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170 Mexico Trivia Questions, Answers, and Fun Facts

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1 What state of Mexico is the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal located in?
Answer: Yucatán

Uxmal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is approximately 40 miles away from Yucatán's state capital, Mérida.

The Pyramid of the Magician is the tallest building of Uxmal, at approximately 130 feet high. It is constructed of limestone, and is the main tourist attraction of Uxmal.
  From Quiz: Magnificent Mexico
2 About 90% of the state of Oaxaca is covered by which type of terrain?
Answer: Mountains

There are five different systems of mountain ranges in the state of Oaxaca, with the major ranges being the Sierra Madre del Sur, the Sierra Atravesada (Sierra de Niltepec), and the Sierra Madre de Oaxaca. There are five peaks over 3,000 meters in the state, with the tallest being Cerro Quiexoba at 3,750 meters. The mountainous terrain means that the rivers in Oaxaca are not navigable, though some of them, like the Coatzacoalcos River, are navigable in other regions downriver.
    Your options: [ Mountains ] [ Plains ] [ Desert ] [ Marsh ]
  From Quiz: Oaxaca, Mexico
3 What bird is on Mexico's flag?
Answer: Eagle

On the Mexican flag there is an eagle holding a snake in its talons, and sitting on top of a cactus.
  From Quiz: Mexico Trivia
4 Cancun is located in what Mexican state?
Answer: Quintana Roo

Cancun is found in Mexico's Quintana Roo, in the Yucatán Peninsula. It is located on the Yucatan Channel separating Mexico from Cuba. Forty years ago, Cancun was generally unknown, but due to an energetic development program, it has become Mexico's largest tourism resort.
  From Quiz: The United States of Mexico
5 In what Mexican state is Mazatlan located?
Answer: Sinaloa

Sinaloa is located on the Mexican Pacific shoreline. Quintana Roo is in the Yucatan Peninsula, while Baja California is another peninsula very close to Sinaloa. Jalisco is about 500 km. away from Mazatlan. A famous beach of Jalisco is Puerto Vallarta.
  From Quiz: All About Mazatlan
6 Jalisco is home to Mexico's largest freshwater lake, which is located near the city of Guadalajara. What is it called?
Answer: Lake Chapala

Lake Chapala is actually located on the border of Jalisco and Michoacan. The rivers Duero, Lerma, Zula, and Huaracha all feed the lake and it is drained by the Santiago River. Lake Chapala attracts many tourists and has many activities available. It is also a place where mariachi bands play for the crowds.
    Your options: [ Lake Chapala ] [ Lake Guadalajara ] [ Lake Magdalena ] [ Lake Texcoco ]
  From Quiz: Jalisco, Mexico
7 Where is the city of Huatulco?
Answer: There is no such city.

Huatulco isn't a city. It's a region of coastline that encompasses a couple of towns and over 30 spectacular beaches sprinkled along nine bays. It's located about 400 miles east southeast of Acapulco on the Pacific Ocean, not too far from the Guatemalan border. There is an inland town called Santa Maria Huatulco, but it isn't part of the coastal resort. It's where many former residents of the resort area were relocated when the resort development began.
  From Quiz: Huatulco: Semi-Secret Vacation Paradise
8 "El Malecon" (the boardwalk) is where a regularly occurring event takes place. What is that event?
Answer: Sunday Night Festival

Every Sunday night, El Malecon comes alive with locals and tourists alike, participating in festivities, including markets, street performers, food, music, and much much more. Definitely a must see when in Puerto Vallarta.
  From Quiz: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
9 What is the capital of Mexico and one of the largest cities in the world?
Answer: Mexico City

Mexico City is located on the ancient "Aztec"/Mexica capital of Tenochtitlan.
  From Quiz: Mexico - A little of everything
10 At approximately 17,800 feet, what is the second-highest natural peak of Mexico?
Answer: Popocatépetl

Popocatépetl is an active stratovolcano, and is the second-highest natural peak of Mexico, after Pico de Orizaba, also known as "Citlaltépetl" which is an inactive stratovolcano. Popocatépetl is one of the most active volcanoes of Mexico, having experienced over 15 major eruptions since the Spanish arrived in 1519.

There is a state in Mexico called "Mexico" just like the country. Popocatépetl is located in the state of Mexico, and the states of Puebla and Morelos.
  From Quiz: Magnificent Mexico
11 Which port city, whose name translates to "Hidden Port", hosts surfing competitions at Zicatela Beach?
Answer: Puerto Escondido

Many tourists visit Puerto Escondido for its beaches. It has become known as the "Mexican Pipeline" and attracts surfers every year for competitions. Additionally, it is often included in lists of the top ten places to surf and lists of places with the best waves.

