Mexico is home to some of the most stunning natural and cultural attractions in the world. Travelers who seek to discover the best of Mexico often make a beeline for the country’s enchanting Pueblos Magicos (Magical Towns).
The Pueblos Magicos (Magical Towns) program was launched in 2001 by SECTUR (Mexico’s Secretariat of Tourism) in an effort to boost tourism to carefully selected small- and medium-sized towns of historical, cultural, and architectural significance across the country.
Wherever we find ourselves in Mexico, Lori and I make sure to spend quality time in as many of these hidden (and not-so-hidden) gems as possible.
From the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Madre Occidental to the lush tropical forests of the Yucatán Peninsula, each of Mexico’s 31 states is home to at least one of these 132 magical places.
Over the past 15 years, we’ve visited dozens of Pueblo Magicos between the two of us, and they are among the first destinations we recommend to family and friends planning their own Mexico travel itinerary.
From colonial-era cities to small rural villages, Pueblos Magicos are the perfect places to immerse yourself in the country’s culture, history, and natural beauty.
In this article (quite possibly the most detailed on the web!), we’ll explore the most wonderful Pueblos Magicos in Mexico by state. We’ll cover top attractions plus what makes each place worth a visit.
Be sure to keep an eye out for our hand-picked selections for best places to stay in each of the featured destinations below.
So, without further ado, let’s dive in!
- Best Pueblos Magicos in Mexico
- Baja California
- Baja California Sur
- State of Mexico
- Nuevo Leon
- Quintana Roo
- San Luis Potosi
- Final Thoughts
Best Pueblos Magicos in Mexico
Calvillo is a bright and charming Pueblo Mágico located in the state of Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Known for its atmospheric colonial style architecture, unique culture, and delicious food, the town of Calvillo is also home to a number of interesting attractions.
Calvillo’s main church, the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, and the National Museum of Pueblos Magicos are two great places to begin your explorations.
For picturesque views of Old Town (and a bit of a workout) head to the Andador Matamoros, a footpath of steps lined with colorful buildings. For even bigger views, make your way up to the Mirador Santo Cruz de Calvillo.
In addition, Calvillo offers a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and horseback riding. A hike to the majestic Cascada Los Huenchos is a popular activity among locals.
Where to Stay in Calvillo ▸ Casa Bugambilias Hotel Boutique
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in Aguascalientes
- Real de Asientos
- San José de Gracia
Tecate is an interesting border town an hour southeast of San Diego and the only Pueblo Magico in the state of Baja California.
From its picturesque desert scenery to its colorful markets and lively street performances, Tecate offers a unique perspective on Mexican culture.
History buffs won’t want to miss a visit to the Museo Comunitario Kumiai, as well as a visit to the prehistoric cave paintings in the Zona Arqueologico de Vallecitos.
Mexican beer lovers have enjoyed making the pilgrimage to the Tecate Brewery, which has been recently remodeled into a state of the art facility and is due to reopen in the near future (stay tuned).
In addition to being home to its namesake beer, Tecate also offers a number of wineries and breweries in and around town and heading south along Route 3.
Outside Tecate, get ready to explore rugged mountains, cacti, and rolling desert landscapes. Experience the unique beauty of the desert via horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking.
Where to Stay in Tecate ▸ Santuario Diegueño
Baja California Sur
Loreto is a charming and picturesque town located in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, along the Sea of Cortez.
Founded in 1697, Loreto is known for its colorful history, stunning offshore islands, and vibrant marine life. The water surrounding Loreto is crystal clear, making a snorkeling or beach-hopping excursion to spectacular Isla Coronado or Isla Carmen a must.
In addition to housing the oldest mission in Baja California, the town’s main square is full of shops, restaurants, and cafes, making it a great place to relax and watch the world go by.
There are also several interesting archaeological cave sites in the area, such as Cueva La Palma, Cueva El Borrego, Cueva Pintada (Gardener Cave), and Cueva de las Flechas.
▸ Todos Santos
Todos Santos is a Pueblo Magico nestled on the Pacific coast of Mexico’s Baja peninsula.
