The Top 10 Must-See Spots in Mexico

This post is long overdue. I spent a year teaching in Mexico, and fell in love with this marvelous country. ❤28070383511_1644d21be9_oIt’s full of charm, unique character, and countless hidden gems around every corner.28066261771_d5c65c0326_oAs such, I’ve come up with a list of the top 10 must-see spots in Mexico that everyone should add to their bucket list. 😀

10. Morelia

Morelia’s captivating Spanish architecture and its wealth of cultural sites makes it the perfect hub for exploring the region of Michoacán.28132437706_e217f23722_oWitness the annual migration of Monarch butterflies in Angangueo at Sanctuary El Rosario. 28070383481_275768cb9d_oWander the candlelit cemeteries near Patzcuaro for Día de Los Muertos.28044851221_fd7c74cb46_oAppreciate deep religious devotion at Templo de las Rosas.27547633434_3f0e757bf2_oMarvel at Morelia’s pink stone cathedral and pop inside for a free symphony performance.28092163696_13f0b16347_oEat red, white and green pozole: a pork and white corn soup, topped with avocado and crunchy radish.28123724755_a41fb05e91_o

9. Guanajuato

Take a ride up Guanajuato’s funicular tram to admire this colorful city. 😀28088292391_d2a4e46863_oStroll the cobblestone streets with student musicians, singing folk songs and reciting local legends.28044953411_1f7ee349c7_oLick the plate clean at Truco 7, devouring a plate of enchiladas verdes.28144083235_939b24e75d_oBecome mesmerized by the gardens at Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel.28044866222_d5dcce2afd_oVisit neighboring San Miguel de Allende, named one of the world’s most beautiful towns.28123724745_dc1ccf09df_oEnd with a historic stroll through Dolores Hidalgo, and refresh in this palate pleaser of avocado ice cream.27547633344_bf2e0cf0d2_o

8. Pachuca

View Pachuca’s striking architecture from the center of their stunning central plaza.28130209405_faeca31009_oBetter yet, take in the view from atop their monumental clock.28066799212_46d58b359a_oVisit Las Prismas Balsaticos, a natural rock ravine in Huasca del Ocampo.28126279645_da94a13a29_oExplore the historic Spanish mining hacienda of Santa Maria Regla, also the filming location for The Mask of Zorro.27557248264_4db43699a9_oThanks to Cornish influence, indulge in a buttery beef filled pastry, and the obligatory siesta that follows. 😛28130917045_f9105b6cfb_o

7. Valladolid

Valladolid’s pastel colored buildings and wide cobblestone streets make it an ethereal town, and the perfect hub for exploring the surrounding Yucatán Peninsula.

Marvel at this city’s colonial charm by wandering the San Bernadino Convent.
28092163706_d92ae6a7b4_oSwim in their striking cave pools, especially Cenote X’keken.28126279575_53a6dcee98_oVisit the ruins of Chichén Itzá.28044953381_23b5b35078_zHike the jungle ruins of Coba.28045729331_c9ee8f52f5_oWander the beachfront Mayan ruins of Tulum.28045729291_a1cf30a394_oScuba dive Dos Ojos, one of the largest underwater cave systems.28109139286_cfdde896bc_oVisit Rio Lagartos Bioreserve and view flocks of pink flamingos.27507402133_64a6ee0462_oVisit nearby Akumal and snorkel with sea turtles.27507402113_af7ac0791d_zGlide alongside gentle whale sharks off the island of Isla Holbox. 27838204240_ff164d41fd_cSupport marine conservation at Cancun’s underwater museum.28070383451_d2bdf942a6_oTake a ferry to Cozumel and scuba dive the vibrant coral reefs of Punta Tunich28130209485_1a9be25bac_o

6. Huasteca Potosina

This region, nicknamed “La Huasteca,” is known for extreme sports and bizarre sights.28063888942_283109d4b9_oEnjoy whitewater rafting in Río Tampaón28109139306_60a6b077f4_oVisit the mystical surrealistic gardens of Xilitla.27507402153_6bbde97e96_oRappel and jump off waterfalls with Huaxteca Expediciones.
27507402193_11784ceb29_oFall down a rabbit hole into Wonderland, spending a night at Casa Caracol27550173513_7c04a93281_o

5. Mayto

This tiny beach town provides you the ultimate escape, yet remains in close proximity to lively Puerto Vallarta. 28070383541_ae33167f15_oLounge by the pool and watch for dolphins swimming in the Pacific.28092163666_6d46013075_oHelp rescue baby sea turtles.28066261801_7a394745c5_oLearn about sustainable living and make fresh goat’s cheese at Rancho Sol y Mar.

