101 Things to See in Puerto Vallarta
An area blessed with bountiful sun, glistening oceans and unending beaches. it’s no wonder that the new Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta Mexican coastline is a perennial favorite of travelers from around the world. Here’s a list of 101 things to do and see while you’re in the area.
1- Zona Romántica
Situated in the south side of Puerto Vallarta with its variety of bars, restaurants, galleries, artisans´ stores, hotels and its famous beach with blue beach chairs, Zona Romántica continues to be, since the 80‘s, one of the most famous gay neighborhoods in the world.
2- Bay of Banderas
From modern installations of the marine of Puerto Vallarta to the islands of the south, Bay of Banderas is the perfect place to immerse oneself in the submarine world of corals, manta rays, whales and dolphins while taking part in water sports such us diving, snorkeling, surfing and yachting.
3- Vallarta Botanical Gardens
This is the place you need to go to if you want to find the rare plants of Mexico as well as the world. You can really get an intimate sense of the regions natural gifts in place like the Propical Dry Bioma forest, where the visitors can go on lovely walks. It is filled with orchids that can be found along the trees which serve as land markers. Tequila lovers are also sure to appreciate plants like agave, wild palms, bromelias, and everybody, the numerous wild birds in the morning and afternoon. Visitors can swim in the Horcones Rivers which is off to one side. If you’d like to see the place really come alive you can’t do much better than the Flower Festival and Gardening in February.
4- Marietas Islands
Thanks to its rich marine life which includes octopus, whales, manta rays and sea turtles, the Marieta Islands are hot spots for tourists. A huge part of their appeal is their inhabitance as well as their easy access as they’re just an hour by sea from Puerto Vallarta. It´s quite a deal for snorkeling as well as scuba diving. Bird watchers are also sure to appreciate being able to spot these animals quite easily especially the world-famous blue footed booby.
5- Rancho El Charro
Rancho el Cerro is an excellent point of depart to tour the neighboring Sierra Madre on horseback. Visitors can ride between farms where shellfish are raised and agave and avocado plantations are grown. You can take a peaceful break at the wonderful waterfall. If you wish to gallop even if you are not as experienced.
6- El Faro Lighthouse
Walk up the lighthouse to admire the bay from 110 feet above the ground. Afterwards, you can get to the marina where you can indulge in typical dishes in one of the modern restaurants or a café, some of which offer live music to serve the experience of the truly enthused visitor interested in traditional Mexican music.
7- Paradise Adventure Park / Canopy Indio
Put on comfortable shoes and grab your swimsuit to venture to Paradise Adventure Park and enjoy the ascent to 700 feet over the wondrous jungle along the zip lines as you hear Los Horcones river running below, just waiting for you to make a splash.
8- Dolphin Discovery
Picture a place with blue waters, palm trees and beaches with soft white sands, the kind of place you imagine yourself swimming with dolphins or seals. After which you can reminisce in peace while digging into delicious traditional dishes and a refreshing and invigorating margarita.
9- Isla Mujeres
Getting off the ferry in the Island of Women, Isla Mujeres, you can head out to the famous North Beach or walk and have some fun along the long Hidalgo Street in the center of town. This is also serves as a wonderful opportunity to get a taste for local delicacies that are sure to taste like they were made at a home with love.
10- Captain Dulche’s Museum
Immerse yourself in the history of navigation that pervades the region and head out to Captain Dulche’s Museum where you are sure to be impressed with the collection of miniatures and the interesting history of the captain and the explorations that Jacques Cousteou underwent in the area.
11- Tortugranja (Turtle Farm)
Located in Sac Bajo, the Turtle farm, known locally as la Tortugranja is a protected place where400-pound sea turtles come to lay their eggs between the months of May and September after miles upon miles of sea travel.
