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#1 best-selling guide to Mexico Lonely Planet Mexico is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the Maya ruins and superb beaches of Tulum, savour regional specialities amid the colonial charms of Merida or party hard at the dazzling resort of Puerto Vallarta; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Mexico and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet's Mexico Travel Guide:
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  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, ancient civilizations, economy, education, the drugs war, religion, sports, architecture, sculpture, painting, music, cinema, literature, folk art, food and drink, landscape, wildlife, environment
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  • Covers Mexico City, Veracruz, Yucatan Peninsula, Chiapas, Oaxaca, central Pacific coast, central highlands, baja California, Copper Canyon and more
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Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Sandra Bao. About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. *Best-selling guide to Mexico. Source: Nielsen BookScan. Australia, UK and USA.

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Mexico City

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Mexico City

Mexico City Highlights

Sights

Activities

Sleeping

Eating

Drinking & Nightlife

Entertainment

Shopping

Information

 

Country Map

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Mexico City

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Mexico City

55 / Pop 20.1 million / Elev 2240m

Much-maligned Mexico City is cleaning up its act these days. Revamped public spaces are springing back to life, the culinary scene is exploding and a cultural renaissance is flourishing. And here’s the kicker: by somehow managing to distance itself from the drug war, the nation’s capital has emerged as a ‘safe haven’ of sorts.

Remember that Mexico City is, and has ever been, the sun in the Mexican solar system. A stroll through the buzzing downtown area reveals the capital’s storied history, from its pre-Hispanic underpinnings and colonial-era splendor to its contemporary edge. Organized chaos rules in this high-­octane megalopolis, yet rest assured that the city offers plenty of escape valves in the way of old-school cantinas, intriguing museums, dramatic murals and boating excursions along ancient canals. With all that and so much more going on, you just might be swayed to scrap those beach plans.

 

Around Mexico City

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Around Mexico City

Around Mexico City Highlights

North of Mexico City

Tepotzotlán

Tula

Teotihuacán

Pachuca

Around Pachuca

East of Mexico City

Puebla

Cholula

Popocatépetl & Iztaccíhuatl

Tlaxcala

Cacaxtla & Xochitécatl

La Malinche

Huamantla

Cantona

Cuetzalan

Yohualichán

South of Mexico City

Tepoztlán

Cuautla

Cuernavaca

Taxco

Parque Nacional Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

West of Mexico City

Toluca

Nevado de Toluca

Valle de Bravo

Malinalco

Ixtapan de la Sal

 

Veracruz

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Veracruz

Veracruz Highlights

Veracruz City

Central Veracruz

Central Coast

Xalapa

Around Xalapa

Córdoba

Fortín de las Flores

Coscomatepec

Orizaba

Pico de Orizaba

Northern Veracruz

Tuxpan

Papantla

El Tajín

South of Papantla

Southeast Veracruz

Tlacotalpan

Santiago Tuxtla

Tres Zapotes

San Andrés Tuxtla

Catemaco

Reserva de la Biosfera Los Tuxtlas

 

Around Mexico City

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Around Mexico City

With its daunting size and seemingly endless sprawl, the megalopolis of Mexico City might seem like a challenge to escape from, but even if you’re in Mexico’s capital for only a week, the ancient ruins, pueblos mágicos (magical villages) and stunning mountain landscape of the surrounding area should not be missed. Mexico City – like many capitals – has little in common with even its closest neighbors.

While many visitors to the region take a day trip to the awe-inspiring archaeological complex at Teotihuacán, the area offers much more – from the captivating colonial cities of Taxco, Puebla and Cuernavaca, to the eccentric small towns of Valle de Bravo and Tepoztlán. For those eager to taste some crisp, particulate-free mountain air, there are pueblitos (small towns) like Cuetzalan and Real del Monte, the volcanic giants Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, and the lesser-known ruins of Xochicalco and Cantona to visit.

