Pueblo Mágico is the distinction that some populations receive from official Mexican organizations for their heritage, cultural significance, stories and / or legends that characterize it as a place with magic.

Recently we talked about the different Unesco heritage that we find in Mayan lands of the Mexican Republic, a distinction that substantially revalues ​​and protects the places named. The nomination of Magic Town It is awarded by Mexican organizations and includes those populations of more than 20.000 inhabitants that have their own magic thanks to the conservation of customs, heritages, places with stories or legends and cultural significance.

If we talk about Magic towns Within the states that made up the ancient Mayan territory (Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Chiapas) we find the following populations. You know traveler, if you want magic in your way, take these detours:

Magical Towns in Quintana Roo

Bacalar: on foot of the impressive Bacalar lagoon this town is loaded with traditions and history, which they preserve with great pride. Bacalar is the perfect base to get to know this beautiful area of ​​Quintana Roo away from the bustling tourism of Riviera Maya.

Laguna Bacalar, Quintana Roo

Isla Mujeres: this beautiful Caribbean island located in front of Cancun was named Magic Town to preserve its traditions. It is one of the most sought after destinations on the Mexican coast: beaches, parties, diving and relaxation will not be short on Isla Mujeres.

Magical Towns in Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas 1

Tulum village: this town on the Caribbean coast located in Riviera Maya, is another of the most sought after destinations by the visitor. Beaches, cenotes, the beautiful archaeological zone of Tulum and a culture attached to its roots. Of those places that you will not want to miss or that is just to show you.


Magical Towns in Yucatan

Valladolid: For many Riviera Maya tourists, it is a stop on the Chichen Itza excursion. For the traveler, it will be one of those towns that they will certainly remember from their trip, Valladolid has an undeniable magic. Perfect base to get to know this beautiful area of ​​Yucatan.

Basilica of San Servacio, Valladolid, Yucatan

Izamal: Another of the colonial towns of Yucatan that all travelers fall in love with is Izamal. Peaceful, friendly and authentic…. pure Yucatecan magic, a town where to stay and discover the area.

Magical Towns in Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas 2
San Antonio de Padua Convent, Izamal

 Magical Towns in Chiapas

San Cristóbal de las Casas: a population of unquestionable charm before the eyes of travelers, San Cristóbal falls in love with all, without more. If your trip takes you to Chiapas, sure you have it in your agenda, you will not be disappointed.

San Cristóbal de las Casas

Comitán de Domínguez: In this colonial town you will find the authenticity that San Cristóbal de las Casas is gradually losing. Many travelers enjoy towns that are not so touristy, but full of magic, like Comitan.

Comitán de Domínguez, Chiapas

Chiapa de Corzo: Many of us went through Chiapa de Corzo to take our boat tour through the Sumidero Canyon. If you give yourself the opportunity to visit the place calmly, you will see the authentic magic that it has.

Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas
La Pila, source of Mudejar style

Palenque already part of those Magical Towns for their heritage and conservation of past cultural assets. With the imposing archaeological zone of Palenque, Chiapas expands its magic to 4.


Magical Towns in Campeche:

Palisade: one of the many places that I have yet to visit in the Yucatan Peninsula. Like all Magic Town, it gives me good feelings. I'll tell you. Palizada in Mexico Unknown

Magic Towns in Tabasco:

Tapijulapa: It is the most unknown state of the Mayab in Mexico to me. Some of these days I must remedy it. Tapijulapa will surely be a detour on my way. Tapijulapa in Mexico Unknown

I hope you find a lot of magic on your way through these fantastic lands of Mexico.
Good way,

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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