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20 gorgeous landscapes you’ll only find in Mexico

The steep walls of this canyon rise almost a thousand meters above the Grijalva River. Jaguars, crocodiles, anteaters, and numerous species of monkeys roam the forests that hem the gorge.Photo: Mr. Theklan

PEOPLE OFTEN FOCUS on the cultural or culinary landscape when they think of traveling to Mexico — the way indigenous traditions are woven into the modern society, and a cuisine that’s been recognized by UNESCO as an “intangible cultural heritage of humanity.” These points are worthy of attention and exploration, without a doubt.

But you can’t discount the geographic landscapes contained within this country’s borders, both natural and manmade. We’re talking snow-capped peaks, river gorges rimmed with plunging waterfalls, and sunken swimming holes that look straight out of an artist’s rendering, along with cities of colorful colonial architecture and ruins left behind by powerful Mesoamerican civilizations.

These are landscapes you’ll find in Mexico and nowhere else.

Sumidero Canyon, Chiapas

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Guanajuato, Guanajuato

Basaltic prisms of Santa María Regla, Hidalgo

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur

Cenotes of the Yucatán peninsula

Loreto, Baja California Sur

Agua Azul, Chiapas

Mexico City’s downtown

Xilitla, San Luis Potosí

Janitzio Island, Michoacán

El Rosario, Michoacán

Agave fields of Tequila, Jalisco

Tulum, Quintana Roo

Copper Canyon, Chihuahua

Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca

Bernal, Querétaro

Zipolite, Oaxaca

Basaseachic Falls, Chihuahua

Marieta Islands, Nayarit