15 Breathtaking Photos of Central Mexico that Will Make You Want to Book a Trip Right Now

El Paraíso
El Paraíso | © AnneCallahan / Pixabay
Stephen Woodman

Home to the heaving metropolis of Mexico City and a wide range of stunning colonial towns, Central Mexico is one of the country’s most popular areas for tourists and is typically defined as the Federal District along with the states of Hidalgo, Mexico State, Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala, and Veracruz. Here are 15 photos of Central Mexico’s stunning architecture and vibrant cultural traditions that will have you booking your tickets pretty quickly.

Northeast of Mexico City, the vast complex of Teotihuacan is one of the country’s most spectacular archaeological sites.

Teotihuacan archaeological ruins

The Torre Latinoamericana dominates downtown Mexico City and is one of its most important landmarks.

The Torre Latinoamericana

The historic center of Mexico City is brimming with second-hand bookstores.

Bookstore in Mexico City

Valle de Bravo is a popular weekend vacation spot for Mexico City residents.

Rappeling down a waterfall in Valle de Bravo

Situated approximately an hour outside of Tlaxcala, El Santuario de las Luciérnagas (“The Sanctuary of the Fireflies”) is lit by a swirling mass of fireflies every evening from mid-June to mid-August.

Santuario de las Luciérnagas

Dormant for more than 3,000 years, the Malinche Volcano is the sixth-highest peak in Mexico and is named after the slave woman who worked as an interpreter for the Spanish conquistador, Hernán Cortés.

Malinche Volcano

Iztaccíhuatl is a dormant volcano located on the border between the State of Mexico and Puebla.

Iztaccíhuatl, Puebla

The city of Cholula in the state of Puebla is best known for its Great Pyramid, which overlooks Popocatépetl Volcano and has a church situated on top.

Popocatépetl Volcano

The indigenous village of Cuetzalan in Puebla is famed for its voladores, the “flying” dancers who spin around a tall pole, attached to it only by some rope tied around their ankles. The ritual has been recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

A traditional volador

The colonial city of Puebla is blessed with stunning architecture. Its elegant cathedral dominates the historic center.

Puebla’s cathedral│

The pre-Hispanic village of Tepoztlán in Morelos has a long-held reputation as a center for mysticism and spirituality.

Mountain view in Tepoztlán, Morelos

Less than two hours from Mexico City, the town of Tula de Allende is famed for its Toltec archaeological site, which boasts a collection of carved stone warrior sculptures.

Tula de Allende

This incredible site in the state of Hidalgo is known as El Paraíso (The Paradise) and boasts pools with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

El Paraíso

The coastal state of Veracruz is famed for its Danzón Jarocho, which local residents practice daily in the central plaza.

Danzón Jarocho

Rising 18,491 feet (5,636 meters) above sea level, Pico de Orizaba in Veracruz is the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America.

Pico de Orizaba

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