PHOTO: Patzcuaro, Mexico, is known for its Day of the Dead celebrations. (Photo via Flickr/Michelle Tribe)
Cancun and Los Cabos are well known, but if you are looking to discover a Mexico off the beaten path, AARP has a few ideas for beautiful destinations that go beyond the crowds.
For example, see flamingos in Rio Lagartos.
“The fishing village and nature preserve, a three-hour drive northwest of Cancun, is an “untouched paradise” that “takes you back in time to the charms and simpler life of old Mexico,” says the Loco Gringo travel website.
Alamos is one of a Pueblo Mágico or magical town.
“A former copper and silver mining center south of Arizona, in the shadow of the Sierra Madre Mountains, it is “very pretty, very historic … probably the most civilized and architecturally rich city in northwest Mexico,” says Clifton Wilkinson, Mexico destination editor for the Lonely Planet guidebooks and website.
And celebrate the Day of the Dead in Patzcuaro, a singular experience.
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“The Purépecha indigenous people spend days gathering items such as marigolds and edible sugar skulls, and then by candlelight on Nov. 1, they paddlefish skiffs to the tiny island of Janitzio,” writes Kitty Bean Yancey for AARP.
For more suggestions on undiscovered Mexican destinations, read on here.