Here’s a little quiz to test your knowledge of Mexico. Can you identify famous landmarks even from the strangest angles? Give it a go and find out the answers and more at the bottom of the page!
A little more information:
1) This is the beautiful Santo Domingo Church built in 1546 by Dominican friars. It is an iconic landmark of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas
2) Going to Xochimilco is the perfect Sunday trip for the family or for a big group of friends. You can hire the boat and the oarsman and then boat up and down the canal listening to Mariachis, having food prepared and brought onto your boat and buying beers or cooling micheladas from the passing drinks boat. It is such great fun!
3) This picture depicts the Dance of the Flyers. To learn more about its significance, and for clearer photos (!) check out my blog post here.
4) Frida Kahlo’s garden is home to a miniature mesoamerican pyramid as well as the statues and icons shown in the photo. Her house known as the Blue House, La Casa Azul is located in Coyoacan in the South of Mexico City and is open to the public as a museum.
5) Mitla is a Zapotec archeological site, located in Oaxaca. It has some of the clearest Zapotec mosaic work and much of the site is still a deep red that it would have been at the time of its use.
6) The Soumaya Museum can be found in Polanco, Mexico City. It is owned by the Carlos Slim Foundation (Mexican Carlos Slim is the richest man in the world) and was designed by his architect son-in-law.
7) The church in Chamula is the thing that attracts interested outsiders to the town. Its mix of mesoamerican traditional ritual and Catholic belief make it a site to behold. Read all about it in my blog here.
8) Juchitan has one of the most distinct traditional dresses of Mexico. The headdress is almost reminiscent of a white lion’s main, whilst the dress is made of thick velvet and embroidered with beautiful flowers. There are a few stories of why such a thick dress became traditional in such a hot and humid climate. One is that it was introduced from France by a Governor’s wife who hailed from Paris
9) Guadalajara, and the state of Jalisco in general are the home of many things that we think of when we think of traditional Mexico. Think tequila, mariachis, folkloric dance…
10) Cafe de Tacuba can be found in the Historic Center of Mexico City. It offers traditional Mexican food, with passing musicians ready to play your favourite Mexican anthem, whilst you gaze at the beautiful tiled interior. Mexico also has a famous band, Cafe Tacuba, who named themselves after the restaurant. They, like the restaurant, are definitely worth checking out.
If you fancy testing yourself further, check out the Mexico Retold, Sounds of Oaxaca quiz. Do you know what Mexico sounds like?
Susannah Rigg is a freelance writer and Mexico specialist. Her work has been featured in Condé Nast Traveler, CNN Travel, BBC Travel, The Independent UK, Afar and The New Worlder among others. Check out her portfolio here. Contact Susannah by email, info [at] mexicoretold [dot] com and join her on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.