5 must-sees in the eastern part of the State of Mexico

usuario Alexia Arana
The eastern part of the State of Mexico is ideal to visit for a weekend and enjoy a well-deserved rest, surrounded by forests and outdoor spaces. 

Just two hours from Mexico City, you will find a series of small towns full of tradition and flavor, which will make this area one of your favorites. 

Here we give you an itinerary to fully enjoy your weekend getaway. 

Chalco by Díaz Covarrubias 
This municipality had great relevance both in pre-Hispanic times and in the colony, not only because of its proximity to Mexico City but also because of its agricultural and dairy production. 

We recommend you recharge your batteries and have breakfast in its municipal market, if you visit the region in winter, the weather is cool and there is no better way to shake off the cold than by taking a delicious “chileatole”, which as its name says in Spanish it is a kind of corn gruel with serrano pepper, “epazote” and spices. Believe us, it is a delight that you should definitely try. There is also a great variety of “tlacoyos”, “sopes”, quesadillas and appetizers. 

Head to the “Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol”, built in the 16th century, and take a walk through its central park. 

The next stop is this Charming Town, in whose center you can visit the San Luis Obispo Convent, which was built by the Franciscan order and has an open chapel, one of the most admired works of viceregal architecture in the country. 

If so much walking has whet your appetite, here you can enjoy typical dishes such as roasted rabbit, “mixiotes”, “barbacoa” or a mushroom soup, corn, and pineapple tamales. 

San Rafael 
This picturesque town is the little Switzerland of the State of Mexico, as it is surrounded by beautiful forests and its houses have a charming European style. In addition to visiting its main square, we recommend visiting the “Dos Aguas” Ecotourism Park, where you will find waterfalls and trails and is ideal for rappelling and zip-lining. 

On the way to “Amecameca”, you will find this beautiful municipality that, in addition making you fall in love with the beauty of its streets, is the perfect place to buy artisan cheeses. You definitely try the strawberries with cream and the “cocoles” with cream. A true delight! 

The last stop on this tour is this destination in the Volcanoes Zone, where you can visit the Hacienda Panoaya, the Sacromonte National Park and the Iztaccíhuatl – Popocatépetl National Park. 
If you travel in late August and early September, we recommend you try the incredible chiles en nogada, prepared with walnuts from the region. 

As you can see, the tourist attractions of the State of Mexico are many, so prepare your next adventure.
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