12- Garrafon Natural Reef Park
Embrace all that is available for you to do in this submarine wonderland where multi-color fish appear to be living art to the blank canvas that is the sea. Garrafon Natural Reef Park boasts snorkeling, and swimming opportunities as well as lounging paradise. Picture yourself just swinging by breeze atop a hammock while you take in the Caribbean aesthetics. An appetite is a great asset here as there buffets that are sure to make your mouth water.
13- JOYSXEE Floating Bottle Island
100,000 plastic bottles and unwanted wood pallets form a strange island in a lake and has been, for years, Mr. Rishi Sowa´s ecological home.
14- El Farito Cancun Underwater Museum
Just beyond the gorgeous stretch of beach line, visitors can immerse in clear waters and snorkel to uncover the beautiful underwater museum, where, in addition to fish life, you can admire majestic coral formations which rival human sculpted creations.
16- Exotic Rides Mexico
Whether you choose to drive a luxury vehicle on the track or along the stretch of road that borders the coast, you’ll feel like a NASCAR driver for sure. It’s the Mexican way of driving, to really put the pedal to the metal and get the adrenaline pumping on a beautifully sunny day creating a unique experience of sophistication and excitement.
17- Museo Maya de Cancun
The Mayan Museum of Cancun puts Mayan culture within easy reach of any type of interested party. Here, you can find 350 archeological pieces from world renowned sites like Chichen Itza and Palenque. One great example is the Palm Woman, which is a fascinating skeleton with more than 10,000 years of antiquity behind it, found in an underwater cavern of Tulum.
18- El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey)
In an island close to the hotel zone of Cancun, you can get a sense for Mexican archeology in sites like El Rey. This Mayan hotspot dates back to 600 B.C.E. and was constructed in 14 A.C.E. and served as a strategically significant port for commerce in the Caribbean region.
19- Museo Subacuático de Arte
Artist Jason de Caires Taylor has created a museum of art in the depths of the adjoining Caribbean sea by installing sculptures and setting up scenes that depict everyday life in Mexico. It is as easy as snorkeling, but to really take your time and feast your eyes, you can’t do better than scuba diving.
20- Museo Sensorial del Tequila
Located in the Hacienda San Jose del Refugio, the museum offers an excellent opportunity to try out the best Tequilas in the world as well as become familiarized with the process by which they are produced. It is not easy and you are sure to walk away with a deeper appreciation for the history and craft involved.
21- Playa Tortugas
Situated in the bay of Women, Playa Tortugas is a popular destination for families as it features very tranquil waters. These waters are also a place where divers gorge their eyes with the beautifying wonder of the Great Mayan Reef which extends all the way to Honduras and is home to an impressive abundance of marine fauna.
22- Playa Marlin
If you use Plaza Kukulcan as a starting point, it is all too easy to reach the concurrent Playa Marlin where the sea looks almost too blue and the waves gather courage and height. This is the ideal place to partake in water sports.
23- Tulum pueblo
Tulium pueblo is perfect for experiencing a laid back traveling experience. Here, you can really feel the pueblo atmosphere which is sure to take over you if you head to one of the local restaurants and try tasty dishes that the locals enjoy year after year. Some find it relaxing to also pay a visit to the market where you can admire the colorful and enticing produce that include juicy mangos and savory avocados.
24- Sian Ka’an Biosphere [Ecological Reserve]
It’s a good idea to try to initiate conversation with a fisherman on the beach so that he may impart intimate knowledge about the wetlands and mangrove swamp in this ecological reserve. The tour, consisting of a few hours, is best enjoyed in the late afternoon where the colors of the vegetation acquire intriguing tonalities.
25- Playa Tulum
The best thing to do to soak in the Caribbean feel many pleasure seekers are after is by simply walking along the beach and let the mind wander. You can go on and spend the rest of the day reflecting at one of the hotel. A good idea for reveling in that getting away from it all feeling is renting out a cottage on the beach.
26- Ruinas de Tulum
Stepping into the ancestral realm of the Mayas is easy in the ruins of Tulum that bear the backdrop of the Caribbean sea.
