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The Top Places To Vacation In Mexico - According To ILP Volunteers

Posted by Auvi Evans on 9/3/17 7:40 PM


You can't truly appreciate Mexico and all it has to offer until you get to spend time there. Yes, the tourist destinations are beautiful and have great stuff to offer, but here are the best places to vacation that will show you the real Mexico and make you fall in love. If you don't want to come home after you travel in Mexico, we understand!  We feel the same way (and so do our ILP volunteers!).

Our ILP volunteers live in Mexico for a semester and have time to vacation, so they've seen quite a few places there ... so we decided to ask the ones who know Mexico the best! They've got a list of their favorite vacation spots, so check out these places during your semester living abroad in Mexico!

  • Guanajuato
  • Puerto Escondido
  • San Migue De Allende
  • Puerto Vallarta

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Guanajuato is such a fun, colorful city. Cute houses cover the hills and are bright colors like oranges, greens and pinks- talk about a good photo ops! ILP groups will often end up going more than once because they like it so much here. 

Besides just walking around the fun streets there are great things to do. You can ride the funicular (basically a little tram) up the side of the hill to an awesome and gorgeous viewpoint. Do that and you won't regret it! The Diego Riviera art museum is really nice and a fun place to stop and look through. 

This is also a really great place to get souvenirs. Visit the Hidalgo Market and you can find really good deals- so stock up! It's better to buy things here than in big cities like Cancun or Mexico City.

Puerto Escondido

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This is definitely a favorite trip for volunteers! That is if you like sea turtles, crystal clear blue water, sunshine, paddle boarding, kayaking.. okay, you get the picture. Let's just say you'll love it here! You'll spend most of your day just lounging at the beach and swimming, but the town itself is also fun to look around.

One of the highlights of Puerto Escondido is swimming with the glowing plankton. This will seriously be unlike anything you have ever seen! The plankton glow which makes the water all around you look like it is glowing and sparkly. You have to see it to understand how amazing it is! You need to book it in advance and we'd recommend using Lalo Ecotours. For $25(US) they will pick you up from where you are staying, take you out on a boat to the plankton and bring you back home

***One of the best ways to get to Puerto Escondido is to take a van from Queretaro to Mexico City and then take a short flight to Puerto Escondido. 

San Miguel De Allende

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This city has a lot of Spanish influence so parts of it feel extremely European. It has rich history and you will find stuff to do as you stroll around.  Walking around the city at sunset feels magical and is one of the best parts about visiting. 

One of the things the city is known for is its picturesque Hot Air Balloons - perfect for your Instagram shots.

Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta may be a bit more touristy than some of the other places you visit, but don't let that deter you! There is great stuff there.

Some of the best beaches to visit are Mismaloya, Conchas Chinas, and Los Muertos beach. We won't blame you if you spend all our time there hanging out in the water. 

While there make sure you explore the boardwalk and check out the cool statues! We also recommend walking through the botanical gardens which are beautiful. Bonus* There is a really good restaurant at the top of the gardens.

Speaking of restaurants...One ILP group shared these were their favorites: Fajita Republic, the ice cream shop next to Serrano’s Meathouse (ask around) and Derby City Burgers. So check those out! 

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