From the area’s stunning beaches to the colorful clapboard homes and cobblestoned streets, this sleepy village can feel like a chilled-out paradise. But there’s also plenty to do as well!
Spend your days surfing, kayaking, or horseback riding along the beach. Peruse the multitude of art galleries and boutiques selling locally-made wares and products. Or, relax with a massage at one of the many spas.
And of course, don’t forget to sample the local cuisine. With flavors that range from Mexican to Italian, there’s something for every palate.
When you’re ready to explore farther afield, head 20-minutes south to Playa Cerritos, a surfing Mecca and one of the best beaches on the Baja Peninsula.
- Isla Aguada
▸ San Cristóbal de las Casas
San Cristobal de las Casas is a charming colonial city located in the heart of the Chiapas highlands in Mexico.
From exploring ancient ruins and sprawling ecological reserves to visiting colorful markets and churches, there is plenty to see and do in this Pueblo Magico.
One of the most popular activities to do in San Cristobal de las Casas is to visit the city’s many churches. The most impressive of these is the Cathedral of San Cristobal de las Casas, which is a magnificent example of colonial architecture.
Other top attractions include the Amber Museum, the Mayan World Textile Museum, and exploring the cliffs, caves, and hiking trails of El Arcotete Ecological Park.
No trip to the region would be complete without a visit to the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palenque, about five hours north of town.
Where to Stay ▸ Casa Lum
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in Chiapas
- Chiapa de Corzo
Creel is a Pueblo Magico in the Sierra Tarahumara mountain range in Chihuahua, Mexico. This picturesque town is a popular stop along the Copper Canyon railway, offering a wide variety of activities and attractions.
Of course, one of the most popular things to do in and around Creel is to explore the Copper Canyon. This spectacular canyon, with its deep and majestic cliffs, is one of the most impressive landscapes in North America.
Visitors can take a scenic train ride through the canyon on the legendary El Chepe Express from Los Mochis, or hike the trails to enjoy the stunning views.
For outdoor enthusiasts, a trip to Creel offers plenty of opportunities for adventure. Nature lovers can explore the nearby caves and cenotes, take a kayak tour along the river, or go canyoning.
For those looking for something a bit more relaxed, the area is known for its excellent birdwatching and wildlife spotting. Explore the fascinating Tarahumara indigenous culture, or visit the nearby villages to get a taste of traditional Mexican life.
Where to Stay in Creel ▸ Villa Mexicana Creel Mountain Lodge
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in Chihuahua
- Casas Grandes
- Parras de la Fuente
- Cuatrociénegas de Carranza
- Melchor Múzquiz
- Nombre de Dios
- Dolores Hidalgo
- Mineral de Pozos
- Jalpa de Cánovas
Taxco is a wonderful Pueblo Magico in Guerrero with lots of history that’s certainly worth a visit.
Taxco is known, first and foremost, for its silver mines and silversmiths, and its charming shops are filled with beautiful jewelry and artisan crafts.
The town also has plenty of activities to offer, like hiking, biking, horseback riding, and even ziplining.
Taxco is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. With its stunning views and stunning architecture, this charming town is the perfect place to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet.
Where to Stay in Taxco ▸ Hotel Los Arcos
▸ Real del Monte
Real del Monte is a charming old mining town and one of the most picturesque Pueblos Magicos in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico.
Real del Monte has a fascinating 19th century history centered around the town’s mines and mining industry. You can visit the old British-style mining camps and see the Acosta Mine.
The Pueblo Magico is also known for its local cuisine featuring a variety of traditional dishes from tamales to enchiladas. There are a number of great restaurants in town, so don’t miss out on the chance to try some of the local treats!
Also, be sure to take the time to explore the surrounding area. Real del Monte is surrounded by stunning landscapes, from the Pico de Orizaba volcano to the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains.
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in Hidalgo
- Huasca de Ocampo
- Mineral del Chico
▸ San Sebastián del Oeste
San Sebastian del Oeste is a small Mexican town situated in the state of Jalisco, just a few hours away from the city of Puerto Vallarta, and it is a popular spot for tourists from around the world.
