Art walks in Mexico City and “Magic Towns”

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I’ve always been curious about the contemporary arts scene in Mexico City. But as a traveller I felt too intimidated to visit this immense city of 25 million people.

In December 2018 a friend invited me to visit Mexico City with her. She’s been there several times. Over twelve days we based ourselves in three of its famous neighbourhoods—Centro Histórico, Polanco, Coyoacán—and we saw art. LOTS of art.

We also stepped out of the city to explore three nearby “Magic Towns:” Huasca de Ocampo, Real del Monte, and Tepoztlán.

Tourism Mexico created the Magic Towns idea to encourage visitors to explore this country’s lessor-known destinations. Often, a Magic Town is tucked away in a rural area. Tourists’ visits support local people, and introduce us to smaller destinations with significant historical and cultural features. There are now more than 120 Magic Town in Mexico.

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A row of hand-woven baskets, with a smiling seller, and a mosaic art wall behind him, made of maize and legumes in Tepoztlán, south of Mexico City. Photo: Ulrike Rodrigues

A row of hand-woven baskets, with a smiling seller, and a mosaic art wall behind him, made of maize and legumes in Tepoztlán, a “Magic Town” south of Mexico City. Photo: Ulrike Rodrigues