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The Ultimate Mexico Family Vacations Quiz
by Staff
Mexico is more than the land of the cucaracha and hot chili peppers. Taking a vacation in Mexico is an exciting, spiritual, cultural, educational experience. Take this quiz to prepare for a fabulous family vacation in Mexico.

The city of Chichén Itza was the political center of which ancient civilization?

  • Mexican
  • Mayan
  • Roman

El Castillo is a huge, 75-foot-high structure in the ancient city of Chichén Itza. What kind of structure is it?

  • an amphitheater
  • a prayer tower
  • a stone pyramid

What kind of ceremonies were performed at the Sacred Cenote?

  • sacrificial drownings
  • ritual dances
  • walking on water

Xcaret has lots of underground river passages. What did the Mayans use them for?

  • as mazes for leisure time
  • exporting Mexican jumping beans
  • clandestine war activities

Xel-Ha is a theme park containing what kind of wildlife?

  • 100 bird species
  • 100 members of the cat family
  • 100 monkey species

Where are Xcaret and Xel-Ha theme parks located?

  • at the base of El Castillo
  • in northern Mexico
  • in Cancun's Riviera Maya region

What commodity is Oaxaca known for?

  • coffee
  • herbal teas
  • soya beans

Day of the Dead is in honor of deceased loved ones. How is it marked in Oaxaca?

  • with mourning rituals and weeping
  • with spirituality, artistry and celebration
  • with eulogies and a serious tone

The 100-year-old Night of the Radishes tradition is celebrated with:

  • radish carvings
  • radish planting
  • radish-eating competitions

How far do gray whales travel to the Baja Peninsula every year?

  • over 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers)
  • over 6,000 miles (9,600 kilometers)
  • over 9,000 miles (14,400 kilometers)

There are three marine parks for whale-watching in the Sea of Cortez: Scammon's Lagoon, San Ignacio Lagoon and Magdalena Bay. Can anyone take a boat out to sea to witness the whales?

  • Yes, as long as they wear life vests.
  • No, only boats with trained guides.
  • No, only if they are Mexican citizens.

What is the optimum time of year for whale-watching in the Sea of Cortez?

  • mid-January until mid-May
  • mid-June until mid-September
  • mid-December until mid-March

Which of these is Mexico's largest island?

  • Isla Contoy
  • Isla Mujeres
  • Cozumel

What makes Cozumel ideal for snorkelers?

  • the three-foot (one-meter) high surfing waves
  • the free entrance fee to the snorkeling sites
  • its three enormous reefs

How much does it cost to rent a car on Isla Mujeres?

  • a minimal $10 a day
  • an expensive $100 a day
  • nothing

Baja Peninsula's southern tip is called finisterra. What does this mean?

  • the end of the Earth
  • the beautiful South
  • the windy tip

El Arco is a landmark tourist attraction. What is it exactly?

  • a limestone arch
  • a solid granite rock formation
  • a natural colored-sands rock formation

Los Cabos is known for its:

  • unmatched popularity, being the most popular tourist destination in Mexico
  • run-down slum areas
  • exclusive hotels and luxury areas

Which of these Mexican cities is nicknamed "City of Roses"?

  • Monterrey
  • Acapulco
  • Guadalajara

How long did it take to build the Cathedral Metropolitana de Guadalajara?

  • 20 years
  • more than 50 years
  • more than 100 years