Capital: Mexico City
Continent: North America
Population: 112.3 million
Size: 1,964,375 square kilometres
Language: Spanish – Hola!
Currency: Mexican Peso
National holiday: 16th September (Independence Day)
The climates in northern and southern Mexico are completely different. The weather depends on the altitude. On the whole however Mexico has a mild climate. Winter is the best time to travel there. The Yucatán peninsula can get very hot and the Caribbean beaches are great for swimming.
The traditional Mariachi music originated in Mexico. The Mariachi musicians (Mariacheros) wear traditional clothing (charro) with pointed boots and wide-brimmed sombreros and sing about unrequited love, longing and passion, Mexico’s beauty, women and macho pride. A modern Mariachi ensemble consists of many musicians, sometimes up to 20 people. Their instruments include guitars, violins, trumpets, vielles and maracas.