The stunning natural landscape that surrounds the town is sure to leave visitors in awe. From the lush green forests to the incredible wildlife and beautiful mountain views, there is something magical about San Sebastian del Oeste that will leave visitors with a lasting impression.
This part of Jalisco is ground zero for discovering Raicilla, the delicious local spirit that is similar to tequila. There are a handful of distilleries in and around town worth visiting.
The food in San Sebastian del Oeste is another major draw for visitors. The town is known for its traditional Mexican cuisine, which is highly regarded across the country. The local restaurants are well-known for their use of fresh ingredients and their unique recipes.
San Sebastian del Oeste also offers a variety of outdoor activities, such exploring historic silver mines, hiking to the town’s mirador for picturesque views, and venturing farther afield to the top of legendary La Bufa by pickup, mountain bike, or on foot.
The Pueblo Magico of Ajijic, Jalisco is a vibrant community located on the shore of Lake Chapala.
When we visited Ajijic, we were struck by the artsy and welcoming atmosphere of this small town, with its colorful cobblestone streets and a bustling central plaza that is full of life.
The town of Ajijic is renowned for its vibrant culture, with a strong artistic presence in the form of galleries, restaurants, boutiques, and numerous cultural activities and events taking place throughout the year.
Lake Chapala takes centerstage in Ajijic, and visitors can enjoy a variety of water activities, such as fishing, sailing, kayaking, and swimming. The lake is also a great place to spot birds and other wildlife, making it a great destination for birdwatchers.
And if that weren’t enough, the climate in Ajijic is pleasant and mild year-round, with temperatures staying between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year, with the warmest months being July and August.
Where to Stay in Ajijic ▸ Casa Flores
Take a step back in time and explore the beautiful Pueblo Magico of Mascota, Jalisco. This Magical Town is a hidden gem, nestled in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico.
From its cobblestone streets and brightly colored buildings to its quaint plazas and churches, a visit to Mascota is a journey through Mexican history.
The town is filled with atmospheric architecture, from the 16th century Basílica de la Virgen de los Dolores to the Unfinished Sanctuary of the Precious Blood.
For a commanding view of town, head up to the Mirador de la Cruz, a popular sunset pilgrimage among local residents.
If you’re hungry for more history and adventure, take a drive around the Pilgrim’s Circuit, connecting several worthwhile historic villages and resort towns.
Tequila, Jalisco is an incredibly popular destination famous for its namesake spirit, which is enjoyed the world over.
A visit to Destilería La Rojeña (home of the world-famous Jose Cuervo tequila) is perhaps the most visited attraction in the town. But there is much more to this Pueblo Magico than just its legendary export.
Tequila is also reknowned for its stunning architecture, with many of its buildings dating back to the 18th century. Don’t miss a stroll through the Plaza Principal and viewing its beautiful Parroquia Santiago Apostol.
There are also several interesting museums in the area, including the Museo del Tequila and the Museo Los Abuelos Familia Sauza, which both give visitors a glimpse into the region’s rich culture and history.
Tequila is also home to some of the best restaurants in Jalisco. Sample the local cuisine and discover the unique flavors of this region. Foodies will also love the many local markets such as Sauza Market and Mercado Municipal, where you can pick up some delicious treats or find unique souvenirs.
The surrounding area is also full of spectacular natural beauty. Visit the Tequila Volcano National Park, or hike to the Cascada Los Azules for a swim in a stunning waterfall.
Where to Stay in Tequila ▸ Hotel Solar de las Animas
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in Jalisco
- Lagos de Moreno
- Talpa de Allende
State of Mexico
Visiting the Pueblo Magico of Teotihuacan is an incredible experience. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this ancient city dates back to the pre-Hispanic period and is one of Mexico’s most important archeological sites.
The ruins are impressive and awe-inspiring; the most famous of which are the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.
The entire city is filled with fascinating features, such as the Avenue of the Dead and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl.
