In May 2010, the Mexico Ministry of Tourism launched the “10 Tours of Mexico,” in order to provide domestic and foreign tourists the opportunity to combine their visit to the sun and sand destinations with the broad historical and cultural heritage of Mexico.
These ten destinations travel routes belonging to the 31 states of the Republic and the Federal District.
Route 1: “The wine culture and the world’s aquarium.”
This path is full of contrasts: Cosmopolitan cities, nightlife, ecotourism, golf, visits to the Jesuit missions, stroll through the vineyards, hiking and extreme sports in the desert, diving, whale watching and boat tours of the Sea of Cortez.
Destinations: Runs along the peninsula of the cities in Baja California, Tijuana, Puerto Nuevo, Ensenada and Los Cabos (San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas).
Route 2: “The Thousand Year Old Tarahumara.”
Route that includes tours of ancient villages of Tarahumara as well as the must see great train ride through the Copper Canyon. The train ride ends in Los Mochis (Sinaloa), the land of good seafood, golden beaches and one of the most well maintained historic centers of the country.
Destinations: Los Mochis, El Fuerte, Bahuichivo / Cerocahui, Copper Canyon, Creel, Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua. (States of Chihuahua and Sinaloa).
Route 3: “The Magic of Traditions and Nature”
If you choose this route, you will discover the rich cultural and historical heritage of the Purépecha region and the beautiful beaches of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.
Destinations: Mexico City, Morelia, Capula, Tzintzuntzan and its ruins, Pátzcuaro, Santa Clara del Cobre, Zirahuén, Tingambato, Uruapan, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.
Route 4: “The Cradle of History and Romanticism.”
Tour that takes you from the Mexican coast in the State of Jalisco passing through some cities whose names are closely linked to the Fight of Independence of Mexico, like Queretaro and Guanajuato. You also can marvel at the stunning beauty of the Sierra Gorda and Peña Bernal, the magical village Mexico.
Destinations: Mexico City, Queretaro, Peña Bernal (Magical Village), Villa Progreso, San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque and Tequila (Magical Village).
Route 5: “The Art of Tequila and the Music Under the Sun.”
You could call this path the path of good living! It combines the delicious cuisine of the region, the “good tequila of this land,” Music of the Mariachi with the beautiful scenery formed by the Blue Agave plantations of maguey. The tour ends in one of the finest tourist destinations in Mexico: Puerto Vallarta.
Destinations: Guadalajara, Tequila, Puerto Vallarta.
Route 6: “The Huastecas Beauties”
Cradle of the Huasteca culture, this magnificent region consists of portions of the states of Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, Queretaro, Hidalgo, Puebla and Veracruz.
Destinations: the Sierra de San Martín, Tamazunchale, Nicolas Perez and Abra-Tanchipa, Ciudad Valles, waterfalls of Tamasopo, Guaguas cellars, the surrealist Castle of Edward James, Valles Tamtok.
Route 7: “The Thousand Flavors of Mole”
This route travels through the States of Tlaxcala, Puebla and Oaxaca, where you can savor the aromas and colors of mole, one of the most representative dishes of Mexican cuisine. It includes visits to archaeological sites of Monte Alban and Mitla in the State of Oaxaca.
Destinations: Mexico City, San Pedro Atocpan, Cacaxtla, Puebla, Oaxaca (Monte Alban and Mitla), Huatulco and Mazunte.
Route 8: “The Mystery and the Origin of the Maya.”
This exciting itinerary invites you to explore the majestic archaeological ruins of the Mayan Civilization. It includes the colonial cities of Campeche and Mérida, and gives testimony to the baroque architecture and the Spanish colonial architecture.
Destination: Villahermosa (Sale), Palenque, Campeche, Uxmal, Merida, Chichen Itza, Cancun.
Route 9: “Colonial Mexico”
A trip full of culture and architectural beauty that will transport you to Mexico’s past. The tour includes the colonial cities related to the War of Independence and the Mexican Revolution.
Destinations: Mexico City, Santiago de Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, San Juan de los Lagos, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas.
Route 10: “The Encounter between History and Modernity”
Destinations: A fascinating journey through the States of Durango, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Sonora. You will visit the cities of Durango, Lerdo, Torreón, Parras de la Fuente (Magical Village in Coahuila), Saltillo, Monterrey, Hermosillo, Guaymas and San Carlos.