27- Coba ruins
Ascend to El Castillo, in the Mayan archeological site of Coba to enjoy a formidable view of the Caribbean sea once you reach its top. You can also tour the site with the pleasure that only a bike can offer. It’s a unique way to admire the past. Perhaps you’ll feel like an explorer searching for new lands.
28- Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park
The system of submarine caverns and caves that help make Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park are found between the most extensive in the world and convert the cenotes at the entrance to one of the most spectacular scuba diving experiences that you can find below the earth’s surface.
29- Casa Cenote
Casa Cenote allows visitors to not only swim and scuba dive in the fresh water that emerges from the depths and explore the caverns, but also to absorb the beauty of the cenote as it springs from the sea.
30- Cliff Divers at La Quebrada
Appreciate with all its drama the courage of the famous divers of Acapulco while they launch over the 100-feet-high reef into the waves that crash upon the rocky formations. La Quebrada also serves as a very idyllic lookout where you can take some truly astounding panoramic pictures of the Pacific.
Get lost in the crowd that occupies the famous beaches of Acapulco, starting with the Playa Condesa in the downtown area. This beach has not lost any popularity since the 1950’s when it was frequented by the biggest stars of Hollywood who were looking to decompress and partake in the vibrant beauty of the area.
With the huge cathedral and the countless numbers of small businesses and enticing restaurants, el Zocalo is quite perfect for starting a tour around Acapulco. The zocalo is actually called Plaza Juan Álvarez which dates back to the old Acapulco. Join the local locals and the visitors who have come from far and wide. It’s a unique place that nevertheless offers Mexican spirit and aesthetics.
33- San Diego Fort
Acapulco has some turbulent chapters under its belt thanks to interested pirates who attacked the population in order to seize shipments of galleons that arrived from the other side of the world, i.e. Asia. This history sets up the context for the San Diego Fort which today is the home of the Historical Museum of Acapulco.
34- Palma Sola Archeological Site
Located in Veladero National Park, this archeological site dates back two thousand years and was inhabited originally, as far as we know, by the Yopes. These people offer modern humans a window into their culture through their petroglyphs and their carvings on rocks which give us a pretty intimate look into their lives and culture.
35- National Park of Cacahuamilpa
If you seek excitement or perhaps just something special for your holiday, you can’t be disappointed with a trip through one of the most complex and largest underwater cavern systems that the Cacahuamilpa National Park has to offer. It can be seen as a path to Taxco and hosts an extensive collection of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as other humanoid formations in its depths and passage ways. An interesting note, for centuries it was the residence of choice for Olmecas and Chontales.
36- Faro Celerain Eco Park (Parque Punta Sur)
Between the crocodile and sea turtles and the incredible variety of exotic birds, Colombia lagoon is where you can swim alongside nature, not just in a physical sense, but spiritual as well. This is the kind of place where you can feel your spot in nature. Places like these are just treats, and like a big tasty treat, you won’t know where to begin if the Mtayn ruins of El Caracol and the maritime museum inside Celerain lighthouse are included.
37- Palancar Beach
If your thing, thrill-wise, is watersports, including diving, snorkeling and sailing, you simply can´t be in a better place. Palancar is outstanding for its cruising possibilities along the wild reef. Here, the more intrepid can dive down more than 10 feet if you happen to be an expert.
38- El Cedral
This archeological hot spot offers the visitor a way to get closer to Mayan culture in a down to earth way. You won’t be admiring towering feats such as Tulum or Chichen Itza, instead you can check out a treasure the size of a house and tour around it with the wandering energy of a Mayan of old.
39- Chankanaab National Park
This park has it all: from diving opportunities which range from expert level to family friendly spots to hiking trails that will unfold nature in all its glory right before your eyes. Visitors can also play on a gorgeous stretch of beach or simply take a load off and unwind underneath the palapas. You’ll feel as though you are in a romance novel while taking in the paradise feel all around you.
