120 Mexico Trivia Questions and Answers

Mexico has so much more to offer than just tacos, beer, and breathtaking beaches. The country has a rich history, wonderful museums, and a plethora of natural wonders. It is home to the newest seven wonders of the world – Chicken Itza!

Mexico is the home birth of the famous artist, Frida Kahlo, who is well known for her fantastical self-portraits. Read on to learn about many other Mexican talented individuals!

Mexico Facts Trivia Questions and Answers

Did you know that Mexico is the Latin American country with the highest number of international visitors and is ranked 10 worldwide? This comes as no surprise given Mexico’s diverse cultural heritage and nature.

These insights into Mexican culture can be very revealing when it comes to understanding a country and its people. Want to learn more about Mexican culture? Take up this Mexico trivia quiz!

 

1. What state of Mexico is the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal located in?

Yucatán

 

2. What is the capital of Mexico?

Mexico City

 

3. What year did the Mexican revolution take place?

1910

 

4. About 90% of the state of Oaxaca is covered by which type of terrain?

Mountains

 

5. How many people live in Mexico?

Around 128 million

 

6. True or false, the United Mexican States is the correct way to say Mexico’s name in English?

True

 

7. Okay, a general question for an opener. Which Mexican state would you find Cancun?

Quintana Roo

 

8. What year did the Mexican-American war end?

1848

 

9. Being from the United States, to get to Mexico I take Duran Duran’s advice and “dance across” this famous river to traverse the border from Texas into Mexico. Which river is this that Duran Duran sang of?

Rio Grande

 

10. What bird is on Mexico’s flag?

Eagle

 

11. What colors are Mexico’s flag?

Red, Green, and White.

 

12. Spaniard Fermin Mundaca arrived on the shores of Isla Mujeres in 1858 after acquiring his wealth selling captured Mayan slaves and, some say, pirating. He is buried in which of the following places?

Merida

 

13. What continent is Mexico on?

 

14. Where is the Aztec Empire located?

Mexico is the Aztec Empire

 

15. What year did New Mexico claim independence from Mexico and join America?

1912

 

16. In what Mexican state is Mazatlan located?

Sinaloa

 

17. How many States are in Mexico?

31

 

18. What year did the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla end?

1862

 

19. Jalisco is home to Mexico’s largest freshwater lake, which is located near the city of Guadalajara. What is it called?

Lake Chapala

 

20. What is the official language of Mexico?

Spanish

 

21. Who were the first people to make civilization in Mexico?

The Aztecs

 

22. Where is the city of Huatulco?

There is no such city.

 

23. Mexico is home to the world’s largest what?

Pyramid; The Great Pyramid of Cholula, aka Tlachihualtepetl, comes in at 4.45 million cubic meters.

 

24. What dishes is Mexico famous for?

Tacos and burritos.

 

25. “El Malecon” (the boardwalk) is where a regularly occurring event takes place. What is that event?

Sunday Night Festival

 

26. The National University of Mexico is the oldest university in North America. Built in 1551, how many years older, is it, than Harvard University?

85 years

 

27. What is the national animal of Mexico?

 

28. Who is the president of Mexico as of 2021?

Andres Manuel Lopex Obrador.

 

29. You’re strolling in any plaza (town square) on a Sunday afternoon. Along comes a group of musicians, playing and singing, dressed in fancy, tight-fitting suits and large sombreros. What are these musicians called?

Mariachis

 

30. Our first stop was the colonial city of Puebla. Puebla was the site of a historic battle that took place on May 5, 1862. The Mexicans were victorious over which country’s army?

