10 Destinations in Mexico to Visit in 2022
It's that time of year when the gray weather, cold temperatures, and short days make us crave a trip to a more balmy locale. Lucky for most, Mexico is a short plane ride away, and there are plenty of incredible destinations to visit in 2022.
Whether you're looking to relax on a beach, discover centuries of culture and history, or eat to your heart's content – or maybe a mix of them all – we've got you covered. Check out our list of 10 destinations in Mexico to visit in 2022.
10 Must-Visit Places in Mexico for 2022
Mexico has something for every kind of traveler, as it's full of overwhelming diversity, landscapes, culture, gastronomy, and more. Take advantage of all that it has to offer and plan an unforgettable trip for 2022!
1. La Paz, Baja California
Looking to get super chill and way off the grid? We've got the ideal spot for you.
La Paz is the capital of Baja California Sur and is characterized by its overall tranquility. If you're a stressed out traveler – at this point, who isn't? – heading to Baja is the perfect place to unwind.
There are tons of eco-tourism options available, with activities like kitesurfing, beach-hopping, and amazing protected ecosystems that provide access to local flora and fauna.
If you visit La Paz between October and March you'll be able to spot whales, dolphins, sea lions, and even whale sharks. And yes, if you'd like, you can have the chance to swim next to them!
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2. Mineral de Pozos, Guanajuato
Guanajuato is full of natural treasures throughout its territory, and one of them, well-tucked away, is the town of Mineral de Pozos. It's also known as Pueblo Fantasma, or "Ghost Town."
In the past, this area was known for its mining activity and industry. As such, the houses that were built during that time are rustic and even slightly abandoned. However, this is just a superficial first impression. Mineral de Pozos has plenty of interesting tourist attractions such as craft beer breweries and beautiful spas.
Walking down the streets of this magic little town, you can observe the well-preserved buildings and colors as if through a sepia lens, transporting you to another era.
To get here, you can drive from CDMX, which will take you about three hours across 280 kilometers.
3. Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary
The cooler months bring with them many beloved celebrations, such as Día de Muertos, but you probably haven't thought about the best reason of all: Monarch butterflies.
Each winter, thousands of butterflies migrate to Mexico. The Monarchs form massive colonies that stay together until the spring, so they can mate and reproduce far away from their natural predators.
Having the privilege to visit a butterfly sanctuary during the wintertime implies a certain level of responsibility, as all visitors must comply with the corresponding safety protocols to protect and preserve the species.
Some of the sanctuaries open to visitors:
- Santuario de Piedra Herrada: The Piedra Herrada Sanctuary is located about half an hour from Toluca en route to Valle de Bravo and is open year-round, though it's best to visit between January and March.
- Santuario La Mesa: Located among the mountains that divide the State of Mexico from Michoacán, it belongs to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. It's accesible by car and you can even stay there if you plan to visit for more than just a day.
- Santuario El Rosario: Also part of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, El Rosario is the largest and most-visited of the sanctuaries. This is because it is home to around 40% of the total land surface that the butterflies occupy in Mexico, welcoming around 20 million of the species annually!
4. The Edward James Sculpture Garden, Las Pozas
Located in the northeastern part of Mexico, San Luis Potosí is full of stunning attractions such as waterfalls, lush vegetation, and charming towns. However, one of them stands out among the rest: the Edward James Sculpture Garden.
Created by the collector of the same name (considered by artist Salvador Dalí to be "crazier than all the Surrealists together"), this is a surrealist work that exists within a labyrinth of buildings and natural formations. Over 150 people, including carpenters and landscape architects, collaborated in its creation.
From CDMX, the distance is a long 422 kilometers, but it's definitely worth your while. Note: Children under 12 are not permitted to enter.
5. Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosí
Set on a desert plateau and one of the highest points in Mexico, the main attraction at Real de Catorce is the Ogarrio Tunnel, built in 1901 as the entrance to the town. The Plaza de Toros, the local parish, and the town museum are also ideal spots on your self-guided tour.
