Embark on an immersive journey through Mexico’s diverse landscapes and rich cultural tapestry as we uncover the top must-visit destinations in this captivating country. From the vibrant streets of Mexico City and Guadalajara to the serene beauty of Chiapas, Oaxaca and the Huasteca Potosina, each destination promises a unique blend of experiences waiting to be explored and cherished. Here is your guide to the the must visit places in Mexico.

Guide to Must Visit Places in Mexico: Oaxaca
The capital of Oaxaca during the Guelaguetza festival.

The State of Oaxaca: A Cultural Extravaganza

Nestled in the heart of southern Mexico, the state of Oaxaca beckons with its vibrant markets, ancient ruins, and mouthwatering cuisine. Explore the bustling streets of Oaxaca City, where colorful markets brim with indigenous crafts and aromatic spices. Sample traditional dishes like mole and tlayudas, and immerse yourself in the rich history of Monte Albán’s archaeological wonders. Click here for a seperate blog post dedicated to Oaxaca

Guide to Must Visit Places in Mexico: Chiapas
Oaxaca is full of Mayan archeological sites. Palenque, in photo.

The State of Chiapas: Mayan culture and Nature

Discover the untamed beauty of Chiapas, where lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and ancient Mayan ruins await. Explore the majestic ruins of Palenque, hidden deep within the jungle, and cool off in the turquoise pools of Agua Azul. Immerse yourself in the rich indigenous heritage of the region, where ancient traditions and customs endure. Click here for a seperate blog post dedicated to Chiapas. 

Guide to Must Visit Places in Mexico: Huasteca Potosina
The Huasteca Potosina is stunning. Here El Meco waterfall.

Huasteca Potosina: A Natural Wonder

Escape to the natural wonders of Huasteca Potosina, a hidden gem in central Mexico. Marvel at cascading waterfalls, crystal-clear rivers, and lush rainforests as you explore this pristine wilderness. Embark on thrilling adventures like white-water rafting and cave exploration, or simply relax and soak in the breathtaking beauty of this untouched paradise. Click here for a seperate blog post dedicated to the Huasteca Potosina.

Guide to Must Visit Places in Mexico: San Miguel de Allende.
The emblematic Parroquia San Miguel de Allende.

San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato: Colonial Charms

Step back in time as you wander the cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, two colonial treasures steeped in history and charm. Explore vibrant plazas, ornate churches, and bustling markets, and savor the flavors of authentic Mexican cuisine at local eateries. Experience the rich cultural tapestry of these enchanting cities, where every corner tells a story.

Casa Carmen in the historic city center.

Where to Stay in San Miguel de Allende

The heart of San Miguel de Allende is Jardin Allende with the gorgeous church Parroquia de San Miguel de Allende and one block away from it is the lovely Casa Carmen Bed and Breakfast that I highly recommend.

Guide to Must Visit Places in Mexico: Escondido Place San Miguel de Allende.
One of the many areas of Escondido Place Spa.

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

The best way to appreciate this magical town is to explore by foot through the cobblestone streets, colorful houses and gorgeous Churches. Your first stop should be the emblematic and gorgeous Parroquia San Miguel Arcangel San Miguel de Allende and the Jardín de Allende.  A great activity to do from San Miguel de Allende is to visit the Hot Springs less than 20 minutes from the Old City Center at Escondido Place.

Guide to Must Visit Places in Mexico: Guanajuato Corazon Mexicano
Stunning Hotel Boutique Corazón Mexicano

Where to Stay in Guanajuato

A 20 minute walk from the Old City Center is the gorgeous Hotel Boutique Corazón Mexicano set in a beautiful quiet neighborhood near the reservoir of La Presa. The hotel has a a great restaurant below called Restaurante de la Presa as well as an amazing Spa called Elun

Guide to Must Visit Places in Mexico: Guanajuato
The beautiful Teatro Juarez in Guanajuato

What to do in Guanajuato

Don´t miss walking around the gorgeous historic center and visit the Jardín de la Unión, Teatro Juarez, Callejon del beso and the view from above at the Monumento al Pípila. Visiting the mummies in Guanajuato and listening to the folklore and legends are popular activities.For a great coffee don´t miss Café Tal. Try the choco espresso, thank me later.

Guide to Must Visit Places in Mexico: CDMX
The Zocalo: the heart of CDMX and the country.

Mexico City: A Fusion of Culture and Modernity

Experience the vibrant energy of Mexico City, where ancient history collides with modern innovation. Explore countless beautiful neighborhoods with tree lined avenues such as Polanco, Condesa, Roma, and the amazing historic center of el Centro at its heart the Zocalo. The culture scene is epic with an endless supply of museums, exhibits and more. Don´t miss the Museo Antropologico and the many murals by important Mexican artists.
While most people only visit the beautiful beaches in Mexico, that is not the real Mexico. Visiting this unique capital is essential for a trip to Mexico and this Guide to the Must Visit Places in Mexico.

One of the Bikes and Munchies bike tours. Eat local delights while you see the city.

What to do in Mexico City

The food culture is one of the best in the world and a great way to see the city and try the food is with a cycling gastro tour by Bikes and Muchies. And an experience that can´t be missed is visiting the nearby pyramids of Teotihuacán. Marvel at this stunning archeological site on a half or full day trip with Tekpan Tours.

Teotihuacán Pyramids
The amazing Teotihuacán Pyramids
The colorful historic Center of Guadalajara

Guadalajara and Tequila: Exploring the Heart of Jalisco

Guadalajara, the vibrant capital of Jalisco, beckons with its rich cultural heritage, lively streets, and tequila-infused charm. Dive into the heart of this bustling metropolis as you explore its historic city center.

The heart of the town of Tequila.

What to do in Guadalajara and Tequila

Don´t miss the city center and the Hospicio Cabañas murals. Immerse yourself in the artistic ambiance of  the charming neighborhood Tlaquepaque. Wander its cobblestone streets lined with art galleries, cafés and restaurants. No trip to Guadalajara would be complete without a flavorful day trip to the nearby town of Tequila. This picturesque town offers immersive tours of the most important spirits of Mexico. Visit blue agave fields and distileries and learn about the production process and sample a variety of tequila flavors. Aventurate por Jalisco has great tours where they pick you up and drop you off in Guadalajara.


This concludes this Guide to the Must Visit Places in Mexico. It is a stunning country with many cities worth checking out like Mexico City (CDMX), Guadalajara and smaller towns like San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. From the rich cultural heritage of Oaxaca to the natural wonders of Chiapas and Huasteca Potosina, Mexico’s must-visit destinations offer a wealth of experiences for travelers seeking adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion.  Make sure to save and share this Guide to the Must Visit places in Mexico.

Click on the Guides Below for specific posts to amazing places in Mexico:

Chiapas Travel Guide
Oaxaca Travel Guide
The Huasteca Potosina Travel Guide
Querétaro, Mexico. A hidden gem

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