Places in Northeast Mexico
Set high in the arid Sierra Madre Oriental, Saltillo is a large and fast-growing city, but the center maintains a relaxed small-town feel. Founded in 1577, it’s the northeast’s oldest town, boasting fine colonial buildings and cracking cultural surprises (some leading art galleries and museums).
Tamaulipas is a diverse destination. It stretches from the Gulf coast, with several quiet but up-and-coming coastal towns, high into the Sierra Madre mountains, where the bird-watching is world-class, and then runs up the Río Bravo to grab the northeast’s major border crossings.
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Striking it rich in Mexico: the Age of Silver in the Northern Central Highlands
The fabled silver mining cities of central Mexico are a great place to dig into some significant (if not always so glittery) periods of Mexican history...
Wonderfully weird Mexico City: the Distrito Federal’s most bizarre sights
Just when you think things can’t get any stranger in Mexico City, they usually do. In fact, the sprawling capital offers so many unusual sights that you can plan a whole trip around visiting oddball places...
Oaxaca, gourmet heart of Mexico
Mexican cuisine is so good it’s on Unesco’s cultural heritage list. And while you can eat well across the entire country, the top place to sample the best of Mexico’s food is the state of Oaxaca (pronounced wa-ha-ca)...
Butterfly tourism: amazing wildlife experiences with the monarch butterflies of Mexico
There are many contenders for the title of world’s greatest travelers. The wildebeest chasing the rains across the African plains. Birds heading for warmer climes in winter. Whales swimming across oceans...