Mexico Cultural Information

Know before you go!
 
The following resources will help you prepare mentally for your study abroad experience! The more you learn about your host destination pre-departure, the richer your experience will be!

 

Culture Gram

Mexico Official Travel Guide

Local News

Television and Films

  • The Violin (“El Violin”)
  • Colosio: El asesinato
  • El Narco
  • Presumed Guilty
  • XY. La revista
  • Los simuladores
  • Locas de amor

 

Recommended Readings

  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall 

  • Aztec by Gary Jennings

  • Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy

  • The Labyrinth of Solitude and Other Writings by Octavio Paz

  • Xanto: Novelucha libre by Jose Luis Zarate

Music

  • Camila
  • Banda El Recodo
  • La Arrolladora Banda El Limon
  • Paty Cantu

Cultural Activities

  • Visit the Callejon de los sapos in puebla
  • Hike at Piedras Encimadas in puebla
  • Snorkel or dive the Palancar Reef in Cozumel
  • Get a taste of cultural history at Monte Alban in Oaxaca
  • Go on an art walk in San Jose del Cabo

Recommended Websites

Common Mexican Cuisine

  • Gorditas
  • Pambazo
  • Chilaquiles
  • Huarache
  • Alambre

Prominent Mexican Figures

Sara Ramirez is a Mexican singer/songwriter and actress. She is known for her role as Dr. Callie Torres in the medical drama Grey's Anatomy (2006–present), and as the original Lady of the Lake in the 2005 Broadway musical Spamalot, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Manuel Álvarez Bravo was Mexico’s first principal artistic photographer and is the most important figure in 20th-century Latin American photography. 

 

Carlos Augusto Alves Santana  is a Mexican American musician who became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American music. The band's sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not generally heard in rock music. Santana continued to work in these forms over the following decades. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. In 2003 Rolling Stone magazine listed Santana at number 20 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.

 

Luis Ignascio Urive Alvirde is a Mexican luchador enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler, signed with WWE and appearing under the ring name Sin Cara (Spanish for "Without Face"). He is best known for his time in the lucha libre promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) under the ring name Místico, where since 2006 he was the main técnico(face/storyline hero) in CMLL and the biggest box office draw in all of Mexico. Místico is Spanish for "Mystic", a religious ring character who is the storyline protégé of the wrestling priest Fray Tormenta.

Politics

Enrique Peña Nieto is the 57th president of Mexico. His six-year term began in 2012. He is a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and served as governor of the State of Mexico from 2005 to 2011. Peña Nieto was declared president-elect after the 2012 general election was declared valid by the Federal Electoral Tribunal, amidst some accusations of electoral fraud. He took office on 1 December 2012, succeeding Felipe Calderón as president thereby marking the return to power of the party that ruled Mexican politics for 71 consecutive years. His election marked the return of the PRI after a twelve-year hiatus. The PRI had governed Mexico uninterrupted for 71 years until it was defeated by the National Action Party (PAN) in 2000.

Guadalupe Victoria born José Miguel Ramón Adaucto Fernández y Félix, was a Mexican politician and military officer who fought for independence against the Spanish Empire in the Mexican War of Independence. He was a deputy in the Mexican Chamber of Deputies for Durango and a member of the Supreme Executive Power. He also served as the first president of Mexico. During his term as President he established diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom, the United States, the Federal Republic of Central America, and Gran Colombia. He also abolished slavery, founded the National Museum, promoted education, and ratified the border with the United States of America. As far as relations with the former colonial overlords of Mexico were concerned, he decreed a law to expel the Spaniards remaining in the country and defeated the last Spanish stronghold in the castle of San Juan de Ulúa. Victoria was the only president who completed his full term in more than 30 years of an independent Mexico. He died in 1843 at the age of 56 from epilepsy in the fortress of Perote, where he was receiving medical treatment. On 8 April of the same year, it was decreed that his name would be written in golden letters in the session hall of the Chamber of Deputies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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