High marks for three Mexico destinations

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Plaza de la Constitucion, or Constitution Square, in Mexico City.
Plaza de la Constitucion, or Constitution Square, in Mexico City.

As Mexico tourism heads confidently into 2016, bolstered by some strong numbers in the second half of 2015, three of its cities were singled out as vacation spots of note for the coming year. Tulum was named the world’s No. 1 destination on the rise for 2016 by TripAdvisor, Mexico City topped the New York Times’ list of 52 places to visit in the new year, and Guadalajara was No. 2 in Travel + Leisure’s list of the Best Places to Travel in 2016.

The ruins at Tulum.
The ruins at Tulum. Photo Credit: Meagan Drillinger

Tulum was named as a Pueblo Magico by the Mexico Tourism Board in September, resulting in an improvement in tourism infrastructure as well as solidifying it as a top destination in Mexico. The destination is known for being eco-friendly and “untouched,” compared with its neighbors to the north, Cancun and the Riviera Maya. In addition to the cliffside Mayan ruins, Tulum is home to Aktun Chen Parque Natural, which was voted by National Geographic as one of the top 10 underground walks of the world. Some of the new hotels in Tulum are Hotel Mi Amor (www.tulumhotelmiamor.com), Hotel Sanara (www.sanaratulum.com), My Way Boutique Hotel (mywaytulum.com) and Kore Tulum (koretulum.com).

The New York Times likens Mexico City to a sort of holy land, “attracting pilgrims of another kind: travelers seeking some of the world’s best cuisine, museums and forward-thinking design. With young people from around Latin America and Spain streaming into the city, and the Mexican peso hitting record lows against the dollar, the city, daunting and endless as it is, radiates energy.”     

Metropolitan Cathedral in Guadalajara.
Metropolitan Cathedral in Guadalajara.

Travel + Leisure praises Guadalajara as a “hotbed of creativity, thanks to an ebullient jazz scene, the popular Guadalajara International Book Fair, a prestigious film festival and a well-supported community of visual arts.” Be sure to explore the city’s murals at the Government Palace, many of which were done by Jose Clemente Orozco, a contemporary of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

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