1. Jade mask, Mexico City. This tiny jade mask is one of the exhibits at the Templo Mayor Museum in Mexico City.
2. Stone of the Sun, National Anthropology Museum, Mexico City, Mexico. The carved stone is one of the greatest museum treasures. It was found in 1790 under the Zocalo, the main square of Mexico City. The sun is in its centre and the symbols around are the names of the days. That stone was incorrectly identified as the Aztec Calendar because of its symbolic content .
3. Dried chillies, Xochimilco, Mexico City. The sacks and baskets of fresh and dried chillies, and sweet fruits are for sale inside the roof covered market area.
4. A brightly coloured house, San Cristobal, Mexico. San Cristobal town in the highland valley has a great combination of the Spanish colonial and the traditional Mayan style of buildings. In the morning sun when this photo was taken the colours were even brighter. The little plastic flags were a part of the city's Easter decorations.
5. Posing for a family photo, San Juan Chamula, Mexico. The men are dressed in the traditional woollen white tunics. This colour distinguishes them from the civic and religious leaders who wear identical garments but in black. On this cold spring morning the woman and her daughter put on their black woollen skirts gathered with a belt around the waist.
6. La Pila fountain, Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico. The Moorish fountain La Pila stands on the Zocalo, the main square of a small town called Chiapa de Corzo. It was built in the sixteenth century by the Spanish and shaped as their royal crown.
7. A shopping arcade, Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico. The colourful decorations and lights make the arcade a lovely place when hunting for souvenir bags, hats or embroidered articles of clothing made by the local artisans.
8. The Canyon Sumidero National Park, Mexico. The canyon is located in the State of Chiapas. Its high cliffs overlook the Grijalva River, and its shores and waters are a home to many wildlife species. The canyon is a frequented tourist attraction.
9. Genesis, a sculpture in Puebla, Mexico. The marble sculpture of mythological pre-hispanic figures is located in the picturesque Neighbourhood of Artists in Puebla. That is the work of Guadalupe Romero Tecuapetla, one of the founding members of that area and his sculpture was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its establishing. That work of art is still a property of the late artist.
10. Fried crickets, Mexico. The markets of Mexico may surprise a visitor with the colours, smells and dizzying variety of food. On the wooden stalls women display baskets of red, yellow and black chillies, guavas, lemons, plums, countless vegetables, sweets and pyramids of the pictured delicacy, fried crickets.
11. A street of Puebla, Mexico. The building with the Mexican flags on the far left is the Museum of Revolution. Its facade is ridden with bullets that were fired at the start of 1910 revolution. The other houses flanking the cobblestone street are beautifully restored.
12. Tree of Life, Mexico. Shaped as a tree and decorated with figures of people, gods, angels, animals, birds and flowers such objects have been made of pottery even before the Spanish arrived in Mexico. The trees are used on special occasions in family homes and churches.
13. Embroidered dress, Mexico. The pictured dress was displayed on the wall in one of the restaurants in the Mexican city of Oaxaca.
14. Aqua Azul, State of Chiapas, Mexico. Some 60km away from Palenque there is nature reserve where the river cascades down the limestone platforms creating the spectacular waterfalls. As the name implies the waters should be bright blue but on a cloudy, rainy day when this photo has been taken the colours changed.
15. A woman displays her work, Zinacantan, Mexico. Wearing her own embroidery, this talented young woman shows her blankets, shawls, bags and clothes in the colours and patterns characteristic for the region.
16. The Diego Rivera Murals at the National Palace, Mexico City. The main staircase and the second floor gallery in the National Palace are decorated with murals depicting history of Mexico.
17. Hacienda La Noria, Xochimilco, Mexico City. The seventeenth century hacienda was once the home of Dolores Olmedo Patino, a philanthropist and artist. She collected paintings of Frida Khalo, Diego Rivera and many others. There is also a collection of furniture, porcelain Mexican pottery, ancient artefacts and her family travel memorabilia.
18. Painting with nature's colours, Mexico. Near the pyramid ruins, an Indian man stands with a handful of postcard and offers them for sale. That is not unusual but he also holds a cactus leaf on which tiny insects live. He squashes some and a red drop is released - cochineal dye used for centuries to colour precious fabrics. The man draws the red sun on the corner of an envelope and picks up a piece of thistle like leaf to add the yellow rays.
19. Nopal cactus, Mexico. When driving through the countryside it is easy to spot those prickly pear plants either growing wild or being cultivated. This and other cacti is a part of Mexican cuisine as it has been for centuries. Nopal cactus is also pictured on the national flag of Mexico.
20. Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico City, Mexico. The birth place and home of that Mexican artist is now a museum housing a collection of her painting and the paintings of other famous artists, including those of her lover, Diego Rivera. After Kahlo's death in 1954, Rivera donated the house to the nation.
21. Xochimilco boat, Mexico City, Mexico. A part of Mexico City, Xochimilco has a system of canals built by Aztecs. The punts like the pictured one are popular with tourists and weekenders who enjoy the rides on the canals, listening to mariachi bands, eating, drinking and having fun with their families.
22. Sagrario Metropolitano, Mexico City, Mexico. The interior of the eighteenth century parish church that shares the wall with the Metropolitan Cathedral is ready for the Easter celebrations. Light and airy it is still empty in the morning. Only the smell of white flowers lingers in its cool space.
23. Prayer ribbons, Mexico City, Mexico. Inside many churches there are such colourful ribbons decorating the chapels of favourite saints. Those are requests for happiness, good health or forgiveness.
24. Playa del Carmen, Mexico. This Caribbean seaside town is a popular destination for those who wish to enjoy the sand and the turquoise sea. There are hotels for every budget, scores of restaurants and cafes, countless shops with fashionable shoes and clothing, fake handbags and kitschy souvenirs. Further inland there are jungles and Mayan ruins to explore.