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These are the best countries in the world to live abroad

Many of us dream about moving away to foreign lands, so a recently-published report – The Global Expat Index 2019 – outlining the best countries in the world to live abroad may prove to be helpful.

Moving abroad and uprooting your family and career to another country is never easy, but it can also be extremely rewarding.

Relocating in a new country can open your eyes to a new way of living, introduce you to new friends and help improve your career and quality of life too.

There’s a lot to take into account when choosing where to move to, from your career to your family and, of course, quality of life itself.

We’ve ranked the 34 OECD countries on all of the above and more, to try and determine the best places to live as an expat in 2019.

Methodology

Data Table Key

Career Prospects  Average Income (USD)  Employment Rate (%)

Cost of Living  Cost of Living Index  City Centre Apartment Cost per Square Metre (USD)

Quality of Life  Life Expectancy (years)  Health Expenditure as a % of GDP  Safety Score (/5)

Lifestyle  Happiness Score (/10)  Migrant Acceptance (/10)  Expat Population (%)  Cost of One Month Private Childcare (USD)

It’s no surprise Mexico came in top across the board but ranked high for employment rates, cost of living and cost of childcare, which is good news for anyone planning to move there.

More Americans and Canadians have retired or moved for work abroad in Mexico than any other country. The low cost of living, sunshine, accessibility, established expat communities and diversity of lifestyle options draw many retirees south of the border.

Mexico offers foreign residents plenty of choices in regard to locations for living and retirement

Many factors are likely to influence your decision about where exactly in Mexico you want to retire. This guide highlights some of the questions you might consider as part of that decision-making journey and offers some suggestions about places in Mexico to explore so that you can begin to make a short-list of viable options.

Expatriate Scene or Local Community Scene?

There are two broad choices in terms of choosing where to locate for retirement in Mexico:

  • you can live in a community where many other foreign residents live—around people who could provide support and company— and live in locations or planned residential enclosures that have been designed for “home away from home” living; or
  • you may choose to live in a local Mexican community, which means that services and facilities will be those generally available locally (and in many places are excellent) and you will need to make a greater effort in terms of speaking Spanish and integrating into local community life.

The choice is a personal one and may depend on how well you know Mexico and what your priorities are in terms of lifestyle and activities you intend to take part in.

Living in or near a community of foreign residents will provide you with an immediate support network and there will be people there who can ‘show you the ropes’ and interpret for you if you are new in Mexico and speak little or no Spanish to start.  Some people begin by living in or near an established community of foreign residents, and later on, move out into a local Mexican community.

Choosing the Climate to Live In

The next consideration with regard to location is climate. Higher altitude areas have spring-like conditions all year-round, although some can still get quite hot in the summer months especially. Mornings and evenings in these areas tend to be cool, bordering on chilly during the winter months. Fireplaces and heaters will banish any chill in the air during cooler spells.

Coastal areas tend to be hot and humid most of the year, and will be prone to the rainy season (May through September). Rains tend to be short, fierce and happen in the late afternoon or evening, leaving the night cooled off, although they can persist at times. The Yucatan peninsula, parts of the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific as well as Baja California can be susceptible to hurricanes, which occur mostly between July and October.

For hot and dry weather you’ll need to go inland, on the Baja California peninsula, to Mexico’s colonial heartland, or into its northern deserts. Most places in Mexico where retirees settle have excellent year-round climates.

The food is unrivaled

This probably should come under the quality of living, but the cuisine in Mexico is so outstanding it deserves its own separate entry. From tacos to tamales and tortas, tequila to pulque and mezcal, plus every corn-derived dish you can think of in between, Mexican food is some of the world’s best. And remember, it’s generally far more affordable the further south of the US border you go. It’s no wonder so many people want to retire to Mexico.

