Mexico gets a bad rap. The mainstream media, with its bias for bad news, gives the impression that Mexico is a violence-ridden narcotocracy. Many of the more strident voices in the contentious immigration debate paint Mexicans themselves as poor and desperate.
These stereotypes don't mesh well with reality. Mexico, in fact, is the second-largest economy in Latin America, with a growing middle class. The drug war that has left some 70,000 people dead is no doubt a tragedy, but Mexico's homicide rate isn't high by regional standards.
In fact, there's a lot of positive developments and historical context that often get left out of media coverage, with its steady drumbeat of drug war assassinations.
Check out 11 awesome things about Mexico that don't get the attention they deserve in the slideshow above.