Unless you have been living under a rock all these years, I’m fairly confident in saying that at some point in life, you heard about the Aztecs.
While the precise origins of the Aztec people remain foggy, they are believed to have begun as a northern tribe of hunter-gatherers whose name came from that of their homeland, Aztlan (or “White Land”). The Aztecs went by the name Tenochca (from which the name for their capital city, Tenochtitlan, was derived) or the Mexica (the origin of the name of the city that would replace Tenochtitlan, as well as the name from which Mexico was derived).
The language of the Aztecs was Nahuatl (Nahua), part of the Uto-Aztecan linguistic family that, at the time of the early explorations of America by Europeans, was influencing languages as far north as the Yellowstone River and as far south as Panama. Once the Aztecs achieved political ascendancy, Nahuatl became the lingua franca of an area almost as large as present-day Mexico.
Lots of reasons to visit Mexico. Lets start off with a reason that has put this awesome place on my list of places to visit — I’m a big cat buff myself, just FYI on that…ok then...here we go!