Instead of listing well known Mexican cities or expat retirement destinations we suggest you start your search with Pueblo Magicos, they are Magical for a reason and as most are off expat radars. Buying in one of these locations may be a very wise financial decision

Pueblo Magicos of Mexico

Find the 121 Magic Villages of Mexico in this complete list. We tell you its main tourist attractions and what you can not miss when visiting them. How many do you still need to know?

Get to know Mexico, its traditions and customs, magical towns, archaeological zones, beaches, and even Mexican food.

This is the list of the  121 Magic Villages of Mexico, which have received this recognition for having symbolic attributes, legends, history, for living some transcendent facts in history or for having a daily life full of magic.

Do you love to spend hours in a hammock watching the sea? Do you enjoy admiring the horizon from the top of a mountain in the company of a local guide? Do you like to lose yourself in traditional markets listening to indigenous languages ​​among cobbled streets? In these Magical Towns you will find that and much more.

Settled in mountains, jungles, beaches, valleys and deserts , the Magical Towns that compose this list are a sample button of the great natural, cultural and architectural wealth that Mexico has. In 2015, 28 new towns were designated and since then there are more travel options, more activities for all tastes and, of course, fun and inspiring destinations in all latitudes.

Each of the links will take you to the page of each destination, where we give you all the information and tips to plan your next trips to these destinations.

Complete list of the 121 Pueblo Magicos

Magical Towns Northern Region

1.  Tecate, Baja California
Visit the famous Tecate brewery, drink coffee at home in Paris, the Frenchified site in a corner of Miguel Hidalgo Park and take a tour by tourist train.2.  Loreto, Baja California Sur
Take a bike ride at the Arcos del Sitio ecotourism center, go hiking in the Sierra de la Giganta and see the old Salinas Bay saltworks on Isla del Carmen.3.  Todos Santos, Baja California Sur He attends the Art Festival, dances reggae in one of the bars and collaborates in turtle nesting areas.4.  Batopilas, Chihuahua
Explore the main rivers and streams on foot, visit the La Bufa mine, go hiking in the Barranco de Batopilas.5.  Casas Grandes, Chihuahua Visit the town of Mata Ortiz, famous for its Paquimé style pottery; eat burritos of red chile, past chile and beans with cheese; and you know Nuevo Casas Grandes.

6.  Creel, Chihuahua
Travel on the El Chepe train, enter the Tarahumara Culture Museum and climb the Cristo Rey monument at sunset.7.  Cuatro Ciénegas, Coahuila Walk around the Pozas area on a mountain bike, fly a balloon over the Cuatro Ciénegas valley and stroll along the sand dunes.8.  Arteaga, Coahuila Glide down the ski slope of Bosques de Monterreal, visit the Museum of the Mummies in San Antonio de las Alazanas and taste the wines made in the Cedros and Cofradía del Viento.9.  Viesca, Coahuila Stroll and take photos in the Dunes of Bilbao, admire the chapel of the Ex Hacienda Santa Ana de Hornos and enjoy the typical sweets of the town and the sotol.10.  Candela, Coahuila Explore the grottos of the Carrizal, admire the Texas rodeo shows in the town and photograph the emblematic towers of the town: Candela Peak and the Bell Tower of the Church.

11.  Guerrero, Coahuila Stroll through the ruins of the mission of San Bernardo, take a photographic safari in a hunting ranch and live with motorcyclists and cowboys in the Bike Fest.12.  Parras, Coahuila Ride or bike through the vineyards of San Lorenzo, swim in the middle of summer in the huge pond of La Luz and savor the wines produced in Parras in the enoteca.13.  Mapimí, Durango Throw yourself in the zip line over Ojuela, visit the peculiar Mapimí cemetery and visit the nearby Rosario Caves.14.  Linares, Nuevo León Savor the barbecue tacos, compound cakes, and glories, tour the center and kayak through the Cerro Prieto dam.15.  Santiago, Nuevo León Throw yourself in the bungee Cola de Caballo, enjoy an adventure tourism adventure in the mountains and enjoy kayaking in the Presa de la Boca. 