28066261921_7cd5f0e9ff_oCrack open a coconut and drink straight from the tap. 😉28066262021_cedc7e43d1_oDrink cheap beer and eat fresh oysters on the beach.27551614854_a82dd5134c_oEnd each day with a sunset walk along the miles of gorgeous coastline.28045729271_cf5f35da89_o

4. Oaxaca

Oaxaca has fantastic handicrafts, is a culinary mecca, and holds a wealth of natural wonders.

Swim in the calcified pools of Hierve El Agua.28044953351_fa022feca2_oMarvel at the Zapotec carvings in Mitla or the ruins of Monte Albán.28088648601_54fe26af15_oTake a cooking class in a traditional Oaxacan home.28126279525_7b7d218106_zAdmire the vibrant street art.27507402173_a7118f332f_oSavor creamy guacamole topped with crunchy, salty grasshoppers. Yes, you heard me right.27551476843_e6f3dfc805_oWhile you’re at it, take a shot of mezcal, the smokey sister of tequila and a specialty in this region. Enough to put hair on anyone’s chest. Ole! 😉28088648621_d3504051f5_o

3. San Cristóbal de las Casas

Centered in the heart of Chiapas, this mountain village is a real cultural whirlwind, full of thriving ethnic communities surrounded by lush jungle landscapes.28044866302_774da24b67_oSwim in the turquoise pools of Cascadas Aguas Azul.27838204260_9c9c190c92_cVisit the Mayan ruins of Palenque.28044953431_c77b319d95_oCruise through Sumidero Canyon.27507402163_5645d76459_oWatch shaman ceremonies and learn about ethnic communities in San Juan Chamula.28092163716_ea7edbe53d_oTempt your taste buds with pork tamales, cooked in a banana leaf, and topped with a spicy chili sauce. 28088292361_edcbcae4af_o

2. Querétaro

This region known as “El Bajio” is the heart of this country, with stunning architecture and unbeatable hospitality, it’s one of the safest areas in Mexico. Safe enough to even bike in heels. 😉27551758193_5b20640b97_oBegin early by climbing La Peña, a monolith in Bernal.28044851161_010221f5e7_oDrink wine and horse back ride in Tequisquiapan.28126279615_8eaacb752e_zEat blue corn gorditas full of fungus. Trust me. They’re delicious. 😀28144083255_5a8ecd27e4_oGo ATVing in the Sierra Gorda Bioreserve.
27849726200_1dfbce166f_oVisit the pre-Colombian ruins, Las Ranas, in hillside San Joaquín.28130917105_14f520c7d0_oMake friends with the local cactus man and eat nopales stuffed with sausage, onions and chillies.27862792920_3055140322_oCheer with avid fans at a soccer match, and learn a Mexican swear or two. 😛27551476853_7ed4857a0b_oEnd with a stroll through Museo Regional, and admire the colonial architecture of this charming historic town.27849726230_7543c8511f_o

1. Mexico City

This major metropolitan city is an urban splendor, with lush parks, the most museums in the world, and the most delicious food you’ll ever find.28044953391_bec6f53123_oIt’s also the perfect home base for many incredible weekend escapes. 😀28063888952_cb06aec288_oTake a hike in Nevado de Toluca, a stratovolcano filled with two picturesque lagoons.28130209425_eb6b827433_oTake a day trip to the vast ruins of Teotihuacán.28020906942_98168f32c0_oGet muddy in Guerrero by spelunking in Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, one of the world’s largest cave systems.
28092163736_6275181253_cVisit the magic town of Malinalco and view their rock-carved Aztec ruins.28092163726_ef6b5a6f0c_oVisit nearby Tepotzotlán and climb El Tepozteco.27849726150_dc4d1cf04e_oSoar over Valle de Bravo, one of the top spots for hang gliding.28045729251_c770980dab_oTake a weekend trip to Puebla.
28044851151_f893bd9fb1_oWhile you’re there, eat lots of mole, especially mole poblano. 😀 27862792860_df59c87052_o//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsOh yeah, and eat tacos.28123724725_2f6e7ba283_oLots of tacos.
27862792940_cf56ecfae1_oAll the tacos. 😀28123724715_4fe83bce85_o
When all is said and done, order yourself a michealada and enjoy this moment. You’ve just realized how completely amazing Mexico is. 
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Hope this was enough inspiration to get you packing your suitcase. 🙂

Take care and until next time.

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