What do you know about Mexico? It’s one of the largest countries in the world and a popular place for vacationers from around the world.
Here’s a list of 25 Interesting Facts about Mexico and the Mexican people that I bet you didn’t know! To make things more fun, I also challenge you. How many of these Mexico facts did you already know before reading?
Share your result in the comment section below!
1. It’s one of the most diverse countries in the world
The nature of Mexico is fantastic, and there are so many different species and flora to be found within the Mexican border. There is also a wide ethnic diversity as well as culture and food.
But in terms of biological diversity, Mexico is said to be home to 10% of the world’s biodiversity.
2. Yucatan was named after a misunderstanding
When the Spaniards arrived, they asked what the place was called, and the locals answered “Yucatan”. In the local language, Yucatan means “I don’t understand you”, but the Spaniards thought they replied with the name of the place.
3. The Day of the Dead is widely celebrated
This traditional celebration is made to honor the dead and celebrate them as they are believed to come alive on the day of the dead. By the end of the celebrations it’s also a time to mourn and remember the dead, but first and most important – to celebrate and honor them.
4. Mexicans are working the longest average hours in the world
Mexicans sure ain’t lazy, quite the contrary. They are working the longest average hours in the world! In total, they’re working 43 hours on average per person, or 2,255 hours per year.
Some people even work up to 48-50 hours on average per week.
5. Chichen Itza is one of the seven wonders of the world
This pyramid was once part of the Mayan Empire, and in 2007 it was named as one of the new seven wonders of the world. It is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico with over 2.6 million tourists in 2017.
And I can definitely recommend a visit here, Chichen Itza is incredible and very well-preserved.
6. Mexico has 68 official languages
Did you think Mexican was a language? guess again. There are 68 languages that are officially recognized, but there are even more spoken by smaller communities around the country.
7. The Chihuahua dog has Mexican origins
The Chihuahua dog has become famous all over the world, but did you know that its origins are from Mexico?
8. It’s also the world’s largest Spanish speaking country
Another interesting fact about Mexico is that there are more people speaking Spanish as their first language than in Spain. Spanish is the most spoken language in the country, and Mexico is the largest Spanish-speaking country worldwide.
9. Home to the world’s smallest volcano
Ever wanted to climb a volcano? In Puebla, you can do it easily within less than a few minutes. It stands 43 feet tall (13 meters), and it’s accessible via stairs that allow you to walk up to the crater.
Pretty impressive! Luckily, the Cuexcomate volcano is inactive and it’s unlikely that it will become active ever again.
10. Mexico is the largest silver producer
In 2017 they produced 5,600 MT silver in Mexico, which gives them the title of the largest silver producer in the world. If you travel to Mexico it’s a good idea to buy some silver, not only because of the price but also since there are many beautiful silver-jewelry made here.
11. The Aztecs sacrificed 1% of the population each year
If the same thing was suggested in modern times, it would probably be frown upon, but during the times of the Aztecs, it was considered an important part of everyday life to appease and honor the gods.
Of course, it wasn’t something that was done on a daily basis, but rather during specific rituals and times of the year. An estimated amount of 1% of the population was sacrificed each year to please the gods.
In numbers, this would equal about 250.000 people. One of the many interesting facts about Mexico and the Aztec history!
There are more than 100.000 taxis in Mexico City
As one of the largest cities in the world, this might come as a huge surprise, but it’s nevertheless a huge number of taxis!
World’s largest beer exporter
Corona is famous worldwide, but there are lots of other Mexican beer brands besides Corona. Good news for all beer lovers who plan to visit. Some of the most sold beer brands are Corona, Modelo, Tecate, Indio, Pacifico, Bohemia, Victoria, and of course Sol.
The Great Pyramid of Cholula is the world’s largest pyramid
This is definitely one of the most interesting Mexico facts. Just because most people think of Ancient Egypt when it comes to pyramids, but in fact, the largest pyramid of them all is nowhere to be found in Egypt, but in Mexico.
More specifically in Puebla – The Great Pyramid of Cholula, which is considered as the largest pyramid in the world by volume that has ever been found. It measured 450 by 450 meters (1,480 by 1,480 ft) during its peak-time, although it’s mostly in ruins today.
Mexico City is sinking
Did you know that the Mexican capital is sinking by 3 feet a year? In the last 60 years, the city has sunk more than 32 feet. The reason for this is the huge demand for water, which is being taken from the aquifer below the city.
