Interesting Facts About Mexico, Part 1

There’s a big chance you’ve been to Mexico before. It’s near perfect for vacation. Mexico has wonderful beaches, amazing nature, rich history, and plenty of go-to places to choose from….not to mention also SO affordable! And there’s a lot more. It’s a country of endless fascination you can explore, traveling safe with your Mexican car insurance. Here are some interesting facts you may not have known.

Mexican diversity

With over 100 million people, this huge nation exhibits a true cultural diversity. Spanish is probably the first thing that crosses your mind when you think about Mexico and the spoken language. You’d be right, it is the most widely-spoken language in this country. However, Spanish is just one of 69 official languages of Mexico. The Constitution of the country defines Mexico as multilingual, recognizing over 60 indigenous languages as co-official national languages and advocating bilingual education.

But not all indigenous languages are widely spoken. Only Nahuatl is spoken by more than a million people. The runner-up is the Yucatec Maya language, spoken by over 700,000 people. The third place belongs to Mixtec, an indigenous language spoken by half a million people.

Mexican Volcanoes

Mexico is situated in one of the most volcanically active regions in the world. This area is called the Ring of Fire and it contains 75% of the world’s active volcanoes. The most active and certainly the most popular one is Popocatépetl (“Popo”), meaning Smoking Mountain in Nahuatl. Since the arrival of Spaniards, Popocatépetl has had more than 15 major eruptions.

Mexico is also home to Cuexcomate, known as the world’s smallest volcano. Cuexcomate is 43 feet tall and has 76 feet in diameter. It’s located outside the city of Puebla. What many people don’t know is that technically, Cuexcomate is not a volcano but an inactive geyser. It has been mistakenly considered as a small volcano by the local population for centuries. Still, Cuexcomate is one of the unusual attractions in Mexico. It has a spiral staircase going down, allowing tourists to investigate the geyser’s interior.

Mexico’s famous animals

Near Mexico City, on the pine-clad slopes of the volcanoes, resides the volcano rabbit. Also known as teporingo or zacatuche, it is the world's second smallest rabbit. Volcano rabbits are an endangered species endemic to Mexico, and seeing one in the mountains is a great experience.

Mexico boasts the world’s smallest dog breed, the Chihuahua, named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. With short hair and tiny body, this dog is perfectly adapted for Mexico’s warm and dry climate.

When it comes to bulls, bullfighting was introduced by Spanish conquerors, and it is now banned in three Mexican states: Sonora, Guerrero and Coahuila. Many people see this as a cruel and outdated ritual, while others still think of it as many years of tradition they’d like to celebrate. The Plaza Mexico, the world’s largest bull ring is located in Mexico City.

The Widest Tree Trunk in the World

The Tree of Tule (El Árbol del Tule in Spanish) is a cypress tree situated in Santa Maria Del Tule, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. With a diameter of 38.1 feet, this tree trunk is believed to have the widest tree trunk in the world.

The tree is approximately 116 feet tall and though there were speculations as to whether it was comprised of several trees, it was later confirmed that it is indeed a single tree. The exact age of the tree is unknown, but it is believed to be about 2000 years old, which makes it one of the oldest trees on the planet.

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