Mexico, Mexico Que Viva Mexico! Mini Guide by Pablo Gomez

Discover the best cities in Mexico to experience the beauty of the country and taste great local food.

 
UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town historically is important as being the birthplace of Ignacio Allende, whose surname was added to the town’s name in 1826. Its Baroque/Neoclassical colonial structures were "discovered" by foreign artists who moved in and began art and cultural institutes. Since then, the town has attracted a very large number of foreign retirees, artists, writers and tourists.

San Miguel de Allende

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Colonial city, Mérida is the main metropolis of the Yucatán. Mérida has been nicknamed "The White City" (La Ciudad Blanca"), though the exact origin of this moniker is not clear. Yucatecan food is its own unique style and is very different from what most people consider "Mexican" food. It includes influences from the local Mayan culture, as well as Caribbean, Mexican, European and Middle Eastern cultures.

Mérida

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Todos Santos is a beautiful fishing village in Baja California, famous for Hotel California. Small and quaint, it's home for many artists and galleries. South of Todos Santos is one of Baja's better surfing destinations, Cerritos Beach.

Todos Santos

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The city of Puebla is one of the five most important Spanish colonial cities in Mexico. The city was founded in 1531 in an area called Cuetlaxcoapan, which means "where serpents change their skin", in between of two of the main indigenous settlements. Due to its history and architectural styles ranging from Renaissance to Mexican Baroque, the city was named a World Heritage Site in 1987. The city is also famous for its cuisine, being said it is this city where "Mole" -a famous Mexican spicy thick sauce- was invented.

Puebla

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Imagine a beautiful valley filled with a Spanish colonial city in a three-dimensional maze of passageways, underground romantic tunnels and a rim road along the cliff tops. The city is a World Heritage by UNESCO and full of small and medium "plazuelas" ( public courtyards ), recognized as one of the wonders of the world!

Guanajuato

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Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. The main pre-Hispanic cultures here were the P'urhépecha and the Matlatzinca, but no major cities were founded in the valley during this time. The Spanish took control of the area in the 1520s. In 1991, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved colonial buildings and layout of the historic center.

Morelia

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A high-elevation city of immense charm. Zacatecas' colonial part of the city is a World Heritage Site, due to the Baroque and other structures built during its mining days. The name Zacatecas is derived from the Zacateco people and has its roots in Nahuatl. The name means "people of the grasslands."

Zacatecas

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Tlacotalpan is a town and municipality in the Mexican state of Veracruz, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998 primarily for its architecture and colonial-era layout. The town was established in 1550 on what was originally an island in the Papaloapan River.

Tlacotalpan

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The city was founded in 1540 by Spanish conquistadores as San Francisco de Campeche atop the pre-existing Maya city of Can Pech. The Pre-Columbian city was described as having 3,000 houses and various monuments, of which little trace remains. The city retains many of the old colonial Spanish city walls and fortifications which protected the city (not always successfully) from pirates and buccaneers. The state of preservation and quality of its architecture earned it the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

Campeche

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