16.  Cosalá, Sinaloa Get to know the Mining and History Museum, stroll through the Reserva Ecológica del Mineral and try a caldillo with machaca.17.  The Rosario, Sinaloa Admire the main altarpiece of the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario and pay homage to Lola Beltrán in her museum.18.  Mocorito, Sinaloa Appreciate the mural Mocorito Arteneo Sinaloense in the company of a local, buy chilorio and chorizo ​​to take home and try a breaded pigeon, original mocorite dish.19.  El Fuerte, Sinaloa Take the El Chepe train to Los Mochis or Chihuahua, sleep in a colonial mansion over 250 years old as El Fuerte hotel or Posada Hidalgo and take photos of El Fuerte river.20.  Magdalena de Kino, Sonora Try the original chimichangas and visit the baseball stadium, the most popular sport, here was born the famous player of the great American leagues Sergio Robles “Valenzuela”.

21.  Alamos, Sonora Go with a new sarape from the region, go hiking on the banks of the Cuchujaqui River and spend a long time at the Zapata bar at Hacienda de los Santos.22.  Mier, Tamaulipas
Stroll along the banks of the Bravo and San Juan rivers, eat a kid in sauce and buy a clay pot of seven different colors.23.  Tula, Tamaulipas Visit the Chapel of the Rosary, buy a Tamaulipas cuera and eat some enchiladas tultecas.24. Melchor Múzquiz, Coahuila This is the home of the Kikapú tribe and the black mascogos who preserve their traditions and their own forms of government. Among its attractions is the Sabinas River and its thousand-year-old ahuehuetes. In the Municipal Museum you can learn about the anthropology and paleontology of the place.25. Nombre de Dios, Durango Located to the east of the capital of Durango, in this town you will find waterfalls, eyes of water and streams that make up the usual landscape of the municipality.26. Bustamante, Nuevo León Bustamante is lined with trees, at the entrance to the village you will be greeted by a mezcal factory and then enter fully to a place of traditional houses. From here you can not leave without visiting Grutas de la Palma, discovered in 1906.

Magical Towns Central Region

27.  Calvillo, Aguascalientes
Visit Fruitland and try at least 5 types of guava candy, take pictures of the huge dome of the parish and spend a night in the Sierra Fría.28.  San José de Gracia, Aguascalientes
Make the circuit of hanging bridges in Boca de Túnel, live the devotion of the pilgrims towards the Broken Christ and sleep in the cabins with a visit to the canyon.

29.  Real de Asientos, Aguascalientes Explore the tunnels under the parish with a local guide, see the town from the piojito, a small tourist train and walk up to the chapel of El Cerrito.30.  Comala, Colima
Visit the parish of San Miguel Arcángel, take home a craft of the region and participate in the coffee tour.31.  Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico
Attend a yoga retreat at one of the hotels with spas, enjoy nature on the waters of the lake on board a kayak.32.  Aculco, State of Mexico Buy cheeses produced in the ranches, walk the arches of the main square and practice climbing in its canyons and glen.33.  El Oro, State of Mexico Go on a mountain bike through the Brockman Dam, climb the north shot to see the town from there and admire the Monarch butterfly at the La Mesa Sanctuary in winter.

34.  San Juan Teotihuacán and San Martín de las Pirámides, State of MexicoAcquire a souvenir in obsidian, fly in a balloon over the archaeological zone and cycle around.35.  Villa del Carbón, State of Mexico
Presence of the Charra tradition on weekends, enjoy a boat ride at the Taxhimay dam and visit the Casa del Recuerdo de Ofe.36.  Tepotzotlán, State of Mexico Take a bike ride at the Arcos del Sitio ecotourism center, enjoy colonial dishes at La Hostería del Convento and fly a balloon over the town of Tepotzotlán.37.  Ixtapan de la Sal, State of Mexico Enjoy family spas, buy some crafts in mud or wood and swim in the hot springs and relax with a massage.38.  Metepec, State of Mexico Rent a bike in the Plaza de Los Magueyes to walk the streets, buy handicrafts in the artisan corridors and try the garañona in the bar 2 de Abril.

