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The Spookiest Sites to Visit in Mexico

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Whether it’s terrifying tales of weeping murder victims or whispering mummies, Mexico has plenty to offer visitors in search of the macabre . Here’s a rundown of 10 terrifying sites that will spook even the most fearless of travelers.

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The Island of Dolls, Mexico City

This secluded area along the shores of Lake Xochimilco in Mexico City is believed to be one of the most haunted spots in Mexico.

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Posada del Sol, Mexico City

Rumors have swirled for years about this abandoned graffiti-strewn hotel in Mexico City. What is known for sure is that the formerly splendid building was the personal project of the business leader Fernando Saldaña Galván. While historians dispute the popular version of events, local legend narrates that Saldaña Galván hung himself in the hotel courtyard after his debts became insurmountable.

One of the underground chambers of the hotel is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl who was found dead in the building. The site is not open to the public but those who have ventured into the hotel often leave gifts of candy at an altar in order to avoid her curse.

The Tasqueña Station, Mexico City

Even the public transport network in Mexico City is reputedly haunted. Many locals believe that the Tasqueña station is the spookiest spot on the metro. An elderly man reportedly haunts solo commuters waiting on the platform. But fear not – the ghost is said to be friendly. It is said that the man died during an assault at the station and is looking to protect passengers from a similar fate.

Panteón de Belén, Guadalajara

The Belén Cemetery in the center of Guadalajara is reportedly haunted by a diverse range of spooky entities. Legend says that some local vigilantes killed a vampire by driving a stake through his heart and buried the body in the cemetery. Months later, the stone slabs marking the burial spot were cracked and the stake had grown into a huge tree. It is said that if this Vampire Tree dies the monster will return to terrorize the city. Because of this the authorities have built a metal gate around the tree.

Visitors can tour the iconic cemetery grounds during the day or night. Tickets are sold in the cemetery office on Calle Belen from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

Hospicio Cabañas

The stunning Hospicio Cabañas building is not just one of Guadalajara’s architectural highlights, the building may also be one of the city’s most haunted. At various times, the establishment has been used as an orphanage, an asylum and a military barracks. Several ghost stories are told about the property, the most popular being the legend of the huge clock which stopped every time a child died in the orphanage.

Claudia Mijangos House, Querétaro

One of the most disturbing ghost stories in the country is the tale of Claudia Mijangos, who killed her three children in the central city of Querétaro in 1989 and claimed to have been possessed by a demon. Neighbors still say they can hear children screaming in the house and a bleeding boy is said to appear in the second floor window.

The rainforests of Quintana Roo

According to indigenous legends, a ghostly specter known as Juan del Monte inhabits the jungles of Quintana Roo. Reportedly, the mysterious creature imitates human voices to lead wanderers astray. According to another interpretation of the folkloric legend, Juan del Monte is actually benign and is working to protect the forest from threatening intruders.

Colegio Salvatierra, Baja California Sur

The small primary school in the coastal city of Santa Rosalía is the subject of an enduring legend. According to the story, a young boy was playing with marbles in the girls’ bathroom when he accidentally swallowed one, choked and died. To this day, schoolgirls report hearing laughter and the clinking sound of glass marbles in the bathroom.

House of Mummies, Guanajuato

Unsurprisingly, the central city of Guanajuato’s most eccentric museum has sparked ghostly rumors. The eerie collection of accidentally mummified bodies were discovered in the local cemetery and are now on display in the museum. A unique combination of mineral-rich soils and an extremely dry climate triggered the mummification process. According to local gossip, the perfectly preserved bodies have been known to move, whisper and weep.

Casa de los Tubos, Nuevo León

According to an urban legend, this abandoned modernist mansion just outside the northern city of Monterrey is haunted by the ghost of an 11-year-old girl who committed suicide by jumping from the top window of the building. Popularly known as the Casa de los Tubos, or House of the Tubes, because of its unique spiraling design, several builders also reportedly died during its construction.

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The Creepiest Urban Legends and Stories from Mexico

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Mexico is one of the largest countries in the world and a popular vacation spot to party it up. But you might have second thoughts before booking those spring or summer break plane and hotel tickets if you grew up hearing the multiple spine-chilling urban legend from Mexico that revolve around mothers, children, and ghosts.

