This is a list of myths that sometimes run around people who have never actually been to Mexico and have formed this “image” of this country based on what they see on the news or movies, some of them are actually funny but some others are very serious, I hope you can enjoy them:
1- In Mexico everyone dresses wearing a “charro hat” and a “zarape” (Mexican poncho) around their shoulders.
Absolutely false, these is now part of the “culture” attire and people only wear it at special events or parades.
2- Other than the beach towns, Mexico is a deserted country with cactuses and empty fields, that is why people migrate to the US.
False, Mexico has all kinds of terrain, from deserts to mountain formations, lakes, rivers; you can almost find any type of landscape.
3- Everyone watches bull fights on the weekends.
This is one of cultural legacies from the Spaniards and it is still featured on some of the major cities but for the majority of Mexicans it is considered animal cruelty and people are working hard to have them banned.
4- All the houses are hacienda style and tiled roofs.
False, some of the houses are still made on that style but for the majority of people they are too expensive to build so most of the construction is done using concrete, steel and glass.
5- Mexicans eat tortillas with everything.
True, most Mexicans would have Tortillas at home and most of the dishes prepared at home can be served with tortillas.
6- Mexicans eat Tamales, Tacos and Burritos all the time.
False, these are traditional dishes that Mexicans enjoy once in a while but they cook different dishes daily to feed their families. Just like Americans don’t eat hamburgers or hot dogs every day or Japanese people don’t eat sushi every day, Mexicans don’t eat tacos every day.
7- Crime has increased in Mexico and is very unsafe for tourists.
False, crime has increased as the government has tighten up on drug lords but for the most part it involves criminals fighting each other and the tourism rarely has anything to do with this situation.
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