40- Deer Island
Nestled in Mazatlan Bay, Deer Island features all you need to have an absolute ball on your next vacation. Water sports are of course the main course with such activities as swimming, fun kayaking and snorkeling to explore the wondrous coral reefs. The beach offers volleyball opportunities as well as plenty of spaces to stroll hand in hand with a loved one. Taking it easy is also as easy as hopping on a boat for a nice calm ride as you await the night on the beach and the many drinks that become commonplace.
41- Mazatlán Aquarium
This prestigious aquarium is among one of the first in all of Latin America and, hence, is one of the largest in the world with an extensive collection of marine life. A very neat thing about this aquarium is that you not only get to check out these unique fauna, but also a representation of the ecosystem that they belong to. As if that isn’t enough to fill a whole day, there is also a botanical garden which boasts an alluring display of exotic plants that simply shouldn’t be missed.
42- Plaza Machado
Enveloped by colonial buildings that exhibit Spanish and French influences that date back all the way to the 18th century, Plaza Machado is the perfect opportunity to thrust yourself into the Mazatlan spirit. From here, you can learn more than your fair share of context thanks to the historical museums that adorn the area. Afterwards you can reflect with fellow travelers over the scent of a freshly brewed coffee from one of the picturesque cafes that are picture ready.
43- Zona Dorada
Don’t you dare forget your credit card when visiting Zona Dorada because you´ll want to buy everything that catches your eye from Mexican arts and crafts to piñatas from established and street vendors showing their irresistible colorful and exquisitely ornamented goodies.
44- Costa Grande Archaelogical Museum
Perhaps the artifacts aren’t as flashy as the ones you´ll find in the Mayan region, but the Costa Grande Archaeological Museum is home to regional objects that show, in a unique and insightful way, the influences that the native groups received from neighboring cultures including the Mexicas, Olmecas, Tarasca and Teotihuacana.
45- El Palmar Beach
El Palmar Beach is considered Ixtapa´s top beach destination, and for good reason, namely its upscale hotels, charming gardens where visitors can enjoy a blissfully sunny afternoon, convenient palapas by the sea, or boat sailing opportunities. Here, you are also sure to enjoy an unbeatable view of Los Morros, Ixtapa´s trademark image.
46- La Ropa Beach
At La Ropa Beach, named after the ships loaded with silk that came all the way from Asia, couples will find ample opportunities for romancing against the backdrop of the breathtaking sea. Families are also welcome and will feel safe as the kids swim and sail in the shallow waters. Teenagers can opt for a fun banana boat ride in the bay, a postcard experience straight out of paradise.
Cabo San Lucas
47- San José del Cabo
Many people around these parts would happily declare that San Jose is where the buzz is. Being trendy and luxurious you can really get that vacation feel going without much of an effort. Walk along the narrow streets of El Cabo to get a feel of a true Mexican colonial village and highlight the day by having lunch at one of various traditional restaurants lodged in hacienda-like edifices.
48- The Corridor
Golf fans will appreciate the Corridor, it’s a special and unique place. Consisting of a strip of land and beach between colonial San Jose and trendy San Lucas, it’s like heaven for avid golfers. However, if golf is not quite your thing, you can feel at liberty to explore the fabulous beaches with its intriguing coves and numerous picture opportunities.
49- Medano Beach
Settled in Cabo San Lucas, Medano Beach has everything you need to pass the time in a chill fashion, or at least amidst sunny paradise. And there’s much more to this place than the sand and the water. You will find yourself able to choose from an attractive selection of spas and clubs which pride themselves in providing a hip and stylish environment that is ideal for relaxation. To top it all off, you can indulge in some very unique fusion cuisine that is sure to leave you with a smile on your face.
Playa del Carmen
50- La Quinta
In this pedestrian sidewalk the locals and the tourists fill the scene shopping at the numerous stores and businesses, many of which are respectably high-end. This is the place to head to if you would like to find a truly exquisite souvenir such as an elaborate artisanal piece, fine jewelry and designer clothes. At the very least, you should try the cuisine options that combine international influences with those typical Caribbean recipes. This is the kind of place where you not only want to see everything, but be seen as well and feel as though you are an integrated part of the cultured world.