These ten urban legends and creepy stories from Mexico - including the famous La Llorona and Chupacabra, the not-so-famous La Lechuza and El Cucuy, and everything in between - are hard to forget, and for the murderers and ghosts taking center stage in the legend, the stories will never be forgotten.

La Llorona Cries for Her Children

La Llorona Cries for Her Children

"La Llorona," otherwise known as "The Crying Woman," fell head over heels for a man who gave her the ultimatum : him or her children.

The Crying Woman chose the latter, drowning her own children, in hopes to be with the man she loved. But after rejecting her, she took her own life as well. Whereabouts of the man, and if he was the children's biological father, still remain unknown.

The Crying Woman goes around the streets of Mexico, grieving the loss of her children. Children must never wander the streets alone or misbehave, or La Llorona will come out and get them.

El Cucuy

"Behave or El Cucuy will come and find you."

A warning from the parents, "El Cucuy" (otherwise known as the boogeyman) is a creature who preys on children who have misbehaved their parents. He can show up at any given moment in the night.

In your closet.

Under your bed.

At the foot of your mattress.

Always listen to your parents, or the boogeyman will find you...

A Nurse Prowls Through the Night

A Nurse Prowls Through the Night

In the 1930s at Hospital Juarez , "La Planchada" (aka "The Ironed Lady") fell for a doctor, but he left her for another woman. Slipping into a deep depression, La Planchada contracted an illness that, ultimately, killed her.

Rumor has it that she had looked down upon other nurses, as well as murdered a patient in hopes of overcoming her heartbreak from a man she was no longer able to trust.

She is said to roam the halls of hospitals and tend to the needs of patients, as well as return to the room where she died and heal whoever is staying there. 

The Vanishing Hitcher

The Vanishing Hitcher

Traced as far back as the 1870's, the vanishing hitcher is exactly what it sounds like. He hails down drivers, only, to suddenly vanish, sometimes even when the car is still moving, with no explanation. Some say that the hitcher often appears in the form of a young girl, leaving an address for her house.

Drivers are often greeted by two grieving parents, who are said to announce that today would have been their little girl's birthday .

La Lechuza

If she sees you, she will get you. 

"La Lechuza" is a woman who turns into an owl, waiting outside of the houses of her victims, often crying  until her victims come out. Also known as "The Witch Owl," rumor has it that she sold her soul to the devil to become more powerful.

Sometimes she appears as an owl the size of a human being, often with the head of an owl and body of an elderly woman.

The Goat Sucker

The Goat Sucker

First caught in the act in March 1995, "Chupacabra" (or the goat sucker) is a tall creature who lurks in more than one-hundred farms, sucking the blood  from the animals. Others have also identified "Chupacabra" as a werewolf creature with vampire fangs - basically, a vampire werewolf.

Whether called the bloodsucker or Chupacabra, this creature is one of the most pervasive cryptozoologic entities out there, having made appearances in Puerto Rico and across North America. 

White Death

White Death

"White Death" felt unloved and unwanted, and was driven to take her own life. Now, guilty or not, her spirit goes after anyone who knows she exists. No one is truly safe, especially once you are forced to tell someone of her existence .

If you hear her knocking at your door at night, do not speak of her to anyone. IF you tell someone of her, she will only go after your loved one(s).

Ladies in a Red Car

Ladies in a Red Car

Crusin' on the streets of Mexico City and Cuernavaca, the " Carriage of Witches " (a red car containing a group of beautiful women) often go after lonely men during the night, making promises to fulfill their needs - only to accept their offer leads to death.

Men who get into the red car are found hours later on the side of the road, branded with ritualistic symbols.

Never drive alone. Stay in groups. Otherwise, stay indoors at night.

Alley of the Hands

Alley of the Hands

Do you dare walk through the "Alley of the Hands," ten skeletal fingers that capture their victims ?

In 1780, a priest established his life in Alfalfa, in hopes to spread the word of Christ. Upon his brief stint, the priest had received some help from two local town boys, only to never see them again the following day.

Killed during his sleep, who killed the priest became the talk of the town, putting the two local boys onto trial and, ultimately, leaving them to hang.

The boys' hands were nailed to the wall of an alleyway and whenever anyone had attempted to remove them, they were only visited by the spirits of the boys, as well as catching a glimpse of the priest.

The Girl in the Tube House

The Girl in the Tube House

The Tube House is an abandoned mansion in Monterrey, Mexico. It was built in the 1970s by a family of three who wished to make a safe and comfortable home for their disabled daughter, who used a wheelchair to get around.

