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When many people think of the best places to visit in Mexico, they think of the Caribbean beaches. While those are amazing as well, we're here to show you that there is much more to Mexico than just turquoise waters and silky sand.

Mexico is a diverse country, and from top to bottom it takes almost two days to drive! You can find everything from beaches to mountains, from waterfalls to volcanoes, and from small towns to big cities.

So next time you're planning a trip to Mexico, try exploring some of the other beautiful spots that this country has to offer! Here are 16 of the best places to visit in Mexico.

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Best Places to Visit in Mexico #1: Mexico City

As many people are looking to enjoy the tropical vibes of Mexico, you cannot miss out on the capital! Although it's not near the beach, the city is so much fun, and has lots of other cool stuff to offer!

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Xochimilco, best places to visit in Mexico


Head to the center for tons of history and art, or to Xochimilco to meet the Venice of Mexico. Not only that, but Mexico City has tons of cool day trips like exploring aqueducts, pyramids, and basaltic prisms.

Mexico City is the capital of the country, and has so much to offer! But some of our favorite things to do is to explore the areas around the city itself. If you've already explored the center, and want to see some really cool spots, then we're here to help!

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Best Places to Visit in Mexico #2: Puebla

Puebla is one of those places that we just feel deserves so much more notice than it gets! It is only two hours outside the capital of Mexico City, and has so much to do and see.

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Colorful stairs Atlixco, best places to visit in Mexico
cempesuchil fields, colorful spots in Mexico

Puebla is full of color and vibrancy.

This city is covered in color, has great dining and night life, and some awesome small pueblos around it. We could spend weeks in Puebla exploring the city and it's surroundings! Check the article below for all there is to do in Puebla, Mexico.

One of the most beautiful and picturesque places in Mexico, Puebla is definitely one to add to the bucket list! Not only is the city itself full of great places, but its location is great for surrounding museums, small towns,, lakes, waterfalls, and more! Here are 15 awesome things to

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Best Places to Visit in Mexico #3: Guadalajara

Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico, and is also home to the famous tequila train! Check out the beautiful historical center, learn about the art of tequila, or enjoy some local mariachi music. There is always something to do in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Best Places to Visit in Mexico #4: Guanajuato

Guanajuato is one of the best places to visit for those who want those European vibes. It's 2,000 tiny alleyways and colorful houses will make you feel as if you've just been teleported to Italy.

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Check out their torture and mummy museums, go join a group of local musicians as they sing and dance their way through the alleyways with you.

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Alleys Guanajuato, best places to visit in Mexico

Guanajuato is our favorite place in all of Mexico.

Not only is Guanajuato, the city, a true gem, but so are some other spots inside the state. Head to San Miguel de Allende to feel like you're right inside of a Disney movie. The small town is charming, and has great art, spas, and even a hotel filled with over 2,000 suns.

One of the cities that truly stole our heart in Mexico was Guanajuato. You could spend days just soaking up the charm. But there are so many amazing things to do in Guanajuato, so we're here to narrow them down for you.Guanajuato, Mexico is much more than just a city.

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Best Places to Visit in Mexico #5: Queretaro

Head two hours outside of Mexico City and you will be in the state of art, wine, and cheese. Check out the vineyards, museums, and cute towns that surround Queretaro, and you will see why this is one of the most underrated spots in Mexico.

Peña de Bernal. Queretaro
Queretaro, best places to visit in Mexico
Queretaro, best places to visit in Mexico

Best Places to Visit in Mexico #6: Huasteca Potosina

Calling all waterfall lovers! La Huasteca Potosina is one of the most mesmerizing places you will ever see, and definitely one of the best places to visit in Mexico. This area is in the state of San Luis Potosi, about 4-5 hours away from Mexico City.

Tamasopo Falls, Huasteca Potosina, Mexico
Los Micos, Waterfalls in Mexico

Go canoeing in Cascada Tamul, play around in Tamasopo falls, or go zipling over Los Micos (and even ride a bike over the waterfalls!). There is always something fun to do in Huasteca Potosina, and the waters there are as stunningly turquoise as they could get. 

