Easter 2022: six destinations in central Mexico to discover in one weekend

Easter 2022 is already here. With the gradual increase in temperature in the national territory and the main indicators of covid-19 at historically low levels, the Ministry of Tourism estimates that during the holiday period which extends from Saturday April 9 to Sunday April 24, 10.2 million national tourists They will go to the main destinations of the country.

And although the beaches of the Pacific and the Mexican Caribbean stand out as the most popular cities for Easter (Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Cancun and Acapulco will be the only national tourist destinations with more than 70% hotel occupancy), there is never too late to improvise a short weekend to affordable road destinations from central Mexico. Here are some options:

Tequisquiapan (Querétaro)

A route that celebrates the culture of wine

Three hours from Mexico City and thirty minutes from the capital city of Querétaro, the magical town of Tequisquiapan and its neighboring municipality, Ezequiel Montes, is a budding wine region that specializes in welcoming weekend travelers in search of experiences. dedicated to the world of wine. Starting from Tequisquiapan towards the north, there are at least twenty producers who offer tastings guided by sommeliersmeal between vineyards and visits to its cellars.

San Pedro Cholula (Puebla)

Novohispanic art and visit inside a pyramid

Seven kilometers west of Puebla stands the largest pyramid in Mesoamerica. Above, the Sanctuary of the Virgen de los Remedios: it is a living allegory of the Conquest and the main attraction of Cholula, a pre-Hispanic colony that became a magical city that offers a site museum, guided tours of the area archaeological (among which stands out a tunnel inside the pyramid that allows to observe its different stages of construction) and an intense nightlife. 20 minutes from Cholula is Val’Quirico, a residential complex with alleys and squares that simulate a Tuscan town.

Real del Monte (Hidalgo)

A magical city with English heritage between mines and forests

The first stop in the mountainous corridor of Hidalgo is Real del Monte, a town that crosses wooded areas, dams and the remains of the mining activity of the region in the 19th century, a past from which it inherited the two-water roofs and empanadas called pasta. Twenty minutes from Pachuca and less than two hours from Mexico City, Real del Monte is known for a few mines still accessible to the public, an old English pantheon that bears witness to its British heritage and its cloudy days, in which the sale of chocolate hot and pastries stands out in every corner.

A tourist in Tepoztlán.MStudioImages (Getty Images)

Tepoztlan (Morelos)

Prehispanic cuisine and mysticism at the foot of Tepozteco

More than 700 years ago, the Nahuas of the central state of Morelos built a ceremonial complex atop Cerro del Tepozteco. Two centuries later, indigenous hands under the orders of Dominican friars built the Parroquia de la Natividad in the lower part of the city, two kilometers from the pre-Hispanic temple. The contrast between the two sums up the character of Tepoztlán, a weekend destination par excellence, where pre-Hispanic cuisine mixes with “new age” rituals and accommodation options range from hostels with shared rooms to boutique hotels with all the commodities.

Bernal (Querétaro)

Ascent to the third largest monolith in the world

The gateway to the Sierra Gorda de Querétaro offers ecotourism experiences, tours of the city’s alleys through its legends and a museum dedicated to typical sweets, all around its main attraction: the ascent of the Peña de Bernal, the third largest rock monolith in the world. After conquering the summit, dozens of restaurants and accommodations for all budgets await you on the main streets, an ideal closing for a weekend getaway.

Guanajuato (Guanajuato)

Bohemia and romanticism in the colonial city par excellence

Besides the Cervantino International Festival, the capital of Guanajuato is a dynamic city, with its own cultural life and service infrastructure that make it an ideal weekend destination. Through stairways, tunnels and underground streets, its intricate geography is easily explored on foot, revealing squares, gardens and alleyways that guard centuries of history dating back to the struggle for independence, as well as restaurants or trendy cafes frequented by university students.

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