On the day the family brought her to see the new home for the first time, the little girl fell off one of the ramp and veered through one of the windows, falling to her death.

Reports say that the little girl will throw any living child out of the window, if they trespass her property. Some have even seen her waving to them through the very same window she fell out of.

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Some haunting tales and places can have chills running down the spines of even the most fearless people! Mexico is one such city that boasts of odd places which are often frequented by ghosts. Hustling and bustling with people, the city is always pulsating with action. There seems to be a lot to do for the people living in Mexico. Innumerable buildings, within the limits of this amazing city, are known to be haunted by some or the other tormented soul who met a tragic end in their life. However, there are a few haunted places in Mexico that stand out because even their mention makes people shudder with fright! If you feel brave enough to explore them in person, do it at your own risk!

11 Most haunted Places in Mexico

Well, the place is not just filled with active and zestful people living in Mexico, but some dead people and restful souls too who continue to add some bizarre freakiness around the city. Read on to get a sneak peek into 11 haunted places in Mexico:

1. Posada del Sol

Posada del Sol

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This once-upon-a-time magnificent structure was the project of businessman Fernando Saldaña Galván. What makes this project tragic, and spooky at the same time, is the fact that Fernando Saldaña Galván ended his life in this very same hotel’s courtyard after being buried under a heap of insurmountable debts. Thus, lies abandoned a hotel that is adorned not with mortals or liveliness but just with lifeless graffiti and tales of mystery. Adding to the eerie feels is the tale about the spirit of a dead young girl who is believed to be wandering in the underground chambers of this jinxed hotel. The girl was found dead tragically in this hotel itself. Though no common man can enter or tour the hotel, those who have had the courage to venture into the site often offer some candies at the altar as a mark of respect and love. Also, they obviously dread her curse! Would you want to visit this one?

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2. The Tasqueña Station

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This one is a haunted spot in the wide network of public transport in Mexico. The Tasqueña Station holds the reputation of being the spookiest station on the metro route. What sets it apart from the other ghostly destinations is that the spirit possessing this station is a helpful and friendly soul. If you travel solo and happen to halt at this station then you may just bump into an old friendly soul here who had lost his life as a result of a severe assault. After his death, it is believed by the locals that his soul had taken upon itself the responsibility to protect other solo passengers from such evil assaults. Well, it is for you to decide if you would appreciate meeting a dead, yet kind man!

3. Hospicio Cabañas

Scary place

Image Credit: arturo.e.delarosa by Flickr The marvelous building of Hospicio Cabañas stands abandoned in the Mexico City telling a tale of not just the splendid Guadalajara architecture but also tales of horror, pain and tragedy. The establishment is known to be one of the spookiest haunted places in Mexico. Known for its unearthly happenings, this structure has been put to use several times – in the capacity of an asylum, military barracks and even an orphanage. Innumerable ghost tales are popular about this property. The eeriest of them all is the legend of the large wall clock which would stop ticking every time a child lost his or her life in the orphanage. This one is a saga of sadness and scare!

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4. Colegio Salvatierra

Scary  Colegio Salvatierra

Image Source A primary school located on the coastal city of Santa Rosalía not just echoes with sounds of children reciting their lessons or running in the corridors. It also echoes with haunting sounds of laughter and glass marbles clinking in a bathroom. Why? If stories are to be believed, long ago a young boy was merrily playing with some marbles in the girls’ bathroom when he mistakenly swallowed one and choked on it. Sadly, his life couldn’t be saved. To this day, the school girls have reportedly been hearing the jangling of marbles and innocent peals of a kid’s laughter from their bathroom. Did this one give you goosebumps?

5. Casa de los Tubos

Casa de los Tubos

Image Source Casa de los Tubos or House of the Tubes is one of the popular haunted places in Mexico because of its exemplary spiral make and cylindrical hallways. The construction of this distinctive structure claimed the lives of some builders and visitors too. The mansion was hence considered jinxed from the time its foundation was laid and the construction was never completed. Apart from its unique architecture, this abandoned mansion is also known for being possessed by the ghost of an eleven year old girl who had either killed herself by jumping off or had died accidentally by falling off from the highest window of this building. Some passersby have also claimed to have seen the spirit of the young girl standing at the window waving at them.

