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Mexico

Background

Mexico

The site of advanced Amerindian civilizations, Mexico came under Spanish rule for three centuries before achieving independence early in the 19th century. A devaluation of the peso in late 1994 threw Mexico into economic turmoil, triggering the worst recession in over half a century. The global financial crisis beginning in late 2008 caused another massive economic downturn the following year. As the economy recovers, ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, underemployment for a large segment of the population, inequitable income distribution, and few advancement opportunities for the largely Amerindian population in the impoverished southern states. The elections held in 2000 marked the first time since the 1910 Mexican Revolution that an opposition candidate - Vicente FOX of the National Action Party (PAN) - defeated the party in government, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was succeeded in 2006 by another PAN candidate Felipe CALDERON. In January 2009, Mexico assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2009-10 term.

About

Mexico (officially: the United Mexican States) is a country in North America, lying between the United States of America to the north, and Guatemala and Belize to the southeast. Its extensive coastlines include the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Mexico has nice and warm people, unique food, art and archeology, pyramids, museums, Haciendas, 6,000 miles of shoreline, superb architecture and 21 century cities, weather from snow mountains in the Sierras, to rainy jungles in the Southeast and desert in the Northwest, lots of golf courses throughout the country, excellent fishing, world top destinations like Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos, and Patzcuaro. Mexico is ranked 7th major destination for foreigner visitors, according to WTO.

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Mexico

MexicoPueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive 

Predio Paraiso Escondido S/N
Cabo San Lucas 23450
Mexico

Price (US$): $760 - $1056 / night

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Location. Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa All Inclusive is located on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, close to Cabo Dolphins, Playa del Amor, and El Arco. Other points of interest near this all inclusive resort include Land's End and Plaza Bonita. Resort Features. This resort offers both all inclusive and room only rates. Meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments are included in all inclusive rates. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and… more »

MexicoMontecristo Estates 

Predio Paraiso Escondido Lote A
Domicilio Conocido
Cabo San Lucas 23410
Mexico

Price (US$): $1583 - $1584 / night

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Location. Montecristo Estates is located in Cabo San Lucas's Pedregal neighborhood, close to Cabo Dolphins, El Arco, and Land's End. Nearby points of interest also include Playa del Amor and Plaza Bonita. Resort Features. Montecristo Estates features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, and a spa tub. This 4.5 star property has a business center. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Complimentary guest… more »

MexicoCapella Pedregal 

Camino Del Mar - 1
Cabo San Lucas 23455
Mexico

Price (US$): $774 - $2399 / night

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Location. Capella Pedregal is located on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, close to Cabo Dolphins, Marina Cabo San Lucas, and Playa del Amor. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include El Arco and Land's End. Hotel Features. Dining options at Capella Pedregal include 3 restaurants. A swim up bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, and a sauna. The property's… more »

MexicoCabo Azul Resort 

Paseo Malecon S/N, Lote 11 Fonatur
San Jose del Cabo 23400
Mexico

Price (US$): $1000 - $2000 / night

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Location. Cabo Azul Resort is located on the beach in San Jose del Cabo, close to Mayan Palace Golf Los Cabos, Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club, and Estero de San Jose. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Club Campestre Golf Course and San Jose del Cabo Art District. Resort Features. Cabo Azul Resort features a coffee shop/cafĂ©, a poolside bar, a bar/lounge, and a swim up bar. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a spa tub,… more »

MexicoLive Aqua Bosques 

Av. Paseo de los Tamarindos No. 98
Col. Bosques de las Lomas
Mexico City 05120
Mexico

Price (US$): $259 - $369 / night

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Location. Located in Mexico City, Live Aqua Bosques is in the business district and close to Expo Bancomer Santa Fe, Ciudad de los Ninos, and Centro Santa Fe. Nearby points of interest also include Centro Medico ABC Santa Fe. Hotel Features. Live Aqua Bosques features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include a health club. This 4.5 star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, secretarial services, and a technology… more »

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Mexico

Capital
Mexico City
Location

Middle America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, between Belize and the United States and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and the United States

Geographic coordinates

23 00 N, 102 00 W

Area comparative

slightly less than three times the size of Texas

Border countries

Belize 250 km, Guatemala 962 km, US 3,141 km

Coastline

9,330 km

Climate

varies from tropical to desert

Terrain

high, rugged mountains; low coastal plains; high plateaus; desert

Lowest point

Laguna Salada -10 m

Highest point

Volcan Pico de Orizaba 5,700 m

Natural resources

petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber

Population

112,468,855 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

mestizo (Amerindian-Spanish) 60%, Amerindian or predominantly Amerindian 30%, white 9%, other 1%

Religions

Roman Catholic 76.5%, Protestant 6.3% (Pentecostal 1.4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.1%, other 3.8%), other 0.3%, unspecified 13.8%, none 3.1% (2000 census)

Languages

Spanish only 92.7%, Spanish and indigenous languages 5.7%, indigenous only 0.8%, unspecified 0.8%; note - indigenous languages include various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional languages (2005)

Government type

federal republic

Independence

16 September 1810 (declared); 27 September 1821 (recognized by Spain)

National holiday

Independence Day, 16 September (1810)

Chief of state

President Felipe de Jesus CALDERON Hinojosa (since 1 December 2006); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Felipe de Jesus CALDERON Hinojosa (since 1 December 2006)

Internet country code

.mx

Internet users

31.02 million (2009)

Airports

1,819 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Altamira, Coatzacoalcos, Lazaro Cardenas, Manzanillo, Salina Cruz, Veracruz

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