Mira los Sitios – Look at the Sites

Each year, the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) publishes the statistics on the volume of visitors to museums, historical monuments, and archaeological sites across the country. The 2022 count goes from January to September and was published earlier this month. Compared to the tourist influx of 2021, the figures have gone up by 52% at Chichén Itzá, which ranks as the most visited archaeological destination in Mexico.

Chichén Itzá in Yucatán attracted more than 2 million visitors alone, the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá was Mexico’s most popular archaeological site this year. This sacred site was one of the greatest Mayan centers of the Yucatán peninsula. Throughout its nearly 1,000-year history, different peoples have left their mark on the city.

The Maya and Toltec vision of the world and the universe is revealed in their stone monuments and artistic works. The fusion of Mayan construction techniques with new elements from central Mexico make Chichen-Itza one of the most important examples of the Mayan-Toltec civilization in Yucatán. And every Solstice the great serpent god Kukulkan ( Yes the same one from the movie Jajaja! ) walks down the stairs of the temple,It is truly a “experiencia inspiradora“. They also offer amazing night light shows. If you haven’t been, what are you doing with your life?

Teotihuacán in Mexico State , is a vast Mexican archaeological complex just northeast of Mexico City. One of the most significant Mesoamerican pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas, saw an influx of 1.4 million visitors. It is also one of the few places you can still climb some of the structures, no puedes hacer eso en Chichen-Itza. The Avenue of the Dead is an extraordinary walk to partake.

Tulum Ruins

Una Noche en el Museo – One Night at the Museum

As for museums, four of the most visited are in Mexico City. The National History Museum (located in Chapultepec Castle), the National Museum of Anthropology, the Templo Mayor Museum and the National Museum of World Cultures. You should definitely spend a couple cultural days in CDMX and experience the wide variety of national museums, parks and sites. You will be surprised at how important Mexico was, and is to world history.

Chapultepec Castle – National Museum of History

The National History Museum is found within a castle inside the first section of the well known Chapultepec Park in Mexico City, the second largest city park in Latin America after the Santiago Metropolitan Park in Chile. At nearly 1700 acres, this is a huge park, filled with museums, a lake, outdoor market, playground and restaurants. The Museo Nacional de Historia hosts twelve showrooms that house objects from various stages in Mexican history, and the only one to receive close to a million visitors this year.

Fuera Del Capitolio – Outside the Capitol

The Alhóndiga de Granaditas (Regional Museum of Guanajuato)

Only one museum outside of the capital made it into the top five: the Regional Museum of Guanajuato “Alhónidga de Granaditas,” famous for hosting one of the most important battles of the Independence of Mexico. Housed within an old grain storage building in Guanajuato City, Mexico are exhibits and art honoring heroes of the Independence of Mexico.

Museum Fort of San Juan de Ulúa

This year the Museum Fort of San Juan de Ulúa, is set to be the highest visited museum outside of Mexico city. The Fort Museum of San Juan de Ulúa’s archaeological section has a permanent exhibition “The cultures of the Gulf “, consisting of 266 pre-Hispanic pieces showing 3,000+ years of ancient civilizations, from the Olmecs to the Totonacs and the Huastecs. 

México siempre es una buena idea! – Mexico is always a good idea!

Either way you go, visit in the capitol or in the country you will be awed by the sites and history of Mexico. Mexico is a place where worlds collide. From lush tropical jungles to orange sunburnt deserts, vast green pine forests to white snow capped volcanoes, and deep blue lakes, Mexico is a land full of surprises. And all these amazing landscapes are inhabited by an equally surprising range of wildlife and cultures too.Keep coming back to explore with me my beautiful home country, Andele!!

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