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?
El Castillo is a huge, 75-foot-high structure in the ancient city of Chichén Itza. What kind of structure is it?
a prayer tower
a stone pyramid
What kind of ceremonies were performed at the Sacred Cenote?
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?
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:
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?
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
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"?
How long did it take to build the Cathedral Metropolitana de Guadalajara?