Magical Mexico: Destinations You Might Not Have Heard About


Ana Sofia Lanczyne

I love Mexico, and explain why….but still we discuss if there are safety issues traveling there; often Mexico gets a bad rap. And bad things can happen in Mexico, but they sadly do everywhere in the world these days. Mostly, though, we talk about the Mexico most may not know, magical destinations you may not have heard about before on my Steve Dale’s Other World Podcast.

A familiar Mexico, El Dorado Maroma in Riviera Maya

Midwest Director of Mexican Tourism Ana Sofia Lanczyner reveals undiscovered Mexico:

Guanajuato: A World Heritage city: This historical City of the arts is where political activist muralist/artist Diego Rivera was born (Frida Kahlo’s husband, Frida an arguably even more famous Mexican artist).  Guanajuato is the Capital City, and there’s a great deal of culture and it’s a vibrant University town. Lots of carnivals and festivals happen here, there’s a museum of mummies. This is a very walkable city with vibrant colors (that buildings must follow a color palet).  This is also a historic location for Mexicans, gaining Mexico’s independence. Guanajuato is also a state which makes tequila.

San Miquel de Allende: Located near Guanajuato has perhaps more restaurants (and good restaurants we’re not talking chains) than any other city per capita. Once an artist colony, still that is a foundation. A town that is very walkable on historic cobblestone streets. Most of the streets and building facades look as they did 100 years ago and likely will 100 years from now. You can stay at 5-star hotels to boutique properties, and many in excellent locations.


Lake Chapala and Ajijic: Talk about a consistent climate. It’s a spectacular foodie city, and this area has arguably more ex pats than anywhere in Mexico. This is a very picturesque area, which champions co-existing of Mexicans, Americans and Canadians – and its own little culture. And there are many little magical towns around Lake Chapala, which is the largest fresh water lake in Mexico. Lots of musicians and artists in this area. This is near Guadalajara.

Guadalajara: The second largest city in Mexico, called the City of Roses. Mariachi’s first began here. And much of the Mexican cuisine that’s been Americanized over the generations has originally come here. This where traditional Mexico meets cosmopolitan Mexico.

We also talk about Mexico City. A City of nearly nine people has a lot to offer. We discuss safety issues and whether they are relevant today or not. When it comes to museums, Mexico City has more of them than any other City in the Western hemisphere. There’s impressive architecture. Mexico City there’s a bicycle service, like many cities in America do and elsewhere in the world. You can bike around.

Swimming with sea turtles at Akumal

In all, we’ve only touched on what you can do in Mexico – there’s SO much more.

Lanczyner reveals the new tourist campaign for Mexico.

Here’s more about Magical Towns of Mexico.

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