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Here we provide a list of the 31 Mexican states, plus the City of Mexico; though the state of Tlaxcala has no airports, we provide an introduction to the state. The introduction to each state includes a list of the pertinent ‘Magical Towns,‘ a program introduced by the Federal/State Governments, along with the former Tourism Promotion Council of Mexico (CPTM) -back in 2001- one of the most internationally recognised programs in the Republic.
Each of the Magical Towns were included in the program due to their cultural heritage and the nearby natural attractions, so we thought you may be interested in visiting at least one of them during your visit.
Airports in -and an introduction to- AGUASCALIENTES
Airports in Aguascalientes
Aguascalientes – AGU / MMAS – Lic. Jesús Terán Peredo International Airport – Ags.
Introduction to the State of Aguascalientes
Founded over 400 years ago, the state conserves much of its Colonial heritage with pride, whilst offering visitors a touch of modernity. The Cathedral of Aguascalientes, in the state capital, is just one of a whole host of architectural gems to be found here.
Aguascalientes, literally ‘hot-waters,’ was named as such in homage to the natural, warm-water spas scattered throughout the region that attract a high percentage of the tourists who visit the state.
In touristic terms, the San Marcos Fair is the main event of the year; held (mainly) in the capital city, it usually starts around April 25th -the Feast Day of San Marcos- and lasts three (or sometimes four) weeks; this event is often referred to as Mexico’s national fair. Without doubt a good time to visit the city if you want a real taste of Mexican culture.
Magical Towns in Aguascalientes: Real de Asientos, Calvillo and San José de Gracia.
Airports in -and an introduction to- BAJA CALIFORNIA
Airports in Baja California
Cedros Island – N.A. / MMCD – Cedros Island Airport – B.C.
Ensenada – ESE / MMES – Ensenada International Airport – B.C.
Guerrero Negro – GUB / MMGR – Guerrero Negro Airport – B.C.
Mexicali – MXL / MMML – General Rodolfo Sánchez Taboada International Airport – B.C.
San Felipe – SFH / MMSF – San Felipe International Airport – B.C.
Tijuana – TIJ / MMTJ – General Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport – B.C.
Introduction to the State of Baja California
The Baja California peninsula was formed around 10 million years ago as a result of the earthquakes registered in the San Andres fault line, thus creating a profound channel which nowadays plays host to the waters of the Sea of Cortes, a world-famous breeding ground for several species of whales; the whalewatching season runs -approx.- from December to February.
The state capital is Mexicali, which together with Tijuana and Ensenada, hosts over 75% of the state’s population. The state of Baja California officially came into being in 1804, when the Peninsula was divided into north and south, thus roughly splitting the Franciscan missions -in the north- from the Dominican missions in the south.
In addition to the spectacular beaches, mountain ranges and forests of the region, the central valleys are where the state’s main agricultural production is based, including – in the Valle de Guadalupe – Mexico’s largest wine-producing region, an excellent excuse to treat your taste buds.
Magical Towns in Baja California: Tecate
Airports in -and an introduction to- BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR
Airports in Baja California Sur
Cabo San Lucas – N.A. / MMSL – Cabo San Lucas International Airport – B.C.S.
La Paz – LAP / MMLP – Manuel Márquez de León International Airport – B.C.S.
Loreto – LTO / MMLT – Loreto International Airport – B.C.S.
Los Cabos – SJD / MMSD – Los Cabos International Airport – B.C.S.
Mulegé – MUG / MMMG – Mulegé National Airport – B.C.S.
Santa Rosalía – SRL / N.A. – Palo Verde Airport – B.C.S.
Introduction to the State of Baja California Sur
Baja California Sur is basically the southern half of the world’s longest peninsula. Before the arrival of the Spanish, this region was inhabited by indigenous groups including the pericúes, the guaycuras and the cochimíes. The region was later evangelized by Catholic orders, who established several missions throughout the territory, which is just one of the reasons that this state is one of the most visited destinations of the country.
La Paz is the state capital and offers splendid beaches from where you can swim with whale sharks, snorkel with sea lions, or enjoy the best glamping (Glamorous Camping) in the country, as well as the option to stay in its magnificent hotels, eat in great restaurants and admire the famous yachts that hug its coastline. To the north of the city are the protected lagoons of San Ignacio and Ojo de Liebre, where the grey whale reproduces; here you can also visit the El Vizcaíno desert, which forms part of UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR), and, just off the coast of La Paz, there are several islands; other local attractions include the La Laguna mountain range, the Las Tres Vírgenes volcano and the Salsipuedes hill, one of the highest peaks in the state.
Los Cabos, the world-famous tourist resort, is one of Mexico’s most spectacular places due to the beauty of its maritime landscapes; it provides a tourist corridor of more than 35 km with hotels, restaurants and offers a whole range of tourism activities. Cabo San Lucas is one of the most important spas, known for its beaches, aquatic activities and nightlife.
Comondú has several bays, including Magdalena Bay, where you can spot the grey whales and their calves, as well as sea turtles and a whole range of migratory birds.
For its part, Mulegé, in the north of the state, offers incredible natural landscapes where you can also visit several cave paintings, a practically virgin mountain range, volcanoes and desert; this area is also known for its top-quality lobsters and abalone.
Magical Towns in Baja California Sur: Loreto (for its Jesuit mission) and Todos Santos, also a well-known surfing destination.
Airports in -and an introduction to- CAMPECHE
Airports in Campeche
Campeche – CPE / MMCP – Ing. Alberto Acuña Ongay International Airport – Camp.
Cd. del Carmen – CME / MMCE – Ciudad del Carmen International Airport – Camp.
Introduction to the State of Campeche
Campeche is one of the states located in the Gulf of Mexico and is the nation’s richest, with regard to the country’s petroleum reserves, a vital liquid for Mexico’s finances. Its climate is warm and sub-tropical and 60% of this State is covered with sub-tropical forest. It plays host to 496 species of birds and a range of ecosystems, such as the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, the most extensive tropical forest in the Republic.
The city of Campeche has been a UNESCO World Heritage City since 1999, with bastions, embrasures, access doors and walls to protect its inhabitants from the pirates of bygone days. The Forts of San Miguel and San José, important fortifications of maritime defense during the Colonial era, now house the Mayan Art Museum.