39.  Malinalco, State of Mexico Meet the neighborhood chapels aboard a cicada, buy fruits and eat tacos at the street market in Juarez and visit the ceremonial center Mexica Cerro de los Ídolos.40.  Mineral de Pozos, Guanajuato Meet the canteen of Pozos in the Jardim Juárez, go in search of the arts school that operated in the porfiriato and rent a bike to explore the ruins of the old mines.41.  Jalpa de Cánovas, Guanajuato Go through the vineyards of Bodega El Lobo, go to the Cañada park to ride a bike or kayak and get a massage at the Linving Spirit hotel.42.  Yuriria, Guanajuato Search in the afternoon, behind the Ex-Convent of San Pablo, the cart that sells fruit bread from the oven, eat chimichangas or mining enchiladas at the El Monasterio restaurant and try garbanzo, tamarind and guava atoles.43.  Salvatierra, Guanajuato Buy wafers, churros and rompope to the capuchins that still live cloistered and observe from the top of any church the Cerro de Culiacán.

44.  Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato Meet in the municipal pantheon the Mausoleum of José Alfredo Jiménez, enter the canteens El Incendio and La Hiedra where time seems to have stopped and try the snow of borrachita and garambullo.45. Comonfort, GuanajuatoIt is the sixth Magic Town of Guanajuato. In it you can visit the Parish of San Francisco and take a refreshing bath in one of its spas.46.  Taxco, Guerrero Enter the legendary Bar Berta founded in 1930, get to know the Juan O’Gorman mural in the Posada de la Misión hotel and walk through the cobbled alleys around the Plaza Borda.47.  Real del Monte, Hidalgo Tour the Museum The Mine of Difficulty, try the pastes and know the tombs of the English pantheon.48.  Mineral del Chico, Hidalgo Enjoy the wooded landscape, do fishing in the lakes of the park and climb in its more than 300 wooded formations.49.  Huichapan, Hidalgo Visit the Museo del Chapitel, visit the Museum of Archeology and History of Huichapan and enjoy barbecue and carnitas outside the market.50.  Tecozautla, Hidalgo Visit the former Convent of Santiago Apóstol, enjoy some snows of garambullo and nopal in the Plaza Principal and know the archaeological site El Pañhú.51.  Huasca de Ocampo, Hidalgo Visit Hacienda Santa María Regla, enjoy the trout in El Parián and fly in a balloon over the Huasca de Ocampo region.

52.  Tequila, Jalisco Visit at least two tequila factories with everything and tasting, ride among the tequila fields and stay inside barrels at the hotel Matices.53.  San Sebastián del Oeste, Jalisco Climb the Bufa hill, walk through the artisan cigar factory and visit the Quinta Mary, where 100% organic coffee is produced.54.  Talpa de Allende, Jalisco Walk to the chapel of La Cruz de Romero to admire the mountainous valley, buy coffee, guava sweets and chilte crafts, visit the maple forest.55.  Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco Calmly know the parish, enjoy a charreada in the Hacienda La Cantera or Rancho Verde and perform a ride through the surrounding ranches.56.  Mazamitla, Jalisco Get to know the parish of San Cristóbal, go on a zip line of Mundo de Aventura and travel around the Sierra del Tigre.57.  Mascota, Jalisco Cycling and hiking in the communities, reservation in a hotel that the past was a hacienda or house and eat jocoque and panela.58.  Tapalpa, Jalisco Visit the ruins of the first paper mill in Latin America, take a horse ride through the forest and paraglide over the valley.59. Tlaquepaque, Jalisco Very close to the city of Guadalajara, is one of the points to visit for its artisanal and cultural tradition. You can not leave here without spending an afternoon in “El Parián”, where crafts, music and restaurants are mixed.60.  Pátzcuaro, Michoacán Walk through the streets of the town, take a boat ride on the Pátzcuaro lake and buy handicrafts in the downtown shops.