There’s also the Museum of Teotihuacan, which contains a rich collection of artifacts and information about the city’s history.
For a truly unique experience, visitors can take a breathtaking hot air balloon ride over the ancient city. The view from above is truly spectacular.
Where to Stay in Teotihuacán ▸ Villas Teotihuacan Hotel & Spa
▸ Valle de Bravo
Valle de Bravo is an upmarket oasis situated on the shore of beautiful Lake Avandaro.
The town is regarded for its natural beauty, romantic atmosphere, rich cultural heritage, brilliantly-colored sunsets, and excellent shopping, making it one of the most popular Pueblos Magicos in the State of Mexico.
Valle de Bravo is also an outdoor adventurer’s paradise, offering activities like hiking, cycling, and sailing. The lake is also ideal for fishing, swimming, and kayaking.
Where to Stay in Valle de Bravo ▸ Mesón De Leyendas
▸ Ixtapan de la Sal
Ixtapan de la Sal is an enchanting spa town located in the state of Mexico.
One of the more popular Pueblos Magicos in the region, Ixtapan de la Sal is renowned for its thermal springs and spas, which are said to offer therapeutic benefits.
The town is also home to several colonial-era buildings, cobblestone streets, and lush gardens.
Visitors can explore Ixtapan de la Sal’s many photogenic churches, such as the centrally-located Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol, the striking Parroquia de San Pedro Apóstol, and Iglesia de San Miguel Arcángel, located north of town.
Of course, no visit to this charming town would be complete without a visit to its Thermal Spas (Aguas Termales). Ixtapan de la Sal’s thermal springs are known for their healing properties, and are a favorite destination for those seeking rest and relaxation.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing spa experience or a historical tour, Ixtapan de la Sal is a Mexico destination worth a visit.
Where to Stay ▸ Hotel Boutique Matea Inn
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in Mexico State
- El Oro
- Aculco De Espinoza
- Villa del Carbón
Patzcuaro is a Pueblo Magico in the state of Michoacan that is widely known for its colonial-era architecture and cultural importance.
The main plaza is a popular destination, boasting a variety of colonial-era buildings and monuments.
The nearby Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Salud is one of the most important religious sites in the region, drawing visitors from around the world.
The city is also home to a number of museums, galleries, and other cultural attractions.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Patzcuaro offers plenty of opportunities to explore the surrounding countryside.
The city is a popular destination for bird watching and wildlife viewing, with a variety of species of birds and mammals to be found in the surrounding area.
In addition, the region is home to several natural attractions, such as Lake Cuitzeo and the Cupatitzio River, as well as a number of stunning waterfalls.
Where to Stay in Pátzcuaro ▸ Hotel Casa Encantada
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in Michoacán
- Santa Clara del Cobre
Located just outside of Mexico City, Tepoztlán is one of the most popular Pueblos Magicos in the country.
in addition to its stunning colonial buildings, vibrant culture, and mouthwatering cuisine, Tepoztlán is also known for its unique spiritual energy.
In fact, Tepoztlán is said to be one of the most powerful energy centers in the world, and many people come here to practice yoga, meditation, and other spiritual practices.
The area is also home to Tepozteco, an ancient Aztec temple that offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
Tepoztlán is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a truly special and unique experience.
Where to Stay ▸ Hotel Boutique Casa Isabella
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in Morelos
Sayulita is a unique Pueblo Magico nestled on the Riviera Nayarit (and a place we called home for the better part of a year). As one of Mexico’s best-known Pueblo Magicos, Sayulita is renowned for its captivating charm, vibrant culture, and consistent surf breaks.
From its stunning beaches and lush vegetation to its cobblestone streets and colorful buildings, Sayulita is a tropical beach paradise with a laid-back surfer’s vibe.
The town is also known for its delicious seafood, vibrant street art, and friendly locals, as well as an abundance of outdoor activities.
Whether it’s taking a surfing lesson, going for a hike, eating at one of the many restaurants, or watching a sunset over the ocean, Sayulita offers something for everyone.
It’s no wonder why this serene beach town is quickly becoming one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations.
