Magical Towns in Mexico

The Magical Towns of Mexico are cities that have witnessed great events of the country’s history or have a very special set of traditions, legends and every day life. It is a classification that exalts the great tourism potential offered the national jewels of culture and folklore.

The “Pueblos Mágicos” or Magical Towns program was developed by the Ministry of Tourism for highlighting the great tourism value of these towns. It recognizes the towns that have preserved their great cultural and historical wealth.

The characteristics of these beautiful sites when crowned as a magic town include being located in areas near tourism sites or great cities, have easy access by road and hold a very special cultural, historical or social importance.

Tradition has triumphed in these great icons of the past. They are cities that have treasured brilliant colors, a passion for everyday life, smells and tastes that enhance a rich tradition for all visitors to admire their picturesque corners.

To be a Magical Town also implies there is a will of the government and society for warmly welcoming all tourists. This program adds value to the populations that have always been in the collective imagination and offer interesting tourism alternatives for national and foreign visitors.

The sites recognized as Magical Town in Mexico are Mexcaltitán in Nayarit; Huasca de Ocampo in Hidalgo; Real de Catorce in San Luis Potosí; Tepoztlán in Morelos; Taxco in Guerrero; Tepotzotlán in el Estado de México; Tapalpa in Jalisco; Comala in Colima; Pátzcuaro in Michoacán; Dolores Hidalgo in Guanajuato; San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato; Ciudad de Cuetzalan in Puebla; Izamal in Yucatán; Tequila in Jalisco; San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas; Real del Monte in Hidalgo; Parras de la Fuente in Coahuila; Valle de Bravo in el Estado de México; Mazamitla in Jalisco; Álamos in Sonora; Tlalpujahua in Michoacán; Cosalá in Sinaloa; Bernal in Querétaro; Coatepec in Veracruz; Papantla in Veracruz; Asientos in Aguascalientes; Cuitzeo in Michoacán; Santiago in Nuevo León; Todos Santos in Baja California Sur; Bacalar in Quintana Roo; Jerez de García Salinas in Zacatecas; Huamantla in Tlaxcala; Mier in Tamaulipas; Creel in Chihuahua; Capulalpam de Méndez in Oaxaca and Tula in Hidalgo.

This program started in 2001 and there are still many jewels that must be added to the list of these magic sites so everyone can experience the beauty, wisdom and tradition they have preserved.

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