Whether you’ve played tour guide for your guests, or just tried to avoid the mass of travelers who have come to visit your country, you’re likely well-versed on tourist hot spots.

But where can someone living in Mexico escape to enjoy and celebrate the culture, without the crowds? Here are five hidden gems away from the path of most tourists, perfect for locals and natives looking for a brief getaway or mini-vacation:

  • Visit the colonial city of Cordoba, Veracruz. The main square is a great place to relax. Enjoy some coffee and soak up the surroundings, away from the hustle and bustle of tourists.
  • How about a trip to the heart of Mexico’s central heart and wine region? Head to the charming city of Tequisquiapan, nestled between Mexico City and Queretaro.
  • Just two hours from both Merida and Cancun, Valladolid on the Yucatan Peninsula is another colonial city with its own tranquil identity. The central plaza is filled with birdsong and strolling locals and a wonderful place to visit.

Cathedral of San Gervasio- Valladolid, Mexico

  • An hour drive from popular La Paz and Cabo, you’ll find Todos Santos, home to a dozen art galleries, quaint restaurants and recognized as one of the few “Pueblos Magicos” in Baja for its historical relevance.
  • If you’re looking for a little adventure, head to El Salto canyon and waterfall between La Mision and Ensenada. It’s perfect for rock climbing, hiking and just enjoying the inspiring views.
Valladolid, Mexico

Valladolid, Mexico

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