This has caused leaning buildings and it can become a serious problem since the demand for water continues to increase.
Bonus Fact #1: the second happiest people in the world
According to the Happy Planet Index, Mexicans are the second happiest population in the world, after Costa Ricans. However, it’s not ranked in the top of the annual index of the happiest countries in the world, which include other measurements as well.
Bonus Fact #2: Home to Tequila and Mezcal
Tequila has become famous worldwide and it’s definitely something one should try while visiting Mexico. Both Tequila and Mezcal are made from the agave, but mezcal doesn’t have the same regulations, and it can be produced by around 30 types of agave plants.
5 x Fun facts about Mexico
- There’s a yearly volleyball match at the Mexican-US border between residents in Naco in Arizona and residents from Naco in Mexico.
- Caesar salad was invented in Mexico
- There’s a 3-foot tamale that weighs 150 pounds
- Mexico has the world’s smallest volcano
- Artists can pay their taxes using artwork that they create
5 x Mexico facts for kids
- Mexico is home to jaguars, pumas, iguanas, manta rays, sea turtles, monkeys, parrots and many more animals
- Chocolate originally comes from Mexico
- Hot Chocolate was considered a sacred drink among the Aztecs
- Xoloitzcuintli is the national dog
- The colors of the Mexican flag are green, white and red
Cultural facts about Mexico
Here are some interesting Mexico facts when it comes to culture and customs. The Mexican culture is very diverse and unique with plenty of celebrations and traditions.
Mariachi – A type of musical band that is truly typical in Mexico, and they are loved by the locals as well as tourists. With their traditional clothes and sombrero and a guitar, you can be sure they will give you good performance!
Quinceañera parties – When a Mexican girl turns 15, it’s a custom to throw a BIG quinceañera party for her. This marks the transition between child and woman, and it’s celebrated widely across Latin America.
Mexicans sing Las Mañanitas instead of Happy Birthday – Spending your birthday in Mexico? While tourist resorts do sing happy birthday to guests, most Mexicans don’t. Instead, they sing the Las Mañanitas song for the birthday boy or girl!
Adding lime and chilies to everything – Okay, not everything, but lime and chilies are very common to foods served here.
Public affection is very common – Mexicans aren’t shy with their love, so you shouldn’t be surprised if you see a couple making out in public. In general, Mexicans are very warm and friendly, so it makes sense.
Saying ‘¿mande?’ instead of ‘¿qué?’ – This is very typical for the Mexican version of Spanish. This is a polite form of “que” which means “what?”. This is used even among friends and family.
It’s okay to be late – Mexicans aren’t known for being punctual, rather the opposite. It’s totally fine to be late by 30 minutes. And it’s not a sign of rudeness, it’s just a cultural custom. However, this is of course not true for all Mexicans. A lot of them are also punctual.
General Facts about Mexico
Below are some general info such as total population, land area, biggest lake, highest mountain and other general facts about Mexico that might be interesting to know.
- Total Population: 130,759,074 people.
- Capital: Mexico City
- Life expectancy: 77.3 years.
- Highest Mountain: Pico de Orizaba – 5 636 meters above the sea
- Land area: 1,972,550 km2
- Largest Lake: Lake Chapala
- National Day: 16th September
- Government: Federal presidential constitutional republic
- President: Andrés Manuel López Obrador
- Currency: Mexican Peso
- Official language: None. But Spanish is mainly spoken. In total there are 68 official languages.
- Religion: 83% Roman Catholicism (Christianity)
- Official Website: visitmexico.com
- Member of Nato: No.
- National song: “Himno Nacional Mexicano”
- Time zone: GMT−5, GMT−6, GMT−7
- Country Number/Prefix: +52
- Country Code: MX
Biggest Cities in Mexico
If you’re looking for facts about Mexico, it might also be interesting to know about the largest cities in Mexico.
- Mexico City
- Ciudad Juárez
The Mexican Flag
Map of Mexico
As you can see, it’s a big country with many different regions. It borders the United States in the north and Guatemala and Belize in the south.
I really love Mexico and would love to go back someday and explore more places in the country. And the Mexican people are lovely as well. The food is simply delicious and I wouldn’t mind eating Mexican food for the rest of my life!
How many of these Mexico Facts did you know beforehand? Share your result in the comment section below!