61.  Angangueo, Michoacán Admire in silence the sanctuary of El Rosario, admire the town from the viewpoints and practice hiking in the nearby mountains.62.  Cuitzeo, Michoacán Admire the temple of Santa María Magdalena, go for a photographic safari through Lake Cuitzeo and walk through the streets of the town in search of the neighborhood chapels.63.  Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacán Buy handicrafts in one of the workshops, admire the Old Huatapera and practice canoeing with kayaking on Lake Zirahuén.64.  Tacámbaro, Michoacán Admire the scenery from the viewpoints, walk through the center and visit the cathedral, and stroll through La Alberca and La Laguna.65.  Jiquilpan, Michoacán Enjoy the jacarandas gardens, visit the sericulture workshop and admire the bighorn sheep in Lake Chapala.66.  Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán Admire the historic convent of Santa Ana, visit the archaeological site of Las Yácatas.67.  Tlalpujahua, Michoacán Buy spheres and decorative objects made of blown glass and feather art, tour the Dos Estrellas mine and admire the Monarch butterflies in the nearby Sanctuary of Sierra Chincua.

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Pablo Muniz68.  Tlayacapan, Morelos Tour the town by moto-taxi to get to know the neighborhood chapels, explore the cave paintings of the archaeological corridor and enjoy the dances of the chinelos at the carnival parties.69.  Tepoztlán, Morelos Visit the former Convent of the Nativity and its museum, see the crafts of the stalls in the center of the town and visit the Carlos Pellicer Museum.70.  Jala, Nayarit Meet the legend of La Sierpe, attend the corn fair, where you can admire 50 centimeters and see the sunset from the top of Ceboruco Volcano.71.  Sayulita, Nayarit Learn to surf, dance to the rhythm of cumbia on Fridays at the beach club Camarón and walk to Malpaso beach to enjoy the solitude of its rocky landscapes.72. Compostela, NayaritVisit the Parish of Santo Santiago Apóstol, the Museum of Compostela and the eschacienda of the Countess of Miravalles.73.  Tequisquiapan, Querétaro Fly in a balloon at sunrise and do a tasting on the heights, visit the Museum of Basket and make the journey of legends that leaves the Plaza de Armas.

74.  Cadereyta, QuerétaroAcquire some crafts made in ixtle, try the “nopal in her mother” that is prepared in Quinta Schmoll and spend a whole day fishing in the Zimapán Dam.75.  Jalpan de Serra, QuerétaroTake a dip in the Escanela River, try the acamayas, endemic to the Huasteca, and walk among the ahuehuetes that surround the Jalpan River.76.  San Joaquín, QuerétaroWalk through one of the archaeological sites, explore the grotto of Los Herreras and take a bicycle tour through a section of the Sierra Gorda.77.  Bernal, Querétaro Meet the cave of La Calavera, take a tour and do a tasting at Vinos Azteca and buy walnut custard at Dulces Bernal.78. Amealco, Querétaro Discover this corner of Queretaro where you will find ideal landscapes to practice camping and live with nature, but also where you will find a rich indigenous culture that is perceived in its cuisine and crafts.79.  Xilitla, San Luis Potosí Try the delicious organic coffee of the area, dance in the traditional huapangueada on Sundays and take a temascal in Los Comales, next to Las Pozas.80.  Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosí Buy a mask with beads or a dream catcher made by Huichol hands and climb a Willy to explore the surroundings.81. Aquismón, San Luis PotosíThis population treasures dreamlike natural landscapes such as the Sótano de las Golondrinas, the Tamul waterfalls, the Huahuas basement and Puente de Dios, among other natural wonders that you can not miss.82.  Tlaxco, Tlaxcala Meet the altarpieces of the eighteenth century of the Parish of San Agustín, take pulque in the haciendas of Xochuca and Tepetzala.

