The cold weather brings with it magnificent travel ideas: afternoons around the fireplace, walks through town looking for a good atole (hot, thickened, pre-Hispanic drink), long walks through the mountains and spontaneous escapes to jungle areas.
The Magical Towns that we introduce below are particularly enchanting during this time of year. Alamos, for example, experiences its most boisterous period, as it welcomes visitors that are fleeing from less benign winters. During this period, Angangueo celebrates the arrival of Monarch butterflies to its sanctuaries; and Magdalena de Kino boasts a very enjoyable climate. The yearly schedule of festivals begins with the National Silver Fair in Taxco, and with the very striking celebrations in homage to the Virgin of Gudalupe in El Oro and Tapalpa.
Later, the Nativity plays fill the old ex-convent of Tepotzotlan with laughter and music, while San Sebastian del Oeste prepares for a picturesque Christmas. They pull out all the stops for celebrating the New Year in Valle de Bravo and Real del Monte, while in Huasca de Ocampo, they put their efforts into commemorating the Three Wise Men. Real de Asientos celebrates the day of its patron saint in January, and Cadereyta does so a month later. And so the day pass, until we are once again fully enjoying the magical nights of Carnival in Palizada.
MichoacanThis great town, famous for its mining past, can be found in the Sierra Madre Oriental of Michoacan.
CampecheA river settlement of low houses with the unusual characteristic of roofs with French tiles.
HidalgoThe town itself brings us colors from another era: 18th-century buildings, old mines, archways, fountains, red-tile roofs, and displays where silver artisanry shines.
JaliscoIts name means 'land of color' in Nahuatl, christened as such due to the earth's tonalities in the area.
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State of MexicoTepotzotlan holds some of colonial-era Mexico's most important examples of religious architecture.
SonoraCalled Ciudad de Portales, Alamos is famous for its outstanding colonial architecture, an unforgettable trip into the past.
AguascalientesOnce a mining outpost, this Magical Town is loaded with history - especially when taking into account its small size.
JaliscoLocated at the foot of the Western Sierra Madre in West Jalisco, San Sebastian del Oeste ('Saint Sebastian of the West) made us dream about the wild west and its cowboys.
GuerreroTaxco was one of the Spanish Viceroyalty's most prosperous mining cities and so conserves interesting architectural jewels.
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State of MexicoThe perfect place for getting in touch with nature and letting your emotions flow. Whether on the ground, in the water, or from up high in the air.