 

Yucatán Peninsula

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Yucatán Peninsula

Yucatán Peninsula Highlights

Quintana Roo

Cancún

Isla Mujeres

Parque Nacional Isla Contoy

Isla Holbox

Puerto Morelos

Playa del Carmen

Isla Cozumel

Akumal

Tulum

Around Tulum

Mahahual

Xcalak

Laguna Bacalar

Chetumal

Yucatán State

Mérida

South of Mérida

Celestún

Dzibilchaltún

Progreso

Izamal

Chichén Itzá

Valladolid

Ek’ Balam

Río Lagartos

Campeche State

Campeche

Around Campeche

South of Campeche

Xpujil

South of Xpujil

East of Xpujil

 

Veracruz

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Veracruz

Taking up much of Mexico’s Caribbean coastline, the long and diverse state of Veracruz is where the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs began. It was also the cradle of the aptly named Veracruz Mesoamerican culture at El Tajín and is home to Mexico’s highest peak, soaring, snow-capped Orizaba.

As a destination it’s routinely overlooked by travelers, and while it’s true that the beaches are better in the Yucatán and the colonial towns more impressive in Mexico’s central and western highlands, Veracruz has a steady supply of charms in both categories. It also lays claim to the World Heritage site of colonial Tlacotalpan, the impressive Biosphere Reserve of Los Tuxtlas and some gorgeous pueblos mágicos (magical villages) including hilly Papantla, cobbled Coscomatepec and the coffee-growing center of Xico.

Its biggest attraction, however, is its quietness. Wherever you go here, you’ll find yourself well off the beaten path, with discoveries just waiting to be made.

 

Yucatán Peninsula

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Yucatán Peninsula

With charming colonial cities (both heavily touristed and virtually unheard of), world-famous Maya ruins, thumping nightlife centers, sleepy country villages, talcum-powder beaches facing crystal turquoise waters, and more dive sites than you could ever cram into a single vacation, the Yucatán is one sweet destination.

Despite patches of overzealous development, the natural beauty of the Yucatán abides. The coo of the motmot still reverberates overhead, while below the creepy-crawlies continue to writhe. Further down, subterranean rivers gurgle through massive limestone caverns.

Around here, the past is the present and the present is the past: the two intertwine like brawling brothers. You’ll witness it in the towering temples of the Maya, Toltecs and Itzáes, in the cobblestone streets of colonial centers, and in the culture of the Maya themselves, quietly maintaining their traditions as the centuries tick by.

 

Chiapas & Tabasco

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Chiapas & Tabasco

Tuxtla Gutiérrez

West of Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Chiapa de Corzo

San Cristóbal de las Casas

Around San Cristóbal

Ocosingo

Toniná

Agua Azul & Misol-Ha

Palenque

Bonampak, Yaxchilán & the Carretera Fronteriza

Comitán

Around Comitán

El Soconusco & Beaches

Tapachula

Around Tapachula

Tabasco

 

Oaxaca

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Oaxaca

Oaxaca Highlights

Oaxaca City

Valles Centrales

Monte Albán

Valle de Tlacolula

Valle de Zimatlán

San Agustín Etla

Sierra Norte

Pueblos Mancomunados

Western Oaxaca

Yanhuitlán, Coixtlahuaca & Teposcolula

Oaxaca Coast

Puerto Escondido

Around Puerto Escondido

Pochutla

Puerto Ángel

Zipolite

San Agustinillo

Mazunte

La Ventanilla

Bahías de Huatulco

Barra de la Cruz

Isthmus of Tehuantepec

Salina Cruz

Tehuantepec

Juchitán

 

Chiapas & Tabasco

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Chiapas & Tabasco

Chilly pine-forest highlands, sultry rainforest jungles and attractive colonial cities exist side by side within Mexico’s southernmost states, a region awash with the legacy of Spanish rule and the remnants of ancient Maya civilization. Palenque and Yaxchilán are evocative vestiges of powerful Maya kingdoms, and the presence of modern Maya is a constant reminder of the region’s rich and uninterrupted history. The colonial hubs of San Cristóbal de las Casas and Chiapa de Corzo give way to sandbar beaches and fertile plots of coffee and cacao in the Soconusco, and for outdoor adventurers, excursions to Laguna Miramar and the Cañón del Sumidero are unmissable.

Nature lovers willing to venture off the beaten track will swoon over the frothy cascades and exotic animals of the Lacandón Jungle and the El Triunfo reserve.

Jan Fiesta Grande de Enero in Chiapa de Corzo.

 

Oaxaca

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Oaxaca

The state of Oaxaca (wah- hah -kah) has a special magic felt by Mexicans and foreigners alike. A redoubt of indigenous culture, it’s home to the country’s most vibrant crafts and art scene, some outstandingly colorful and extroverted festivities, a uniquely savory cuisine and varied natural riches.