Citlalli Hernández83.  Huamantla, Tlaxcala Try the mole of matuma and atole sour in the restaurant of Hacienda Soltepec, climb the volcano La Malinche and make “the scorpion” with the last sip of pulque.84.  Jerez, Zacatecas Try the famous rasppers of the El Paraíso ice cream shop, get to know the Jerez Institute of Culture and take a tour of the Dolores pantheon, one of the oldest in Zacatecas.85.  Nochistlán, Zacatecas Take a look at the centuries-old grocery store La Palestina, try the famous Barrón snows and get to know the neighborhood of San Sebastián and its temple with a yellow facade.86.  Pinos, Zacatecas Enter the oldest canteen in town, visit the underground passage of the Mesón del Conde hotel and visit the San Francisco Temple.87.  Teúl, Zacatecas Savor the gorditas of oven in oak leaf, know the bar decorated with tickets from the La Herradura canteen and attend a show at the Teatro José Isabel Flores.88.  Sombrerete, Zacatecas Meet La Barra, a bar in the Zaragoza garden that looks like a beer museum and observes from the Municipal Presidency the Cerro del Cristo.89. Guadalupe, Zacatecas The main attraction of this Magic Town is the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, where you can also access its library and nursing. Each month of June the reenactment of the battle of Lepanto takes place.90. Zimapán, Hidalgo Spend a weekend in Zimapán to experience some of the most exciting adventures. Here you can practice fishing, enjoy the magic of its forests and caves; as well as taste its rich gastronomy.

Magical Towns South Region

91.  Palizada, Campeche Enjoy a hot chocolate and a shell at the market, try the ice cream at La Perla and take a boat trip from Palizada to Ciudad del Carmen.92.  San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas Walk from the Temple of Santo Domingo to the Temple of Carmen, try the posh in La Poshería and make short trips to Zinacantán, Amatenango del Valle and San Juan Chamula.93.  Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas Get to know the ruins of the Church of San Sebastián, turn around the pile of Mudejar inspiration that the city boasts and try the pozol and tascalate in the market.94.  Comitán, Chiapas Take a tour of the Central Park, try the chincualjes and liquor comiteco and visit the Hotel El Parador to see its collection of Sacred Art.95.  Palenque, Chiapas Meet the church of Santo Domingo, eat at Don Many way to the ruins of Palenque and visit the town of Ocosingo.

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Palenque Chiapas96.  Capulálpam, Oaxaca Listen to a New Esmeralda marimba concert with local children, watch the sunrise from the La Cruz viewpoint and taste the delights that are offered on Sunday at Los Portales.97.  Huautla de Jiménez, Oaxaca He appreciates the population and the Sierra Mazateca from El Mirador Loma de Chapultepec, enjoys the coffee produced in the region and knows about the shamans María Sabina and Julieta Casimiro.98.  San Pablo Villa de Mitla, Oaxaca Find out how much time you have left in the life column of the archaeological zone, enjoy the mezcal made in the region and take home clothes made with pedal shuttle loom.99.  San Pedro and San Pablo Teposcolula, Oaxaca Visit the Casa de la Cacica, visit the colonial buildings of Alarcón and the Alcantarilla and explore the hill of Pueblo Viejo.100.  Mazunte, Oaxaca Take a class of Hridaya Hatha yogas in the center of the same name, sleep in a teepee surrounded by nature in the Hotel Copal, and support communities buying products of natural origin.101.  Cuetzalan, Puebla Enter the imposing Parish of San Francisco de Asís, dinner at La Peña Los Jarritos and visit the Xoxoctic Botanical Garden full of orchids and ferns.