Ciudad del Carmen stands out for being the hub of the petroleum industry in this region, along with its interesting natural and tourist attractions, mainly boating on the former Isla de Términos, which was colonized by English pirates until their expulsion by the Spanish on Dec. 17, 1716., though they returned from Jamaica –where they gathered after the defeat– to once again make their claim on the island, though they were finally repelled on July 16, 1717., the date of the Day of the Virgin del Carmen, thus the island’s name was changed to Isla del Carmen.
Edzná (600-1200 AD) is one of the most beautiful ancient Mayan cities in the region, famed for the richness of its buildings and styles, such as the Pyramid of the Five Floors, which reflects the enormous political, economic and religious power possessed by the people of the day.
Magical Towns in Campeche: Palizada, famous for its colourful gastronomy and natural environment, where you can do some birdwatching, observe the local manatees, and practice kayaking, swimming and fishing, as well as experiencing other local rural tourism options.
Airports in -and an introduction to- CHIAPAS
Airports in the State of Chiapas
Comitán – CJT / MMCO – Copalar Air Force Base Num 17 – Chis.
Ocosingo – N.A. / N.A. – Ocosingo Airport – Chis.
Palenque – PQM / MMPQ – Palenque International Airport – Chis.
San Cristóbal – SZT / MMSC – San Cristóbal de las Casas National Airport – Chis.
Tapachula – TAP / MMTP – Tapachula International Airport – Chis.
Tuxtla Gutiérrez – TGZ / MMTG – Angel Albino Corzo International Airport – Chis.
Introduction to the State of Chiapas
Chiapas is one of the principal natural lungs of the continent that enchants visitors with its forests, lakes, grand rivers and an incredible variety of wild animals; furthermore, here you can visit the architectural gems of the pre-Hispanic era, such as Palenque, Bonampak, Yaxchilán (our favorite), Toniná and many more.
The state capital is Tuxtla Gutiérrez, and the cities of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Comitán and Chiapa de Corzo possess a mix of Mudejar, Baroque, Renaissance and Neoclassical architecture.
For its part, Tapachula –on the border with Guatemala– has a strong tradition of farming, livestock, communications and finance, and tourism has recently gained strength due to its cruises, hotels and other tourist attractions.
The Mayans of today are present in their cities and communities: Tsotsiles, Tzeltals, Tojolabal, Choles and Lacandones, where they proudly preserve both their languages and their traditions.
Handicrafts are one of the many attractions for visitors to this region (such as pottery, jewelry and textiles), as well as the mestizo cuisine, accompanied by a whole range of rich sauces.
The local music also stands out for the zapeados –a local form of tap dancing– marches and marimba sones, along with the indigenous ritual music of the Los Altos region. The dances of mache (monkeys) and the morisma are also important.
The Magical Towns in Chiapas are: Comitán, Chiapa de Corzo, Palenque and San Cristóbal de las Casas. For example, Chiapa de Corzo is also included on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity; located on the banks of the Grijalva River, this town forms the main entry point to the famous Sumidero Canyon, where you can take boat trips and observe the wildlife -including crocodiles- as well as taking in the impressive Canyon itself.
Airports in -and an introduction to- CHIHUAHUA
Airports in the State of Chihuahua
Chihuahua – CUU / MMCU – General Roberto Fierro Villalobos International Airport – Chih.
Ciudad Juárez – CJS / MMCS – Abraham González International Airport – Chih.
Nuevo Casas Grandes – NCG / MMCG – Nuevo Casas Grandes Municipal Airport – Chih.
Introduction to the State of Chihuahua
The State of Chihuahua is the largest in Mexico and offers incredible backdrops for adventure tourism and hunting, including deserts and deep gorges; the Sierra Tarahumara mountain range, with its astounding flora and fauna is not only diverse, in many cases, they are unique throughout the world.
The Chihuahua Pacífico Railway, known locally as El Chepe, has been recognized as one of the 13 wonders of Mexico, due to the spectacular natural beauty of the 653 km railway that connects Los Mochis, Sinaloa., by travelling through the Sierra Tarahumara (Copper Canyon), to Chihuahua., and traverses landscapes of between 100 and 2,400 metres above sea level, passing through tunnels and over bridges along the 16-hour journey.
Ciudad Juárez is an important agricultural center (wheat, sorghum and cotton) as well as being a hub for manufacturing, known locally as the ‘maquiladora’ industry. It provides visitors with several museums and important cultural spaces, testimony to the city’s economic and social development.
The Magical Towns in Chihahua are: Batopilas and Creel, which offer beautiful views of the Canyon de Cobre -Copper Canyon- where you can take part in exciting ecotourism activities; meanwhile, Casas Grandes provides the opportunity to visit the Franciscan Mission –founded in the 17th Century– or take a stroll through the labrynthine archaeological site of Paquimé.
Airports in -and an introduction to- COAHUILA
Airports in the State of Coahuila
Ciudad Acuña – N.A. / N.A. – Ciudad Acuña Airport – Coah.
Monclova – LOV / MMMV – Venustiano Carranza International Airport – Coah.
Piedras Negras – PDS / MMPG – Piedras Negras International Airport – Coah.
Saltillo – SLW / MMIO – Plan de Guadalupe International Airport – Coah.
Torreón – TRC / MMTC – Francisco Sarabia International Airport – Coah.
Introduction to the State of Coahuila
Coahuila state is distributed between the Sierra Madre Oriental (68%) and the mountains and prairies of the north (16%); its capital is Saltillo, characterized by its automotive industry. For its part Torreón –a mining, agricultural and industrial city– offers a Colonial atmosphere, and –also nearby– the incredible natural marvel of the salt Dunes of Bilbao shouldn’t be missed, one of the 10 natural protected areas in this state.
In addition, Piedras Negras –an equally industrialized border town– has several options for entertainment, including the Plaza de las Culturas with its planetarium, library, and several bars and restaurants, right at the entrance to one of the city’s cross-border bridges.
Monclova was at one time the capital of the state (1824-1836), which explains the presence of historical lodges and religious monuments dating back to the 17th Century, along with several museums. Its best-known traditional festivals are in honour of Santiago Apóstol (July 25) and the so-called Walnut fair, which is a mix of commercial, livestock and industrial exhibits.
In addition to the fact that the revolutionary Francisco I. Madero was born in the city of Parras, it offers visitors a range of historical and architectural wealth. It has several religious buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, along with several Haciendas –San Lorenzo and Casa Madero– among others.