51- Puerto Aventuras
Puerto Aventuras is a great place to get back in touch with the natural marine world. You can swim with dolphins and work on your golf swing in a gorgeous course in one day. If you have an interest in pirate culture, you can also check out the history of piracy in the area at a free museum.
At the shores of this beach, giant sea turtles conclude their long journeys to lay their eggs. And humans are sure to find this place alluring as well, particularly if you like that seaside village charm that much of the Caribbean offers to tourists. There’s something for everyone, from simple hotels that look over the see to modern condos that are sure to make you feel as though you are living it up.
53- Plaza Grande
Take a seat next to locals at one of the benches at Plaza Grande and settle into the tranquil Merida way of life. You can take your time as you admire some of the oldest buildings in the city which are alluringly painted with pastel colors. On a hot day, you are advised to catch a Little shade beneath one of the many trees that dot the park.
54- Palacio Montejo
It’s a fairly moving experience when you walk through the main entrance of the Montejo palace. For one, the door is elaborately sculpted to welcome those entering the house of the Montejos, the conquistadors of Yucatan. Luxury is the name of the game at this residence where you will be greeted by sculpture pieces that feature the heads of the conquistadors on the bodies of indigenous people. This is actually a Mayan tradition that the Europeans emulated.
55- Calle 60
Along 60 street, which emerges from Plaza Grande, visitors will find lavish mansions like the Canton Palace, the educational Regional Anthropology Museum and the greatest examples of old architecture in the form of the oldest churches in the city. There are also a number of attractive plazas that are ideal for strolling without purpose. If you’d like more of a purpose or mission driven experience, you can head out to the market and browse the abundance of artisanal pieces such as ceramic, jewelry and textiles that are nothing short of impressive.
56- Paseo de Montejo
One thing that one should appreciate when strolling along the Montejo path is its uniqueness as it is only part of a few in the entire world. Some would go as far as comparing it to the famous Champs Elysees. It’s a moving experience for many as it brings them back to henequen wealthier times that resulted in the commissioning of mansions that boast neo-classical influences along the sides of this Paseo.
With its low houses painted in yellow, all of the Convent of San Antonio de Padua’s breathtaking images of saints, the deep devotion to Our Lady of Izamal and the friendliness of its people, Izamal outlines the essence of Yucatán.
58- San Juan de Ulúa
One of the architectural jewels that still stands to this day in the American continent is San Juan Ulua, one of its first forts constructed. Unsurprisingly, after it served it served its military service is became a storage center and later a prison in the days of both Spanish colonialism and independent Mexico.
59- Los Portales and el Zócalo
You don’t know Veracruz until you take a seat at one of the bars in Los Portales and have taken the time to speak to the Jarochos, port Veracruzeans, while taking in the intoxicating marimba. A great tradition that shouldn’t be missed is the Danzon, which is easy to find as long time dancers gather in the sunny gulf afternoons.
60- The Aquarium of Veracruz
The Aquarium of Veracruz is home to an extraordinary number of marine fauna that include dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays, sharks and manatees. However, there is another side to this facility as it is also a functional research center.
61- Café La Parroquia
If you happen to hear a clinging of spoons against empty glasses, you are in the famous La Parroquia, the place to get to know everything about everybody at the port. Customers are calling the waiter to serve them their lechero raising the kettle and pouring the hot milk into the glass that’s filled in the bottom with black coffee.
San Cristobal de las Casas
62- Museo de la Medicina Maya
The museum presents aspects of the Mayan medical traditions that involved interesting aspects such as all sorts of rituals that aimed to heal the human body. The soul is an important thing to note in each one of these as it was considered of the greatest importance to rid the problematic body of the bad spirits. It’s not all about medicine; however, the museum also exhibits constructed scenes of childbirth staged by indigenous midwives.