France

 

31. What is the national sport of Mexico?

The charreada

 

32. At approximately 17,800 feet, what is the second-highest natural peak of Mexico?

Popocatépetl

 

33. The world’s smallest dog breed originated in Mexico; what is the breed’s name?

Chihuahua

 

34. What is soccer in the United States called in Mexico?

Football

 

35. Which port city, whose name translates to “Hidden Port”, hosts surfing competitions at Zicatela Beach?

Puerto Escondido

 

36. What is the largest wild cat to be found in Mexico?

Jaguar

 

37. What bugs are commonly eaten in Mexico?

Spiders, grasshoppers, and scorpions

 

38. Downtown Cancun comprises supermanzanas (superblocks), but what is the central downtown area best known as?

El Centro

 

39. What is Mexico’s currency?

Peso

 

40. Where is the world’s smallest volcano?

Mexico. The Cuexcomate Volcano.

 

41. From which country did Mexico get its independence?

Spain

 

42. Originating in Mexico, this invention’s first transmission happened in 1943.

Color TV

 

43. What sweet dessert was given to the world by Mexico?

Chocolate

 

44. The Villa Rolandi Thalasso is a spa, gourmet and beach club, listed in the directory of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. To which of the following world leaders and his spouse did it once play host?

British Prime Minister Tony Blair

 

45. If someone said ‘te amo’ to you in Mexico, what would they mean?

Love you.

 

46. What church is probably Puerto Vallarta’s best-known attraction?

Guadalupe

 

47. Where was the meteorite responsible for the extinction of dinosaurs’ land?

In the Yucatan peninsula

 

48. 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?

Tequila

 

49. How long has Mexican cuisine been around?

Around 9,000 years.

 

50. Our next destination was the capital of the state of Veracruz. Can you name this city?

Xalapa

 

51. What type of fat are a lot of Mexican dishes fried in?

Pork fat

 

52. How many active volcanos can be found in Mexico?

42

 

53. This volcano, located in the state of Puebla, has semi-frequent eruptions usually resulting in little more than ash and steam.

Popocatepetl

 

54. German explorer and geographer Alexander von Humboldt described what city of Mexico as “The City of Eternal Spring” in the early 1800s?

Cuernavaca

 

55. Where is cheese-making traditionally done in Mexico?

Inside the home

 

56. In terms of rank, where does Mexico sit in terms of being the largest country in the world?

 

57. Oaxaca has a variety of climates, but which one of the following would you not experience on a trip to Oaxaca?

Cool/Continental

 

58. What ingredient is often added to Mexican desserts?

Chiles

 

59. How many people cross the USA and Mexico border each year?

350 million people

 

60. To travel from the airport to the downtown area, tourists must take which main road in Cancun?

Ave Tulum

 

61. How much is the Mexican restaurant sector worth in the US?

Almost $67 billion

 

62. How many islands are scattered across the coast of Mexico?

1,365 islands

 

63. The Mexican national anthem also mentions “mountains and valleys” more generally (besides any that specifically deal with ruined cities) but tell me, which of these mountain ranges is not at all within Mexico and therefore could NOT be applied to the anthem?

Apennines

 

64. Also known as the Alligator Pear, what is the main ingredient for guacamole?

Avocado

 

65. What type of salad was invented in Mexico?

Caesar Salad

 

66. What countries border Mexico?

United States, Guatemala & Belize

 

67. In what year were nachos invented?

1943, for a group of visiting US military wives to Ignacio Anaya Garcías Mexican restaurant.

 

68. True or false, Mexico City is the 8th wealthiest city in the world?

True

 

69. In 2002, the ban on which Mexican-grown fruit being imported into the US was lifted?

Avocados

 

70. Tacos are traditionally made using what type of tortilla?

Corn tortillas – flour tortillas are typically reserved for fajitas

 

71. What Guinness World Record in Mexico City known for?

40,000 people kissing at the same time

 

72. If you’re vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, in which Mexican state are you?

Baja California Sur

 

73. What is the date of Mexican Independence day?

16th September

 

74. Where is the largest university in the world?

The National University of Mexico.

 

75. What are the names of Mazatlan’s main islands?

Deer Island, Bird Island, Wolf Island

 

76. How many taxis are in operation in Mexico City?

100,000 taxis

 

77. What is Huatulco known for primarily?

Beaches. There are many beaches in the area, uncrowded, unspoiled and beautiful.

