Here are a few things you probably didn't know about Mexico:
- Mexico is one of the top five countries in the world in terms of biodiversity. Because of its great variety of ecosystems and the many species which inhabit them, Mexico is considered megadiverse. Mexico ranks first place world-wide in reptile biodiversity, second in mammals, fourth in amphibians and vascular plants, and tenth in birds. More info about Mexico's biodiversity from Vivanatura and Mexican Biodiversity.
- There are over 60 ethnolinguistic groups in Mexico. When you consider that each of these groups has its own language, dress, customs and traditions, it becomes clear that Mexico is a very culturally diverse country. Mexico's constitution recognizes the indigenous peoples, grants them autonomy and protects their culture and languages.
- Mexico has 31 sites that are included in UNESCO's World Heritage list, including 27 cultural sites and 4 natural sites. There are also six aspects of Mexican culture which are recognized by UNESCO as belonging to the world's intangible cultural heritage. See a list of World Heritage Sites in Mexico, or Mexican Cultural Heritage.
- There are more than 150 archaeological sites open to the public in Mexico. There are tens of thousands of other sites which have been indexed by Mexico's National Institute of Archaeology and History (INAH) but are not open to visitors.
- Mexico received over 22 million tourists in 2010 and is the 10th most popular tourist destination worldwide, according to the World Tourism Organization.