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Mexico

Mexican celebrities

If these Mexican people are not known worldwide, the great majority are known at least nationally. The television and radio flood the waves of series and local sounds which come to be exported in the rest of the continent, they have always struggled crossing the Atlantic ocean and reaching us.

The disappeared

In the rich history of the country, you will surely hear of during your trip in Mexico some names which soon will no longer be unknown. Amongst those Cuatémec is known for being the last Aztec emperor to fight against the conquistadors of the Spanish Cortès. His statue is erected in Mexico.

More well known, Bartolomé de Las Casas although born in Seville in Andalusia has spend a large amount of his life in defending the rights of Indians.

If Porfirio Diaz is known for having the longest as head of State, he was president of the Republic for 34 years, Miguel Hidalgo is today celebrated as a hero to have given Mexico its independence in 1810. Benito Juárez was the only president of indigenous origin in Mexico.

Closer to us, Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata were heroes of the revolution. Their fight had the objective of giving the land back to the people and to the peasants. Through the ever active zapatistas, Emiliano Zapata conserved almost 100 years later his statute of the symbol of the peasants struggle.

Motorway sign to the glory of the Zapatistas

The living

If the name Rafael Guillén doesn't say anything to you, you have without doubt heard tell of him, even before having considered a trip to Mexico, from commandant Marcos. No one can affirm that these two people were just one. In any case, it is strongly suggested that the current boss of EZLN isn't really this student of philosophy and sociology who has emptied the banks of the Sorbonne. It is now obligatory to hide in the Chiapas jungle from where he coordinates the zapatista movement.

With an estimated fortune of 53 billion dollars, Carlos Slim disputes each year Bill Gates the title of richest man on the planet.

In terms of Mexican actors and actrices or with Mexican origins, you will know Salma Hayek, Eva Longoria and Jessica Alba.

David Debrincat
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Updated 23 November 2015

Tour ideas

  • Boutique travel
Luxury beaches, and Mayan ruins
Length 8 days Approx. $3,060
  • Highlights
Mayan Wonders in Two Weeks
Length 12 days Approx. $1,790
  • Off the beaten track
Whistle-stop Mexico City
Length 5 days Approx. $830
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