Puerto Escondido means "Hidden Port", but the name comes from a story that led to the bay to be named la Bahía de la Escondida, or "Bay of the Hidden Woman". According to the legend, Sir Francis Drake's brother, Andrés (Andrew), and his men kidnapped a Mixtec woman. She escaped from them while they were anchored in the area and hid in the jungle. The pirates were never able to find her, and so they began calling her "La Escondida".
    Your options: [ Puerto Escondido ] [ Puerto Morelos ] [ Puerto Vallarta ] [ Puerto Madero ]
  From Quiz: Oaxaca, Mexico
12 Downtown Cancun is comprised of supermanzanas (superblocks), but what is the central downtown area best known as?
Answer: El Centro

The downtown area of Cancun is known as "El Centro," and is actually a very beautiful design. The supermanzana superblocks form giant trapezoids that have large central open areas framed by u-shaped residential streets. The downtown area is quite walker- and cyclist-friendly. El medio is the Spanish word for middle. Ciudad is Spanish for city and Mercado is the Spanish word for market.
  From Quiz: Exploring the "CAN" in Cancun
13 From which country did Mexico get its independence?
Answer: Spain

Mexico gained its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810. However, this was not recognized by Spain until September 27, 1821.
    Your options: [ Great Britain ] [ Brazil ] [ Spain ] [ United States ]
  From Quiz: Mexico Trivia
14 Puerto Vallarta is a resort city situated in which Mexican state?
Answer: Jalisco

Puerto Vallarta is situated on Bahía de Banderas, in the state of Jalisco. The city was founded in 1851, and was originally a small fishing and pearl-diving village. What helped put Puerto Vallarta on the map was John Huston's 1963 filming of 'The Night of the Iguana' in Mismaloya, a small town very near to Puerto Vallarta, and the publicity given to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's romance at the time.
    Your options: [ Nayarit ] [ Michoacan ] [ Jalisco ] [ Sinaloa ]
  From Quiz: The United States of Mexico
15 What is Mazatlan's nickname?
Answer: La perla del pacifico

La perla del pacifico means 'the pacific pearl'. La perla de occidente (western pearl) is used for Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico's second largest city. La sultana del norte (the northern kingdom) is used for Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico's third largest city. And la ciudad de la esperanza (the city of hope) is used for Mexico City, the Mexican capital.
  From Quiz: All About Mazatlan
16 There are two mountain ranges that run through Jalisco, one of which is the Neo-Volcanic Axis. What is the other one?
Answer: Sierra Madre Occidental

The Sierra Madre Occidental begins in Arizona and ends in Guanajuato where it connects with the Sierra Madre Oriental. Some of the mountains in Jalisco which form part of the Sierra Madre Occidental include: Los Huicholes, El Gordo Hill, and the sierras of San Isidro and Los Guajalotes. The mountain range is home to a diversity of plant and animal life, including pine-oak forests and a wide variety of endemic bird species.
    Your options: [ Sierra Madre Occidental ] [ Sierra Madre del Sur ] [ Sierra Madre Oriental ] [ Sierra Madre del Norte ]
  From Quiz: Jalisco, Mexico
17 FONATUR has overseen the development of Huatulco. What is FONATUR?
Answer: The tourism development arm of the Mexican government.

FONATUR stands for Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo (National Fund to Develop Tourism). It's part of Mexico's government, and it's devoted to developing Mexico's numerous areas of exceptional beauty without polluting or otherwise ruining them. What a concept, eh?
  From Quiz: Huatulco: Semi-Secret Vacation Paradise
18 What church is probably Puerto Vallarta's best known attraction?
Answer: Guadalupe

The Church of Guadalupe is found in the heart of Old Town Puerto Vallarta. Construction of the church was started in 1918 and finished in 1951. The top of the Church is a replica of the crown worn by the empress of Mexico, Carlota, in the 1890's.
  From Quiz: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
19 In any plaza, you'll come across a cantina (bar) where Mexico's national alcoholic beverage is served. It's distilled from the maguey (or agave) succulent. You'll need it for your margaritas. Can you name this beverage?
Answer: Tequila

The maguey plant for tequila is primarily grown in Jalisco. The plant begins to mature at 7-12 years, and it becomes enormous. There are strict standards for the making of tequila. It must be at least 51% agave; the remainder is usually liquid made from sugarcane or maize. There are many different qualities of tequila. The finest tequila goes down smoothly and is quite delicious. Other drinks made from maguey are pulque and mezcal. Aguardiente is brandy, and azucar is sugar.
  From Quiz: Mexico: A Taste of the Culture
20 This volcano, located in the state of Puebla, has semi-frequent eruptions usually resulting in little more than ash and steam.
Answer: Popocatepetl