La Huasteca Potosina, Mexico is one of the most beautiful regions of the country. This area is full of lush greenery, cascading waterfalls, and insane nature. It can be difficult to figure out what to see, and the best ways to plan your trip here, which is why we decided

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Best Places to Visit in Mexico #7: Hidalgo

This state is a little bit more off the beaten path, but definitely does not disappoint! We've added Hidalgo to our list for best places to visit in Mexico because it is truly unique.

Hidalgo, Best places to visit in Mexico

Prismas Basalticos, Hidalgo

Head over to Pinal de Amoles to hike above the clouds, or to visit some fairytale-like waterfalls. Head to Prismas Basalticos for 2 million-year-old lava rock formations, or catch the sunset the huge reservoir of Presa Zimapan.

One of the most interesting parts of Mexico that we encountered was Pinal de Amoles. Upon entering this small town, a blanket of clouds covers the entire area, making you feel like you just walked into another realm. Parts of this place will make you feel like you are in

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Best Places to Visit in Mexico #8: Tolantongo

The winner of the best places to visit in Mexico for us goes to Tolantongo. Why? In just one park you can experience anything you've ever wanted.

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Grutas de Tolontongo, best places to visit in Mexico

Grutas de Tolantongo have heated pools, waterfalls, and a thermal river.

Grutas de Tolantongo feature 70 jacuzzis with naturally heated thermal water hanging off the side of a mountain. They also have waterfalls, caves, and a bright blue thermal river! It's just so incredible that you have to see it to believe it.

Best Places to Visit in Mexico #9: Chiapas

This state of Mexico is located in the South West, and borders Guatemala. Chiapas is another area with some true hidden gems. Just like Huasteca Potosina, this state is full of stunning waterfalls and nature.

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Head to the capital of Tuxla Gutierrex for a true taste of Chiapas, or Cristobal de las Casas for the cutest little pueblo you'll ever see. You'll want to rent a car to get here, as coming to Chiapas is truly off the beaten path. We promise you'll have some fun adventures in this crazy place. 

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Best Places to Visit in Mexico #10: Oaxaca

Oaxaca (pronounced Wa-Ha-Ka) is located right in the middle of Mexico City and Chiapas. They are known for their amazing food, as it is very different to other areas of Mexico.

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This area is full of interesting things to do. The capital is colorful and vibrant, while it is surrounded by some really gorgeous nature.

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Head to Mazatlan to learn about the art of making Mezcal, to el Tule for the world's widest tree, or to Hierve el Agua for the petrified waterfalls. We're sure you'll realize why this is one of the best places to visit in Mexico.

Best Places to Visit in Mexico #11: Bacalar

Bacalar is a true paradise. Known for it's seven-colored lagoon, featuring various shades of blue, this Pueblo Magico also has cenotes, fun water activities, and delicious seafood. Do we need anything else to convince you that this is one of the best places to visit in Mexico?

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Seven Colored Lagoon, Bacalar

Want to know more about visiting Bacalar? We have a full guide that you can check out below!

Bacalar is one of the hidden gems of the Yucatán Península! Come here to discover some of the most beautiful waters of Mexico, and explore the other great things it has to offer. Here is everything you need to know about visiting Bacalar in Mexico.*Please note that this blog post may

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Best Places to Visit in Mexico #12: Riviera Maya

This is the most popular area of Mexico, and while it can be touristy, it really is beautiful. Cancún, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum are the three most visited cities on the Riviera Maya, and are known for their stunning Caribbean beaches, cenotes, and big fancy resorts.

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Cancún is the main airport for the region, and is just one hour from Playa del Carmen, and two hours from Tulum. Some other cool spots in the area to check out are the islands of Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, and Holbox.

What are the best things to do in Cancun? Look this up and chances are you'll find the same info. Many times you will find pictures of people chilling at a huge pool in a resort, or young adults partying in the famous clubs. But we're here to tell you

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Best Places to Visit in Mexico #13: Valladolid

Valladolid is right near the Riviera Maya, but just an hour inland. They may not have beaches, but this city truly makes up for it with their cenotes, colorful buildings, and close proximity to Chichen Itza.

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