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20 Colorful Spots in Mexico to Add to Your Bucket List

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Everyone needs a pop of color in their life. Well, this country is the perfect place for that! Moving around from city to city for two months, we discovered the most vibrant and colorful spots in Mexico.

Now we're here to share them with you, so you can add them to your bucket list. Here are 20 locations that will make you feel like you've landed on a rainbow.

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In Mexico there is a program called "Pueblos Mágicos". This is for those cities that are able to hold a title for keeping their original architecture, style, and customs. Because of this, you will find that there are many cities that are similar. One of those similarities is the many different colors you will find.

Walk through Valladolid and you will find so many colorful buildings. Some streets so many that it will be a full rainbow of colors!

Valladolid, Best places to visit in Mexico
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Valladolid is one of the most colorful cities in Mexico.

For this reason, one of our favorite things to do in Valladolid was to simply wander around the center. This pink church in particular was one of our favorites.

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Merida is the second biggest city in the Yucatan peninsula, and is the safest city in all of Mexico! This city is bursting with color, and just roaming around you will find one colorful building after the next.

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One of our favorites was this blue painted market, which we found right in the center on Calle 59 between Calle 60 & 62.

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Colorful Spots in Mexico #3: Campeche

Campeche is a small city that is just outside the Yucatan peninsula! It's compact, but the center has just a few streets that are all bursting with color. It reminded us of Merida, but just a lot smaller and cuter.

Campeche is just two hours from Merida, and isn't visited nearly as much. But don't let that keep you from visiting, because it's definitely worth a stop! Head to Calle 59 for the most color, as well as some great restaurants and shops.

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Colorful Spots in Mexico #4: Izamal

Izamal is located just an hour from Merida, and was one of favorite colorful spots in Mexico. The reason? It is completely covered in yellow! That's right. Head to the center of Izamal, and every single building is painted yellow, including the famous convento de San Antonio.

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Izamal is full of yellow painted buildings.

Colorful Spots in Mexico #5: La Gruta, Teotihuacan

This is hands down one of the most colorful spots in Mexico when it comes to dining. La Gruta is a restaurant that is built into a cave in Teotihuacan. It is just an hour north of the center of Mexico City.

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The restaurant has brightly colored chairs, flowers, candles, and decorations everywhere. Having a meal here is a truly beautiful experience. Not to mention the menu is incredible, and features only local ingredients.

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Want to know more about the great things to do in Teotihuacan? We have a full article for everything you need to know.

Colorful Spots in Mexico #6: Isabela Cafe, Mexico City

This is the cutest cafe in all of Mexico city, and is for the pink lovers out there. Isabela is covered with flowers, and has fun, pink, neon signs. This is one of those colorful spots in Mexico that you could just spend hours hanging out at.

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Not only is the place one of the most Instagrammable spots in Mexico City, but their desserts and coffee concoctions are to die for.

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Colorful Spots in Mexico #7: Xochimilco, Mexico City

This is our favorite spot in all of Mexico City, and is one of the most colorful spots in Mexico. Xochimilco is the Venice of Mexico, but just a little bit more fun.

There are dozens of trajineras, which are colorfully painted wooden row boats. They each feature a table and chairs, music, and plenty of other exciting things going on.

Xochimilco, things to do in Mexico
Xochimilco, things to do in Mexico

You will be surrounded by other boats that will be offering food, drinks, and souvenirs. Want more? There are even musicians to hop onboard and serenade you! This is definitely one to add to the bucket list. Check out our full article below for everything to know while visiting Xochimilco.

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Colorful Spots in Mexico #8: Parroquia de San Miguel de Allende

This is another one for those pink lovers out there, and is one of the most beautiful churches you will ever see. The pink Parroquia de San Miguel de Allende will make you feel as if you have been teleported into a Disney movie.

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Colorful Spots in Mexico #9: Animas 15, San Miguel de Allende

Can't get enough pink? Well, head over to this café in San Miguel de Allende and you will be in a dream. Reminding us a little of Isabela Café in Mexico city, Animas 15 also has fun decorations, and a great menu of desserts and delicious coffees.

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Colorful Spots in Mexico #10: Casa de los Soles, San Miguel de Allende

While you're in San Miguel de Allende, make sure to head over to one of the most colorful spots in Mexico-hotel edition. Casa de los Soles is a boutique hotel that features over 2,000 suns. 

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Casa de los soles, San Miguel de Allende

These colorful pieces cover the building from head to toe, and will definitely add some brightness to your day.

Colorful Spots in Mexico #11: Puebla

Puebla is located just a couple hours away from the capital, but is a Pueblo Magico that you really need to see.

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The entire city is bursting with color, and is definitely one of the most colorful spots in Mexico. Just wander the streets for the different colored buildings, or head over to the art district for the brightly colored murals.

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Colorful Spots in Mexico #12: Cempesuchil Fields, Puebla

Traveling to Mexico in October? Well the cempesuchil fields cover the entire region of Puebla, and add so much color to once green fields.