Popocatepetl means "smoking mountain" in Nahuatl - one of the native languages of central Mexico.
    Your options: [ Iztaccíhuatl ] [ Popocatepetl ] [ Krakatoa ] [ Mauna Loa ]
  From Quiz: Mexico - A little of everything
21 What is the highest mountain in Mexico?
Answer: Orizaba

Mount Orizaba is 18,697 feet above sea level. It is an extinct volcano in southern Mexico. It is also known as Mount Citlaltepetl.
Chimborazo and Mount Cotopaxi are in Ecuador and Ojos del Salado is on the Chile-Argentina border.
  From Quiz: 9 for 10 - Mexico
22 German explorer and geographer Alexander von Humboldt described what city of Mexico as "The City of Eternal Spring" in the early 1800s?
Answer: Cuernavaca

Alexander von Humboldt was impressed with the weather in his time at Cuernavaca, hence the nickname. The nickname has somewhat stuck. There is a statue of Alexander von Humboldt in Cuernavaca.

The Palace of Cortés, built in the 1520s, is located in Cuernavaca. It was originally a fortified establishment for the conqueror Hernán Cortés. It was renovated into a prison after the Cortés fled it, due to his own legal issues. As a prison during the Mexican War of Independence, it held prisoners such as the Catholic priest José María Morelos y Pavón. It now a museum.

There is a statue to Cuauhtémoc, the last Aztec emperor, in Cuernavaca. Hernán Cortés tortured, then later executed, him.
  From Quiz: Magnificent Mexico
23 To travel from the airport to the downtown area, tourists must take which main road in Cancun?
Answer: Ave Tulum

Ave Tulum is the main north-south roadway serving the airport and downtown Cancun. The airport is about 30km or 19 miles south of the downtown area. The Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancun is Mexico's second busiest airport and served over 17 million visitors in 2014.
    Your options: [ Ave Coba ] [ Ave Tulum ] [ Ave Kukulcan ] [ Ave. Paseo José López Portillo ]
  From Quiz: Exploring the "CAN" in Cancun
24 What countries border Mexico?
Answer: United States, Guatemala & Belize

Mexico is bordered by the United States to the north, and Guatemala and Belize to the south.
  From Quiz: Mexico Trivia
25 What are the names of Mazatlan's main islands?
Answer: Deer Island, Bird Island, Wolf Island

Deer Island is the biggest one at 1.85 km. long. Wolf Island is 50 meters long - it used to be known as Goat Island. Bird Island is 0.4 km. in length.
  From Quiz: All About Mazatlan
26 What is Huatulco known for primarily?
Answer: Beaches. There are many beaches in the area, uncrowded, unspoiled and beautiful.

Huatulco has many beaches spread along its ocean bays, some of which are accessible only by water. Each has its own brand of charm. Some are completely undeveloped while others have restaurants and bars, and even shops nearby. One is on a spit of land between the ocean and the mouth of a lovely river flowing into the sea.
  From Quiz: Huatulco: Semi-Secret Vacation Paradise
27 What state is Puerto Vallarta in?
Answer: Jalisco

Puerto Vallarta is very close to the border of the State of Nayarit, where Nuevo Vallarta is situated. It is a quick 30 minute cab ride to Nuevo Vallarta.
  From Quiz: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
28 This delicious traditional dish is made with a corn dough (masa) wrapped around meat or other fillings, which is then wrapped in corn husks and steamed. Can you name this Mexican favorite?
Answer: Tamales

Almost anything can be used as a filling for tamales. Pork, chicken and beef with a mild chili sauce are favorites. But you can also use cheese, there are sweet tamales, fish tamales, almost anything edible can be used. They are traditional at Christmastime, when all the women in the family gather to make dozens of tamales. As you stroll in any plaza, you're bound to come across a stand where tamales are sold. Enchiladas, burritos and tacos are all dishes wrapped with tortillas.
    Your options: [ Enchiladas ] [ Tamales ] [ Burritos ] [ Tacos ]
  From Quiz: Mexico: A Taste of the Culture
29 Near Xalapa is Mexico's highest mountain. What is the name of this snowcapped peak?
Answer: Pico de Orizaba

The volcano last erupted in 1546 and is 18,856 feet high. Its Aztec name is Citlatepetl which means, "star mountain".
  From Quiz: Travels in Mexico Part 1
30 Which U.S. state does Tijuana share a border with?
Answer: California

Border towns can be found along all of the states mentioned above, but Tijuana, just south of San Diego, California, is one of the most famous.
    Your options: [ Arizona ] [ California ] [ New Mexico ] [ Texas ]
  From Quiz: Mexico - A little of everything
31 Four states border Mexico. Through which one does the Rio Grande flow?
Answer: New Mexico

The Rio Grande is 1885 miles in length. It rises in Colorado and then flows south through the center of New Mexico. It then flows in a south easterly direction and enters the Gulf of Mexico. The four states are, from west to east, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas
  From Quiz: 9 for 10 - Mexico
32 What is the westernmost city of Mexico?
Answer: Tijuana

Tijuana is located on the coast of the Mexican state of Baja California, which is also the northernmost and westernmost of Mexico's 32 federal entities (which consist of 31 states, and the autonomous Mexico City.