Where to Stay in Sayulita ▸ Amor Boutique
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in Nayarit
- Mexcaltitán de Uribe
Santiago, Nuevo Leon is a stunningly beautiful city located in northeastern Mexico offering a wide array of activities for visitors.
The Pueblo Magico is surrounded by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains, and visitors will find a number of worthwhile outdoor activities in the area.
Hiking, biking, and camping opportunities abound, and Santiago is home to a number of beautiful waterfalls, rivers, caves, and other natural attractions.
Santiago has a strong culinary scene, with a wide variety of restaurants and cafes. Visitors can also enjoy the lively nightlife, with a number of bars and clubs in the city.
It is also home to a number of unique festivals, including the Day of the Dead and the Santiago International Film Festival.
Additionally, there are a number of historical sites and museums, including the Parroquia Santiago Apostol, Casa de Cultura, and the Museum of History. Don’t miss Santiago’s interesting archaeological sites, as well as its colonial architecture.
Finally, Santiago is a great destination for those looking for a relaxing getaway. There are a number of beautiful beaches around Presa Rodrigo Gomez, as well as a number of parks, gardens, and spas.
Where to Stay ▸ Gamma Monterrey Rincon de Santiago
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in Nuevo Leon
Mazunte, a small fishing village located in the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico, is a popular tourist destination offering pristine beaches, unique wildlife, and a friendly and relaxed vibe.
Mazunte beautiful beaches are characterized by white sand, stunning Pacific Ocean views, and clear blue waters teeming with sea turtles and dolphins.
You’ll also find a variety of traditional crafts and artisans selling their wares, in addition to a number of cultural festivals throughout the year.
Those looking to explore the great outdoors will find plenty of options in and around Mazunte. There are a variety of hiking trails and other outdoor activities, such as bird watching and surfing.
You can also take a boat tour to the nearby islands, or explore the nearby rainforest.
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in Oaxaca
- Capulálpam de Méndez
- Huautla de Jimenez
- San Pablo Villa de Mitla
- San Pedro y San Pablo Teposcolula
- Santa Catarina Juquila
Cholula, Mexico is an incredible destination that’s full of rich cultural history and is the oldest city in North America, dating back over 2,000 years.
Located near Puebla, it’s one of the state’s best Pueblos Magicos, and it’s easy to see why. With its colorful architecture, spectacular colonial churches, and ancient pyramids, there’s plenty to discover.
Cholula is home to the world’s largest pyramid, which is still standing after all these years. You can even explore its tunnels and secret passages.
On top of that, Cholula also has some of the best food in Mexico. From regional specialties like mole poblano to street tacos, you’ll never go hungry here.
Plus, with its charming and brightly-colored colonial architecture, it’s one of Mexico’s most beautiful cities.
Atlixco is a popular day trip from Puebla City and a great way to experience the culture and history of the region.
The Pueblo Magico is best known for its colorful festivals and charming cobblestone streets.
Every year, it hosts the Festival de la Flor (Festival of Flowers), where locals construct stunning floral displays to honor the town’s patron saint. The streets come alive with music and activities, making it a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture.
Additionally, Atlixco is home to a variety of great restaurants and markets for sampling the tasty cuisine of the region.
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in Puebla
- Tetela de Ocampo
Bernal Pueblo Magico is a small, picturesque village located in the state of Querétaro.
It’s reknowned for its unique and breathtaking landscape with rolling hills and winding pathways.
One of the most popular natural attractions is the iconic La Peña de Bernal, a giant rock formation that towers over the town.
Aside from its natural beauty, this pueblo magico is also rich in history and culture.
For those looking to explore, there are plenty of sites to visit, including the magnificent Temple of San Sebastian, and the Museo de la Máscara.
The village also offers a variety of activities and cultural events, from traditional markets to cultural festivals. If you’re a sweets lover, don’t miss Casa Museo del Dulce!
Where to Stay in Bernal ▸ El Cantar del Viento
Tequisquiapan is one of the top Pueblos Magicos in the state of Queretaro and a must-visit destination for those looking for a unique and memorable vacation in the region.
