Many of Mexico’s cities still preserve wonderful architecture along their cobbled streets from the country’s colonial history. The following are just a few of these cities that are worth visiting on your inexpensive vacation in this amazing country.
Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco – 350 miles from Mexico City
Known as ‘La Perla de Occidente’, this is the second largest city in Mexico and is the cradle of tequila and mariachi music. Explore the many historical sites and museums the city has to offer and combine your visit with a little relaxation on the beautiful beach of Puerto Vallarta, just a 3-hour drive away. Interesting places to visit in Guadalajara include the Cabañas Cultural Institute, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Government Palace where a law was passed that abolished slavery in 1810, the Museum of Huichol Indigenous Handicrafts, the Jalisco Handicraft Institute. and the Museum of Journalism and Graphic Arts. If you have shopping in mind, visit the town of Tlaquepaque, where you will find many handicraft studios, workshops and glass blowing shops, and an experience not to be missed is a visit to Mercado Libertad, the largest covered market in America. Latin.
Puebla – 130 km from Mexico City
Puebla de Zaragoza is one of the oldest cities in Mexico and is famous for its Talavera pottery and magnificent colonial buildings. The city has one of the best preserved colonial architecture in the country; therefore, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just 6 miles from Puebla is Cholula, where you can see the largest pyramid in the world, the Great Pyramid of Cholula, which is crowned by the church of the Virgen de los Remedios. The Africam Safari Park is about 10 miles from Puebla. Spanning 500 acres, the park is home to lions, tigers, rhinos, and giraffes that roam freely in natural surroundings.
Morelia, the capital of the state of Michoacán
If you are interested in colonial architecture and local culture, this is the city to visit. Morelia, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, has more than 200 historic buildings, many of which are made of pink quarry stone before taking a stroll through the squares and pretty gardens. Among the beautiful historical monuments of Morelia are the cathedral and the aqueduct, both worth visiting. About 6 miles from Morelia are the mineral waters of Balneario Cointzio, which offer a pleasant bath after a day of wandering around the city.
Meridan, the capital of the state of Yucatán
Known as the ‘white city’ due to its white stone buildings, Meridan is an ideal base from which to explore the natural attractions and historical sites of the Yucatan Peninsula, including Chichén Itzá and Uxmal. Take the 56-mile drive to the Celestún Biosphere Reserve, where you can see the incredible flamingos, sea turtles, monkeys, crocodiles, jaguars, and the pretty white-tailed deer. The city has a distinctive Caribbean atmosphere and is known for its tasty Mayan cuisine.
Taxco in the state of Guerrero
Located in the mountains south of Mexico City, Taxco is known as the ‘silver city’ of Mexico. This picturesque colonial city is located between Mexico City and Acapulco. Taxco is a picturesque city with small cobbled streets lined with whitewashed houses with red tile roofs and is the place to buy some great silver jewelry on your last minute Mexico vacation. Visit the Museo de la Plateria, where you can learn about the silver-making process and marvel at the displays of fine silver items.