A country so different, colorful, and exotic, it hard to believe that it is so close to the United States. Even its official name- the United Mexican States, suggests an unusual combination of exoticism and distant ancient traditions, combined with a dynamic march toward modernity. Mexico is for many, the gateway to Latin American, providing easy access to this extraordinary continent. It is a place where both the US and Latin America meet, and it is amazingly diverse. In the North of this large country is a harsh and mysterious mountain landscape, vast sun-scorched lands and dry deserts.