Another interesting point that shouldn’t be missed when visiting Parras is the Historic Center, because in it we find buildings that combine both the history and modernity of this growing city; specific points to watch out for are the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Zaragoza market, as well as the Museum of the Northern Border, the Auditorium Jose Vasconcelos, and the Museum of the Chapulín, all of which are housed in buildings of impressive historical legacy.
The dance of the matachines and the northern polka are traditional here, as are the local handicrafts: the Saltillo serapes (shawls/cloaks), wood carvings and saddlery, as well as engraving in ceramics, glass and pottery, among others.
The Magical Towns in Coahuila are: Arteaga, Candela, Cuatro Ciénegas, Guerrero, Melchor Múzquiz, Parras de la Fuente and Viesca.
Airports in -and an introduction to- COLIMA
Airports in the State of Colima
Colima – CLQ / MMIA – Lic. Miguel de la Madrid Airport – Col.
Manzanillo – ZLO / MMZO – Playa de Oro International Airport – Col.
Introduction to the State of Colima
Here, visitors will find a great diversity of attractions ranging from the beauty of its coastal region to the majestic volcanoes, such as the one with the same name as the state: Colima, located in its own national park.
The city of Colima stands out for its palm trees and enchanting areas, from many of which you can observe the volcano of Colima and the volcano of Fuego. This state offers a range of spas, lagoons and natural spaces to visitors, as well as vestiges of ancient settlements located at the foot of the Fuego volcano that may surprise many of you.
Manzanillo was the third Pacific port created by the Spanish conquistadors and is still one of the most important commercial ports in Mexico, whilst other natural bays offer tourist attractions/activities, of which sport fishing stands out. Another unusual attraction in Manzanillo is the preservation center for the local breeds of iguana: Iguanario Archundia, which was founded over 20 years ago.
The Magical Town in Colima: Comala, located at the foot of the Colima volcano, was the birthplace of the famous Mexican writer Juan Rulfo, and was the place of inspiration for his most-famous novel: Pedro Páramo, where you can stroll along the narrow cobblestone alleys with their typically white houses with red-tiled roofs; you can also visit the Ex-hacienda Nogueras and the Alejandro Rangel University Museum, as well as admiring the mahogany masks and furniture in the local handicrafts market.
Airports in -and an introduction to- DURANGO
Airports in the State of Durango
Durango – DGO / MMDO – General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport – Dgo.
Introduction to the State of Durango
Durango is one of the best places in the world to explore vast and beautiful natural surroundings and the large mountain ranges offer excellent hunting opportunities. This state lies between the western part of Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountain range and the eastern part of the high central plains.
The city of Durango is the state capital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its multiple historical buildings and Colonial architecture. Another important city in this state is Gómez Palacio, a mainly industrial city, which hosts a replica of the Eiffel Tower, donated to the city by a former French consul.
Durango also offers visitors the impressive Grutas del Rosario cave system, as well as the Biosphere Reserve “del Bolsón,” a natural area also recognized by UNESCO, as well as a visit to the Zone of Silence, with its interesting flora and fauna of the desert.
The Magical Towns in Durango are Mapimí and Nombre de Dios: Mapimí is also considered a UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Humanity, a mining town with buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries and full of legends. Meanwhile, Nombre de Dios is in the middle of the desert, a former mining town which is now “a ghost town.”
Airports in -and an introduction to- GUANAJUATO
Airports in Guanajuato
Celaya – CYW / MMCY – Captain Rogelio Castillo National Airport – Gto.
León – BJX / MMLO – Del Bajío International Airport – Gto.
Introduction to the State of Guanajuato
Visiting the State of Guanajuato means discovering the history of the former mining towns; majestic colonial architecture and also the internationally famous festival: El Cervantino, which is held every October in the state capital: Guanajuato, currently the world’s second largest cultural event, behind only the Edinburgh International Festival.
The state’s second city: Leon, is famed for its leatherwork, including shoes, jackets and bags of excellent quality; additionally, its zoo is reputed to be the best in the country; meanwhile, Celaya is a commercial, industrial, agricultural and livestock bastion of the El Bajío region, also famous for its sweets.
Both Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende are UNESCO World Heritage cities due to their historical and cultural heritage; Guanajuato was also an important mining center in the 18th Century and the region was the cradle of Mexico’s fight for Independence.
The Magical Towns of Guanajuato are: Comonfort, where you shouldn’t miss out on visits to the Parish of San Francisco and the Doctor Luis Mora Museum; for your presents list, you should definately consider the typical regional crafts, including baskets (made from reeds) and vases, ashtrays and stone figurines, along with decorative brass figurines. Meanwhile, Dolores Hidalgo is famous for the celebration of the Mexican Independence, plus the production of ceramics and talavera.
For its part, Jalpa de Cánovas is famous for the Hacienda de Jalpa, a 19th Century enclosure now converted into a museum, and the Luis Cabrera Museum, as well as its Colonial churches and the production of quince jelly. Mineral de Pozos is a legendary mining town from the 16th Century that still preserves interesting vestiges from the bygone era, represented through the mines of Santa Brígida, Las Muñecas and 5 Señores; also worth a visit here are the Parroquia de San Pedro Apóstol and the Escuela Modelo de Artes y Oficios, among others.
Salvatierra also boasts a rich Colonial architectural offering including, among others, the Temple of Carmen, Nuestra Señora de la Luz and the ex-convent of the Capuchins, as well as the Marquesado de Salvatierra (country house) and the Hidalgo Market. Yuriria offers more Colonial architectural wealth, such as the Templo de San Pablo and the Preciosa Sangre de Cristo, among others, as well as the beauty of the Yuriria lagoon.
Airports in -and an introduction to- GUERRERO
Airports in Guerrero
Acapulco – ACA / MMAA – General Juan N. Álvarez International Airport – Gro.
Zihuatanejo* – ZIH – MMZH – Zihuatanejo International Airport – Gro.
*Zihuatanejo Airport is also known as Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Airport,
however the former name is how the airport’s operator refers to the installations,
as we do in the rest of this Web site.
Introduction to the State of Guerrero
Chilpancingo is the capital of the state of Guerrero, though in touristic terms, Guerrero offers three main centers: Taxco, the silver capital of Mexico, which, with its cobbled streets, is quite romantic, as well as the perfect bargain-hunting ground. Whilst on the state’s coast you will find the world-famous port of Acapulco, considered by many to be the national emblem regarding tourism in Mexico since it was the country’s first tourist port. Further north along the coast road lies Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, which also has its fair share of charm.
