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Mexico is the world's most populous Spanish speaking country, and the
colorful diversity of its many cultures is by far its most valuable asset.
Mexico was inhabited for centuries by pre-Columbian civilizations, including the Aztec, Olmec, Maya and Toltec, then ruled by the Spanish for 300 years. It finally gained its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810.
Coastal resort cities like Acapulco, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, as well as Isla Cozumel and the Baja Peninsula, have transformed Mexico into one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet.
The massive Mexico City metro with its hordes of people (over 21 million), tasty food, infectious music and Spanish history, is quite possibly the most fascinating city in the world.
Mexico is mostly a mountainous land, dominated by ranges of the Sierra Madre, and their numerous volcanos. Exceptions include the desert conditions in the far-northwest, the generally flat Yucatan Peninsula, and the tropical rain forests of the far-southeast.