I love Mexico, there’s no two ways about it. From the people to the food to the geographical diversity and physical beauty, it is a fantastic country.
It’s also often misunderstood by Americans, or underestimated. Unfortunately, most Americans only know Mexico as a vacation destination. This means they only know it as Cancún or Ixtapa or Puerto Vallarta, and not San Cristóbal de Las Casas or Zacatecas or San Blas; or the many small communities where Mexicans live and work.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel around the country quite a bit. I’ve spent most of that time down in the southern states; Oaxaca, the Yucatán, Chiapas, etc. But back in 2004 I made a trip to the central region north of Mexico City.
There’s some interesting colonial history up there, much of it consisting of Spaniards using the locals as slave labor in their silver mines, where they died in truly horrific numbers. Many tons of silver came out of here to enrich the Spanish Empire at the time. And, it is of course the heart of the old Aztec empire.
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