Taxco was an important mining center during the Viceroyalty period and is a Magical Town due to the quality of the locally-produced silverware and its Colonial heritage, among which the church of Santa Prisca stands out. In addition, just an hour from here are the caves of Cacahuamilpa, famous for their huge stalagmites and stalactites and which, on occasion, are used for musical performances; you will also find some more fine handcrafts outside the entrance to the caves, including artificial flowers made from natural materials.
Acapulco boasts 20 km of beaches divided into three major tourist areas: Acapulco Traditional, Acapulco Dorado and Acapulco Diamante. The city is also famous for its natural environment and the cliffs of La Quebrada, where you can witness the daredevil diving shows. Acapulco offers an endless number of cultural options, such as the Museum in the Fort of San Diego, a maritime fortress dating back to the 17th Century, along with the traditional beaches of Caleta and La Condesa –among many others– almost all of which provide a backdrop to a range of aquatic activities, as well, of course, as the city’s famous nightlife.
Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, for its part receives around 2 million tourists per year, with a hotel offering of mainly four and five star options. This beautiful bay has a 2 km marina with private villas, restaurants, shops, beach club, tennis center and golf course. Its Shopping Centers, of both modern and Colonial styles, are interconnected by squares and gardens where you will find world-class restaurants, cafes, bars, boutiques and clothing stores, among others.
Airports in -and an introduction to- HIDALGO
Airports in Hidalgo
Pachuca – PCA / MMPC – Ing. Juan Guillermo Villasana National Airport – Hgo.
Introduction to the State of Hidalgo
Picturesque mining towns that conserve the luxury of the British bonanza of centuries past; pulque-producing ranches (Haciendas) on the plains of Apan; surprising archeological zones of history and legend; the majestic convent dating back to the 16th Century, all the aforementioned are the indelible reminders of the mix of cultures to be found in this state.
Pachuca is the state capital, during the colonial period it was an important mining center linked to England, from which it has inherited the traditional pasties (though with a touch of chile) and, of course, football. Its historic center has Colonial buildings from the Viceregal period, as well as modern representations, such as the Convent of San Francisco and its famous Monumental Clock (40 mts. Tall), among many others.
The Magical Towns in Hidalgo are as follows: Huasca de Ocampo, Mineral del Chico, Huichapan, Real del Monte, Tecozautla and Zimapán.
Airports in -and an introduction to- JALISCO
Airports in Jalisco
Guadalajara – GDL / MMGL – Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport – Jal.
Puerto Vallarta – PVR / MMPR – Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport – Jal.
Introduction to the State of Jalisco
Located in the West of the Mexican Republic, Jalisco is a privileged territory with a variety of climates, majestic mountain ranges and deep canyons, along with rivers and many lakes. Additionally, there are extensive valleys where the blue agave cactus is planted, the raw material for the production of Mexico’s world-famous tipple: Tequila.
Guadalajara is the capital of this state, the second largest metropolis in the country, cradle of the mariachis and home to the International Film Festival and the International Book Fair, as well as being part of the historical Independence of Mexico. It offers visitors an array of theaters, auditoriums, museums, etc., many of artistic and architectural significance, and important civil and religious Colonial buildings.
The state is also renowned for its gastronomic offering (pozole, tamales, birria, etc.) and the handcrafts (from Tlaquepaque). The district of Zapopan houses historical, religious and modern attractions, with its outstanding cultural center, as well as a wide variety of top hotels, famous restaurants and shopping centers.
Puerto Vallarta is the second most important economic zone in Jalisco state and the third most important tourism port in the country. It preserves its picturesque center of cobbled streets and houses with red-tile roofs, and sits between the Pacific Ocean and a backdrop of mountains of beautiful landscapes. The boardwalk is famous for the quality of the sculptures it plays host to, whilst the Marina offers restaurants, cafes and art shops.
Nuevo Vallarta is located to the north of Puerto Vallarte on the coast of the Bahía of Banderas (the Bay of Flags), and offers golf courses, a marina and an extensive beach. Within a short distance are the Marietas Islands (with dolphins, turtles and humpback whales) and also the quiet village of Sayulita, where you can take a restful snooze on the beach.
The Magical Towns in Jalisco are as follows: Mascota, Mazamitla, Lagos de Moreno, San Sebastián del Oeste, Talpa de Allende, Tapalpa, Tequila and Tlaquepaque.
The Airport in -and an introduction to- MEXICO CITY
Airports in Mexico City
Mexico City – MEX – MMMX – Benito Juárez International Airport – D.F.
Introduction to Mexico City
Mexico City is the capital of the Mexican Republic and has a vast variety of cultural options to visit and experience. Here you truly witness the mix of the multicultural society that is Mexico.
The capital of the Republic possesses historical and religious monuments from all eras, from pre-Hispanic pyramids, Colonial churches and palaces to the modern architecture, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Chapultepec Castle, the Museum of the Great Temple, the Museum of Anthropology and History, plus the Plaza of the Three Cultures, not to mention the Historical Center as a whole, the list goes on and on.
You can also take a relaxing stroll through beautiful residential areas, including San Ángel and Coyoacán, or take a ride along the canals of Xochimilco. The modern architecture is present on the capital’s Paseo de la Reforma avenue, the University City; also of note are the Soumaya, Jumex and Rufino Tamayo museums, among many other important buildings.
It has a wide range of restaurants, hotels, theaters, galleries and shopping areas, as well as an impressive number of markets, including La Ciudadela for handcrafts, and the world’s largest covered market: el Central de Abastos.
Airports in -and an introduction to- MICHOACAN
Airports in Michoacán
Lázaro Cárdenas – N.A. / MMLC – Lázaro Cárdenas Airport – Mich.
Morelia – MLM / MMMM – General Francisco J. Mujica International Airport – Mich.
Uruapan – UPN / MMPN – Uruapan International Airport – Mich.
Zamora – N.A. / MMZM – Zamora National Airport – Mich.
Introduction to the State of Michoacán
Michoacan, in the indigenous tarasco language, signifies “place with an abundance of fish,” a clue as to the immense richness of the state’s lakes and lagoons, where exquisite fish are bred for the plate; rich in both quality and flavour, the local white fish (pescado blanco) or the trout (truchas) will give your pallette an excellent treat.
The state capital, Morelia, is on the list of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Humanity because of the stunning architectural Historical Center, most of which dates back to the Colonial era and is incredibly well preserved. Many of the state’s towns house important historical and religious heritage that spans the 16th to the 20th Century, as well as the ever-present indigenous, musical and artisanal traditions.
