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Fun Facts About Mexico

We LOVE taking trips to Mexico. It’s not just the language or beautiful sights – but the great fun facts that are hidden all across the country. Here are a few curious facts about Mexico that you might or might not know, but you’ll be sure to want to know them before you take the trip!

Fun Facts About Mexico


Mexico is home to several fantastic birds! Photo Source.

Mexico is GREAT for Bird Watching

Yep – calling all who love watching birds – travel to Mexico for a spectacular scene. There are more than 50 species of hummingbirds, many types of pelicans and other species of birds that cannot be found anywhere else other than Mexico.

Tequila is the National Drink

While many already associate tequila with Mexico, many don’t realize that it existed before Mexico was even a nation. Several Mexican tribes had already distilled a type of tequila on a simple pot stills … dating back to the 16th century.

Mexico: Land of the Lost

Northern Mexico has proved to be a hot spot for paleontologists digging up hundreds of dinosaur bones from Sonora to Tamaulipas.

Talking Pyramids

If you stand in a certain place by the main pyramid in Chichen Itzá, you will hear a bird-like sound. Some experts think this was intentionally built by the Maya to represent the Call of the Quetzal (a sacred bird) to make the sound as a breeze passed by.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame … Or Maybe Just Stuff The Baseballs

Cotton-like balls produced by a Mexican leafless tree called “Kapoc” were frequently used as stuffing for baseballs until cheaper, synthetic fibers were produced.

Mexico Attracts Science Guys

The first known convention of Astronomers was held in the Mayan city of Copán, in the year 700 A.D.

World’s Smallest Volcano

Mexico is home to the world’s smallest volcano, the Cuexcomate, located in the city of Puebla. It’s only 43 feet tall and is considered to be inactive. That must be why the spiral staircase is safe for tourists who visit.

Oldest Tree Award

Mexico is also home to one of the oldest living trees in the world. The “Arbol de Tule” is more than 40 feet tall (near the size of the volcano!) and over 200 years old. It’s a must-see for visitors.

Snake Shadows

During the two equinoxes of the year when the sun rises and sets, the pyramid “El Castillo” in Chichén Itzá shows the perfect shadow of a serpent moving along its side. To achieve this, Mayans must have used calculations with an
incredible precision of many decimal digits!

And if that didn’t blow you away….

  • A Mexican tamale called the zacahuil is three feet long and weighs about 150 pounds.
  • Mexico introduced chocolate, corn, and chilies to the world.
  • Mexico is home to a very rare rabbit called the volcano rabbit which lives near Mexican volcanoes.
  • The largest wildcat in North America is the jaguar, which can be found in Mexico’s southern jungles.
  • The first printing press in North America was used in Mexico City in 1539.
  • The National University of Mexico was founded in 1551 by Charles V of Spain and is the oldest university in North America.

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