 

78. What state is Puerto Vallarta in?

Jalisco

 

79. What was the occupation of the man who led the Mexican war for independence?

A priest, commonly known as Father Hidalgo.

 

80. How many years did the war for independence last?

11-years

 

81. How many airports can be found in Mexico?

1,714

 

82. 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?

Tamales

 

83. True or False: Mexico’s Independence Day is a national holiday?

True, government offices, schools, banks, and most workplaces will close.

 

84. How long do Mexican Independence Day celebrations go on for?

2-days

 

85. The official Mexican flag features 3 colors; which color represents independence?

Green

 

86. Near Xalapa is Mexico’s highest mountain. What is the name of this snowcapped peak?

Pico de Orizaba

 

87. What does a traditional holiday piñata have to have?

A round center with 7 spikes (representing the 7 deadly sins), a stick (to represent virtue), and candy inside (to represent gifts from God).

 

88. Which U.S. state does Tijuana share a border with?

California

 

89. What traditional Christmas plant is native to Mexico?

Poinsettia

 

90. What is the westernmost city of Mexico?

Tijuana

 

91. 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?

Chiapas and Veracruz

 

92. On what date do people open Christmas gifts in Mexico?

Chiapas and Veracruz

 

93. Christmas eve is when the real celebration happens in Mexico and when the festive meal is served. In addition to turkey, what other 2 dishes are traditionally served?

Bacalao and Romeritos

 

94. Cancun is home to which of the following beautiful soccer stadiums, home to FC Atlante?

Estadio Olímpico Andrés Quintana Roo

 

95. Well, what about the valleys mentioned in the national anthem – which of these is the common name for the valley where Mexico City is situated?

Valley of the Damned

 

96. What Christmas decorations are more popular than trees in Mexico?

Nativity scenes, known as Nacimiento.

 

97. Mexico is home to the largest ever angel ornament, it was made out of 2946 old what?

Beer bottles

 

98. What does Cinco de Mayo commemorate?

Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862

 

99. What does a red rose mean in Mexico?

Love and fidelity

 

100. Which major resort city is situated in the Mexican state of Guerrero?

Acapulco

 

101. What is the time zone of Mexico?

UTC -6

 

102. What is the name of the Mazatlan Airport?

Aeropuerto Internacional General Rafael Buelna

 

103. Which famous actress was born in Mexico?

Salma Hayek

 

104. Is Mexico all desert?

Mountains cover much of Mexico

 

105. Who was Frida Kahlo’s husband?

Diego Rivera

 

106. In which sea is Isla Mujeres located?

Caribbean Sea

 

107. When was Mexico City built?

1521

 

108. A short 200km day trip from Cancun finds a visitor reveling in the beauty of El Castillo, a structure within which of the New Seven Wonders of the World?

Chichen Itzaxas

 

109. How many ethnic groups are there in Mexico?

56 Amerindian and diverse foreign ethnic groups

 

110. What is the Median age in Mexico?

28.6 years

 

111. Within the Cancun hotel zone there is also a lesser known Mayan ruins complex famous for its tame iguanas. What is the name of this tourist spot?

El Rey Ruins

 

112. Which mountain range does Puerto Vallarta lie near?

Sierra Madre Occidental

 

113. Mexico is located in one of the most seismically active areas of the world named

The Pacific Ring of Fire

 

114. What was Lila Downs’ first album?

Ofrenda

 

115. What is the oldest Mexican soccer team?

Club de Fútbol Pachuca

 

116. Which Mexican singer is nicknamed “El Charro de Huentitán”, “El Ídolo de México”, and “El Rey de la Música Ranchera”?

Vicente Fernández

 

117. What is the national fish of Mexico?

Cutthroat Trout

 

118. Which British author wrote ‘Under the Volcano’?

Malcolm Lowry

 

119. Who is the highest-paid soccer player in Mexico?

Santa Cruz (Cruz Azul)

 

120. Which author wrote ‘The Death of Artemio Cruz’?

Carlos Fuentes

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