As we launch the first initiative, we begin by exploring the country of Mexico. The richness and complexity of its history and culture as well as its location as a gateway to Latin America makes the perfect country to being the Heritage journey. The proximity of Mexico to the US, not to mention the large amount of population in the US that has continuous ties with Mexico, guides Heritage to explore the possibilities of (re)connection. Mexico is the third largest country in Latin America and is one of the chief economic and political forces in the region. It consists of 31 states and one federal district. La Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City) is in the federal district and is the country's capital and its most populous city. Despite the political and social challenges that have occurred over the centuries, evidence of past cultures and events are apparent everywhere in Mexico. Many of its rural areas are still inhabited by indigenous people whose lifestyles are quite similar to those of their ancestors. Due to its rich culture and history, Mexico ranks first in the Americas and seventh in the world in number of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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