Uruapan is the state’s second largest city, the main producer of avocado, jícaras, masks, rebozos (scarves) and wooden toys, etc., also famous for the Temple of San Francisco and its National Park, among other attractions.
Apatzingan has several spas located both in the city and in the surrounding area and is distinguished by its musical bands and particularly the use of the harp, in addition to the locally produced vaqueta furniture, the main feature being its characteristic leather upholstery.
Zamora is an important commercial center -producer of strawberries and blackberries- which links Morelia with Uruapan and Sahuayo; it also stands out for its cultural life because there are important educational institutions and the Neo-Gothic Guadalupano Sanctuary, the latter constructed in the 19th Century.
Lázaro Cárdenas is home to the impressive industrialization project on the state’s Pacific coast – known as the “Fourth Development Pole” and including the container port, it is also famous for its rich ferrous deposits of Las Truchas.
The Magical Towns of Michoacan are: Angangueo, Cuitzeo, Jiquilpan, Pátzcuaro, Santa Clara del Cobre, Tacámbaro, Tlalpujahua and Tzintzuntzan, the latter one of very few pre-Hispanic archaeological zones to boast round structures in Mexico.
Airports in -and an introduction to- MORELOS
Airports in the State of Morelos
Cuernavaca – CVJ / MMCB – General Mariano Matamoros International Airport – Mor.
Introduction to the State of Morelos
Due to its magical beauty and excellent climate, the State of Morelos has been considered as the “tamo anchan,” or “earthly paradise,” according to the local indigenous mythology; a place where nature offers us an exquisite demonstration of its work. One of the state’s treasures is the archeological site of Xochicalco (in the southeast), just 38 kilometers from the state capital: Cuernavaca.
Due to its climate, Cuernavaca is known as the city of eternal spring, and is therefore a popular vacation destination for the inhabitants of Mexico City, it also plays host to the remains of ancient cultures, Colonial buildings, and sites related to Emiliano Zapata and the Mexican Revolution.
Xiutepec houses the industrial development of CIVAC and also conserves beautiful Colonial buildings such as the former convent of Santiago Apóstol, a Franciscan treasure that dates back to the 16th Century, as well as the former Hacienda de Cortés.
Cuautla was a mining region and also famed for its cultivation of sugarcane; it also boasts the famous former Augustine convent of Santiago Cuautla (16th Century), beautiful ranches and Haciendas, and several historical monuments.
The Magical Towns of Morelia are: Tepoztlán and Tlayacapant.
Airports in -and an introduction to- NAYARIT
Airports in the State of Nayarít
Tepic – TPQ – MMEP – Amado Nervo National Airport – Nay.
Introduction to the State of Nayarít
Nayarit is bathed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean, where visitors can relax on the warm, soft sands of the beaches of this state. Visitors who enjoy birdwatching will have a great time here as there is a wide variety on show. Nayarit is also the home of the famous Huicholes, an indigenous people whose members wear extravagantly decorative clothing embroidered with brightly-colored animal patterns.
The capital of the state is Tepic, where, in addition to gathering the agricultural, livestock, commercial and industrial activities of the state, there are several museums and Colonial buildings in its historic center.
The Magical Towns in Nayarít are: Compostela, Jala and Sayulita.
Airports in -and an introduction to- NUEVO LEON
Airports in the State of Nuevo León
Monterrey – NTR / MMAN – Del Norte International Airport – N.L.
Monterrey – MTY / MMMY – General Mariano Escobedo International Airport – N.L.
Introduction to the State of Nuevo León
This is one of the most industrialized states of the country and of Latin America in general, making it the hub for business in Mexico’s northern climes. One of the most famous man-made landmarks in the state capital: Monterrey, is the Faro de Comercio – the Lighthouse of Commerce, a salute to the importance of the city’s commercial activities.
There are basically three emblematic places to visit in Monterrey: the Macroplaza -covering 40 hectares- where shops and green areas are combined with monuments and Colonial buildings, as well as modern architecture; the Paseo Santa Lucia, the longest artificial river in Latin America, fully navigable, with an extension of 2.5 km; and the Fundidora Park, located in what was the foundry company of Fierro y Acero de Monterrey (1900-1986), with an industrial archeology site museum, where you can also participate in multiple, diverse activities (sports, cultural, business, educational, commercial and entertainment, among others).
Meanwhile, in the surrounding area, places well worth visiting are the Cola de Caballo waterfall, and excursions to los Pozos del Chipitín as well as the waterfall of Potrero Redondo; also -for those feeling adventurous- there are the options of Matacanes and Hidrophobia, which are walks for extreme hikers.
Another interesting option is the Boca de Potrerillos, where you can visit the archaeological site and witness its cave paintings and petroglyphs.
The Magical Towns of Nuevo León are: Linares and Villa de Santiago.
Airports in -and an introduction to- OAXACA
Airports in the State of Oaxaca
Huatulco – HUX / MMBT – Bahías de Huatulco International Airport – Oax.
Ixtepec – IZT / MMIT – Ixtepec Air Force Base Num 4 – Oax.
Oaxaca – OAX / MMOX – Xoxocotlán International Airport – Oax.
Puerto Escondido – PXM / MMPS – Puerto Escondido International Airport – Oax.
Salina Cruz – SCX / MMSZ – Salina Cruz Naval Air Station – Oax.
Introduction to the State of Oaxaca
Oaxaca is one of the most visited states of the country due to the magnificent pre-Hispanic archeological sites such as Mitla, the world renowned Monte Alban and Yagul; other cultural attractions include the world-famous festival of the Guelaguetza, in which visitors can witness a whole host of indigenous peoples taking part in dances and showing off their traditional costumes.
Tuxtepec, full name San Juan Bautista Tuxtepec, is the second largest urban center in the state, with agricultural, livestock, industrial and commercial activities; it acts as a point of convergence with regard to the economic activities of the states of Oaxaca, Veracruz and Puebla.
For its part, Salina Cruz is the third most important city in this state and one of the ten most important ports in Mexico; it has a refinery, several salt mines, and a shipyard.
The state capital Oaxaca City, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as are the aforementioned archaeological sites of Monte Albán and Mitla. The entire state offers a mosaic rich in indigenous groups and natural beauty, both inland and along its coasts; hence, it is valuable in many cultural aspects (historical attractions, gastronomy, dance, music, handcrafts and art, etc.).
