One of the most exhilarating trips in the region, the gorgeous drive to Cuetzalan is an adventure in itself. Beyond the Zaragoza turnoff, the road becomes dramatic, snaking up hills and around hairpin bends, and offering breathtaking views. At the end of it all is the remote town of Cuetzalan (Place of the Quetzals). A striking village built on a precipitous slope, Cuetzalan is famed for its vibrant festivals and Sunday tianguis (a weekly street market) that attract scores of indigenous people in traditional dress. The humidity hovers around 90%, and on the clearest days you can see all the way from the hilltops to the Gulf coast, 70km away, as the quetzal flies.