63- Plaza 31 de marzo
The plaza is just about the best place to take in the tranquil atmosphere that celebrates the essence of San Cristobal de las Casas. Thanks to an appealing quantity of indigenous and mestizos that realize all kinds of jobs such as shoe shining and crafts and arts vending or just chatting in Tzoltil or Tzeltal.
64- Iglesia de Santo Domingo
One beaming example of the intensity of the evangelical front in the state of Chiapas is the elegant and impressive Church of Santo Domingo that dates back all the way back to the 16th century. It is definitely worth a paying a visit as it is easily considered one of the most beautiful churches in Mexico. Art and history buffs will appreciate the baroque façade and the altar which is covered with gold
65- Museo del Café
Coffee is one of the most important export products that Chiapas has to offer. If you’d like context for this, you needn’t look further than the Museum of Coffee where you can also taste the history and the produce that the countryside around you has yielded at the hands of indigenous people. You’ll learn everything from the cultivation of the plant to the history.
66- San Juan Chamula
To get acquainted with indigenous culture first hand, you are well advised to plan a visit to San Juan Chamula, a Tztzil community that is known far and wide for its union of catholic and Mayan culture. You can check out the intricacies of traditional garments known as chuies and huipils for women. One very interesting aspect of the alternative medicine that you can learn about at this museum, is how it is contextualized by presenting the skepticism found in abroad.
67- La Valenciana mine
Still in operation to this day, the mine actually takes credit for 80% of the silver that’s been extracted from Guanajuato since the end of the 18th century. It reached its height of production in the 19th century when it actually accounted for 75% of the world’s total production of the time.
68- The mummies
The mummies are one of the most appealing and interesting aspects of the city of Guanajuato and consists of a collection of 111 mummies which include women, children and everyday people. They were uncovered towards the end of the 19th century and today can be seen by anyone in a modern museum.
69- Plaza of Peace
The Plaza of Peace, or Plaza Mayor is lined by antique, which originally belonged to the noble people of the region. Now, the plaza serves a more administrative function for the purposes of business and governmental offices. Its crowning jewel is the basilica, or large church, which makes the perfect jumping point for exploring the city on foot.
70- Alhondiga de Granaditas
Originally constructed for the storage of grains in colonial times, the Alhondiga de Granaditas reached its height of importance during the wars for independence when it served as the setting for the most important battles that took place between the Spanish and the independentists. For this reason, its interior patio is today the setting for Independence Day celebrations and for worldly renowned Festival Cervantino.
71- Juarez Theater
If you attend the Festical Cervantino, you won’t be able to keep yourself from returning to Juarez Theater, one of the most gorgeous ever to be constructed in Mexico. This unique edifice designed by famous architect Antonio Rivas Mercado boasts neo-classical styles and an auditorium that features Arabian style décor.
72- Streets of Guanajuato
There isn’t any experience in Guanajuato quite as charming as walking through the narrow and cobble-stoned streets that are lined with churches, homes and cafes that display baroque facades and neo-classical influences. It’s a hot bed of student discussion and hang out. If you’d like to hear about the stories and legends of the place, you wouldn’t be out of line initiating conversation with young people that revel in the positive atmosphere.
73- Calle de los Dulces
Puebla is known throughout Mexico as a city of candy and treats. To really experience this you can’t do any better than paying a visit to the street of candy, officially Santa Clara Street. The sheer number and selection of candy here is sure to amaze. You’ll find that they come in all shapes and sizes, such as guitars, sombreros and popular Mexican toys.
74- Mercado de Artesanías El Parián
To find the best choices for artisanal pieces, your best bet, at least from a budget wise perspective, is the market of artisanal goodie, El Parian. Here you’ll find everything from textiles, ceramics and, of course, the iconic Mexican sombreros.
