Weekend Getaways near Mexico City, Mexico
The colorful and zingy Mexico City is not only a bounty of tourist attractions itself but has a bunch of places around it where the visitors, as well as the residents, can take a trip to for the weekend. All within a driving distance of 3-4 hours, they offer seclusion from the noise of the main capital city but at the same time, have the most beautiful cultural experiences and picturesque natural scenes to offer.
Here are some great weekend holiday destinations from Mexico City that are waiting for you to explore them.
The town of Tequisquiapan is located a day trip away from Mexico City and became famous because of its freshwater thermal springs. The hot springs are a major reason to visit this town,and despite its proximity to Mexico City, it is free from overcrowding due to tourists.
Other than the Hot Springs, there are plenty of other reasons to visit this town including Santa Maria, the pink sandstone church in the middle of the city, and the Museo Mexico Me
Encanta, a museum which contains displayed within it art and culture of Mexico.
Another charming activity you can take part in while there is the opal tour in the surrounding mountains where you are allowed to mine the opals for yourself. If you prefer something which requires less effort, and your preferences are quaint, you can visit the nearby vineyard of Santa Juanito, and buy a bottle to pair it with one of the many kinds of cheese they offer.
Distance from Mexico City: Tequisquiapan is located 187kilometres or 117 miles away from Mexico City. You have to drive for around 2 hours 40 minutes to reach.
Best time to visit: The ideal time to visit Tequisquiapan is during the spring and early summer months of March to May.
Places to stay: Casa Blanca, Hotel Jardin del Eden, Hotel Rio, Best Western Tequisquiapan and La Casona Hotel and Spa will offer the best stay in Tequisquiapan.
The town known as San Sebastian Bernal is located extremely near to Mexico City and is only a day’s trip away. It is famous for its Pena de Bernal, or the Bernal Peak. It is and remains as the largest monolith in the world formed over nine million years ago. The rock is rumoured to have mystical powers, and as if that was not enough, the rock is said to hide a cave where a giant snake sleeps. It is indeed a chamber of secrets that is said to be guarded by the snake, with legend saying that it protects the secret of the origin of the Universe.
Distance from Mexico City: It takes around 2 hours 45 minutes to drive the distance of 236 kilometres or 147 miles between Bernal and Mexico City
Best time to visit:To enjoy the sun of Bernal, visit the place during April to October. But opt for springs if too much heat is not desired.
Places to stay: Hotel Feregrino, Hotel Villa Bernal, Hotel Casa Tsaya, Hotel Parador Vernal are the best places for you to check in.
- Santiago de Queretaro
An old silver mining town, Santiago de Queretaro is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, with colourful buildings and dozens of plazas lined with trees.
If you are a tourist with interest in history, the town has the 18th-century Baroque mansion, Casa de Ecala, and also an Aqueduct still used to deliver water.
One of the most popular activities here is to take part in a cheese-making-tour on the wine and cheese route.
Distance from Mexico City: Santiago de Queretaro is 2 hours 50 minutes’ drive away from Mexico City. The capital city is 218 kilometres/ 135 miles away from Santiago.
Best time to visit:Mexico is mainly visited for war weather, so the best time to visit this place is the hot summer months of April to June.
Places to stay: Some of the ideal places to stay in Santiago de Queretaro are Hotel Mirage, La Casa del Atrio, Hotel Mirabel, Hotel Quinta Allende and some more.
- San Miguel del Allende
One of Mexico’s most picturesque cities of the Colonial age, San Miguel de Allende is home to a number of attractions for the tourists. Be it the baroque architecture, or La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, the famous pink sandstone church, or even the cobbled streets; the city is one of the most beautiful in most of Mexico. The food and the friendly atmosphere, along with a trolley ride tour with the kids keep everyone fresh and happy.
Another amazing attraction here that can be of interest to both kids and adults is the toy museum present, where children can play with the toys.
The market is full of fresh vegetables and fruits, and if you are interested and have a little energy to spare you can also go on bike hike tours of the surrounding countryside.
Distance from Mexico City: The distance from San Miguel del Allende to Mexico City is around 270 kilometres or 168 miles and takes around 3 hours 40 minutes to drive.
Best time to visit: The weather of the city does not vary much throughout the year, but there is less rain in the summer months, so it is the ideal time to go, from November to April
Places to stay: Hotel Matilda, Hotel Villa Mirasol, El Meson Hotel, Casa Schuck Boutique Hotel – you can stay in any of these while at San Miguel del Allende.
There are more such exotic locations near to the capital of Mexico City which serve as fantastic weekend getaways for 2-3 days. Look up the places to visit and go on exploring them to your heart’s content.