Cool Getaways From Mexico City

Daniela Ramos

Mexico City simply has it all, from some of the world’s best museums, fascinating archeological sites, worldly restaurants and bars, unique parks, and an unsurpassable art scene that is fast rising to the top of travel magazines around the world.

While you’ll love exploring this huge cultural hub, at some point you’ll need a break from the noisy hustle and bustle of the big city. Luckily, Mexico City is surrounded by an array of incredible getaways to choose from. These can range from days out hiking in nature or exploring quaint towns that come in all shades of colors!

There are several options close enough to the capital of Mexico to make a quick weekend getaway from the chaos of this humongous metropolis. Take a pick from seven of the weekend getaway trips that you’ll want to add to your Mexico City itinerary to escape the concrete jungle.

Peña de Bernal, Querétaro
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Bernal is another colorful small village in the state of Querétaro that is guarded by the world’s tallest monolith. So, If you’re into rock climbing, you’ll love climbing the Peña de Bernal, but if that is not quite your thing, a stroll through the winding cobblestone streets of this cute town that looks like it came straight out of a fairytale will leave you breathless.

If you're up for a road trip, you could combine a visit to Peña de Bernal with other small towns, including the wine lover's paradise that is nearby Tequisquiapan as well as the ever-colorful town of San Miguel de Allende.

Teotihuacan Pyramids, State of Mexico
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A mere one hour drive away from Mexico City, right in the heart of the Valley of Mexico, Teotihuacan boasts a world-famous archeological significance. Legend has it that all the gods of the universe met at this site to discuss human creation.

This archaeological treasure consists of two gigantic Aztec pyramids, Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon, which is surrounded by smaller monuments that date back to the pre-Columbian period.

Nevado de Toluca Volcano, State of Mexico
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If nature and hiking are your thing, then the Nevado de Toluca, one of Mexico’s most stunning landscapes, should definitely be in your Mexico City itinerary.

Located just a two-hour drive away from Mexico City, Nevado de Toluca or Xinantecatl is the fourth highest peak in Mexico. At the top of this inactive volcano, you’ll be enchanted by a unique spectacle, the Sun and Moon lagoons, plus breathtaking vistas of the crater!

Tepoztlán, Morelos
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Famous for its artisanal ice creams and the ruins of a pyramid atop the Tepozteco Mountain, this quaint little village is one of Mexico’s magical towns or Pueblos Magicos. Tepoztlán is full of authentic Mexican culture, as its inhabitants refuse to let go of their traditions and legends.

Tepoztlan lake is perfect for water sports and boating activities, or simply enjoy a delicious meal while watching the gorgeous natural vistas that surround the city.

Please note not to confuse Tepoztlán with Tepotzotlán, as they are very different and located in different states and it can get confusing!

Puebla City, Puebla
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Home to a thriving artsy scene, over 70 stunning colonial churches, and a city downtown filled with century-old buildings covered in colorful Talavera ceramic tiles, the city of Puebla is fast becoming one of Mexico’s favorite destinations and one of the best getaways from Mexico City.

Puebla’s skyline boasts a perfect view of the almighty Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes, two of the most quintessential natural landmarks in central Mexico. To top it all, Puebla City's cuisine is considered one of the best among Mexico’s delightful dishes, which means you're in for an enthralling foodie scene!

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The journey has been full of highs and lows of all sorts – of grand adventures, heartbreak, self-discovery, screw ups, and lonely roads. I wouldn’t change any of it. While I’m no longer traveling full-time anymore and I am now based in the wonderland that is Mexico City, you’re more likely to find me in some far-off place than at home. I’m a firm believer in the law of attraction, and I hope my stories inspire you to take the leap and follow your dreams!


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