75- Museo Amparo
In the historical center you simply can’t miss out on the cultural experience that is Amparo Museum, where you can admire the exhibits that showcase an impressive collection of pre-Hispanic art. You’ll be able to check out pieces that were also appreciated in the time of the vice royalty and the independent Mexico. The museum also hosts temporary exhibits of Contemporary art
76- Uriarte Talavera
Uriarte Talavera workshop started in the early 19th century, producing a unique kind of ceramic that has garnered fame on Puebla’s behalf throughout the whole world. Talavera is a kind of painted pottery famed for its use of specialized techniques that date back to the 16th century. Here, you’ll find many unique pieces designed by famous artists such as Manuel Felguerez and Jose Luis Cuevas which are proudly exhibited in art museums such as the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City and in foreign countries.
77- Historical Center of Puebla
Delve into the rich and luxurious past of Mexico as you walk into the Historical Center and admire the Cathedral, the Palafoxiana Library and the Government Palace. As you enjoy sipping cup of coffee in Los Portales, it’s pretty easy to believe that this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Traverse the habitats of wild animals from your car or an Africa Safari bus and get a taste of what the Tropical Jungle, the African
Savannah or a Tiger territory, amongst many others, very well looks like.
The city of Cholula is a city of more than 100 churches, 159 to be precise. Throughout the country it is known for its profound religious influences. As a matter of fact it is divided into different communities with each maintaining particular devotion to a particular saint. However, this tends to over shadow the impressive fact that it is the oldest city in America. In ancient times, it was also the second most populated city after Tenochtitlan and even features its own pyramid.
80- Regional Museum of Puebla
Situated in the historic center of the city of Puebla, the Regional Museum offers an excellent opportunity to get to know the history of the region since before the Hispanic incursions. You can even learn about the Mexican revolution through old documents, artifacts, and photographs that help to shed some light on Mexican history without focusing too much on one sided perspectives.
Xochimilco shows a fragment of old Tenochtitlan, where locals grew their crops on the chinampas, man-made islands filled with azaleas and bugambillias that can be experienced today from the trajineras, those elongated colorful boats that are popular with tourists. Many traverse the waterways while listening to the mariachis singing and playing from other boats.
82- Teotihuacan pyramids
Experience part of the grandeur of the Aztec empire and those that established before them, the Teotihuacanos, as you walk along the Avenue of the Dead to ascend the monumental Pyramid of the Sun.
83- Chapultepec Castle and Park
El Bosque de Chapultepec is not only the home of the Castle of Chapultepec, commissioned by Maximiliano during the brief French Empire in Mexico, but also serves as one of the largest parks in Mexico City, where families go to set up picnics, row in the lake and visit the museums or catch a glimpse of the animals at its zoo.
84- Zócalo or Plaza de la Constitución
Known as the center of the world for the Aztecs, the belly button of the world as many Mexicas refer to it, the Zocalo was transformed by the Spanish conquistadores, namely Hernan Cortez, as the center of the new European city featuring in one side the church and the government on another.
This laid back and picturesque neighborhood in the South side of the city was the site of Hernan Cortez´ home where he lived with La Malinche, the indigenous woman who was his translator as well as his lover. Today, the cobbled stone streets and colonial buildings surrounding its two main plazas takes the traveler back to colonial times while the kids play in the main fountain which features a scene of two playful coyotes.
86- Templo Mayor
Stumbled upon by pure luck on behalf of the electric Company to the side of the metropolitan cathedral, the Templo Mayor, or major temple, was a religious center for Tenochtitlan and consisted of a pyramid with two temples, one for the adoration of Huizilopochtli, the other for Tlaloc. Today, there’s a museum where you can admire, among other pieces, the monolith of Coyoixauhqui.
87- Anthropological Museum
The Anthropological Museum is home to the most complete and varied cultural pieces from the pre-Hispanic era. The emphasis is on indigenous culture many of whom still can be found throughout the Mexican countryside. You can learn about the Aztec Calendar, the recreation of Pakal´s tomb and the exhibition in the Pre Classic, the Aztec and Teotihuacan rooms among many others.