The other two hubs of tourism are on the state’s Pacific coast, where there are many famous bays and beaches, the most popular being Puerto Escondido (a world-renowned surfing beach) and Huatulco, which was the world’s first “official” sustainable tourist resort. For those of you interested in a bit of so-called skinny dipping, Zipolite is an ‘official’ nudist beach, however BEWARE the undertow. can be highy dangerous.
The Magical Towns in Oaxaca State are: Capulálpam de Méndez, Huautla de Jiménez, Mazunte, San Pablo Villa de Mitla, San Pedro and San Pablo Teposcolula.
Airports in -and an introduction to- PUEBLA
Airports in the State of Puebla
Puebla – PBC / MMPB – Hermanos Serdán International Airport – Pue.
Tehuacán – TCN / MMHC – Tehuacán National Airport – Pue.
Introduction to the State of Puebla
The full name of the state capital is Puebla de Zaragoza, though most people refer to it simply as Puebla; it is the administrative center of a vast mountainous region with foothills criss-crossing the state. The local production of handcrafts and clothing is impressive, especially the traditional clothing; you could buy some on a visit to Cholula, where the impressive Colonial church is perched on the top of a pyramid, literally.
Puebla is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second city in Latin America with the most historic buildings and is often referred to as the “cradle of Mexican Baroque.” This is a Viceroyal city par excellence, its center is full of churches, monasteries and palaces, etc., which is why it is also referred to as “The City of Angels;” it is also home to important museums, libraries and cultural venues. The local gastronomy is famous for its mole (a variety of different coloured sauces) and chiles en nogada (stuffed ‘poblano’ chiles), as well as the local production of sweets and camotes (yams).
Tehuacán is dedicated to agriculture, livestock, industry, mining, tourism and commerce. It has a wide variety of tourist attractions, both natural and cultural, including Colonial architecture and Baroque convents, museums and archaeological sites, as well as its fresh-water springs and the Tehuacán Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve, among other attractions.
The Magical Towns in the State of Puebla are: Atlixco, Cuetzalan del Progreso, Chignahuapan, Cholula, Huauchinango, Pahuatlán, Tlatlauquitepec, Xicotepec and Zacatlán de las Manzanas.
Airports in -and an introduction to- QUERETARO
Airports in the State of Querétaro
Querétaro – QRO / MMQT – Querétaro International Airport – Qro.
Introduction to the State of Querétaro
The old aquaduct, which majestically divides part of the city, is just one of the impressive icons from the bygone days of the state capital, Queretaro. If you’re looking for a stylish present for someone, don’t miss out on a visit to the nearby Tequisquiapan Opal Mine (Mina de Ópalos La Carbonera), where you can actually search for the opals yourself, a good adventure for the kids if travelling with your family; another must is a visit to the Peña de Bernal (Mexico’s largest monolith: towering 350 metres above the village) for a taste of the Sierra Gorda of Queretaro.
The state has three sites declared as UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Humanity: the Historical Monuments Zone of the City of Querétaro, the Franciscan Missions of the Sierra Gorda and the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro; this city was the first Mexican ‘tourist’ destination without beach, no doubt, in part, due to the well preserved Historic Centre.
The Magical Towns of Querétaro are: Amealco de Bonfil, Bernal, Cadereyta de Montes, Jalpan de Serra, San Joaquín and Tequisquiapan.
Airports in -and an introduction to- QUINTANA ROO
Airports in the State of Quintana Roo
Cancún – CUN / MMUN – Cancún International Airport – Qroo.
Chetumal – CTM / CTM – Chetumal International Airport – Qroo.
Cozumel – CZM / MMCZ – Cozumel International Airport – Qroo.
Holbox – N.A. / N.A. – Holbox Airport – Qroo.
Playa del Carmen – PCM / N.A. – Playa del Carmen National Airport – Qroo.
Tulúm – TUY / MMTU – Tulúm Airport – Qroo.
Introduction to the State of Quintana Roo
One of the country’s youngest states, Quintana Roo is located on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, a Peninsula which plays host to the largest number of archeological sites from the enigmatic Mayan civilization, which supposedly had to up and leave for the forested areas to survive and thus expanded into the southeast of Mexico. The two most visited places of the state are Cancun and Cozumel. Cancun’s airport is the second most important of the country (in terms of passenger numbers), whilst Cozumel is the world’s most frequented cruise-ship port.
Chetumal, in the south of the state, is the capital of the entity and as such, the majority of the population work in government positions. Meanwhile, Playa del Carmen, another tourism hub, is located in the Riviera Maya zone, as are many attractive beaches and archaeological/natural areas such as Xcaret, Cozumel, Tulum and Xel-Ha. Holbox is also worth a mention, a small island off the northern coast of the state, characterized by its adventure tourism, in addition to the lobster fishing.
The Magical Towns in Quintana Roo are: Bacalar, with its impressive, multicoloured lake, Isla Mujeres and Tulum.
Airports in -and an introduction to- SAN LUIS POTOSI
Airports in the State of San Luís Potosí
San Luis Potosí – SLP / MMSP – Ponciano Arriaga International Airport – S.L.P.
Tamuín – TSL / MMTN – Tamuín National Airport – S.L.P.
Introduction to the State of San Luís Potosí
This region is an incredible forested area; rearing livestock is a prime activity along with breweries, both of which take advantage of the state’s abundantly rich waters. In recent years, this state has established itself as one of the most important destinations regarding sustainable adventure/ecotourism travel options. It offers visitors several parks and protected natural areas, in addition to the vestiges of old mining towns.
The city of San Luis Potosí is the capital of the state, which has been an important mining centre since the Colonial Period; currently it is an industrial city built on the back of its commercial, agricultural, livestock and mining wealth. It is also considered the cradle of the Mexican Revolution, due to the fact that the armed uprising actually originated here. In addition, the Historic Center of San Luis Potosí, as of March 2019, was added to the list of Mexico’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, due to its rich Baroque, neoclassical and eclectic architecture.
The city of Tamuín is located in the Huasteca Potosina region and was blessed with impressive natural resources that play host to a highly indigenous/mestizo population, an area which is home to the most representative archaeological zones of the state.
The Magical Towns of San Luís Potosí are: Aquismón, Real de Catorce and Xilitla.
Airports in -and an introduction to- SINALOA
Airports in the State of Sinaloa
Culiacán – CUL / MMCL – Federal de Bachigualato International Airport – Sin.
Los Mochis – LMM / MMLM – Federal del Valle del Fuerte International Airport – Sin.
