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Mexico is one of the world's most popular tourism destinations, popping up #10 on UNWTO charts as the number of overseas tourists visiting in 2016 climbed to nearly 35 million. With beaches along the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean and a mountainous interior laced with jungles and deserts, it offers ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations, Spanish colonial architecture, world-class museums, distinctive arts and crafts and sleek boutiques and clubs. Cartel activity has made travel in some parts of the country unsafe.

It's a popular LGBTQ destination particularly in the Pacific resorts of Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco and the big cities of Mexico City and Guadalajara, nicknamed "the San Francisco of Mexico." While rural areas may be less welcoming, the country's anti-discrimination law protects the LGBT community and sex changes are legally recognized.

In June 2015, a ruling by the Mexican Supreme Court quietly legalized same-sex marriages by overruling state laws defining marriage as only between a man and a woman. Previously, they were legal only in Mexico City and in the states of states of Coahuila (near Monterrey) and Quintana Roo (on the Yucatan Peninsula).

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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

Yucatan Peninsula

Chichen Itza was the capital of Mayan civilization for over 1,000 years. Its architecture remains an important example of the fusion of Mayan-Toltec civilization in...
Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico

Palacio de Bellas Artes

Mexico City, Mexico

The Palace of Fine Arts cultural center was designed by the Italian architect Adamo Boari at the turn of the 20th century but wasn't inaugurated until 1934. It contains...
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Frida Kahlo Museum (La Casa Azul), Mexico City, Mexico

Frida Kahlo Museum (La Casa Azul)

Mexico City, Mexico

The Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as the Blue House, is dedicated to the life and work of one of Latin America's most renowned artists: Frida Kahlo, providing an...
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Playa Los Muertos, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Playa Los Muertos

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Playa Los Muertos is the most popular and busiest of Puerto Vallarta's beaches. The southern end is a longtime gay beach known as "blue chairs," because of the nearby...
Cancun Underwater Museum, Cancun, Mexico

Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun, Mexico

The Cancun Underwater Museum (MUSA), the world's largest underwater sculpture park, celebrates art and coral reef conservation in the waters between Cancun and Isla...
Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico City, Mexico

Museo Nacional de Antropologia

Mexico City, Mexico

One of the world's most impressive collections of pre-Hispanic art and artifacts is housed in the National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec Park. The museum also...
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Teotihuacan Pyramids, Mexico City, Mexico

Teotihuacan Pyramids

Mexico City, Mexico

The pre-Columbian pyramids at Teotihuacan (birthplace of the gods) is one of Mexico's largest and most impressive archaeological sites, dating back to 100 B.C. Located...
Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

The annual Monarch butterfly migration is one of nature's great spectacles and a top attraction for visitors to Mexico. Each year, as many as 60 million to one billion...
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Xochimilco Canals, Mexico City, Mexico

Xochimilco Canals

Mexico City, Mexico

Exploring the ancient canals that remain of what remains of Xochimilco Lake - part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site - is a relaxing mix of nature, mariachi music and...
Copper Canyon, Chihuahua, Mexico

Copper Canyon

Chihuahua, Mexico

Located in the Sierra Madre Occidental in northwestern Mexico and spanning 37, 000 miles (59, 545 km), these canyons are longer and deeper than the Grand Canyon in...
Zócalo, Mexico City, Mexico


Mexico City, Mexico

At 57,600 m2, the Zócalo is one of the largest squares in the world and where the Aztecs founded their capital city of Tenochtitlan. In the present day, it...
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UNESCO Tequila World Heritage Site, Guadalajara, Mexico

UNESCO Tequila World Heritage Site

Guadalajara, Mexico

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006, the tequila region covers nearly 90,000 acres (c. 35,000 ha) from the Volcano Tequila to the Rio Grande Canyon. It includes blue...

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