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6. Panteón de Belén

Panteón de Belén in Mexico

Image Source At the center of the Guadalajara lies The Belén Cemetery. The spooky tale that surrounds it is an interesting one! As per urban legends, a vampire was killed by some local vigilantes by driving a stake-gun through its heart. The vampire was buried in this cemetery but a few months later the burial slabs began to crack and the stake had reportedly taken the form of a huge tree! It is believed if this Vampire tree perishes the city would once again be terrorised by the monster. Hence, the tree is now gated and protected all around by sturdy metal gate. This famous cemetery grounds can be visited by tourists during the day and the night as well upon purchasing tickets from the cemetery office.

7. Mapimi Silent Zone Durango

Amazing place

Image Source This stretch of desert has the same repute as Bermuda Triangle. The myths and legends relating to this area claim that its a place where radio signals and any type of communications cannot be received. Similarly some claims have been made that compasses were unusable in this area. Other claims are that the area is studded with meteorite attacks and also causes various mental problems. There are reports of mutated wildlife and extraterrestrial activities here. Some visitors report a blonde women asking for water and then disappearing into thin air. The people have seen burning fire balls and UFOs in Mampi Silent Zone. Due to the absence of usage of any electronic devices this area has also been termed as silent zone. The silent zone has overlaps the Mapimí Biosphere Reserve.

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8. House of Laments Guanajuato

Skeletons view

Image Source Mexico is chock full of haunted stories and this one is no less tragic, full of real serial killing stories. It was the house of Tadeo Mejía, a serial killer who committed various murders to contact his deceased wife through paranormal ways. In 1800 Mejia’s wife was murdered during a home invasion. Mejia consulted a witch who advised him to perform human sacrifices in order to talk to his dead wife. After murdering an unknown number of people Mejia died while performing a devilish surgery on himself. Many skeletons were found in his basement. Today his house operates as a museum and visitors often hear mysterious sounds and also report apparition sightings.

9. Templo Mayor Ruins

Templo Mayor Ruins

Image Source This archeological site in Mexico, USA has a bloodsoaked past. It is a haunted Aztec civilization site that has made its presence felt through the time. Around 4000 people were brutally killed to please Aztec Gods. The priests would cut out the beating hearts from the victim’s chest and then throw their life less bodies on the stairs of the Aztec temple. Aztec’ s last emperor Cuauhtémoc made his last stand against invading Spanish armies before he was tortured and killed. This Aztec is now a museum and tourists report strange sensational feelings and sightings of shadow figures.

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10. Claudia Mijangos House

Scary House

Image Source Also known as the Hyena of Queretaro, Mexico, this house is home to an extremely tragic and a strange past. The story belongs to a Mexican murder convict who was condemned in 1990 for the deliberate act of killing her own children. Claudia who was was elected Queen of Beauty in Mazatlan, lived with her husband and three children in this house. She taught children in a Catholic school and had a fashion store in downtown. When Claudia was 33-years-old she started suffering from severe psychotic attacks which reportedly involved hallucinations of demons and angels. A few months later, the tragic murder episodes began. In April 1989 Claudia woke up in middle of night hearing whispers and voices and murdered her own children in cold blood and tried killing herself soon afterwards. She fainted and woke up in hospital 3 days later. Claudia had menial mental troubles but no one could have anticipated the outcome. Local residents claim hearing screams and sons coming from house. Locals also report seeing a child popping up from window.

11. Island of Dolls

Silent and scary place

Nothing can beat the ghost story associated with this place! This isolated island near the canals of Xochimilco, Mexico City has numerous dolls hung from trees. The tale behind it dictates that Santana Barrera, a resident of the island had found a corpse of a little girl washed up on the beach. He then hung a doll from a tree to serve as a memorial for the poor girl. He soon started hearing whispers which are believed to be the girl’s voice. In order to appease the spirit of the girl he started putting more dolls on the trees. Sadly and surprisingly, Santana met the same fate as the girl’s and drowned in the same place where the girl had drowned. Till his death in 2001 there were numerous dolls on many trees. Visitors and tourists claim to have seen eyes of the dolls moving and dolls talking.

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The vibrant and lively city of Mexico is a treat for people who enjoy history, natural beauty and great food. However, it is also a fabulous place to visit if paranormal happenings interest you! Apart from the amazing culture of Mexico, one finds himself or herself often immersed in the mystical aura of paranormal activities that adorn this beautiful place. Book a ticket to USA to visit the aforementioned haunted places in Mexico. Don’t forget to take your younger sibling along!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Haunted Places In Mexico

Which is the most haunted place in Mexico?

