August to July
Literacy rate (15+ years old)
In 2011, Mexico’s Ministry of Higher Education launched the “Digital High Schools” program to provide upper secondary education in rural and indigenous communities. However, inadequate infrastructure has prevented the program from achieving its goal.
In Tepetzintan, Puebla, high school students faced difficulties as they had to attend classes in the afternoons at a secondary school. This caused problems and discontent among the student community and parents. As a result, the community started a self-managed project called Rural Skills School. The students proposed that the Digital High School of Tepetzintan should become a Rural Skills School that teaches practical skills and ancestral agricultural knowledge to preserve indigenous language and culture.
The community now has two almost completed classrooms for high school students. Acronis and its partner Virtual Tech came on board to complete two existing classrooms, build the third one and sanitary facilities. If you’d like to join this project and support the community, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the country
The United Mexican States
129 million people
Mexican peso (MXN)
Mexico has a diverse climate due to its size and topography, ranging from tropical in the south to arid and semi-arid in the north. The coastal areas are influenced by the sea, while the interior regions experience more extreme temperatures and seasonal variations.
Annual average temperature
25°C (77°F) at coastal regions, 18°C (64°F) central and northern regions
November/December to April/May
May/June to October/November
The city of Puebla is renowned for its colonial architecture, including the stunning Cathedral of Puebla and the ornate Palafoxiana Library. The state is also famous for its delicious mole poblano, a thick sauce made with chili peppers, spices, and chocolate, as well as its vibrant traditional textiles and ceramics. The El Parian market in Puebla is a must-visit popular destination tourists, offering a variety of handicrafts, souvenirs, and delicious street food.
Museo Regional Cuauhnáhuac, also known as Palacio de Cortés, is a museum located in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, housed in a 16th-century palace that was once the residence of the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. The museum’s exhibitions showcase the history and culture of the region, including artifacts from pre-Hispanic civilizations, colonial-era art and architecture, and modern Mexican art.
The Zocalo is a large public square located in the heart of Mexico City’s historic center, surrounded by several important landmarks, including the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Templo Mayor. The Zocalo has been an important gathering place since Aztec times and remains a central hub of social and cultural activity in the city today.
The Castillo de Chapultepec is a historic castle located on a hill overlooking Mexico City, which served as a residence for various Mexican rulers over the years, including Emperor Maximilian I and President Porfirio Diaz. Today, it houses the National Museum of History and is a popular tourist destination, offering stunning views of the city, beautiful gardens, and impressive architecture.
Xochimilco is a picturesque borough in the southern part of Mexico City, known for its extensive canal system and colorful boats called trajineras. Visitors can take a leisurely boat ride through the canals, enjoying the vibrant atmosphere and sampling local food and drinks, or visit one of the area’s many parks or historic sites.
Cañón del Sumidero is a deep and narrow canyon carved by the Grijalva River. The canyon is over 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) deep in some places and is home to a variety of wildlife, including crocodiles, monkeys, and birds. Visitors can take a boat tour through the canyon to appreciate its natural beauty and spectacular rock formations.
Templo del Sol, which translates to “Temple of the Sun,” refers to several ancient Mesoamerican temples dedicated to the worship of the sun god, located throughout Mexico and Central America. The most famous example is the Templo Mayor in Mexico City, which was the main temple of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan and served as the center of religious and political life in the city. The ruins of the Templo Mayor can be visited today as part of the archaeological zone in the historic center of Mexico City.
Xel-Há Park is a natural water park located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, known for its crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life. Visitors can snorkel, swim, and relax in the park’s natural lagoon, explore nearby cenotes and caves, or take part in a variety of adventure activities such as ziplining or cliff jumping.
Playa Delfines is one of the most popular beaches in Cancun, Mexico, known for its soft white sand, turquoise waters, and stunning views. Other famous beaches in Cancun include Playa Norte, which is located on the nearby island of Isla Mujeres and is known for its calm waters and vibrant beach scene, and Playa Tortugas, which is popular for water sports such as jet skiing and parasailing. Playa del Carmen, a coastal town south of Cancun, also boasts beautiful beaches, such as Playa Mamitas and Playa Paraíso.
Puebla: Hotel Cartesiano, Hotel Real Santander
Places to eat
Puebla: El Mural de los Poblanos, Mercado el Carmen, Cemitas Las Poblanitas
Best souvenirs from the country
Mexican chocolate, tequila or Mezcal, traditional Mexican pottery, Talavera tiles or ceramics, vanilla extract, Mexican hot sauce or salsa, silver jewelry or crafts, Alebrijes (colorful hand-carved wooden creatures), Otomi embroidery, traditional Mexican blankets or sarapes, hand-painted tiles or murals, Guayabera shirts, Lucha libre masks.
Viajes Mexitours, Travelvia, Operadora Turistica de Puebla
Proposed one week tour
Day 1: School visit
Day 2: Puebla tour, Cortes Palace, Xochimilco
Day 3: Zocalo, Castillo de Chapultepec, transfer to Chiapas
Day 4: Cañón del Sumidero, transfer to Chis
Day 5: Templo del Sol, transfer to Cancun
Day 6: Xel-Há Park
Day 7: Playa Delfines