10 Amazing, Fun & Interesting Facts About Mexico
Mexico, officially known as United Mexican States is a North American country. It is surrounded by United States, Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Belize, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico. Let us know some interesting facts about Mexico
Interesting Facts About Mexico
#1: Official Facts
- The official name of Mexico is Estados Únidos Mexicanos (United Mexican States).
- Its capital is called Mexico City. Apart from this city there are 31 states.
- By land area, Mexico falls into the 14th position.
- As of July 2012, there are 117 million people which makes Mexico the eleventh most populated country in the world.
#3: Rare Fauna
- Volcano rabbits are found in Mexico. As the name implies, they live near the volcanoes in Mexico.
- Mexico’s southern jungles house Jaguar, the largest wild cat.
- The Chihuahua, the World’s smallest dog is named after a state in Mexico.
#4: Bio – Richness
- Mexico is one of the seventeen countries that are mega diverse when it comes to flora and fauna.
- It ranks second in the number of mammal species, first for reptile species, fourth for amphibians as well as the flora in the country. Four hundred and thirty-eight species of mammals, two hundred and ninety species of amphibians, four hundred and thirty-eight species of mammals and about twenty-six thousand species of flora have given it the aforementioned rankings.
- Mexico stands second when it comes to ecosystems in the World. With thirty four unaltered ecosystems, a number of parks and monuments, it has preserved nature. In addition there are also seventeen sanctuaries and protected areas for flora and fauna. These interesting facts about Mexico related to the Bio-richess of the country are worth knowing.
#5: Chichen itza pyramid
- The Chichen Itza Pyramid in Mexico has made it into the new list of Seven Wonders of the World. It is second most visited archaeological site of Mexico.
#6: Spanish & Bull Fighting
- Spanish is the national language though there are many native languages spoken in rural areas.
- In fact, Mexico houses the most Spanish speaking population in the world.
- Spanish conquerors brought bull fighting to Mexico which is now the country’s national sport. Plaza Mexico is the largest bullring. Bull fights take place between the months of November and April. Spanish-style bullfighting is called corrida de toros (literally “running of bulls”) or la fiesta (“the festival”)
#7: Mexican Flag
There are some interesting facts about Mexico related to their national flag, here they are:
- Mexico’s flag is tri-striped.
- The left stripe is green in color and stands for hope and the independence movement.
- The stripe in the middle is white and represents purity of the catholic faith.
- The right stripe is red in color symbolizing the blood of the Mexican heroes.
- An Aztec legend is the basis for the picture of an eagle eating a snake.
- The flag was created when the independence movement had ended in 1821 succeeding in its purpose.
- Between Mexico and the United States, lies the second largest border in the world. The first is the US Canada border.
- Mexico stands second when it comes to the number of catholic citizens it has. Brazil tops the list.
- The population in Mexico is a mixture of a number of ancient civilizations. They include Olmec, Zapotec, Toltec, Maya, Aztec, Inca, African, French, and Spanish.
- The Mayans have an unusual custom of using a hornet bomb, which is in fact throwing a hornet nest at your enemy!