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For Día de Los Muertos, thousands of flowers are planted to be picked. They are then used for decorating storefronts, put in women's hair, and so much more. The cempesuchil (marigolds) you can see below which are golden in color, while the pink ones are also popular.

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cempesuchil fields, colorful spots in Mexico

There are tons of colorful flower fields in the state of Puebla.

Drive around and you will be sure to find the fields scattered randomly throughout the region of Puebla, particularly in the areas of Cholula and Atlixco. They are free to visit, and make for some really awesome Instagrammable  photos.

Colorful Spots in Mexico #13: Stairs of Atlixco

While you're over in the area of Puebla, don't miss out on the great small Pueblo Magico of Atlixco. This is one of our favorite colorful spots in Mexico, because it is so unique.

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A local artist spent 15 days repainting the long staircase in the center of town. It depicts characters from a famous folklore of Atlixco, and features every color of the rainbow.

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Colorful Spots in Mexico #14: Iglesia Señor de Tila, Balancan, Tabasco

This is our number one pick for colorful spots in Mexico, as it is really off the beaten path. This church is tucked away in a small town in the state of Tabasco, called Balancan. 

It's such a random find, and doesn't have much info about the history, but it is the most colorful church in the world that we have seen, and it is just such a cheerful place to visit. This is a great stop for those that are road tripping Mexico, and want to make a fun photo stop.

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Colorful Spots in Mexico #15: Downtown Cancún

Cancún is known for its luxury all-inclusive resorts, but if you want to find where the color and energy is of the city, head to the downtown area.

There is an entire square of art, as well as some fun murals to stumble upon in the area. This particular one is our favorite find.

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Take a local tour to experience all of the colorful spots in Cancun:

Colorful Spots in Mexico #16: Isla Holbox

Holbox is one of the lesser known of the islands in Mexico, but is definitely a must for those wanting to find some colorful spots in Mexico, and experience some cool activities.

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Colorful town Holbox
Holbox sign, colorful spots in Mexico

Holbox is an island bursting with color.

The island is not only covered with brightly colored buildings, but every corner you turn their are colorful pieces of art and murals. Not to mention, there are some really cool things to do in Holbox, that you can't find elsewhere in Mexico!

Colorful Spots in Mexico #17: Guanajuato

This is definitely one of the most colorful spots in Mexico when it comes to cities. Everywhere you turn in Guanajuato will just have you in awe. Also, it will truly make you feel as if you've been teleported to Italy!

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This city is made up of a couple thousand alleys, where you will find patches of color everywhere! Head outside the tunnel system to find brightly colored homes scattered in the hills. Or head towards the castle to spot an entire neighborhood painted in pink, yellow, and teal.

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Guanajuato is one of the most colorful spots in Mexico.

Throughout Guanajuato you will find plenty of great viewpoints where you can appreciate how colorful the city really is. Don't miss out on Pipila de Guanajuato, which features the ultimate view of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Colorful Spots in Mexico #18: Oaxaca

We love Oaxaca because it is another city that just bursts with color. Walking around the center you will find tons of brightly colored buildings, flags, and the coolest murals. 

Want to visit the most interesting murals? Head over to the neighborhood of Jalatlaco, and make sure to bring your camera!

Colorful Spots in Mexico #19: Las Coloradas & Laguna Rosada

Welcome to the most colorful spots in Mexico: Laguna edition!

While there are an endless amount of blues when it comes to the waters in Mexico, we can't help but mention these lagoons that feature pink waters!

Laguna Rosada, colorful spots in Mexico

Las Coloradas are the more famous pink lakes, and are located just an hour and a half from Valladolid. While we also stumbled upon the lesser known Laguna Rosada, which is located just outside of Merida.

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Colorful Spots in Mexico #20: Festival de Globos

This is for those who want to experience something truly magical. This is a little different than the other colorful spots in Mexico, because this only happens once a year!

Head to Leon in early November for the annual Balloon Festival. Not only are there hundreds of balloons, but they come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and even characters! This will make you feel as if you've teleported right over to Cappadocia.

Festival de Globos is a must to add to your Mexican bucket list, especially for those color lovers!

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How We Capture the Most Colorful Spots in Mexico:

  • We use the Sony 7Riii Mirrorless Camera.
  • We change lenses, using a wide lens for churches and big buildings, and a telephoto lens for compression in places with a lot of buildings (to bring up the background)
  • Our tripod is our best friend.
  • We use a drone for the flower fields (the Mavic Mini Pro 3 because it's super light and high quality).
  • We use a waterproof action camera (Insta 360x) in any places that has water.
  • Shooting early in the morning is the best for avoiding crowds and having ideal lighting.
  • We edit all of our colorful photo with our "Life in Color" Presets, which make colors pop even more in photos.

There are so many great colorful spots in Mexico. We encourage you to go explore and see how many others you can find!

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