The American travel magazine Travel + Leisure has recently shared The World’s Best Awards 2022, the results of a survey performed by editors and the research firm M&RR. Mexico stood out earning great reviews and recommendations.
This fascinating country earned the award of best destination 2022 and the government’s efforts to improve the tourist experience have been paying off. According to data collected, travelers are now visiting Mexico more than they did before the pandemic started.
Travel + Leisure’s readers shared experiences, voted, and ranked the top destinations in this country. Many factors were considered, like cultural experiences, history, restaurants, infrastructure, art, food, hotels, transportation, and travelers’ personal anecdotes.
Surprisingly, the Mexican cities with the best recommendations from travelers and experts are not coastal cities. For this ranking, more elements besides beautiful beaches were considered and trendy destinations like Cancun or Puerto Vallarta didn’t make the cut.
Here are the 5 best cities in Mexico according to Travel + Leisure, and a brief description of what travelers should know about these interesting destinations:
1. Oaxaca: Mexico’s Food Capital
This fascinating city is located in the south of Mexico and offers travelers unique and exotic experiences. It earned first place with a score of 92.96 because of its art, delicious food and drinks, welcoming indigenous cultures, and its great variety of attractions.
Readers highlighted culinary experiences like tasting the seven types of mole—a traditional sauce— and the impressive diversity of mezcal and cocktails. This city is known as Mexico’s food capital and hosts wonderful places to eat, but also interesting ancient culture and spectacular traditional art.
2. San Miguel de Allende: Unique architecture
This beautiful colonial city earned second place and a score of 91.77. San Miguel de Allende is located in central Mexico and travelers will find fascinating Spanish architecture in this destination: from neo-gothic churches to temples from the 18th century.
Those looking for an authentic Mexican experience can find it here. Travelers will find traditional festivals with folklore music and dances, old stores, beautiful local art, and of course delicious food and even trendy wine experiences. It has also gained popularity for bachelorette parties and as an attractive among American expats.
3. Mexico City: The Charming capital
Mexico’s capital has been offering travelers vibrant experiences. The largest city in North America has it all: great restaurants, fascinating museums, beautiful parks, spectacular landmarks unique attractions, and friendly people. It scored 90.90 in the survey.
Mexico City has been gaining popularity and last year it was considered among the top 10 best cities in the world. From visiting Frida Kahlo’s house to exploring the Aztec ruins to eating delicious tacos in the bohemian district of Roma, there are so many things travelers can do!
4. Mérida: A Colorful Experience
This colorful destination offers travelers the opportunity to visit ancient temples, admire the local colonial architecture, and taste delicious traditional meals. This city in Yucatan is considered one of the safest cities in Mexico and also got a great score in the survey: 90.90.
In Mérida, travelers can learn about Mayan culture and historical events and also visit nearby beaches like Progreso in the Yucatan peninsula. The city’s main market —which dates back to the 19th century— offers visitors great local goods and local festivals can also be fascinating experiences for tourists.
5. Guadalajara: Where Modernity and History Combine
This large metropolis, located in western Mexico, is popularly known for its tequila, the famous mariachis, and its recent technological development. Guadalajara is a major tech hub in Latin America, has become an international center of business, and also a capital of culture, the most important film festival in Latin America takes place in this city.
Travelers from all over the world can enjoy this fascinating city. Visitors can explore its modern infrastructures but also the historic center with colonial buildings and neoclassical architecture.
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