Bordering the United States, Mexico's culture is noticeably different from its neighbor. Mexico, only one-fifth the size of the U.S., is home to nearly 100-million people, 22 million of which live in the country's capital - Mexico City. The virtual melting pot that is the United States doesn't effect Mexico's culture, its slow pace and its various Indigenous populations - including the Oaxaca, Chiapas, Yucatan, Maya and Aztec, whose customs and beliefs have greatly shaped the unique culture, art and tradition that is alive and well in Mexico.
Despite Mexico's culture, the disparity between rich and poor is unmistakable in Mexico. If tourists travel off of the resort they will see much evidence of the poor living in very meager conditions. When it comes to Mexican culture, whether rich or poor, family and friends are greatly celebrated by the Mexican people. Mexico's cultural festivals, Mexico's religious holidays and Mexico's traditional social gatherings focus and celebrate family. Spanish colonial influences were responsible for introducing Mexican culture to many of its strong Catholic traditions and religious icons.
Mexican culture has many celebrated writers and poets, including Carlos Fuentes and Octavio Paz. Paz was the first Mexican to receive the Nobel Prize for literature.
Mexico is a contradictory country of snowcapped volcanoes, lush dense jungles, ancient Mayan ruins and stretches of golden beaches. Mexico's various land features include dry deserts to the north; fertile jungles to the south; never-ending stretches of beach along its Pacific and Caribbean shorelines; and of course the magnificent mountainous regions in Central Mexico.
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