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|Guadalajara elects Miss Mariachi every year
Mexico is located in the northern region of the
American continent between the Gulf of Mexico
on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west. It is
bordered by the United States to the north and by
Guatemala and Belize to the south. Mexico’s land
area of 1,964,375 km2 makes it the fifth-largest
country in the Americas. With an estimated population
of over 111 million in July 2010, it is the 11th
most populous country in the world. It is also the
world’s largest Spanish-speaking country, and boasts
six attractive regions, as follows:
Northern Mexico: Characterized by deserts, nature reserves and rugged mountain ranges, as well as extreme weather conditions, some of its
cities are key industrial and business centres.
Central Mexico: This is the Mexican heartland with picturesque towns and cities — some of them UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Southern Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico: Along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, an abundance of marshes,
mangrove swamps and forests are all ideal for ecotourism.
The Yucatán Peninsula: This is the gateway to the Mayan world, with white-sand beaches and the blue waters of the Caribbean. You can scuba
dive along the world’s second largest coral reef or swim in fresh water pools in submerged caverns, known as cenotes.
The Pacific Coast: As well as cities and towns with rich cultural and culinary traditions, this region is renowned for some of the best beaches
for surfing and fishing.
The Baja California Peninsula: Inhabited from time immemorial, this region now boasts worldclass golf courses. You can discover the underwater
treasures of the Sea of Cortez, and witness the amazing migration of the Gray Whale.
Mexico’s many states are extremely diverse,
and each one has countless destinations offering a
wide array of activities.
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|Mexican dancers in front of the Pyramid of Kukulcan, located in the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, a
UNESCO World Heritage site in the State of Yucatán
Guadalajara, the state capital of Jalisco
Guadalajara is the state capital of Jalisco and
the second most populated city in Mexico. Located
540 km northwest of Mexico City, Guadalajara is
blessed with temperatures ranging from 11º to 26º C
(52º to 79º F).
Guadalajara is home to some of Mexico’s most
renowned buildings and cultural symbols. Among
the most important buildings are the cathedral
(easy to spot because of its emblematic towers) and
the Palacio de Gobierno (the Government Palace).
Other attractions include the Teatro Degollado, a
monumental 19th-century building and one of the
city’s main arts venues. Then there is the Instituto
Cultural Cabañas (the Cabañas Cultural Institute),
which houses murals by artist Jose Clemente Orozco.
The Institute has been declared a UNESCO World
Heritage site. Guadalajara is also known for its beautiful
parks and surrounding natural areas, such as the
Parque Metropolitano and el Bosque la Primavera
(the Forest of Spring), often referred to as the city’s
Guadalajara is a vibrant city, home to the hat
dance and Mexican rodeos, where you can also enjoy
listening to the traditional sounds of mariachi music.
The neighbouring cities of Tlaquepaque and Tonala
are famous for their ceramics. At Lake Chapala and
Ajijic you can take long walks, go horseback riding,
play golf or enjoy water sports. Heading towards the
coast, be sure to visit Tapalpa and the picturesque
town of Tequila, where Mexico’s most famous drink
Mexico’s national strategy for moving more rapidly towards the information and knowledge society
Within the framework of the National e-Mexico
System, the Secretariat of Communication and
Transport’s Office for Coordination of the Information
and Knowledge Society has presented an e-Mexico
digital agenda 2010–2012.
The aim of the agenda is to coordinate, integrate
and guide national efforts for moving towards the
information and knowledge society. To this end, the
objective is to reduce the digital divide by doing away
with the structural barriers currently preventing the
digital inclusion of 68 million Mexicans who are without
access to the Internet and hence to information
and communication technologies (ICT).
The e-Mexico digital agenda is a living model
based on national and state working groups. It is
an instrument for concerted action agreed upon between
the participating players, namely government
agencies, private enterprise, academic institutions
and civil society.
The values of the e-Mexico digital agenda are
those of citizens’ rights, competitiveness and social
equality. Its ideals are universal access, technology
neutrality, and free access for individuals to information
The agenda comprises three national projects focusing
Connectivity — Guaranteeing universal access for Mexicans through the establishment of social coverage networks delivering broadband Internet
to schools, health centres, government offices and digital community centres.
Access — Facilitating access for the most disadvantaged Mexicans to content, transactions and digital services in the public domain, in the areas
of education and training, the economy, government, health, employment, safety and security, culture and science. This will be achieved through
the widespread implementation of community points, making facilities and connectivity available to marginalized communities and in geographically
remote areas of the country.
Empowerment — Bringing about widespread use of the Internet by means of Vasconcelos 2.0, a national strategy of ongoing digital inclusion.
This provides Mexicans with the skills they need to work with ICT, and gain access to the content, information and knowledge that will serve to enhance
their development and well-being.
By 2012, the goal is to have 60 per cent of
Mexicans using the Internet, and 20 per cent subscribing
to broadband Internet services.
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