Mexico is one of the most visited countries in the world. Impressive Mayan ruins, stunning beaches, and its grandiose colonial architecture have been attracting visitors from all corners of the globe. It is also a place an adventure for your taste buds with the famous Mexican cuisine. And let us not forget one of the biggest exports of Mexico to the world — tequila. So be it spring break for college goers or a vacation with the whole family, Mexico caters to tourists of all ages and interests. Here is our list of the top 10 destinations in Mexico.
The city of Oaxaca — pronounced O-a-haka — is located about 450 km south of Mexico City. This beautiful city is one of the best places to soak in the traditional flavor of Mexico. Take a walk around downtown where there is an intermingling of traditional Mexican houses with Spanish colonial monuments. Some of the top tourist sites of this UNESCO World Heritage Site neighborhood includes the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, Ex Convento de Santo Domingo, Casa de Benito Juarez, Rufino Tamayo Museum, and the Cultural Museum of Oaxaca.
This is one of the hidden gems of Mexico. Morelia does not usually feature in the list of tourist destinations of Mexico but it is undoubtedly one of its most beautiful cities. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Morelia is sprinkled with several attractive colonial building and monuments. Some of the major attractions of the city that are open to the public include the Cathedral and Casa de Morelos. The Aqueduct, about a kilometer west of downtown, is one of the best preserved in Europe. The 17th century Santuario de Guadalupe is one of the most beautiful churches in the whole of Mexico.
You don’t have to be a tippler to know the popularity of tequila. This famous alcoholic dink is one of the most popular exports from Mexico. It is named after the town it comes from – Tequila. The town is located about 70 km north west of Guadalajara and is popular as a day trip. Due to geographical copyright, any tequila you drink must be made from the blue agave plant from Tequila and its outskirts only! Take a day trip to Tequila and tour a tequila processing field. These tours are usually bundled with some local performances and food.
The city of Puebla is located about 140 km south east of Mexico City. Although it is used mainly as a stopover city by many tourists, it is one of the most scenic in the whole country. Puebla is cradled in the valley of the Sierra Madre Oriental, a rigged volcanic mountain range. The prime attraction of the city is the Puebla Cathedral. This 16th century cathedral is second only to the Mexico City Cathedral in size and is featured in the back of the 500-peso currency note. Puebla is also famous for hosting the Cinco de Mayo — an annual event celebrating the defeat of the French by the Mexican army.
6. Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is located on the northwestern coast of Mexico and is one of its most popular beach resorts. It is often lovingly called as Vallarta or simply PV. Puerto Vallarta is ideal for a relaxed trip for a day or two. Take a walk along the vibrant Malecon — the beach walk — to have a feel of the town. If you are looking to take a swim, then head to the Mismolaya Beach or Los Muertos Beach. You can also try snorkeling at Los Arcos. Take a walk along Zona Roma, the historic part of town, with plenty of romantic cafes and bars. If you want to explore the Bohemian side of PV, then take a stroll of Cuale Island just behind Guadalupe Cathedral.
Guadalajara is one of the largest cities in Mexico and considered to be its cultural capital. It is most renowned as the birthplace of the traditional Mexican mariachi music. Guadalajara hosts some of the biggest cultural events of Mexico, like the International Film Festival and the International Book Fair. It is also home to some stunning architecture. Take a walk around the Zocalo, or city center, to explore these monuments. The Guadalajara Cathedral, Templo Expiatorio, Teatro Degollado, and the Rotonda are some of the most visited attractions in Guadalajara.
Acapulco is the largest beach and spa resort of Mexico. It is considered to be the first popular beach resort of the country, having gained popularity since the 1950s. Over the decades it has attracted many celebrities including Hollywood stars. No trip to this beach resort is complete without watching the cliff divers of La Quebrada. It started as casual fun by the locals in the 1930s when they would challenge each other as to who could jump into the sea from the highest cliff. Today, it has emerged as the most popular attraction of Acapulco. The freestyle dive is from a height of almost 45 m into a small inlet which is only 7 m wide and 4 m deep.
Mexico is famous across the globe for its numerous Mayan ruins. These Mayan ruin sites are scattered in various parts of the country. The most famous and popular of these sites is Teotihuacan. It is one of the largest Mayan sites with numerous stunning displays of Mayan architecture, most of those very well preserved. This is a must-visit attraction in Mexico for its historical significance and sheer beauty. You can take a day trip to Teotihuacan from Mexico City. There is quite a bit of walking at the site so do not forget to carry water and wear comfortable shoes.
2. Mexico City
Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and is one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Along with Cancun, it is also the best connected city of Mexico. The central location of Mexico City makes it ideal for traveling to any corner of the country with ease. However, that is only after you have explored the attractions of the city. The Zocalo — city center — is the most visited site. You can also visit the neighboring localities like Chapultec and La Condesa, which has several colonial buildings.
Considered one of the biggest party places for college goers, Cancun is one of the most visited destinations in Mexico. Come spring break every year, Cancun is packed with students from American universities. But that is not all that Cancun has to offer. Mayan ruins, beautiful natural scenery, and unique attractions like the underwater museum make Cancun a holiday destination for the whole family. Visit Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, or Cozumel for some water sports fun. For those traveling with family can also visit the highly entertaining Xcaret theme park.
Originally posted 2017-04-20 12:47:47.