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To be in Mexico
Traveling in Mexico can be described as exploring 32 different countries within a larger one. Each of the states in the Mexican Republic has customs, flavors, traditions, and history that may be very different from each other. Are you ready to be surprised by these 6 places to visit in Mexico?
However, something that unites all these places is the Mexicanness that is lived in each of them through different experiences: tasting the typical food, visiting its historical or natural sites, enjoying its traditions or emblematic shows, and discovering its handicrafts.
That is why I want to take you on an incredible journey through six places that will make you live the best of Mexico on your trip.
Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo
Riviera Maya is known for having the most beautiful beaches in the entire country, but here you can experience one of the most famous Mexican shows too. Throughout its history, it has surprised millions of visitors by celebrating Mexico, and its name is Xcaret México Espectacular.
Every night more than 300 live artists and musicians celebrate the traditions and customs that make Mexico a unique country in the world. Using technology to create a light show and at the same time honoring the iconic songs of our Mexican culture, Xcaret México Espectacular is a must for all travelers.
Guadalajara is the birthplace of one of the most iconic Mexican characters, and as famous as José Guadalupe Posadas’s catrina, it can be recognized by anyone around the world. I’m talking about mariachi.
The rhythm of the mariachi was born in Cocula, Jalisco, where the inhabitants created it like an expression of adoration to the Virgen de la Pila, imitating the friars used music to evangelize them.
In Guadalajara, there is a place with more than 100 years of history. Its name is the Plaza del Mariachi, located in the famous neighborhood of San Juan de Dios, surrounded by markets, cafes, and restaurants. This is where you can enjoy the best exponents of Mexican vernacular music.
All travelers love good food and I am sure they will want to visit Puebla because this city is a sanctuary of one of the most delicious cuisines in the world. There is no better way to experience Mexico than with the palate.
If you visit Puebla during September, you have to try the famous chiles en nogada recipe. There is a story about this dish saying it was born in 1821 to celebrate the Independence of Mexico. The Augustinian mothers of the Santa Mónica Convent were the creators of this recipe.
Puebla also has cemitas, chalupas, churros, sweet potato candies, tlacoyos, molotes and of course, the famous poblano mole that can vary from municipality to municipality. Let me tell you that Mole is the star dish of Mexico, you have to try it. Puebla also have the best places to visit in Mexico like Cuetzalan, Zacatlan de las Manzanas and Atlixco; all of them are Pueblo Magicos.
Ciudad de México
This city has a history as great as its extension since its foundation dates back to the year 1325 when the Aztecs named it Mexico – Tenochtitlán.
Mexico City has the largest historic center in Latin America and considered a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 1987. More than 1,500 buildings can be listed among museums, temples, churches, theaters, and cultural centers which cover 668 blocks and an area of almost 10 square kilometers.
A curious fact is that the historic center was named in such a way on April 11, 1980 due to the discovery of an ancient Aztec monolith in the Templo Mayor with the representation of the goddess Coyolxauhqui in 1978.
The Zocalo of Mexico City is the historical epicenter where some of the most important buildings are located such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Templo Mayor, the National Palace, the old City Hall Palace and nearby are places such as the Bellas Artes Palace and the National Museum of Art.
If you ask someone: What place in Mexico would you like to visit? Chiapas will be the answer. In this state you can explore the exuberant nature that surrounds the cloud forests of the state, as well as marvel at the history and syncretism between the cultures that still inhabit this region, preserving their uses and customs, among which are their crafts.
In Zinacantán, you can learn more about the backstrap loom, which has its origin during pre-Hispanic times and consists of a set of wooden bars, a rope, and a band to hold the loom to the weaver. With this technique, they can create beautiful and colorful pieces such as typical dresses, blouses, scarves, and even applications for bags and shoes.
One of the basic garments in Chiapas is the huipil and each indigenous community has its own style. The wool and cotton textiles woven on looms are distinctive of San Juan Chamula, San Andrés Larrainzar, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, San Pedro Chenalho, Bochil and Teopisca.
To learn more about these textiles and embroidery, I invite you to visit the Centro de Textiles del Mundo Maya, located in San Cristóbal de las Casas. This Pueblo Magico is one best places to visit in Mexico.
Is there something more Mexican than Charreria? Known as the sport of Mexico, the Charreria was born right in Hidalgo and later spread through Puebla and the State of Mexico. This Mexican tradition comes from the old haciendas, and as the use of the horse became widespread, it soon became a common activity among the inhabitants of Mexico. Officially, the professional Charreria was born in 1880.
Those who practiced it showed off their skill in performing tricks with the horse, and as time went by, more elements were added like the traditional clothing that depending on the occasion, can vary until reaching the gala dress with silver buttons.
It should be noted that like other Mexican traditions, the charrería is considered an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 2016.
If you want to see what we are talking about, visit the Lienzo Charro Cuna de la Charreria where championships of this Mexican sport have been held.
I hope you liked this blog and that you are planning to visit these places to experience a little of Mexico.
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Apasionado por lo no establecido, viajo y colecciono historia para compartir con quien quiera escucharlas, tomo fotos para recordar que aún no conozco todo el mundo y amo la tecnología porque alguna adicción debía de tener.