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Mexico roads less travelled: A guide to Mexicos’ hidden gems.

November 16, 2018

Now that you know about Mexico’s Magic Towns, we asked our knowledgeable staff to give the best insights for your trip. Being from Mexico, Ana, our Marketing and Communications specialist shares with you her selection of Mexico’s less known hidden gems that will enhance your trip:

Cacahuamilpa Caves: I remember them as being impressive when I was a child, but when I went back last year I remembered exactly why: these caves are truly breathtaking. They are massive; full of stalactites and stalagmites. The caves are only half an hour from Taxco, so you can easily get here. Better yet, check out Xochicalco ruins, they are as immense and incredible as Monte Alban or Teotihuacan, but less known for Australians.

Inside of the Cacahuamilpa Caves in Mexico

Inside of the Cacahuamilpa Caves. Contours Travel

Tepoztlan, Morelos: My happy place, and turns out to be my hometown. It’s quite touristy and only an hour away from Mexico City. Its highlights include a Pyramid on the top of the mountains and a Dominic convent, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and passed through an impressive restoration. My town is also known for mysticism, spas, natural treks with amazing nature and ice cream. What’s not happy about all of this?

Tepoztlan, Morelos.

Tepoztlan, Morelos.

Atlixco, Puebla. Just 30 minutes away from Puebla, Atlixco is all about colours. It’s a place known for its flowers. You will surely enjoy a day trip here. If you are self-driving you can check out Tonanzintla on your way to Cholula, where you will be amazed by the décor of the church, a true example of baroque syncretism.

Magic Town of Atlixco, Puebla.

Magic Town of Atlixco, Puebla.

If you really want to experience a Pueblo Magico at its best, then you can go off-the-beaten-track and spend a few days in Cuetzalan. This is one of my favourites “Pueblo Magico”, as it properly works as the Tourism Ministry wants them to work. It’s a bit remote, so it will take a while to get there but its worth it! Cuetzalan is all about community involvement; you will hear indigenous languages in the street, you will see traditional customs and costumes and the local Voladores. Check out Yohualichan Archaeological site and the many waterfalls in the region. Don’t miss the local coffee, which is known to be organic and traditionally grown.

Voladores next to Church in Cuetzalan, Puebla.

Voladores next to Church in Cuetzalan, Puebla.

Another impressive wonder hidden in the middle of the rainforest is Xilitla. Edward James, an English surrealist artist created his own paradise, which includes waterfalls and eccentric buildings and structures. You can make a full itinerary by visiting Jalpan de Serra on the way back or head towards the desert to another surreal place: Real de Catorce.

Las Pozas Xilitla, Castillo del Ingles in Xilitla, Mexico Contours Travel

Las Pozas Xilitla, Castillo del Ingles. Contours Travel

Sayulita, just 40 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta is a Surfer paradise spot with great sets of waves and chilled out vibes to relax after a good surfing session. Plus, you can take a boat and visit Marieta Islands!

Inside of the Hidden Beach at Marieta Islands, Mexico. Contours Travel

Inside of the Hidden Beach at Marieta Islands, Mexico. Contours Travel

Bacalar: This paradise is known as the Lagoon of Seven Colours, it is a massive body of water fed by Cenotes (underground sweet water rivers that create pits and holes). It hosts some of the oldest organisms on the planet. Some pirate heritage sites from the 17th and 18th centuries are found here. It will take you 3 to 4 hours to drive from Cancun, along the way you can stop by many beautiful beaches in the Riviera Maya or other Cenotes for a fresh dip!

landscape of Bacalar lagoon in Mexico. Contours Travel

Bacalar lagoon in Mexico. Contours Travel

Want more? Talk to one of our Travel Advisors, who will give you the best recommendations and create a beautiful itinerary for your next holidays to Latin America.