Set in a valley of dramatic cliffs and ancient ruins, this pueblo mágico continues its transformation into the next Tepoztlán. Weekends see crowds, but still far fewer than those that descend on more easily accessible weekend escapes. The drive to Malinalco is one of the most enjoyable to be had in the area, with dramatic scenery lining the road south of Toluca.
There are a clutch of 'hippie' stores, a handful of international restaurants and a surprising number of boutique hotels. The town is far from fully developed, though, and it’s almost unnervingly quiet midweek, when it can still be a challenge to find a decent place to eat outside of the zócalo.
The village itself has a charming colonial core set around a well-preserved convent and two central plazas, which sit side by side.