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If you plan to travel to Mexico soon, make sure to spare some of your vacation time to discover the magnificence of the country’s heritage. From world famous sites like Chichen Itza to several historic cities, Mexico is a destination worth visiting even for just discovering its UNESCO treasures.

The outstanding heritage of Mexico makes it the leading country in the Americas when it comes to the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On the global scene, it is the sixth country with the most listings. There is a total of 33 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mexico –27 cultural, 5 natural and 1 mixed - a sign of the great cultural and natural significance of the country.

Although you may need a whole lifetime to discover the entire heritage, some sites are a must on your next Mexico vacation. A great place to start is Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. Translated as “The royal road of the interior land” it is a national historic route which covers more than 50 sites five of which are listed as a UNESCO heritage sites. The ancient trade route itself was declared a World Heritage Site in 2010. For more than 300 years it was used actively for silver transportation from the then-famous mines of San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas and Guanajuato.

Oaxaca is another place where you can immerse yourself in the ancient Mexican heritage. UNESCO considers the Historic Center of the town as a cultural site of outstanding value to humanity. Not far away from the city center, there are other Mexican heritage treasures – the prehistoric caves of Mitla and Yagul located in the Central Valley of Oaxaca. A place that will amaze you with its great splendor.

The region of Campeche should also be on your radar when you are looking for impressive things to see in Mexico. Not only The Historic Fortified Town is part of UNESCO’s list. Not far from there the ancient Maya city of Calakmul opens up its doors for you to discover the secrets of the Mayan World. It became part of the World Heritage List in 2002 along with the Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul.

The stone monuments of Chichen Itza – one of the greatest Mayan sites, also deserve your attention when you are on your vacation in Mexico. The ancient city itself is a marvelous example of the great Mayan civilization illustrating two significant periods of the Mesoamerican history.

If you are looking for some urban exploration, Mexico is proud of 10 historic cities part of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Some of them we already mentioned, but others include the city of Guanajuato, Morelia, Mexico City, Puebla, Queretaro, Tlacotalpan, Zacatecas and San Miguel del Allende. All of them are Mexican heritage sites part of UNESCO’s list and are worth visiting.

If you are a nature lover, Mexico can offer you five outstanding natural sites for your UNESCO hunt in the country. The first one includes the protected coastal areas and islands part of the Gulf of California – one of the most diverse seas in the world with an extraordinary importance for different studies and processes. Moreover, three biosphere reserves in Mexico are part of UNESCO’s list - El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar, Sian Ka'an and Monarch Butterfly. The Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino was listed in 1993 for its significant importance for several ecosystems.

The Mexican heritage part of UNESCO’s list is spread all over the country, so whatever part you choose for your next vacation, you will not be disappointed.