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Underrated places to visit in Mexico

Updated: Jun 15, 2021

Mexico, one of the most diverse and beautiful countries you'll ever have the chance to go to, this country, famous for its food, its tradition and the lovable people that live here, is the perfect destination for you to go during this summer. Most people who visit often choose to stay in places like Cancun or Mexico City, and while these places are worth visiting, let me tell you that my home country has way more things to offer to tourists from all over the world. From small picturesque towns to big cities with vivid nightlife, so today I'm bringing you just a few places in Mexico worth seeing.

  • Veracruz Puerto, Veracruz

Veracruz, a harbor town located in the Gulf of Mexico, this destination will offer you the cultural opportunity to experience the local life. This is quite a historic city as it is where Spaniards first arrived when they, later on, conquer Mexico. If you are interested in real Mexican folklore, this is the place to go. Close to Veracruz, you'll find Boca del Rio, which is the new city (Veracruz is referred to as the old city). At the same time, there, the first thing you'll love to do is try our traditional food, now, there are a few places, but the best and most popular one is Cafe la Parroquia, this is now a chain restaurant; however, the original one is located in the center of Veracruz, here you'll find the famous "Lechero" which is coffee with milk served at the moment (very popular here), among other delicious topical dishes such as picaditas, gorditas, Bombas con nata, among other delicious food. If you're craving some seafood, go to the "Villa Rica" restaurant for the best seafood in town.

Besides trying one of the best foods in Mexico, there is a lot of places you can visit here, like the Zocalo of Veracruz, the small oasis called "Cancuncito" which is a small island not far away from the harbor, San Juan de Ulua which is one of the most important destinations in the state of Veracruz, here you'll find an ancient fort worth visiting due to its history. You should also take a moment and walk through the city's pier to appreciate the ocean and the beauty itself of the city.

  • Tepoztlan, Morelos.

Located in the state of Morelos, Tepoztlan was given the title of "Pueblo Magico" (Magic Small Town). This town is surrounded by mountains making the view incredible for those who decide to visit. One of Mexico's most impressive delights, here you'll find delicious street food, ice cream, and pastries as well as a Hippie city center and shops that sell crystals, incense among other things. If you're searching for adventure, here you'll also be able to go all the way up to the Tepozteco, which is a sacred mountain with a pyramid on top; the views up there will take your breath away.

  • Puebla City, Puebla

Just a couple of hours away from Mexico City, you'll find one of the most important cities of the country, Puebla, a modern city filled with tradition, art, and incredible food. This is not a small city so I would personally recommend spending more than a couple of days here, as there is plenty of things to see, like the city center where you'll find the cathedral "Nuestra señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion" considered as one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the American continent. Near the city center, you'll find the "Callejon de Los Sapos" which is a most if you like antiques, and also, not far away you'll find the "Barrio del Artista" an artistic space in the city that you can't miss.

There are two sides of this city, the area of the city center which is more traditional, and the cosmopolitan part of the city, which you'll find a lot of malls, tall buildings and plenty of recreational activities and places to go like bars, cafe shops, museums (like the Baroque museum) and fancy restaurants as this is a city that is quickly developing and growing.

Not far away from the city, the pyramid of San Andres Cholula is located, and believe me when I tell you that you'll love the views here. On top of a pyramid, you'll see a church built by the Spaniards decades ago; this is a very touristic place that will allow you to get the best views of the city.

  • San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.

One of the least visited states of Mexico by international is Chiapas, which is a shame, as this is one of the most traditional states of Mexico. If you ever find yourself in Chiapas, San Cristobal de las Casas is a great place to start, a town that embraces its indigenous roots will allow you to explore all of its beauty from their traditional churches. The most vivid area is the Real de Guadalupe which is the main street of the town. You'll also be able to find several tours worth taking, like horseback riding tours, mountain biking, among others.

  • Bacalar, Quintana Roo.

If you're craving with going to a paradisiac destination and relaxing in the most beautiful beach destination, Bacalar is for you! This destination close to the Mexican border with Belize is ideal for those looking to relax. A lot of people like to compare this destination to Tulum, which is not as inaccurate, however, this place is not as popular, therefore, you won't find crowds of people here. Just 4 hours away from Cancun you'll find this paradise, the most famous destination here is the "Laguna de Los Siete Colores" (The Lagoon of the seven colors) which is perfect for swimming or snorkeling. You can also rent a Kayak and boat around the shore. so if you're looking for a laid-back place to sip drinks all day, Bacalar is waiting for you.

Mexico is a large country worth exploring; there are too many places to go, everyone unique in its own way, each and everyone has amazing architecture, food, and amazing people that will make you fall in love with the country and traditions, there is always something to do here so make sure to put Mexico in your traveling list this summer

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