At a capacity of 22,000 people, Tijuana is home to one of the largest bullrings in Mexico. The Plaza Monumental de Tijuana, known in English as "Bullring by the Sea" is purported to be the only seaside bullring in the world. It located only 60 meters from the border with the U.S.A.
  From Quiz: Magnificent Mexico
33 The Selva Zoque region of Mexico, important for its large expanses of tropical forest and its biodiversity, is located in Oaxaca and which two other states?
Answer: Chiapas and Veracruz

The Selva Zoque region consists of the Chimalapas rain forest, Selva El Ocote, Uxpanapa, and La Sepultura. The region is home to an estimated 3,500 different plant species, including more than 300 species of orchids. Additionally, its diversity in animal life includes over 500 species of birds (some estimates say over 600), including the horned guan, resplendent quetzal, and harpy eagle. Not only is the Selva Zoque region important because of its biodiversity, but also because of the presence of indigenous communities, like the Zoque.
    Your options: [ Chiapas and Veracruz ] [ Guerrero and Veracruz ] [ Chiapas and Michoacán ] [ Jalisco and Guanajuato ]
  From Quiz: Oaxaca, Mexico
34 Which state is Mexico's largest state?
Answer: Chihuahua

Chihuahua is Mexico's largest state. It is 247,455 sq. km. Sonora is the 2nd largest state, Durango is the 4th largest, and Chiapas is the 10th in size.
    Your options: [ Durango ] [ Sonora ] [ Chihuahua ] [ Chiapas ]
  From Quiz: Mexico Trivia
35 Which major resort city is situated in the Mexican state of Guerrero?
Answer: Acapulco

Acapulco is located in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. It is one of Mexico's oldest and best-known beach resorts. The most famous feature of Acapulco is the death-defying show put on by The "La Quebrada Cliff Divers" who daily risk their lives diving off the cliff.
    Your options: [ Playa Del Carmen ] [ Ixtapa ] [ Acapulco ] [ Manzanillo ]
  From Quiz: The United States of Mexico
36 What is the name of the Mazatlan Airport?
Answer: Aeropuerto Internacional General Rafael Buelna

Aeropuerto Internacional General Rafael Buelna has the IATA code: MZT, and the OACI code: MMMZ. Aeropuerto Internacional Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla is Guadalajara's Airport. Aeropuerto Internacional Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz is Puerto Vallarta's Airport. Finally, Cozumel International Airport serves Cozumel.
  From Quiz: All About Mazatlan
37 How do you get to Huatulco?
Answer: Commercial or charter airline, or by car or personal watercraft.

Huatulco has an airport, a small one, but capable of accommodating commercial airliners. Flights come in daily from Mexico City. There are some charters available as well. There is no port in the Huatulco area capable of accommodating anything like a cruise ship, but if you have a smaller craft, there's a marina.
  From Quiz: Huatulco: Semi-Secret Vacation Paradise
38 In any marketplace in Mexico, you'll find large, colorfully decorated papier-maché figures, filled with candy, to be hung from a tree and broken with a stick. What are these called?
Answer: Pinatas

No Mexican birthday fiesta is complete without a piñata. The piñata originally came from China. Marco Polo introduced the piñata to Europe after having come upon them during his travels there. The Spanish then introduced piñatas to Mexico, where they became part of the Catholic religious celebration called the posada. Their use in celebrations has continued and spread throughout North America.
Muñecas (dolls), cochinitos (little pigs) and perritos (little dogs) are children's toys.
  From Quiz: Mexico: A Taste of the Culture
39 In which Mexican state is Cancun located?
Answer: Quintana Roo

Quintana Roo is a Mexican state which is located on the Yucatán peninsula. Incidentally, Yucatán is also a state to the West of Quintana Roo.
    Your options: [ Morelos ] [ Quintana Roo ] [ Nuevo Leon ] [ Yucatan ]
  From Quiz: Mexico - A little of everything
40 The Rio Grande forms the border between Mexico and this US state.
Answer: Texas

After flowing through New Mexico the Rio Grande enters Texas near the city of El Paso. On the Mexican side is the city of Ciudad Juarez.
  From Quiz: 9 for 10 - Mexico
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