There are many haunted places in Mexico that are known for their unique and interesting stories and experiences. The most popular haunted places in Mexico are the following: 1. Posada del Sol 2. The Tasqueña Station 3. Hospicio Cabañas 4. Colegio Salvatierra 5. Casa de los Tubos 6. Panteón de Belén 7. Mapimi Silent Zone Durango

Is Mexico a haunted city?

No, Mexico is not a haunted city, however, there are numerous haunted places to visit in Mexico that are known for offering the most thrilling encounters.

Why do Mexicans have skulls?

The indegenous Mexicans celebrates the skeleton art and use it regularly. This art originated before the Conquest when the Aztecs created stunning carvings of their spiritual Gods.

Why do they celebrate ‘Day of the Dead’ in Mexico?

As Mexican believes that death is a natural part of the human cycle and instead of sadness, they celebrate the death of their loved ones on this day.

Is Island of Dolls haunted?

According to numerous reports and researches, Island of Dolls is one of the most haunted places in Mexico. The travelers say that they feel dolls whispering in their ears, and the locals believe that these dolls are possessed by a spirit. However, some say that the place is ‘charmed’ instead of being haunted.

Why House of Laments Guanajuato in Mexico is believed to be haunted?

The House of Laments is an enormous mansion that was constructed in the 18th century. Later between 1890s to 1900s, there were reports of Tadeo Fulgencio Mejia serial murders here at the mansion. It is believed that he was a Mexican who was murdering people ruthlessly to contact his deceased wife. Currently, the mansion has been converted into a museum and experiences numerous reports of paranormal activities within the premises.

How much does a stay in Posada del Sol costs?

A stay in Posada del Sol in Mexico will cost you a minimum of INR 3,000 per night during the off season. However, if you are planning a stay in Posada del Sol during peak season then a single day stay might cost a minimum of INR 6,000.

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Deep in the heart of the canals of Xochimilco — Mexico City’s last vestige of the Aztecs — is one of the world’s most haunted and tragic locations: the Island of the Dolls.

Here, on this single acre, which houses three huts and a crowd of decaying dolls, locals swear they see ghosts and hear shadows talking. It is, they believe, cursed.

“During the time of Cortez many people fled here to Xochimilco and hid on the canals,” Gerardo Ibarra, co-founder of Ruta Origen, a sustainable travel company in Mexico, told The Post. “A lot of these people were women and children hiding from the conquistadores. And many women killed themselves rather than be caught and raped [by the Spanish].”

The Island of the Dolls was, for centuries, a place to disappear.

Remarkably, it’s within the city limits of one of the world’s biggest metropolises. Mexico City was originally an island in a volcanic caldera lake surrounded by the Sierra Madre mountains. The Aztec empire (1300 BC – 1521 BC) was the first to start developing the area, building a system of manmade islands, called chinampas, and a canal system for farmers to navigate them.

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After the Aztecs were defeated in the Spanish Aztec war (1591- 1521), much of the chinampas were filled in and turned into the basis of the city we know today. Except for, that is, the most southern end of Mexico City, in Xochimilco, where the chinampas and canal system still exist – an integral part of local life and are a UNESCO world heritage site.

At times, the neighborhood was also used as shelter for Mexican revolutionaries and religious practitioners who may have fallen out of favor; some of them ended up killed or drowned in these canals.

Ibarra introduced me to Don Lauro, a community leader who has spent his entire life in Xochimilco, paddling through the small islands that are used for farming maize, squash and chiles.

Don Lauro, the ommunity leader and lifelong resident of Xochimilco, rows Gerardo Ibarra, the founder of eco-tourism company Ruto Origen to La Isla de las Munecas.

Using a on a wooden, flat-bottomed chalupa, Lauro paddled to the infamous Island of the Dolls and recalled how, 50 years ago, the water was “so clear you could see to the bottom.”

And that’s how, in the 1950s, Julian Santana Barrera found the body of a young girl at the bottom of the waterway just outside his door.

“The girl was swimming with her sister or friends and the current took and she drowned,” said Rogelio Sanchez Santana, the current “guardian of the dolls” and a great nephew of Barrera.

Island of the Dolls

According to him, it was after his uncle found the body that trouble started.

