Traveling to Mexico has long been a kind of a rite of passage to many people in the US.
College students simply love the resort towns like Cancun and the more adventurous party-seekers visit Tijuana. If you’re into archeology, the Yucatan peninsula is probably on your bucket list and so on. You get it, there’s something for everyone in Mexico.
However, if you prefer to keep off the beaten trail and really explore a place, experiencing something closer to the authentic Mexican spirit, resort towns and touristy places won’t do.
We asked experts at Oscar Padilla Mexican Insurance to tell us about a few less known, but equally fascinating and beautiful places in Mexico you can visit.
Colonial Town of Zacatecas
For a lot of people, the Mexican culture can be boiled down to two periods – pre-Columbian native empires and modern-day Mexico. Most of us probably wouldn’t remember that for a very long time Spain ruled over what is today Mexico (and large parts of the US as well).
However, the remains of this colonial presence is not only felt in the language which is spoken in the country, but also in the architecture. There are several places which keep their authentic colonial Mexican spirit, and Zacatecas is just one of them.
The combination of old churches and secular buildings built around a former silver mine settlement nowadays attract tourists to this town, although it is never too crowded.
The Mexican state of Baja California is not too different from California in the US. The inland is fairly arid and dry, whereas the coastal regions are amazingly beautiful.
The combination of those two is what makes Baja California one of the gems of Mexico. And even though most people think of Cabo San Lucas or some similar resort when you mention Baja California, the entire state is full of beautiful small towns and hidden beaches.
Espiritu Santo is an island just off the coast of Baja California and is in a lot of ways a diorama of the state. It has everything from red cliffs to sandy dunes, and pristine white beaches with impossibly turquoise seas. The biodiversity of the surrounding waters is what draws a lot of people to visit this amazing island.
Parras de la Fuente
Do you like wine? Are you a fan of the Napa region of California? Well, Parras de la Fuente might just be the place for you. This region is the home of the oldest winery in the whole of America (both North and South) which can boast uninterrupted production. What’s more, this region is where the grapes in Napa valley originate from.
Naturally, a lot of the tourism of this region revolves around wine, and you will be hard-pressed to skip a wine-related activity, but that’s far from the only thing that this region has to offer. The sacred volcano and a small chapel at the very top of it are a sight not to be missed.
Another attraction which is not for everyone is bat sighting, where you can see thousands and thousands of bats streaming into the evening as the sun sets.
This list ends with a nice beach town just inviting you to relax and enjoy everything it has to offer – La Paz. It is largely unknown to outsiders and loved by Mexicans.
However, it might soon change, as some resorts for tourists have sprung up quite near the town. You can still find amazing, empty beaches with fantastic food and a relaxed atmosphere.
Exploring Mexico can be very rewarding, but if you intend to drive there, keep in mind that you will need Mexican auto insurance for your vehicle.