Everything is in perfect condition since the Spanish Colonial times. Real de Catorce is the ideal destination for history lovers and antique fans, though those that enjoy culinary delights will also enjoy the town's food scene. Make sure you leave room for the iconic barbecue and extra-strong aguardiente!
Bonus track: If you're a fan of hiking, don't miss the chance to climb up the Cerro del Quemado.
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6. Val’Quírico, Tlaxcala
Val’Quírico, also known as the Mexican Tuscany, is a housing development and tourist attraction located near Santa Águeda. It's a perfect spot for a getaway with friends or family.
The Medieval-style architecture, designed in stone, wood, adobe, and brick, was inspired by Tuscany but also incorporates elements of Mexican culture. Cobblestone streets, charming stone walls, and plenty of lush native vegetation make it a feast for the senses.
Walk around the main square, take a bike ride or even hop on a horse and enjoy the sights and sounds from a new vantage point. No matter what you end up doing, you'll have a fantastic time.
Since it's very close to CDMX, you can rent a car and make the two-hour drive.
7. Tulum, Quintana Roo
Everyone who's anyone knows about Tulum at this point. Just 130 kilometers from Cancún, Tulum is one of the most popular towns in Quintana Roo. With around 30,000 inhabitants, it explodes during peak season to receive both local and international tourists the world over.
Known for its tropical beaches, cenotes, and impressive Mayan Ruins, Tulum has something for everyone. There are uber-luxe resorts that offer a five-star experience as well as more laid-back and down to earth accommodations for those looking to connect more directly with nature.
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8. San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
San Miguel de Allende, the capital of Guanajuato, is perhaps the top destination in Mexico for art and culture lovers. In fact, it's gotten so much recognition lately that even Travel + Leisure magazine named it "the second best city in the world."
Home to Mexico's top art schools, the city runs different kinds of exhibits year-round, showcasing the work of both local and international artists. There is also plenty of beautiful architecture to observe and appreciate.
Some of our favorite spots to visit in San Miguel de Allende:
- Casa La Bohème: This atelier works with natural pigments created from different minerals and vegetables around the world. Address: Calle de la Luna s/n, Loma de Cabras. 415 114 5282.
- Fábrica La Aurora: Former textile factory that is now the home to the galleries and workshops of different artists. Address: Calz de La Aurora s/n, Santa Cecilia. 415 152 1312.
- Estudio de Santiago Cruz: This artists works with what are known as nanopigments, which generate a change in color of his works depending on how you look at them. Address: Calz de La Aurora s/n, Santa Cecilia (justo al lado de la Fábrica La Aurora)
Getting to San Miguel de Allende is easy; you can rent a car to make the 270 kilometer drive from Mexico City.
9. San Cristóbal de las Casas
If you're hard-pressed to leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind when you're on vacation, San Cristóbal de las Casas is where you'll want to be. One of the most populated cities in Chiapas, here you'll be able to delight in plenty of incredible cuisine and some great shopping, too.
However, if you need a break from the action, don't miss the beautiful Cascadas de Agua Azul. Located in a protected area, the unique color of the water is due to the dissolution of different mineral salts along the riverbed. The waterfalls are a confluence of three rivers: the Otulún, Shumuljá, and Tulijá.
You can rent a car to make the trip from CDMX, or take a bus if you prefer to rest along the way.
10. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
If you're in need of connection with nature in one of the most beautiful spots on the planet, you've come to the right place.
Puerto Vallarta is a beach resort on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, in the State of Jalisco. It's famous for its jaw-dropping beaches, water sports, and nightlife, but above all it's known as one of the best places for whale watching in the region.
During winter, around 600 humpback whales can be spotted from the coast, and if you're lucky you can get a spot on one of the small boats that head out into the water for a more up close and personal view.
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