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Cuetzalan, Magical Town of Puebla102.  Atlixco, Puebla Admire the murals of Juan Martínez Caltenco in the Municipal Palace, contemplate the Popocatépetl from the Cerro de San Miguel and in December do not miss the Illuminated Villa.103.  Chignahuapan, Puebla Try the fig and cheese bread from La Condesa bakery, visit the Sanctuary of the Honguito in Ixtlahuaca.104.  Huauchinango, Puebla Nothing in the pools under the waterfalls of Totolapa and Salto Chico, try the tamales de puñete and papatla, buy ornamental plants at the Mercado Isabel Díaz Castilla in Tenango de las Flores.105.  Pahuatlán, PueblaCross the suspension bridge that connects Pahuatlán with Xolotla, try the famous fried chilies with chiltepin and attend the dance of the flyers.106.  Tlatlauquitepec, PueblaAdmire the paintings of Luis Toral González in the cural house, next to the parish. Buy organic coffee from Mazatepec and try the yolixpa, typical liqueur from the Sierra Poblana.107.  Xicotepec, Puebla Wander through the gardens of Casa del Monje, try the vodka and acachul drink that is prepared in El Gallo bar, go in search of the small church of Santa María Guadalupe in Ahuaxintitla.108.  Zacatlán de las Manzanas, Puebla Go to any bakery and try the famous bread filled with ranchero cheese, go to El Mayab Ranch to walk among apple trees and learn all about them.

109.  Cholula, Puebla Go up to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Remedies, know the main squares of San Pedro as of San Andrés and savor any dessert of the Ocho 30 coffee in San Andrés.110.  Tapijulapa, Tabasco Meet the church of Santo Domingo, nothing in the natural pools of the paques; and try the mone and the pishul.111.  Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo Snorkel or snorkel in the Marine Park, swim with dolphins and whale sharks, admire the landscape of La Punta Sur.112.  Tulum, Quintana Roo Swim in one of the many cenotes in the region, walk and rest on the beach of Tulum and visit the archaeological site of Cobá, 40 km away, and travel the jungle by bike.113.  Bacalar, Quintana Roo Explore all the corners of the lagoon by kayak, try a typical dish while enjoying the view on the shore of the lagoon and visit the San Felipe Fort Museum.114.  Orizaba, Veracruz Climb the cable car, the third longest in Mexico. Visit the zoo on the banks of the Orizaba River and refresh yourself with a mischievous orizabeña.

115.  Xico, Veracruz Have some picaditas with a view of the coffee plantations, refresh yourself in the Texolo waterfall and enjoy the view on the Pextlán bridge.116.  Coscomatepec, Veracruz Visit the workshops where cigars are made, get to know the history of the town in the murals of the Municipal Palace and take a tour of the Monday tianguis.117.  Papantla, Veracruz Taste some bland kisses at the Naku restaurant. Take a pottery class at the Center for Indigenous Arts and relax on one of the Costa Esmeralda beaches.118.  Zozocolco, Veracruz Nothing in Pozas del Diablo, Callejón, Junta and Las Golondrinas; talk to the inhabitants to learn about their traditions and visit the El Jabalí nature reserve.119.  Coatepec, Veracruz Learn to recognize the different types of orchids that cover the town, go to El Resobado, a bakery over 100 years old that bakes with wood and sleeps in a coffee plantation.120.  Izamal, Yucatán Take a walk in the traditional carriages, climb to the top of Kinich Kak Moo, the main archaeological site and tour the town by bike.121.  Valladolid, Yucatán Become an expert of regional gastronomy in La Casona, sleep surrounded by blanket of sky in the Zentik hotel and take a massage in what was the old perfume shop in Coqui Coqui.Now you know the 121 Magic Towns of Mexico . 

Which one will you go to first?

To see the Global Expat Index 2019 in full, please visit here.

Source: lonely planet, international living, mexico desconocido, globehunters.

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