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Top things to do in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

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Ranked #1 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
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Category: ; History Museums; Natural History Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums

The huge  National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec (Grasshopper) Park in Mexico City is one of the most extensive of its kind in the world.  There are numerous rooms that... more »

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Leisurely Country Horseback Riding (San Miguel de Allende)
Ranked #2 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Equestrian Trails
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Teotihuacan World Heritage Site (San Juan Teotihuacan)
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Ranked #3 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
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Category: Ancient Ruins; Historic Sites; Libraries; History Museums; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
The Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon dominate the ruins of what was once the sixth largest city in the world.
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Ranked #4 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
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This extremely ornate 17th-century chapel is part of the Santo Domingo Church.
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Pyramid of the Sun (San Juan Teotihuacan)
Ranked #5 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #6 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
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Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Galeria Atotonilco (San Miguel de Allende)
Ranked #7 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: We are open BY APPOINTMENT only but usually have an Open House the last weekend of every month from noon to 5 pm. Please... more » Owner description: We are open BY APPOINTMENT only but usually have an Open House the last weekend of every month from noon to 5 pm. Please check our weekly ad in Atencion for contact information. One of the largest and highest quality folk art collections in all of Mexico, on a gorgeous country property in an architecturally spectacular, much-published building, Galeria Atotonilco is a ten-minute drive north of town. Voted the #1 gallery in San Miguel for the second year, in June 2012, it is an eye-dazzling array of a huge variety of folk art, from funny to exquisite, from all over Mexico. Folk art is a direct route to the true heart of Mexico: it's history, it's traditions, it's myths and legends, it's diverse cultures. Items in all price ranges can be shipped anywhere. We suggest you visit us early in your trip when you have not spent all your money and when shipping can be arranged if necessary. Even if you know little about folk art, we guarantee you will be amazed at the diversity, and we love sharing our knowledge with you. In addition to folk art, you will see country antique furniture, vintage textiles of great beauty, and historic photographs of 19th century Mexico.Within a mile is the historic church of Atotonilco, and the gorgeous country restaurant, Nirvana. Plan to spend at least an hour in our gallery. The time will fly by. Many visitors report that this gallery was the highlight of their visit to San Miguel. « less
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Huasteca Potosina (San Luis Potosi)
Ranked #8 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Landmarks
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Ranked #9 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: ASLI Spanish Language Institute is a professional language school devoted to quality and personal attention. It specializes... more » Owner description: ASLI Spanish Language Institute is a professional language school devoted to quality and personal attention. It specializes in the Spanish language and the culture of Latin America. The institute includes comfortable and attractive conference rooms, small group classrooms, free internet access, and a cafeteria. It is located in Cuernavaca, in Morelos state. « less
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Ranked #10 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Chapultepec Castle (Mexico City)
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Ranked #11 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
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Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: This 18th-century palace, known for its impressive gardens, served as the home of the Mexican President until 1939 and now... more » Owner description: This 18th-century palace, known for its impressive gardens, served as the home of the Mexican President until 1939 and now houses the famous Museo Nacional de Historia. « less
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Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (San Miguel de Allende)
Ranked #12 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
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Regarded as the symbol of San Miguel, this pastel pink and orange neo-Gothic confection dates from the late 19th century and is said to have been built by an indigenous stonemason... more »

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Ranked #13 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Museums
This historic white marble building serves as both the city's top performance hall and an art museum.
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El Tajin (Papantla)
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Ranked #14 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Ancient Ruins; Landmarks
These extensive ruins give a glimpse into Totonac society at its height.
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Ranked #15 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
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Ranked #16 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #17 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Museums
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Museo de Arte Popular (Mexico City)
Ranked #18 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Art Museums; Museums

One of the newer museums opened to revive the historic centre and housed in a former art deco fire station. Well-displayed tribute to Mexico's exuberant folk and popular arts and... more »

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Ranked #19 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
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Located in an old monastery, this museum has a unique collection of indigenous artwork.
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Ranked #20 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
Surrealist garden with sculptures by English Artist Edward James in midst of the jungle.
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Ranked #21 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #22 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
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Category: Ancient Ruins; History Museums

This is an excellent indoor and outdoor museum that displays multiple layers of a modern day, partial excavation of "The Great Temple" of preHispanic civilization.  It begins with... more »

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Coyoacan (Mexico City)
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Ranked #23 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Neighborhoods; Malls
Owner description: Coyoacan, a former village and now one of the 16 boroughs of Mexico City, is a historic center. It is a popular place to... more » Owner description: Coyoacan, a former village and now one of the 16 boroughs of Mexico City, is a historic center. It is a popular place to visit, especially on weekends, because many of the original layouts, plazas and narrow streets have been preserved and date from the 16th to the early 20th centuries. « less
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Ranked #24 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Ancient Ruins; Landmarks
Xochicalco was the oldest known fortress in Middle America and an important religious center.
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Mask Museum (San Miguel de Allende)
Ranked #25 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
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Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #26 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Waterfalls; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #27 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: ; Art Museums; Museums
This museum has a huge collection of artwork ranging from ancient times to the present.
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Jardin de la Union (Guanajuato)
Ranked #28 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
This popular plaza is the center of social activity in the city.
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Ranked #29 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Museums; Art Museums
Owner description: Located in Xochimilco, at Mexico City’s southern extreme, the Dolores Olmedo Museum is housed in a rambling stone structure,... more » Owner description: Located in Xochimilco, at Mexico City’s southern extreme, the Dolores Olmedo Museum is housed in a rambling stone structure, originally dating from the Sixteenth Century, formerly known as the Hacienda La Noria. By donating her art collection to the people of Mexico, Dolores Olmedo Patiño created a cohesive whole, where treasures of the fine arts were incorporated into colonial construction added during the Seventeenth Century, surrounded by lush gardens, shaded by singularly Mexican plant species, and inhabited by gorgeous animals like the magical peacocks –seemingly confected of living jewels—and the enigmatic hairless Xoloiztcuintle dogs, a Precolumbian breed that is unique to behold and warm to the touch.Since the museum opened its doors to the public in September of 1994, its greatest treasure is its painting. The world’s most important collections of works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo are housed here permanently and are adored by the legions of visitors who flock to admire them. There is, as well, a collection of the woodcuts and book illustrations by Russo-French painter Angelina Beloff, Rivera’s companion during his early years as a budding painter in Europe. « less
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Ranked #30 of 939 attractions in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
This huge baroque-style cathedral dominates the town's main square and is one of Puebla's most recognizable landmarks.
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