Monterrey is the capital and largest city in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. Being that, it’s also the third largest metropolitan area in Mexico, and there are lots of good things to do in Monterrey, including exploring some of the wild countryside. If you find yourself standing in the town square (the zocalo) and looking up at that big mountain (known as the Cerro de la Silla), here’s how to get out there and check it out.
The second largest city in Mexico, Guadalajara nevertheless maintains the reputation for being somewhat slower paced that the number one spot – Mexico City. And while you might find the pace here leisurely for that of a big city, it’s got all the amenities that make other cities famous – especially the architecture.
Puerto Vallarta is largely known as a resort destination thanks to its tropical climate, lush rainforest, and never-ending beaches. But what many who visit Puerto Vallarta don’t know is that the old town of Puerto Vallarta (far away from the hotel zone) is a cobblestoned street that is quite charming in its own right. If you’ve come here to celebrate a romantic getaway and are tired of all the resort activities, consider a night out in Zona Romantica your go-to romantic escape – there are more cafes, shops, bars and restaurants here than anywhere else in Puerto Vallarta.
Acapulco is one of the oldest town in Mexico. That much is evident just by strolling around the ancient and historic Old Acapulco, the center of which is the town square or zocalo. A central gathering point for merchants, locals, tourists, musicians, and everyone in-between, Acapulco’s zocalo offers a meeting point before embarking on any one of the numerous fun and adventurous things to do in Acapulco.
While exploring the Veracruz harbor you might easily overlook this amazing Spanish fortress. An unassuming structure set amongst the busiest port of Mexico, the San Juan de Ulua Castle has history galore. Dating back to the 1500s, for three hundred years, this fortress was the main repository for the Spaniard’s plunder of the Orient, North, and Central America. Later, when the imperialism age ended, these huge holding tanks were used to house political prisoners. The dungeon here even housed the famed bandit Chucho el Roto.
Mexico launched its Pueblos Mágicos (Magical Towns) program back in 2001 to recognize special places that “offer visitors a ‘magical’ experience — by reason of their natural beauty, cultural riches, or historical relevance.” Ten destinations were in the original round, including some of the ones below, with more added each year until the present.
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