7 Must-Visit Historical Landmarks in Mexico

Bienvenidos a Mexico! Are you a history buff looking for some inspiring places of interest during your stay? Here’s a list of the seven muy chido places to visit in Mexico! Bring your camera and make some memories. You’re here to have the fun, but if you’re not careful you just might learn something! These are the best landmarks you can visit in Mexico. Bring your camera and make some memories.

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Here are seven landmarks to visit in Mexico!

1. Chichen Itza

Well, of course, this is top of the list! This is the largest pre-Columbian Mayan city. This Mexican landmark is located in the Yucatán Peninsula, just two hours from Cancun, and is filled with pyramids, temples, and cenotes. In the middle of it is the El Castillo step-pyramid that is commonly known as the Temple of Kukulkan. It is best to take a private Chichen Itza tour if you want to learn its history and explore it in-depth.

2. Teotihuacan

What better place to spend your Dia de los Muertos holiday than the Avenue of the Dead? The geometric pyramids in this holy city predate the Aztecs. This is one of the best landmarks in Mexico to go to get those panoramic shots of the Mexican countryside if you don’t mind a bit of a climb.

3. Tulum

This Mayan site could be called Chichen Itza’s little brother. This beachside walled city contains some remarkably well-preserved ruins. If you’re a fan of ancient art, the Temple of the Frescoes is where you want to go. At the Temple of the Descending God, you will find a statue believed to be of a winged god.

4. The Metropolitan Cathedral

If your exploration tastes are more urban and you happen to be in Mexico City, you might want to check out the Metropolitan Cathedral. It is the oldest and largest cathedral in Mexico. It was built in 1544 using the architectural styling of Neo-Classic, Baroque, and Neo-Renaissance. Hernán Cortés is believed to have laid the cornerstone.

5. The Island of Dolls

If you are in Mexico City for Dia de los Muertos and need something to really scare youourself, pay a visit to the Island of Dolls along the shore of  Xochimilco. As the legend goes, one Don Julian Santana brought dolls to the lake to appease the spirit of a young girl who drowned in the lake. Some people claim the dolls left tied to the trees can move and talk on their own. Pediophobics may want to avoid it!

6. Panteón de Belén

Many horror aficionados know the 1932 film Dracula was filmed in Mexico, but did you know Guadalajara had a vampire problem? As the story goes, some local vigilantes staked a vampire and buried the body in the Belén Cemetery under a stone slab. The next day, a tree had grown on the spot, cracking the stone. The legendary tree is now part of the Mexican landmark, surrounded by a metal gate to keep the monster at bay.

7. Chapultepec Castle

People think of castles as a European thing, but Mexico has one in Mexico City. Chapultepec Castle was built in 1725 for Viceroy Bernardo de Gálvez but was abandoned during the Mexican War of Independence. It was soon refurbished into a military academy. It was here that the six Niños Heroes met their end in 1847, with Juan Escutia wrapping himself in a Mexican flag and leaping to his death rather than be captured by American troops. 

These are just some of the many places you can visit in Mexico and learn more about its rich history and culture. Sure, the nightlife is exciting and the beaches are relaxing but for mental stimulation, these seven places are a great place to learn what makes Mexico so unique. Disfruta tu estancia!

Last Updated on April 1, 2023

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