While all magical towns “PUEBLO MAGICOS” have a valuable natural and human legacy, those in this section are distinguished because their attractions are not found anywhere else. Discover them!
Between mountains and ravines is Batopilas, whose mining past is felt in each section of its picturesque center. From there you cannot miss the Holy Angel Custodian Mission, a remembrance of the Jesuit evangelization; Do not miss the entrance to the Cerro Colorado mine, where you will learn about the silver that brought prosperity. Do you like adventure? Try the zip line over the town or go hiking in the nearby canyons. Are you looking for a souvenir? Acquire a beautiful wooden violin with a rarámuri artisan.
Nombre de Dios, Durango
Another of the most recent inclusions to the list of magical towns, the second with this category in Durango. You can’t leave here without trying their mezcals; neither without knowing the waterfall of El Salto (an oasis in the middle of the desert) or Los Salones: a coastal area covered by ancient Sabinos.
The city of silver fascinates everyone for its steep and winding streets, its white houses with mud roofs and that moistened breeze that comes down from the mountains. Visiting its goldsmith’s workshops and acquiring a piece of authentic silver is mandatory, as well as contemplating the baroque facade of the Temple of Santa Prisca.
Its main attraction is the impressive Dunes of Bilbao, a protected area covered by extensive sandy beaches of great ecological value. Also worth visiting are the Museum of Sacred Art and the Parish of Santiago Apostle, possessors of treasures left by the evangelization of the north of the country.
Like a mirage in the middle of the desert: this is Mapimí, which despite its size and remoteness has been a refuge for characters such as Miguel Hidalgo and Benito Juárez. In the center visit the buildings where these heroes were, and then walk among the gravestones written in English, German or Chinese of their Municipal Pantheon. From here you can go to see the ghost town of Ojuela, a unique place.
El Fuerte, Sinaloa
His name is good for good reasons: first, because of the fortress that the Spaniards raised here in the seventeenth century, whose replica is today the El Fuerte Museum. Second, because it is a stronghold of the May or Yoreme, a proud indigenous people who still practice their dances and traditions in the surroundings of the town.
Kino Cupcake, Sonora
Visiting it is a great opportunity to learn about the history of the evangelization of northwestern Mexico and southeast of the United States of America, as well as to see the remains of its founder, missionary father Eusebio Kino, inside the mausoleum of the temple of Santa Maria Magdalena. 12 kilometers from the town, the gigantic Sahuars of Sasave will surprise you.
Transport your years of greatest mining wealth by staying at the Hacienda de Los Santos, whose decorations and furnishings maintain the luxury of the seventeenth century. Be sure to visit the House of María Félix to see objects, photos, and memories of this diva born here; Do not forget to climb the Cerro del Perico to admire the refined outline of the town and the lush green of the hills: not everything in Sonora is desert.
Metepec, State of Mexico
While in other destinations the magic circulates through streets and buildings, in Metepec it arises from the hands of its artisans, experts in the manufacture of clay pieces. The most emblematic: the intricate Tree of Life and the suggestive mermaids known as Tlanchanas. He takes home Mexican talent by shopping at his Handicraft Market.
Jalpa de Cánovas, Guanajuato
What used to be a hacienda is today one of the most original towns in Mexico, surrounded by mills and nogaleras and where even the mole is nutty. Part of its beauty is due to a single man, the engineer Cecil Luis Long, who designed the neo-Gothic parish of El Señor de la Misericordia and the photogenic dam of Santa Efigenia.
Come to know the rich architectural legacy of this Magic Town, product of its origin as a settlement of Spaniards. The most notable of these monuments is the Batanes Bridge, built in 1625 and one of the oldest in Mexico. Also impressive are the convent of Carmen and the Capuchin.
Huasca de Ocampo, Hidalgo
Do you know which sister to this Magical Town with Hawaii and Ireland? That only in these three sites there are basaltic prisms, caprices of rock five or six faces formed by the cooling of the lava. Other wonders of Huasca are the former estates of Santa María and San Miguel Regla, built thanks to the benefit of silver.
Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco
Its architecture is so magnificent that even Unesco considers it a World Heritage site. You will agree with them when you contemplate the baroque quarry facade of the parish of Our Lady of the Assumption; while visiting the José Rosas Moreno Theater or when you go over the bridge of the Lagos River, a civil work unique in Mexico.
Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacán
All that shines here is copper, that warm and malleable metal that the craftsmen of Santa Clara know how to mold like nobody else. Admire his work in the copper workshops, delve into its history in the Copper Museum and then stroll through the cozy town center, guarded by three churches.
Another town where the mastery of the Michoacan artisans is manifested, who here elaborate beautiful Christmas spheres and pieces of blown glass; There are more than 250 workshops, where you can see how they create them and then take them home. You will be surprised to learn that more than 20 million spheres are made here.
Almost medieval are the buildings of Tlayacapan, and this is because they were built immediately after the Conquest. The most notable for its structure and beautiful murals is the Exconvento de San Juan Bautista, located at the foot of the Popocatepetl and considered a World Heritage Site. Another jewel is the Municipal Palace, the oldest in Mexico as it was founded in the 16th century.
Mark on your calendar the night of August 14, date on which you will see flower mats and colored sawdust to honor the Virgin of Charity: it is the Night Nobody Sleeps. The next morning, the bulls will run free through the streets, giving scares to more than one. However, the National Puppet Museum and the ex-convent of San Luis Obispo are open attractions throughout the year.
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
It is considered the cultural capital of Los Altos de Chiapas for its viceregal architecture; Its greatest exponents are the Cathedral of La Paz and the beautiful Ex-convent of Santo Domingo, with a beautiful facade. Another reason to get to know it is its vibrant indigenous culture, present in its customs, textiles, and crafts. Walk along with its colorful walkers: you will love it.
It is the capital of the Totonac world, cradle of the famous “flying” and important producer of endemic vanilla. If you want to get into its indigenous traditions, visit the Tedoro Cano Museum, which exhibits typical costumes; Of course, you can’t stop going to the nearby archeological zone of El Tajin.
The ancient Nahua traditions still survive in this Magical Town, surrounded by forests, waterfalls and coffee plantations. The most advisable thing is to visit it on Sunday, the day when the tianguis makes its arrival; You will see all kinds of merchandise, such as mushrooms, herbs, remedies, rebozos, threads, and even cochineal grana.
Bright and simple is its Parish of Lord Santiago, built in the sixteenth century. The surroundings are also beautiful, as the Sierra Norte de Puebla is rich in vegetation; Waterfalls are frequent and fog banks too. It is the tradition of the people to make beautiful creations with amate paper, support their artisans!
Zozocolco de Hidalgo, Veracruz
Another town of strong Totonaca roots, who fervently guard the beautiful parish of San Miguel Arcángel, built by the Franciscans in the seventeenth century. Nearby there are also natural wonders, such as the pools of El Diablo, La Virgen, and Las Golondrinas.
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