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A guide to Mexico’s hidden gems.

June 16, 2020

Now that you know about Mexico’s Magic Towns, we asked our knowledgeable staff to give the best insights for your trip. Our Mexican Marketing specialist Ana shares her selection of Mexico’s many hidden gems.

Cacahuamilpa Caves

I remember them as being impressive when I was a child, but when I went back last year I remembered exactly why: these caves are truly breathtaking. They are massive; full of stalactites and stalagmites. The caves are only half an hour from Taxco, so you can easily get here. Better yet, check out Xochicalco ruins! These are just as incredible as Monte Alban or Teotihuacan, but receive much fewer tourists!

Inside of the Cacahuamilpa Caves in Mexico

Inside of the Cacahuamilpa Caves. Contours Travel

Tepoztlan, Morelos

My happy place, and also my hometown. It’s only an hour away from Mexico City. The highlights include a Pyramid on the top of the mountains and a Dominican convent, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has undergone an impressive restoration. My town is also known for mysticism, spas, fantastic treks, amazing nature and ice cream. What’s not happy about all of this?

Tepoztlan, Morelos.

Tepoztlan, Morelos.

Atlixco, Puebla.

Just 30 minutes away from Puebla, Atlixco is all about colours. It’s a place known for its flowers. You will surely enjoy a day trip here. If you are self-driving you can check out Tonanzintla on your way to Cholula, where you will be amazed by the décor of the church, a true example of baroque syncretism.

Magic Town of Atlixco, Puebla.

Magic Town of Atlixco, Puebla.

Cuetzalan, Puebla

If you really want to experience a Pueblo Magico at its best, then you can go off-the-beaten-track and spend a few days in Cuetzalan. This is one of my favourites “Pueblo Magico”! It is quite remote, so it will take a while to get there. But it’s worth it! Cuetzalan is all about community involvement. You will hear indigenous languages in the street, see traditional customs and costumes and the local Voladores. Check out Yohualichan Archaeological site and the many waterfalls in the region. And don’t miss the local coffee, which is organic and traditionally grown.

Voladores next to Church in Cuetzalan, Puebla.

Voladores next to Church in Cuetzalan, Puebla.

Xilitla, San Luis Potosi

Another impressive wonder hidden in the middle of the rainforest is Xilitla. Edward James, an English surrealist artist created his own paradise, which includes waterfalls and eccentric buildings and structures. You can make a full itinerary by visiting Jalpan de Serra on the way back or head towards the desert to another surreal place: Real de Catorce.

Las Pozas Xilitla, Castillo del Ingles in Xilitla, Mexico Contours Travel

Las Pozas Xilitla, Castillo del Ingles. Contours Travel

Sayulita, Nayarit

Just 40 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta, this is a surfer’s paradise with great sets of waves. The town is renowned for its chilled out vibes to relax after a good surfing session. Plus, you can take a boat and visit Marieta Islands!

Inside of the Hidden Beach at Marieta Islands, Mexico. Contours Travel

Inside of the Hidden Beach at Marieta Islands, Mexico. Contours Travel

Bacalar, Quintana Roo

This paradise is known as the Lagoon of Seven Colours. It is a massive body of water fed by Cenotes (underground freshwater rivers that create pits and holes). It hosts some of the oldest organisms on the planet. And some pirate sites from the 17th and 18th centuries are also found here. It will take you 3 to 4 hours to drive from Cancun. And along the way you can stop by many beautiful beaches in the Riviera Maya or other Cenotes for a fresh dip!

landscape of Bacalar lagoon in Mexico. Contours Travel

Bacalar lagoon in Mexico. Contours Travel

Want more? Talk to one of our Travel Advisors, who will give you the best recommendations and create a beautiful itinerary for your next holidays to Latin America.