Mexico’s 6 most colorful Towns

I have a thing with small colorful towns

Falling in love with Mexico’s colors

 

There are places that once you visit, a small part of your heart stays there forever, places that make you feel as if you were in a movie and that you simply fall in love with. In Mexico, there are many places as well. We have already written about natural wonders and pre-Hispanic sites, but this time it is the turn of the picturesque small towns full of color and tradition.

From places like the ones you’ll see here, inspiration comes to create a place as colorful as Xcaret.

 

San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas

San Cristobal is located right in the middle of the Jovel Valley, is a small town that usually has low temperatures since it is at an altitude of more than 2 100 masl. It was founded by Diego de Mazariegos and Spanish colonists in 1528 with the name of Real City of Chiapa, in lands that obtained after defeating the tsotsiles. Today it is recognized as the intercultural capital of Chiapas, in addition to being the main tourist resort of the state.

 

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San Cristobal de las Casas is also known in Mexico for its “Spring and Peace Fair,” which is celebrated for one week, the following to the Holy Week. Various activities are carried out: artistic shows, Gastronomic exhibitions, bullfights, cultural events, sports, children’s games, mechanical games, and traditional dances, as well as a grand parade of the Queen-elect of the Fair.

 

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Despite being a small city, in San Cristóbal there are 12 museums, among which are the Mesoamerican Jade Museum, Amber Museum of Chiapas and the Mayan Medicine Museum.

 

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Guanajuato, Guanajuato 

Guanajuato is located within the Bajío region, right in the center of northern Mexico. It is a city with a lot of history and cultural value, so it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988 as a cultural asset under the name ” the Historic City of Guanajuato and adjacent mines” heritage of humanity.

 

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One of the emblematic places of Guanajuato is the Mirador del Pípila, a small square located on the hill of San Miguel built in 1939 where there is a sculpture in the ink quarry in honor to the hero of the independence of Mexico Juan José de Los Reyes Martínez, Better known as El Pípila. From here you can see the best panoramic view of the city.

 

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Also, Guanajuato is a university city with an intense cultural life whose culmination is the Cervantino International Festival, the most important artistic meeting of Mexico and Latin America.

 

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Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo

Isla Mujeres is one of the treasures of the state of Quintana Roo, located in the Caribbean Sea, southeast of Mexico. In spite of being tiny, it counts with a great history, it was discovered by the Spaniards during an expedition commanded by Francisco Hernandez of Cordova in the year of 1517.

 

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In the time of the pre-Hispanic Maya, this island was dedicated to Ixchel, Mayan Moon, love, and fertility Goddess. It was a place of pilgrimage worshipers and a sanctuary, it is said that women went to the island to transform from girls to women.

 

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One of the main reasons the tourists visit Isla Mujeres is because it is a fantastic snorkeling spot, as it is very close to the Great Western Reef Belt “, also known as” Great Mayan Reef .”

 

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Campeche, Campeche

San Francisco de Campeche is a beautiful walled city with a warm climate, located on the Yucatan Peninsula, on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. In 1999 it was declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO for preserving in excellent condition its historical heritage.

 

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Campeche, being an important port, was a victim of multiple pirate attacks for a long time. That’s why it was necessary to construct a wall in 1686 for its protection. This work, completed in 1704, protected the city and prevented new pirate attacks.

 

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Currently, Campeche is recognized for its gastronomy, it is said to be one of the best in Mexico. Among the most typical dishes are the bread of cazón, the cocktail of seafood, pickled fish, shrimp to the coconut, among others.

 

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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato 

San Miguel de Allende is known internationally for its beauty. In 2013, Condé Nast Traveler magazine named it the best city in the world together with 24 other cities that are renowned for their great cultural contribution, architectural beauty, and places of interest. fun.

 

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This beautiful city was inscribed by Unesco in the Cultural Heritage of Humanity under the title of Protective Villa of San Miguel el Grande and Sanctuary of Jesus Nazareno of Atotonilco, the distinction was granted due to its cultural and architectural contribution to the Mexican Baroque and its Importance in the struggle for Mexico’s Independence of Spain.

 

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San Miguel de Allende was about to become a ghost town in the early twentieth century. In 1926 it was declared a historical monument by the Mexican Government, since then the development in the historic district, better known as downtown, is restricted to preserve the colonial character of the town.

 

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Izamal, Yucatán

Izamal is located in the beautiful state of Yucatan and is known as the “City of three cultures” because it has a strong cultural heritage from the pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary Mexico.

 

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Izamal is not only a charming little yellow town, but it is also a place of important religious pilgrimage for the Catholic flock. The image that presides over the main altarpiece of the convent temple – Our Lady of Izamal – (the Immaculate Conception) has been proclaimed patroness of Yucatan and is celebrated on December 8 with a great popular party.

 

 

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What other colorful city do you know? Leave a comment.

Deborah Iruegas
Writer, editor & photographer seeking inspiration in nature and music.