At the center of the state in every way stands beautiful, colonial Oaxaca city, an elegant and fascinating cultural hub. Nearby, the forested Sierra Norte is home to successful community-tourism ventures enabling visitors to hike, bike and ride horses amid delicious green landscapes.

To the south, across rugged, remote mountains, is Oaxaca’s fabulous coast, with its endless sandy beaches, pumping Pacific surf, seas full of dolphins, turtles and fish, and a string of beach towns and villages that will make any traveler happy: lively Puerto Escondido; planned but relaxed Bahías de Huatulco; and the mellow delights of Zipolite, San Agustinillo and Mazunte.

 

Central Pacific Coast

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Central Pacific Coast

Central Pacific Coast Highlights

Mazatlán

Mexcaltitán

San Blas

Tepic

Around Tepic

Laguna Santa María

del Oro

Volcán Ceboruco

Chacala

San Francisco

Sayulita

Punta Mita

Puerto Vallarta

Costalegre Beaches

Bahía de Navidad

San Patricio-Melaque

Barra de Navidad

Manzanillo

Boca de Pascuales

Michoacán Coast

San Juan de Alima

Las Brisas

Playa La Ticla

Faro de Bucerías

Playa Colola

Playa Maruata

Barra de Nexpa

The Cartel’s Coast

Caleta de Campos

Lázaro Cárdenas

Troncones

Ixtapa

Zihuatanejo

South of Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo

Barra de Potosí

Soledad de Maciel

Pie de la Cuesta

Acapulco

Costa Chica

Playa Ventura & Around

Cuajinicuilapa

 

Central Pacific Coast

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Central Pacific Coast

Those gigantic aquamarine waves have forever provided that primal, pulsating rhythm that backs any visit to Mexico’s Central Pacific Coast, a land of stunning beaches and giant sunsets. Here, you can lounge on the sand and spy humpback whales breaching on the horizon, pelicans flying in formation or a pod of dolphins rising from the waves. Surf world-class breaks, kayak through mangrove-fringed lagoons, munch fresh lobster in ramshackle fishing villages, or hang onto the back of a pickup packed with locals roaring inland toward the blue silhouette of the lofty Sierra Madre. Or switch into lounge mode, margarita in hand, poolside, at a world-class luxury hotel.

Whether you’re here for a week of cushy beachfront decadence, or months of down-to-earth exploration on the cheap, the good life on the Pacific coast means finding your own beat.

Feb Perfect beach weather. Carnaval reigns in Mazatlán.

 

Western Central Highlands

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Western Central Highlands

Western Central Highlands Highlights

Guadalajara

Around Guadalajara

Lago de Chapala

Zona de Montaña

Inland Colima State

Colima

Around Colima

Inland Michoacán

Morelia

Reserva Mariposa Monarca

Angangueo

Zitácuaro

Pátzcuaro

Around Pátzcuaro

Uruapan

Around Uruapan

Angahuan

 

Northern Central Highlands

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Northern Central Highlands

Northern Central Highlands Highlights

Querétaro State

Querétaro

Tequisquiapan

Northeast Querétaro State

Guanajuato State

Guanajuato

León

Dolores Hidalgo

San Miguel de Allende

Around San Miguel de Allende

Aguascalientes State

Aguascalientes

San Luis Potosí State

San Luis Potosí

Matehuala

Real de Catorce

Zacatecas State

Zacatecas

Around Zacatecas

La Quemada

 

Western Central Highlands

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Western Central Highlands

With exquisite colonial architecture, delicious food, butter­fly orgies, lonely indigenous pueblos, bustling cities and v olcanic calderas, the western central highlands are a wonder­land of the urban and the natural. The climate is near perfect and the landscape as diverse as it is mind-­blowing. You’ll see layered mountains, expansive lakes, thundering rivers and waterfalls, and a tapestry of cornfields, avocado groves, agave plantations and cattle ranches.

However, despite the region’s myriad attractions and its easygoing vibe, foreign tourists remain a rare sight throughout much of the region. This means that those who do venture here are certain to be greeted with genuine warmth and friendship at every turn – this is a part of Mexico where locals are likely to accost you in the street to thank you for coming to their town. Perhaps it should be us thanking them for creating a region of such beauty and affection.

 

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