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A local guide to travelling in Mexico

Interested in exploring Mexico but not sure where to start? We harnessed the power of local insights and looked at which domestic destinations are most popular among Mexican travellers. *

Mexico City

Centro de Coyoacán in Mexico City

Centro de Coyoacán in Mexico City

Every traveller seems to experience a different version of Mexico City. Budget backpackers, city hoppers, young families and art lovers all find their way to Coyoacán, the city’s artistic district that is the home of Frida Kahlo’s studio. Here tourists mix with Mexican schoolkids to uncover the city’s cultural heritage, and everyone leaves with their own unique memories.

The local handicraft markets are also worth a visit. The lush green gardens of the Blue House, the potent local coffees and sunny afternoons that are perfect for watching performers at the Plaza Hidalgo. For a place to stay that is a short walk home after an evening out, check into the colourful Casa Ayvar.

Guadalajara

The Guadalajara Cathedral

The Guadalajara Cathedral

You don’t need local insight to know that the Guadalajara is a must-see, although it’s popularity among local travellers speaks highly of the city. As an example of Spanish Renaissance architecture (with a few neo-Gothic spires thrown in) the Guadalajara Cathedral is hard to beat. For purists, however, the interiors are the true work of art, as they include Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s famous mural – ‘The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin’.

Guadalajara also has plenty to offer in terms of contemporary culture, with many of the city’s galleries rivalling those in Mexico City. Galeria Vertice, Galeria Tiro al Blanco and Arte Foro are standout galleries in the Arcos Vallarta district and they are all within walking distance of the Hotel Love It Consulado.

Monterrey

The silver cable bridge, Puente de la Unidad

The silver cable bridge, Puente de la Unidad

Arguably one of Mexico’s most international cities, Monterrey is a visual feast, combing both natural and artificial wonders. The city skyline is dominated by the leaning towers of the Tecnológico de Monterrey and the silver cable bridge, Puente de la Unidad, but both of these monuments are (literally) overshadowed by the saddle-shaped Cerro de la Silla mountain.

Back in the city, the Paseo Santa Lucia is an equally impressive, although less natural, sight. This artificial river is lined by pale pathways and is a popular spot with locals. This beautiful sight is only a short drive from the aesthetically pleasing Grand Fiesta Americana Monterrey Valle.

Querétaro

The Querétaro downtown district

The Querétaro downtown district

Querétaro is yet another Mexican city that combines historical architecture with cultural excellence. The downtown district (Centro Histórico) is a World Heritage Site and it is overlooked by the mosaic-domed Templo y Convento de la Santa Cruz, as well as the Theater of the Republic, where Mexico’s constitution was written.

While it’s tempting to stay in the heart of this historic neighbourhood, checking into the modern Hostal Séptimo Arte will provide the ideal base for exploring the city’s museum district. There you’ll find both traditional museums (Museo de Arte, Museo de los Conspiradores) and oddities like the Vermin Museum.

** The data scientists at Booking.com looked at the top destinations in Mexico, visited by Mexican travellers.