“The spirit of the girl was living in sorrow,” Santana said. “In the mornings Julian started seeing ghosts, and one day woke up and found all his crops had died. He tried many things to improve his crops but he couldn’t because the spirit damaged it. He became more and more scared.”

Barrera built an altar in his one-room cabin on the island where he and his wife lived, hoping to appease the spirit.

“But the spirit still came,” Santna said. “So he started collecting dolls as a way to protect himself from the spirit.”

to get across the canals, residents are pulled over the water by flat bottomed boats attached to lines

Over the next half-century, Barrera collected more than 1,000 dolls — some from the trash in the area’s main city, others gifted by neighbors and visitors. They’re all still there, decaying, sometimes beheaded and truly creepy. Everywhere you look, there are dirty dolls hanging from trees, nailed to buildings and other structures, strung along clothes line.

In 2001, according to Santana, Barrera died of a heart attack in the same spot where he had found the body of the girl.

“The spirit of the girl came to him and dragged him into the water,” Rogelio said. “He and his wife could never have children [because of the island], so my uncle Anastacio took over.”

After Anastacio’s death in 2019, Santana assumed guardianship of the island, although he and his wife and three children do not live there, choosing to stay on their own island 20 minutes away.

On the island is a small grave of the original owner, Julian Santana Barrera, who died in 2001 at 86.

Over the years, several other imitation doll islands have popped up in the canal. “It is big business now,” Santana said. But there is only one true Island of the Dolls.

Santa said he sometimes sees “some shadows in the night with the moonlight” but other visitors have claimed to have witnessed the dolls eyes moving and hearing them talk.

As for what will happen to the island when he dies, Santana said: “The ownership, I leave to the dead.”

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The 10 Weirdest Things to See and Do in Mexico City

As one of the largest cities in North America with more than 20 million residents, Mexico City is flush with spooky, strange, and surreal sights. From the island of decaying dolls to grasshopper grub to colossal quesadillas, here are 10 wonderfully wacky things to see and do.

1. The Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls)

Photo courtesy of Isla de Las Munecas.

Pediophobics beware! But if you’re a fan of the movie Chuckie , this place is right up your creepy alley. In the canals of Xochimico, just south of Mexico City, sits The Isla de las Munecas . Legend has it, Don Julian Santana — a local farmer — was unable to save a drowning girl. To appease the girl’s spirit (which purportedly haunted the place), he began hanging dolls from the island’s trees. A half-century later, roughly 1500 dolls, all in different stages of decay — from disheveled to decapitated — are strewn about. According to Santana’s cousin, who now runs the site as a tourist attraction, the dolls come alive at night, whispering and turning their heads. Hail a trajinera (colorful canal boat) at Xochimico for 350 pesos ($24) per hour for the two-hour ride to the island.

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2. Water Monsters, a.k.a., Mexican Walking Fish

Sweet little slimy salamander spotted in the canals of Xochimico.

Axolotls , a nearly extinct four-legged salamander species found only in central Mexico, are also hanging out in Xochimico’s canals. Take a tour with De La Chinampas — you may see the little creatures while exploring the floating island farms built by the Aztecs, plus you’ll stop at an Axolotl zoo, of sorts. Here, you’ll learn all sorts of cool factoids about the so-ugly-their-adorable amphibians. For example, they breathe oxygen and excrete urine through their gills (handy skill!) and reproduce in their larval state. Three-hour farm tours aboard a canal boat, including lunch, are 350 pesos ($24 USD) per person.

3. Mummified Monks

Video by Jose Alonso.

In 1916, while searching for buried treasure to redistribute to the poor, the Zapaptistas (a Mexican Robin Hood-style army of the early 20 th century) discovered a dozen mummified monks. On display in velvet-lined coffins in the former monastery, now Museo de El Carmen , the mummies are estimated to be more than 300 years old. Admission is 52 pesos ($4 USD).

4. Danzón Dancing

Most nights, California Dancing Club looks like any other nightclub. However, every Monday from 6-10 p.m., get ready for a Back to the Future -style flash back to Cuba, pre-embargo. Dapperly dressed pachucos (Mexican zoot-suiters) and their elegant lady dance partners hit the floor for danzón (Cuban dance) to popular Caribbean tunes of the 40s and 50s.

