Leave it to Unesco! Five World Heritage Sites To Marvel At in Mexico
Posted on December 21, 2012 by sguese
The sheer size and history of Mexico makes its difficult for travelers to choose where and what they want to see. With so much lurking south of the U.S. border, itineraries can be
more maddening to figure out than relaxing. However travelers can leave it up to UNESCO for their itinerary planning. The world heritage list has given its stamp of approval to many sights around Mexico. Here are five you won’t want to leave off of any itinerary.
Pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan: Just 50 kilometers from Mexico City, you might stumble upon “the place where gods were created”. That is what Teotihuacan means, a city built between the first and seventh centuries A.D. The site boats a number of monuments including the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. It is thought to be the most powerful cultural center in Mesoamerica.
Camino Real de Tierra Adentro: Also known as the Royal Inland Road, Camino Real de Tierra Adentro stretches 1600 miles. It contains 55 sites, with 5 declared Unesco World Heritage sites. The thoroughfare was used to transport silver from the mines of Zacatecas, Guanajauto and San Luis Potosí. From the mid 16th century to the 19th century, the road would function as a trade route.
The Popocatepetl Monasteries: Set up on the Slopes of the Popocatepetl, you will uncover 14 monasteries of Unseco proportions. The volcano sets up just southeast of Mexico City. Many of the monasteries are fine examples of the architectural style adopted by the very first missionaries such as the Franciscans, Dominicans and Augustinians. The groups of missionaries set out to convert the indigenous population in the early 16th century.
Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen Itza: Most don’t leave Mexico without hearing about Chichen-Itza. It remains one of the greatest Mayan Sites on the Yucatán peninsula. The pre-Hispanic city details two major periods of Mesoamerican history. Travelers come to uncover this history by way of stone monuments for the Mayans and Toltecs.
Island and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California: Those in search of more natural Unesco World Heritage Sites will appreciate the island and protected areas of the Gulf of California. The Unesco stamped space is made up of 244 islands, islets and coastal areas. It rests on the Gulf of California in northeastern Mexico. Take a boat ride out in the Sea of Cortez to marvel at its islands’ high cliffs, sandy beaches and turquoise waters.
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