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Five towns to visit and get to know the essence of Mexico

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Mexico is a large country, full of exotic climates and places. From deserts in the north to humid jungles in the south. Likewise, the different environments and terrains allowed different peoples to settle in a region and develop a particular and unique culture. For that reason, in Mexico are many towns to visit and get to know the essence of its inhabitants.

Today, we compile 5 towns that everyone should know with many things to see and do. Of course, we chose some very famous and others that are hidden gems. But each one has a fascinating history. In addition, they offer the opportunity to know several cultures to understand Mexico.

Do you want to know the essence of Mexico in one of these places?


Let’s start our trip in the capital zone. Here colorful flowers adorn the landscape—the region’s music and the singing of the water lull the ear of the passerby. The most representative is the famous piers. At Xochimilco, one can ride on a trajinera through the canals and chinampas and, for the fearless, visit the famous Isla de las muñecas (Island of the Dolls). Undoubtedly, the best way to start seeing the towns and getting to know the essence of Mexico.


Likewise, Puebla is also known for its colonial streets and natural reserves. What would happen if we put these two things together in one place? Cuetzalan is the answer. This magical town offers spectacular views of its streets. In addition, the green of the trees combines with the sun when it’s hot and fog when it’s cold. Waterfalls and festivities add a picturesque touch to the place—a unique experience for coffee, culture, and nature lovers.

San José del Pacifico

Continuing to San José del Pacífico in Oaxaca, isn’t the best known place in the area. However, in this small town, you can do activities such as hiking. This activity can be done in two ways, walking through the mountains or around on a bicycle. Finally, travelers can rest in the mushroom-shaped huts area. And take a break in the traditional temazcal bath, which is very popular in the region.

San Cristóbal de las Casas

We have already talked about San Cristóbal de las Casas in other posts. But we can not stop recommending this beautiful place as a reference to towns to visit in Mexico. Furthermore, in Chiapas, many cultures have lived together for centuries. Tzotziles, Tzeltales, and Choles have inhabited the area and turned the place into a beautiful cultural amalgam. Likewise, it has deep-rooted traditions and feelings of freedom and peace. The site is considered a reference to understand the historical vindication of the indigenous peoples. Undoubtedly, this place is recommended for those seeking to learn about cultures.


Finally, the little-known border between Mexico and Guatemala gives us this site; Tziscao. The blue of the lake contrasts with the green of the jungle. This place is for nature lovers who can observe flora and fauna or bird watching. In addition, they can enjoy the lake’s clean waters on a kayak trip. Undoubtedly, visitors will fall in love and want to know more about the place.

Some other important towns to visit in Mexico recommended by the Government of Mexico are probably missing. However, this small guide can direct you to where you want to go if you wish to experience a natural adventure or prefer something more central and popular. This list of towns to visit in Mexico can complement other places, but that’s a topic for another post. In the meantime, discover some of these places to get to know the essence of Mexico.

If you liked this article, you might be interested in:

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