Did you know that Mexico ranks among the top countries in the world for its world heritage sites?
In fact, Mexico currently ranks number six in the world for its concentration of UNESCO world heritage sites, behind China, Italy, Spain, Germany and France. Mexico is a country which has a vast cultural heritage and a vibrancy that cannot be matched, boasting 33 World Heritage sites, which makes it the country with the most protected heritage sites in the whole of the American continent!
What classifies as a World Heritage Site?
A World Heritage Site, as defined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is a place with an important legacy or heritage to pass on. This could be a forest, a city, a desert, an island or a monument, but they must be places that are “irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration”. World Heritage Sites can be divided into three broad categories; mixed, natural and cultural. Throughout the world there are currently 936 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This equates to 183 natural, 725 cultural and 28 mixed.
Mexico is home to a great number of World Heritage Sites, with the most famous being the Historic Center of Mexico City and Xochimilco, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere including Tulum’s Mayan ruins, Chichen Itza archaeological site, the Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmil and the Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque. These are only a few of the wonderful UNESCO sites to be found all over Mexico.
The most important thing to remember about UNESCO World Heritage Sites is that they transcend borders – they are places of infinite worth that have value to the world as a whole. This means that they often require cooperative care to keep them safe and in tip-top shape.
Just one more reason why you should choose Mexico as your vacation this year!