88- Frida Kahlo Museum
Mexican iconic painter Frida Kahlo was not only known for being a gifted muralist and Diego Rivera´s wife, but because she created a myth of herself from her surrealistic painting styles, the Two Fridas being the most famous painting, and from her free-willing life style regarding sexuality and politics. Casa Azul, now the Frida Kahlo Museum, was her parent’s home and where she lived in the latter part of her life.
89- Fine Arts Palace
Built during the Porfiriato, in the early 20th century, the Fine Arts Palace was designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the
country´s independence from Spain. Today, this monumental edifice made up of marble is home to some of the works of the four most talented and revered muralists, namely Davis Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera, Clemente Orozco and Rufino Tamayo as well as hosts temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.
90- Historical Center of Oaxaca
Just walk around the Zocalo, or head to the market to become mesmerized by the smells of fresh flowers and real deal chocolate, or join one of the many Fiestas that happen here or in the surrounding neighborhood. You can also treat yourself to an ice cream, or walk to the exquisitely ornamented church, or just listen to Zapotec being almost sang by the indigenous locals who take up the main plaza as their second home as they laugh or just let the time pass by.
91- Monte Albán
Get a glimpse of the great Zapotec culture, when ancient Zapotecs built this huge city in the 500 B.C.E. just to end up abandoning it 1,500 years later for no apparent reason. Later it was taken as a burial site by the Mixtecs.
This upscale development by the sea attracts visitors seeking profound relaxation, opportunities for underwater sports and to get a little bit of a Mexican vibe in a modern and well-maintained setting near the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
93- Puerto Escondido
A darling among surfers, Puerto Escondido serves as an alternative to Huatulco´s plasticized feel, offering a fishermen village vibe which will really ring true if you happen to be awake in the morning to witness the fishermen coming back from sea with their nightly catch of marlin, especially in La Punta and in Rinconada.
94- The Isthmus of Tehuantepec
Featuring a unique matriarchal social structure, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec is a narrow strip of land between the two oceans where women, boasting their riches in their clothes and through their jewelry, have an influential say in the economy, family life and heritage as in like no other region in Mexico.
San Luis Potosí
95- Historical Center
With its exquisitely adorned buildings and lavish squares, the Historical Center of San Luis Potosí is a very clear proof of the wealthy Spanish colonial past of this city which was founded in the late 16th century amid some of the most prosperous silver and gold mines that the Americas have had to offer.
96- Real de Catorce
Located in Huichol territory and visited by foreigners and locales looking for peyote and enthralled by the experience of being in the middle of nowhere, Real de Catorce is almost a ghost town that owes its legendary past to the prosperous silver mines that after its peak of activity in the late 19th century dropped their production dramatically in the following century.
97- Historical Center
Morelia´s is one of the best preserved and homogenous historical centers in Mexico so expect not to be suprprised by a building that doesn´t match the kind of pink stone of the mansions and edificies that date back to the 17th century following a perfect Spanish style.
98- The Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary
Try to imagine hundreds of millions of butterflies flying from the United States and Canada to Mexico, now open your eyes and see the trees of the forests in Michoacan covered by hundreds of butterflies, this is the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary just an hour drive from Morelia.
Paquimé remains a mistery for many archeologists who wonder about the origins of this pre hispanic agricultural community who built pyramids and developed sophisticated irrigation systems in the middle of the Chihuahua desert to abandon the site before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores.
100- La Tierra del cine Durango
It is no wonder that a bunch of westerns have been shot for decades in the film sets of Villa del Oeste and Chupaderos as they stand in the middle of the desert bathed by the clear and white sunlight of Durango replicating the immensity of the wild, wild American West.
101- Copper Canyon
Enclaved in Tarahumara territory, the Copper Canyon can be enjoyed from the scenic train that leaving from Tepic goes all the way to Creel; a while before arriving at its final destination at the spot called Divisadero, the Barranca del Cobre will take your breath away.