A Nomad’s Top 5 Underrated Spots In Mexico For Adventure
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A Nomad’s Top 5 Underrated Spots In Mexico For Adventure

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Amara Amaryah
Amara Amaryah Jan 11, 2023

There is nothing quite like Mexico, the country is bursting with underrated spots to explore. The true beauty of exploring Mexico, though, is knowing that there is a unique experience likely a few minutes from where you are. Whether it’s hidden cenotes or gushing waterfalls hidden in dense jungles or even mountaintop surprises, adventure awaits. Digital nomads know, after spending half the day in front of a laptop, the best thing you’re craving is a little adventurous fun.

If you’re the adventurous type, a trip to Mexico could lead you to something that falls far from the recommendations lists. Naturally, we’re here to inspire a trip that opens eyes and boosts serotonin levels significantly. No point in visiting one of the most vibrant countries in the world and playing it by the book, right? Here are the top 5 trusty recommendations on underrated spots in Mexico, as told by a digital nomad.

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Top 5 underrated spots in Mexico:

Bacalar, Q.R.

 

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Bacalar is easily one of the most underrated spots in Quintana Roo. Often left off travel lists by those preferring the party towns of Tulum or Playa del Carmen in the state, Bacalar’s reputation doesn’t get nearly as much hype as it deserves. Truly the glory of Bacalar lies in the fact that the magic lakes surround the region and make it permanently a beautiful site to visit, no matter what time you arrive.

This is the spot to visit for those looking to enjoy water sports and quad biking in turquoise blue waters. With a range of lakes to explore in this magic town (pueblo magico), there is plenty to admire and surely a lake to satisfy each of your adventure cravings for each day of your trip. 

Tepoztlán, Morelos

 

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Tepoztlán in Morelos is a quick trip away from Mexico City and 100% worth it. This mountain town is full of chill vibes, cabins, and mountains to hike. Adventurers looking to spend time in the precious outdoors will appreciate what Tepoztlán has to offer. Think long walks up the mountains, forest-filled days, and long-nights warming-up by the fire.

Adventurers looking for a change from the bustle and a retreat into fresher heights will enjoy a retreat to Tepoztlán. 

Palenque, Chiapas

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Chiapas is full of great and underrated spots, this is no surprise. Think San Cristobal de las Casas, the small mountain town renowned for art, resistance and live music, or Chiapa de Corzo, another town bursting with color and fewer tourists. Palenque is by far a hidden gem (literally hidden in the jungle and temples) that many travelers never forget. A trip to Palenque isn’t recommended by most Mexicans for no reason. 

Pack your bug spray and your sun lotion, a trip to Palenque is tough on the body but always worth it. Travelers looking for an abundance of waterfalls, rivers, and ancient temples enjoy Palenque.

Catamaco, Veracruz

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Similar to Chiapas, the state of Veracruz has incredible natural wonders to explore. This is a state known for having it all. Adventurers looking to indulge in the towering, iconic waterfalls at Catemaco are absolutely in for a treat. Veracruz in general is an underrated state but there is something special about Catemaco that is worth adding to your adventure list. 

An excursion in itself, Catemaco is a bus journey away from Veracruz Port and is sure to blow you away. The water spraying from the waterfall is itself a wonder and makes for a refreshing trip.

Sleep in a tequila barrel in Tequila, Jalisco

 

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We’re adding this to the list because we know out TN travelers love exclusive and unique travel experiences and Mexico is bursting with them. Tequila in Jalisco doesn’t fall short of this description for those wanting a more alcohol- infused adventure. Jalisco, the region renowned for producing Tequila, is a colourful and wonderful place in itself. This is an experience for travelers wanting to experience the city in a completely new way and Matices Hotel de Barricas is the perfect place to explore. Ready to visit the brewery city of Tequila? This is what to expect.  

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