Offering a combination of history, natural beauty, and cultural diversity unmatched elsewhere in the New World, Mexico gives visiting students the opportunity to explore its many picturesque colonial towns and walk among the ruins of some of the early Americas' greatest civilizations (the Mayan and Aztec chiefly among these). Additionally, as college students on spring break have known for years, Mexico's white beaches and clear waters are unparalleled.
Study Abroad in Mexico: Oaxaca
If you're looking for a beautiful city set in the mountains, look no further than Oaxaca. A short flight south from Mexico City, Oaxaca is typified by its indigenous markets, lively cafes, and numerous churches. An UNESCO World Heritage City, Oaxaca embodies two distinct aspects of Mexico's history: its tree-lined, shaded central square (the zocalo) and fantastic colonial architecture are indicative of its Spanish colonial heritage, while the archaeological site of Monte Alban, on a hilltop at the outskirts of town, serves as a reminder of the true history of the region once ruled by the Zapotec people.
Study Abroad in Mexico: Puebla
Just east of Mexico City, Puebla is another example of Spain's colonial influence. Another UNESCO World Heritage City, Puebla counts among its many highlights a cathedral, widely considered to be among Mexico's best. Like Oaxaca, Puebla has several major archaeological sites nearby that are worth exploring, such as the Tenapa Pyramid in Cholula.
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