Passport: Mexico


Mexico has a rich and diverse history steeped in ancient tribal culture, colonization and political rebellions. As our southern neighbor, we have many connections with this nation. And, despite the complex border issues between the countries, the U.S. and Mexico depend on each other to maintain and support their important relationship.

Mexico is also home to an array of travel destinations, filled with adventure and nature. From the Mayan temples of the Yucatan, to beaches of Cancun and wildlife reserves near Puerto Vallarta — Mexico is a fascinating place to visit and study.

Discover the dynamic relics of the advanced ancient civilizations who lived in present day Mexico and learn more about this fun place to travel.

Passport Mexico

Discover the rich heritage of this nation South of the U.S. border.

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People relax atop the pyramid located at the summit of the Tepozteco Hill, in Tepoztlan. The 30-foot (9-meter) high pyramid dates back to the 12th century. For travelers feeling smothered in the claustrophobic chaos that Mexico City can sometimes be, fresh air and wide-open spaces are just a bus or taxi ride away.

(AP Photo/Paul Kiernan)


This undated photo released by the Mexico Tourism Board shows an aerial view of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Rufuge on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. The UNESCO World Heritage Site sprawls across about 1.3 million acres and includes everything from offshore coral reefs to beaches, lagoons, cenotes and low tropical forests.

(AP Photo/Mexico Tourism Board)


Wearing goggles and snorkels, people enter the subterranean river at the Xcaret eco-park near Cancun, Mexico. Cancun and its surrounding area of the Riviera Maya is Mexico's top destination for international travelers, drawing more than 3.5 million visitors a year.

(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)


Customers walk through a market with local products and crafts in Cholula, Mexico. Cholula, in central Mexico, is said to be the oldest continuously occupied town in all of North America. Anthropologists and town fathers say the town was officially founded in A.D. 620. And they say people have been living there even longer -- possibly since around A.D. 200.

(AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)


The "Pueblo Fantasma" or ghost town is seen at the Catorce sierra near the old mining town of Real de Catorce. Using just your driver's license or birth certificate, Americans can cross the border and spend a day buying trinkets and even tequila in one of Mexico's dozens of bordertowns, all scattered between Tijuana and Matamoros. Or, if you have a long weekend and want to explore farther south, you can take a bus or drive to old mining towns that seem untouched by time, like the mountain-top Real de Catorce.

(AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)


Tourists Kriftelle Mersier, left, and Tai Nguyen, center, ride horses near the Purisima Concepcion temple in the old mining town of Real de Catorce.

(AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)


A view of the Nevado de Toluca, a massive, extinct volcano that is Mexico's fourth-highest mountain, near the city of Toluca. For travelers feeling smothered in the claustrophobic chaos that Mexico City can sometimes be, fresh air and wide-open spaces are just a bus or taxi ride away.

(AP Photo/Paul Kiernan)

What life is like for a typical 17-year-old living in Mexico.

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