The city is surrounded by lush green forests and rolling hills, making it the perfect place to get away from it all and immerse yourself in nature.
The climate is also ideal, with temperatures ranging from a balmy 60° Fahrenheit in the winter to a pleasant 85° Fahrenheit in the summer.
But Tequisquiapan’s biggest draw these days might just be its prime location on Central Mexico’s burgeoning Wine and Cheese Route. The city makes an excellent jumping-off point for discovering some of the best artisanal wines and cheeses in Mexico.
Tequisquiapan also offers plenty of unique historical and cultural attractions and activities. The Tequisquiapan Arts & Crafts Market is definitely worth a visit, as well as the quirky Museo Mexico Me Encanta.
Where to Stay in Tequisquiapan ▸ La Granja Boutique
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in Queretaro
- Jalpan de Serra
- Cadereyta de Montes
- San Joaquín
- Amealco de Bonfil
Named one of Mexico’s Pueblos Magicos for its extraordinary cultural and historical attractions, Tulum is a must-see destination for anyone looking for an unforgettable experience.
As you wander through the town’s cobblestone streets, you’ll be mesmerized by the stunning architecture, vibrant art galleries, and wide selection of diverse cuisine.
But the real highlight of Tulum is its stunning natural beauty.
From its spectacular Caribbean beaches to its mysterious Cenotes, it’s easy to see why Tulum is one of Mexico’s most beloved vacation spots.
Where to Stay in Tulum ▸ Mi Amor Colibri Boutique
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With its striking lagoon and lush green jungle, Bacalar is one of the most stunning places in Mexico. The lagoons’s vibrant blue waters are unlike anything else, and you can’t help but feel drawn to it.
It’s a place where you can relax and take in the serenity or explore the numerous cenotes and archaeological sites in the area. You can also take a boat out to the nearby islets for incredible views and wildlife.
Plus, the locals are friendly and welcoming.
Bacalar is truly a place like no other and an amazing destination for anyone looking to explore the beauty of Mexico.
▸ Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres is truly a magical place. Located off the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, it is one of the most beautiful and unique corners of the country.
Isla Mujeres’ gorgeous beaches (don’t miss Playa Norte!), vibrant coral reefs, and friendly bays make it a great place to explore. The town itself is also full of history and culture. There are Mayan ruins, ancient temples (Ixchel Temple is a must), and a plethora of museums and art galleries to explore.
With its pristine waters and breathtaking scenery, it’s no wonder why Isla Mujeres is one of the best Pueblos Magicos to visit in Mexico. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or an adventure, Isla Mujeres is worth a visit destination.
Where to Stay in Isla Mujeres ▸ Ixchel Beach Hotel
San Luis Potosi
▸ Real de Catorce
Real de Catorce is one of the country’s most popular Pueblos Mágicos, just a few hours from the bustling city of Monterrey.
Real de Catorce offers a peaceful and tranquil escape to those looking to explore Mexico’s culture and history.
Here, visitors can explore the old mining town, take in stunning views of the Sierra Madre Mountains, and wander through the cobbled streets lined with colorful buildings and local shops.
The town is also home to a gorgeous old cathedral, as well as a natural hot spring.
And for visitors looking to experience the spiritual side of Mexico, Real de Catorce has plenty to offer.
In particular, the nearby Cerro Quemado is a popular spiritual pilgrimage site, where visitors can make offerings and participate in traditional ceremonies.
Where to Stay in Real de Catorce ▸ Refugio Romano
Xilitla is a 16th century Pueblo Magico located in the lush mountains of San Luis Potosí state. It’s known for its beautiful rivers, waterfalls, and forests, as well as its unique architecture.
There’s plenty to do in this enchanting town, from exploring the natural wonders to discovering its fascinating history. For outdoor enthusiasts, there are plenty of trails to hike, as well as caves and rivers to explore.
If you’re looking for a unique experience, try visiting Xilitla’s famous “Las Pozas” (the pools). This surreal garden was created in the 1940s by British surrealist Edward James and is filled with sculptures, pools, and cascades.
