer).
  22. Mexico City is the second largest city in the world after Tokyo, Japan.
  23. The Imperial Crown of Mexico has around 2,000 emeralds.
  24. The “Day of the Dead” is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. This celebration focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.
  25. “Mexican Hat Dance” is the unofficial national dance of Mexico.
  26. The Xoloitzcuintli is the Mexican hairless dog breed and is the National Dog of Mexico.
  27. The Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City is one of the most visited zoos in Latin America, with almost 6 million visitors per year.
  28. BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, children’s film and television, and interactive media. One Mexican has received an award in the BAFTA Film Awards in its long history: Gael García Bernal in 2006 for “The Science of Sleep.”
  29. In 2012, Forbes named Mexico as the most innovative country in Latin America.
  30. Mexico prides itself on being a “tourist-friendly” nation with over 32 million foreign visitors per year. In 2010, this industry accounted for over 2% of Mexico’s GDP.
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Mexico is one of the happiest countries

  1. Some facts about Mexico is that Mexico ranks #1 in the world for happiest countries to live in, according to the Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index.
  2. The biggest dog in the world is a Mexican Mastiff named Jujutla. He lives in Arizona and weighs 345 pounds!
  3. Mexico is the world’s largest producer of silver and copper.
  4. In 2013, Mexico was ranked as the tenth-largest arms exporter in the world.
  5. Mexico has given birth to 31 Miss Worlds, more than any other country.
  6. Cancun is one of the most visited cities in the world, receiving over 8 million international tourists every year making it the second-most visited city in the Western Hemisphere.
  7. The oldest known Mayan city is located in Mexico.
  8. Mexico has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country; 32 total.
  9. Guanajuato is known as Mexico’s “capital of mummies.” The bodies are naturally preserved by dry air in the crypts where they are then introduced into colorful glass cases for people to see.
  10. Mexico City is the second-largest city in the world after Tokyo, Japan.
  11. The Imperial Crown of Mexico has around 2,000 emeralds.

So there you have it! Some of the most interesting facts about Mexico culture. But I’m sure I’ve missed some funny facts about Mexico too, so let me know in the comments!

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Linda Nessel

November 2, 2021 9:05 pm

6. “The country has the world’s third-largest number of Spanish speakers (after Brazil and Spain).”

Nope. Brazil’s language is Portuguese.



November 9, 2021 4:58 am

The article has several factual errors and contradictions. Spanish speakers, world heritage sites, founding years, etc. .


November 9, 2021 5:53 pm

Hey Rachaal, You’re absolutely right! I dropped the ball on this one. Thanks for your eagle eye.I’ll get this fixed asap.

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