Mexico Is Calling: Here’s Where You Should Visit And Why
The man in the White House is wrong. Mexico is not just a country of drug dealers and “very bad people.” It is the birthplace of Mayan civilization and California, of century old healing practices, talented artists, exquisite food, and of course, tequila. It’s also incredibly affordable. If you’ve never been to Mexico or are looking to explore areas beyond the tourist packed Tulum and Cancun, here are a few places to get you started.
SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
This is a Mexican city that I dream of returning to every year. From the romantic cobblestone streets to the vibrantly colorful buildings, San Miguel de Allende is both charming and unforgettable. But don’t take my word for it: in 2017, it was voted the best city in the world by Travel & Leisure. To get to this central Mexican city, you can fly into the closest airport, Leon, or Mexico City. Must see stops include the peach-hued, neoclassical church San Miguel Arcangel in the city center, and any of the stores that sell intricate Mexican handcrafts that are sure to upgrade the color in your home. For incredible views of the entire city, and a margarita (or two), don’t miss the rooftop at The Rosewood Hotel. For a hotel with an intimate feel and incredible service, Hotel Matilda will not disappoint.
One of the greatest perks about visiting Guadalajara is how easily walkable the city is. Take a stroll through the trendy Lafayette district and stop at restaurant favorites like Hueso and Pa’l Real. A 45-minute ride from city center leads to Tlaquepaque, a beautiful town full of arts and crafts to buy, and picture-worthy streets at every corner. If you love Mexico’s most famous spirit, take a 45-minute drive and visit Tequila, where, you guessed it, tequila is made. Many distilleries, including Sauza, offer affordable tours for the day.
If you fell in love with the movie Coco, then you’ll want to head to Oaxaca for their Day of the Dead Celebration, which occurs at the end of October every year. This central Mexican city also has some of the best food in the world, from its emblematic dish — mole– to tlayudas, which are fried corn tortillas topped with refried beans, avocado, meat, Oaxacan cheese, and salsa. To rest at night, Casa Antoineta is a beautiful boutique hotel with a peaceful courtyard to retreat after a long day of touring and eating.
There’s very little a New Yorker or other big city person won’t love about Mexico City. It is easy to navigate by public transportation, has a thriving arts and fashion scene, and food that has been applauded by people around the world. About 30 minutes from city center, Frida Kahlo lovers can visit the-blue-house” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Casa Azul, the home where she was born and died. The house now functions as a museum dedicated to the artist with a gorgeous, cobalt blue walled garden. For accommodations that will feel like you have a gorgeous home all to yourself, check into Ignacia Guest House. Restaurants that you should not miss include Contramar, Panaderia Rosetta, and Pujol, which requires reservations at least a month in advance.
Merida is the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán– about a half an hour flight from Cancun. Unlike its popular neighbor, this culturally rich city is much more low-key. It’s nickname is ciudad blanca due to the white buildings that line the colonial city streets. Many of the people living in Merida are of Mayan descent and you can learn more about their culture at the Gran Museo de Mundo Maya Merida, which includes over 1,000 artifacts. There is a free walking tour of the city every day that leaves from the centrally located Plaza Grande. To relax and enjoy a drink, grab a seat at Plaza Grande, which also has free WiFi. If you enjoy beer, La Linda is a small brewery in the city offering a great variety.