There’s also a butterfly sanctuary and an orchid garden, so you can admire some of the most eye-catching plants and animals from across the region.
Where to Stay in Xilitla ▸ Posada El Castillo
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in San Luis Potosi
- Santa María del Río
- El Fuerte
- El Rosario
- Magdalena de Kino
Tula is a unique Pueblo Magico with several claims to fame. The town was founded in 1617, making it one of the oldest towns in Tamaulipas.
In 2013, archeologists discovered 30 skeletons estimated to be around 3,000 years old – one of the oldest finds of its kind in the Americas.
These days, most folks visit Tula for its renowned pottery, and stylish Cuera leather jackets spotted on celebrities the world over.
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in Tamaulipas
- Ciudad Mier
With its spectacular colonial architecture, beautiful plazas, and stunning mountain views, Orizaba, is a great place to immerse yourself in the culture of Veracruz, taste the delicious local cuisine, and soak up the natural landscape.
Orizaba has a rich history and is home to a variety of fascinating historic sites, such as the Catedral de Orizaba (San Miguel Arcángel) and Ex Convento de San José de Gracia.
Other worthwhile attractions include the Teleférico de Orizaba (Mountain Cable Car), Palacio de Hierro, and the Museum of Art.
Orizaba is also known for its outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing.
The nearby volcano, Pico de Orizaba, is the highest peak in Mexico and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Hikers can explore the area’s many trails and enjoy the beauty of the lush vegetation.
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in Veracruz
- Coscomatepec de Bravo
- Zozocolco de Hidalgo
If you’re looking for a unique and captivating destination, then look no further than Izamal, the stunning yellow city of Mexico.
Located in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula, Izamal is a must-see for anyone traveling to this region. The city’s historic buildings are painted a warm, inviting yellow that gives Izamal a cheerful and welcoming atmosphere.
From its cobblestone streets to its colonial architecture, Izamal is a living museum. Explore Izamal’s many attractions, from ancient Mayan Ruins to beautiful Catholic churches.
Izamal is also a place to experience true Mexican culture, from its vibrant outdoor markets to its lively folk dances.
And if you’re in the mood for some adventure, there’s plenty to do in the surrounding area. Take a dip in the area’s spectacular cenotes, explore fascinating caves, and go bird watching.
Valladolid is an amazing place to explore the history and culture of Mexico.
This colonial city is full of cobblestone streets, brightly colored facades, and colonial churches. Strolling through Valladolid, you’re likely to stumble upon brightly painted walls and murals depicting the city’s past.
The Pueblo Magico is also known for its vibrant markets, where you can find handmade crafts, artisanal foods, and all sorts of souvenirs.
There’s also an array of restaurants to choose from, all offering delicious and traditional Mexican cuisine.
And don’t forget to take a nighttime stroll around the city square, which is lit up with vibrant colors. It’s a great way to take in the city’s beauty and get a feel for the local culture.
Where to Stay in Valladolid ▸ Hotel Posada San Juan
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in Yucatan
▸ Jerez de García Salinas
Jerez de Garcia Salinas is considered to be one of the most important cities in Zacatecas and in the country. It is home to some of the state’s most important historical monuments, such as the Santuario de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad and the Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepcion.
The city is also home to some of the region’s most important museums, such as the Museo Casa Ramón López Velarde.
Jerez de Garcia Salinas is also known for its vibrant culture and many festivals. Every year, the city hosts a lively Feria de Primavera (Spring Festival) which is popular among visitors.
▸ Other Pueblos Magicos in Zacatecas
- Teúl de González Ortega
Lori and I love exploring new Pueblo Magicos. With 132 total, thankfully we won’t be running out of places to visit any time soon.
We hope you’ve enjoyed making your way through this guide as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together for you! It’s a work in progress, as we plan to flesh out some of the thinner sections as we explore more of this vast and varied country with our kids in the coming years.
With that said, if one of YOUR favorite Pueblos Magicos didn’t get the attention you feel it deserves in our article, let us know in the comments below!
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