Exploring Mexico World Heritage Sites


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Every year, Mexico World Heritage sites are being evaluated and selected. Mexican World Heritage sites include the World Heritage Site of the Yucatan Peninsula, the National Landmarks Site, the Las Mercedes National Park, the historical sites Tulum, Chichen Itza, and the Petroglyphs of Oaxaca. These sites have been identified as the best in the world by the UNESCO and the Local Natural Heritage Foundation. UNESCO has confirmed that all the sites listed are a part of the World Heritage List.

UNESCO says that all the sites can be regarded as a part of the World Heritage List because they fulfill three criteria. They must have lasting, universal value, they must have significant natural or cultural significance, and they must have significance for humanity as a whole. In order to qualify as a World Heritage site, the sites have to have been occupied by humans and their contributions to humanity must have been significant over the course of time.

Achieving The Certification

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This makes Mexico one of the few countries in the world to achieve this certification. In addition, Mexico is one of only two countries in the world to manage all of its World Heritage sites with competence and care. This also makes Mexico one of the few countries in the world to be granted eligibility to host the UNESCO office in Mexico City.

The World Heritage Sites in Mexico comes from all over the world. There are over one hundred in all. Mexico World Heritage sites include the Chichen Itza, which is the oldest pre-Hispanic site. Dating to about twenty-seven thousand years ago, it is one of the most important ancient sites in the world. The site contains two main temples, a monstrous terrace, an exquisite garden, a large museum, and other important buildings and statues. Chichen Itza was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.

The site includes well over two hundred different artistic sculptures. Some of them date back to Aztec times while others date from the colonial period. The museum and the garden were built during the nineteenth century and had still managed to preserve some of the original architectural styles from the past. There are also important examples of religious art in the form of statues of the Virgin of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexico, as well as other religious figures. The terrace has a spectacular view of the city of Mexico City and Acapulco Bay.

Ancient City

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The ancient city of Tenochtitlan, Mexico, also belongs to this world heritage site. The primary attraction of Tenochtitlan is the ruins of the Inca citadel Puka Pukara. This citadel was the tallest and most powerful of all the ancient Aztec cities. It also contained a museum that displays a large number of relics from the glory days of the Inca Empire.

In terms of history and anthropology, the Yucatan Peninsula is one of the best places to visit. It is considered to be one of the main hubs of the ancient civilization of the Americas. One can learn about the ancient Mayan culture, pre-columbus Indian art, and Polynesian archeology from the archeological site of Xunantunich Ten. It also contains impressive cultural landscapes such as the beautiful Wupolexcan Zone.

Religious Practices Of The Aztecs

Archeologists and anthropologists are particularly interested in learning more about the pre-Christian religious practices of the Aztecs. Excavations at Xunantunich Ten uncovered some of these practices such as sacrifices, cremation, and animal sacrifice. These practices had a significant impact on the way that the Aztecs dealt with their enemies. They also erected many spectacular Aztec pyramids which can still be seen by the visitors today.

Final Words

You need some extra clothing and some supplies for the trip. The trip usually takes two days and during this time you will be allowed to go to any of the seven World Heritage Sites. These sites include the Great Salt Lake, the Sea of Cortez, the Caribbean Sea, the Yucatan Peninsula, the Garifuna Coast, and others. Thus, when planning your vacation, you should keep in mind that these are some of the most important sites to see while visiting Mexico.

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