Mazatlán – MZT / MMMZ – General Rafael Buelna International Airport – Sin.
Introduction to the State of Sinaloa
A paradise for fishing and sport hunting, the state of Sinaloa combines beauty and nature in a range of mini-climates which you can pass through on the way to the bottom of the canyons. From Los Mochis you can take the famous Barrancas del Cobre (Copper Canyon) train: El Chepe, or ‘officially’ the Chihuahua-Pacific railway; a visit to the Tarahumara population is also an interesting cultural experience here, well worth it.
Culiacan is the state capital, where the economy is based predominantly on agriculture and livestock. Mazatlan, known locally as “the Pearl of the Pacific,” is one of the most important beach resorts in the country, and is a good access point if visiting the several nature reserves within easy reach of the city, where you will find multiple eco/sustainable tourism activities on offer.
The Magical Towns in the State of Sinaloa are: Cosalá, El Fuerte, El Rosario and Mocorito.
Airports in -and an introduction to- SONORA
Airports in the State of Sonora
Cananea – CNA / MMCA – Cananea National Airport – Son.
Ciudad Obregón – CEN / MMCN – Ciudad Obregón International Airport – Son.
Guaymas – GYM / MMGM – General José María Yáñez International Airport – Son.
Hermosillo – HMO / MMHO – General Ignacio Pesqueira Garcia International Airport – Son.
Nogales – NOG / MMNG – Nogales International Airport – Son.
Puerto Peñasco – PPE / MMPE – Puerto Peñasco International Airport – Son.
Introduction to the State of Sonora
Hermosillo is the capital of the state, with intense economic activity in industry, commerce, agriculture, livestock and fishing. The state’s second metropolis is Ciudad Obregón, which is characterized by its service industry and is an important contributor to Mexico’s production of wheat and other foods.
Looking out on the Gulf of Cortés, tourist developments along the coast of Sonora offer luxurious accommodation from which to enjoy an unforgettable beach vacation.
Guaymas is a port city with great fishing options; it is also a tourist destination with an impressive list of activities for visitors: golf, snorkeling, sport fishing, horseback riding, ecotourism tours, cycling, diving and kayaking.
Puerto Peñasco, also located in the Gulf of California, offers visitors extensive beaches and, as one of the most important tourist destinations in northern Mexico, it has registered impressive growth in that sector in recent years.
Cananea, a mining city, is well known for its copper production. Meanwhile, Nogales is one of the most transitted US-Mexico border points, with an impressive amount of activity in the so-called maquila industry, basically factory production activities.
The Magical Towns in Sonora are: Álamos and Magdalena de Kino.
Airports in -and an introduction to- the STATE OF MEXICO
Airports in the State of Mexico
Atizapán de Zaragoza – AZP / N.A. – Jorge Jiménez Cantú National Airport – State of Mexico
Toluca – TLC / MMTO – Lic. Adolfo López Mateos International Airport – State of Mexico
Zumpango – NLU / N.A. – Santa Lucía Air Force Base Num 1 – State of Mexico
Introduction to the State of Mexico
Among the state’s tourist attractions are an endless array of activities in different scenarios including forests, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, caves and mountains, as well -of course- as the Nevada de Toluca volcano. The capital of the State of Mexico:: Toluca, hosts the Cosmovitral, found in the Botanical Garden, an impressive work of (stained glass) art well worth a visit, as are the gardens themselves, housed in a former market; the city also has several Colonial churches and beautiful parks and gardens.
Teotihuacán, in the State of Mexico, is one of the most important pre-Hispanic ceremonial centers of the Americas, with its impressive pyramids of the Sun (the second largest in Mexico) and the Moon, along with the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, among others. All the buildings are aligned on the sides of the so-called Calle de los Muertos (Road of the Dead). This archaeological zone is one of the most visited and valued of the Mexican Republic due to its masterful urban layout, its architectural monumentality and the strong political and religious influence that its inhabitants exerted over other cities and regions.
Atizapán de Zaragoza borders on Naucalpan, a highly industrialized area with the greatest economic affluence in the state.
The list of Magical Towns in the State of Mexico is as follows: Aculco, El Oro, Ixtapan de la Sal, Malinalco, Metepec, San Juan Teotihuacan and San Martín de las Pirámides, Tepotzotlán, Valle de Bravo and Villa del Carbón.
Airports in -and an introduction to- TABASCO
Airports in the State of Tabasco
Villahermosa – VSA / MMVA – Carlos Rovirosa Pérez International Airport – Tab.
Introduction to the State of Tabasco
Nature was bountiful with this region and it combines exquisitely with stunning architecture from its well-preserved Colonial past. There are jungles, forests, rivers, beaches, lakes and, not too surprising, an abundant gastronomic offering. In addition, the state benefits from a fair portion of Mexico’s petroleum reserves, a vital liquid for the country’s economy.
Villahermosa is the state capital, a place that combines business, tourism and culture. There is a so-called Zona Luz -Light Zone- a pedestrian area comprising 5 blocks which formed the center of the city at the time of its founding, in 1564.
Also worth a visit are the Las Ilusiones lagoon, the Carlos Pellicer Cámara Regional Museum of Anthropology and History, the La Venta Park-Museum where you can see some of the regions pre-Hispanic legacy, the Tomás Garrido Canabal Park and the Yumká Ecological Park, among other attractions.
The only Magical Town in Tabasco is Tapijulapa, famed for its red-tiled streets and white-walled houses; it also offers visitors natural spas, waterfalls, sulphurous waters, the cavern complex Villa Luz and the ecotourism development of Kolem Jaa, a great experience for the family.
Airports in -and an introduction to- TAMAULIPAS
Airports in the State of Tamaulipas
Ciudad Mante – MMC / MMDM – Ciudad Mante National Airport – Tamps.
Ciudad Victoria – CVM / MMCV – General Pedro J. Méndez International Airport – Tamps.
Matamoros – MAM / MMMA – General Servando Canales International Airport – Tamps.
Nuevo Laredo – NLD / MMNL – Quetzalcóatl International Airport – Tamps.
Reynosa – REX / MMRX – General Lucio Blanco International Airport – Tamps.
Tampico – TAM / MMTM – General Francisco Javier Mina International Airport – Tamps.
Introduction to the State of Tamaulipas
Taulipas is a state with sun, sand and sea, offering an array of activities for the visitor with its varied climate: warm and humid in the coastal areas, warm in the swamp areas and cool in the mountainous zones.
Reynosa is the most populated city in the state and forms part of the Reynosa-Rio Bravo-McAllen Metropolitan Area, as well as bordering Hidalgo, Mission and Pharr, Texas. It boasts the largest maquiladora ‘factory’ sector in northeastern Mexico and the third largest along the whole of the US-Mexico border. Matamoros is another border city with important maquiladora plants and is the second most populated city of the state.
Nuevo Laredo is the most important US-Mexico border point and the Customs capital of Latin America; it is the third most populous city of Tamaulipas, whilst Ciudad Victoria is the capital of the state and hosts the State’s fourth largest population.
Tampico is the fifth most populous city in the state and home to the most outstanding port complex in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as playing host to important commercial, educational, health and services sectors, located in the Huasteca region of the State.
The Magical Towns in Tamaulipas are: Ciudad Mier and Tula. Ciudad Mier, in addition to being the oldest US-Mexico border town and hosting historical monuments, offers sport fishing, river trips, swimming -in its natural spas- and hiking options among its abundant fauna. For its part, Tula is the oldest population in the entire state, and has an array of historic buildings and beautiful Haciendas. In the surrounding area you can go hiking, mountaineering, rappelling, fishing and camping.
Airports in -and an introduction to- the State of TLAXCALA
Airports in the State of Tlaxcala
AS MENTIONED IN THE INTRODUCTION TO THIS PAGE, THERE ARE NO AIRPORTS IN TLAXCALA
Introduction to the State of Tlaxcala
Everything here is magic, colour and tradition, enjoyed through the majestic archeological zones, the beauty of the Colonial architecture, and the splendor of the former Haciendas for the breeding of bulls for the bullrings, not to mention the excellent hunting. The capital of the state is Tlaxcala, with sites of historical interest, including both Colonial and pre-Hispanic constructions (such as Cacaxtla).
The Magical Towns in Tlaxcala are: Tlaxco and Huamantla.
Airports in -and an introduction to- VERACRUZ
Airports in the State of Veracruz
Jalapa* – JAL / MMJA – El Lencero Airport – Ver.
Minatitlán – MTT / MMMT – Minatitlán National Airport – Ver.
Poza Rica – PAZ / MMPA – El Tajín National Airport – Ver.
Veracruz – VER / MMVR – General Heriberto Jara International Airport – Ver.
*Jalapa also has the alternative spelling of Xalapa
Introduction to the State of Veracruz
Warm and humid on the coast, this is the home of the Carnival of Veracruz, famed for its musical extravaganzas lasting till the break of dawn. Another must for tourists to this region is a visit to the lake of Catemaco, well-known for its witches, as well as the Isla de los Monos, -or Monkey Island- where the monkeys live on the fish caught from the lake; this area is just one sample of the spectacular landscapes awaiting visitors to this state.
Veracruz was the first ‘official’ Spanish port in Mexico and home to many historical events; it is the most populated city in the state and boasts several tourist and cultural attractions, including the Fort and the Aquarium. The local fandangos and huapangos are part of the region’s great musical tradition, as is the versatility of their folkloric dances, among other attractions.
El Tajín, the best-known pre-Hispanic archaeological zone in Veracruz, is well worth a visit, among the attractions being the Pyramid of the Niches; the whole site was built and oriented according to both astronomy and the landscape and was the capital of the Totonac empire.
This entity is also renowned for the so-called flying dancers, the Voladores de Papantla, an impressive pre-Hispanic religious ceremony, wherein four ‘flyers’ launch themselves head first from a 30-metre high pole (tied by their feet) to slowly work themselves down to the ground whilst gyrating around the pole, the fifth participant stays on top of the pole playing a flute and drum and dancing. The ceremony has been named as an Intangible cultural heritage by the UNESCO.
Jalapa, or Xalapa, is the capital of Veracruz State and the second most populated city, above Coatzacoalcos (the most developed city in the south of Veracruz due to its modern port facilities and petrochemical complexes), whilst Poza Rica (the most commercial oil city in the north of the state) is full of parks and provides a whole host of tourist services.
Minatitlán is the eighth most populated city and possesses important commercial and industrial sectors, including one of the largest Pemex refinery in the Republic.
The Magical Towns in Veracruz are: Coatepec, Coscomatepec, Orizaba, Papantla, Xico and Zozocolco.
Airports in -and an introduction to- the YUCATÁN
Airports in the State of Yucatán
Chichén Itzá – CZA / MMCT – Chichén Itzá International Airport – Yuc.
Mérida – MID / MMMD – Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport – Yuc.
Introduction to the State of Yucatán
Yucatán welcomes its visitors with a heavely atmosphere, along with an incredibly varied gastronomic offering. Also found here are splendid architectural gems from the pre-Hispanic era such as the Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichén Itzá, which is now officially one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.
Mérida, the state capital, is a beautiful walled city, a necessity to prevent attacks from the pirates who frequented the Caribbean in bygone times; it also has several henequen Haciendas (some converted into museums) that are open to the public, along with the relatively new Maya Museum.
The Magical Towns in Yucatán are: Izamal and Valladolid.
Airports in -and an introduction to- ZACATECAS
Airports in the State of Zacatecas
Zacatecas – ZCL / MMZC – General Leobardo C. Ruiz International Airport – Zac.
Introduction to the State of Zacatecas
From its opulent past, the region has inherited an array of majestic Colonial architectural works that awaken the admiration of its visitors. This state is one of the principal silver producers of the country, along with other metals, hidden beneath the amazing desertic topography.
Zacatecas is the capital of the state and the main hub of Colonial, civil and religious monuments, along with famous museums that exhibit large collections of several outstanding Mexican painters, including the Rafael Coronel Museum and the abstract art at the Manuel Felguerez Museum (housed in the former prison), whilst for the modernist fans, the Francisco Goitia Museum is a must; another attraction is the Guadalupe Viceregal Museum, along with a visit to the El Eden mine and the Ecopark Centenario.
Fresnillo, for its part, is the second most populated city in the state and boasts the highest mining production and commercial activity of the entity.
The archaeological site of La Quemada is well worth a visit, but be warned, if visiting this attractive site, remember to take a hat, the heat is impressive here and there is no shade on offer, therefore the name La Quemada, the Burnt One..
The Magical Towns in Zacatecas are: Guadalupe, Jerez de García Salinas, Nochistlán, Pinos, Sombrerete and Teúl de González Ortega.