5. Lucha Libre Wrestlers

Paula Froelich takes on the Red Dragon at Arena Mexico. (Andrew Rothschild/Yahoo Travel)

The U.S. may have WWF, but nothing tops watching luchadores (Mexican pro-wrestlers in colorful masks) dramatically duke it out. Most weekends and some weekdays, you can catch a Lucha Libre match at Arena Mexico or Arena Coliseo . Ringside tickets are $10-$15 USD. Or, just watch Paula Froelich , Yahoo! Travel editor-in-chief, as she hops in the ring with the Red Dragon, one of Mexico City’s most famous wrestlers.

6. Kitschy Cakes

Jiggly superhero at Ideal Pastry Shop, Mexico City

Jello molds in the likeness of the Incredible Hulk or Winnie the Pooh — in all their gelatinous glory — make a trip to Pasteleria Ideal worth the stop. But the real eye-popping display of desserts is upstairs. An entire floor is dedicated to demo cakes — from brightly colored wedding cakes taller than a pro basketball player to Lucha Libre-themed birthday cakes.

7. Bug Grub

Larva and worm tacos at El Hidalguense, Mexico City.

Chapulines (fried and seasoned grasshoppers) are to Mexicans what popcorn is to Americans: a favorite salty snack with an addictive crunch. In the historic district of Mexico City, fried whole grasshoppers, crickets, and even stinkbugs are sold in heaping piles — wings and all — at Mercado San Juan de Pugibet . We recommend the garlic-chili seasoned ones. Once you get over the initial horror of munching on insects, they’re pretty tasty and protein packed. Don’t miss the chicatana salsa (made from Oaxacan flying ants). Or just tuck into some ant larva or agave worm tacos at El Hildaguense .

8. World’s Largest Quesadillas

Known as machetes due to their sword shape, these tortilla treats are a go-big-or-go-home gastronomical experience. Head to Las Machetes de Amparito restaurant in the Guerrero neighborhood for a handmade, 25-inch long tortilla filled with lots of good stuff, such as potato with chorizo, poblano peppers, or pancita (beef stomach). Popular with locals as well as tourists, expect a 20- to 30-minute wait on the weekends.

Related: Finally! You Can Get Good Mexican Food in Mexico City

9. Mexico City’s Leaning Tower of Pisa

Promise, I’m not that bad of a photographer. The church is simply sinking.

Your wonky vision has nothing to do with the amount of tequila you consumed the night before. Where Pisa, Italy has one leaning structure, Mexico’s capital city has hundreds. Why? Thanks to the Spanish conquistadors’ genius idea to build a city atop a drained lake bed, the city is sinking. In fact, scientists estimate some parts of the city have submerged 42 feet in the last century! Take an architectural walking tour with historian Anilú López Beltrán ( [email protected] ; 52 55 2701 4201) to witness the most severely sunken sites, like the Palacio de Bellas Artes and Santa Veracruz church.

10. 1988 Redux

Photo courtesy of Patrick Miller Club.

Feeling footloose on a Friday? Don your legwarmers and head to the Patrick Miller dance club . Named after a famous Mexican DJ, Patrick Miller hosts a themed dance party — mostly 80s or 90s era — every Friday. Expect breakdancing, laser lights, neon graffiti, and of course clubbers sporting big hair, neon spandex, and Boy George makeup.

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10 Spooky Mexican Podcasts To Keep You Up at Night

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Everyone loves a scary story, even if they don’t admit it. But no one quite loves scary stories like Mexicans do. Stay late enough at a Mexican gathering — when tíos and tías begin asking for un cafecito — and you’ll likely get to hear about how abuelito fought away a nahual , when Tía Lulu’s childhood doll started walking, or the time a bruja tried to steal your younger sibling. It’s a time-honored tradition at this point. 

The collective first-person spooky experiences of Mexicans are expansive, so much so that dozens of Mexican podcasts exist to tell the tales. Remezlca has gathered the 10 best podcasts out there to keep las ñañaras alive this spooky season, from ghosts to monsters and true crime. 

La Mano Peluda

No list is complete without mentioning the legendary show La Mano Peluda . The show was on for 22 years straight starting in 1995. At the height of its popularity, the night show was broadcast across eight countries, including Mexico, the U.S., Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, and Honduras. This archival podcast compiles and publishes the best stories from the thousands of nighttime callers the show got during its golden era.

Relatos de la Noche

Relatos de la Noche has remained Mexico’s number-one podcast on Spotify since 2022. In every episode, RDLN host Uriel Reyes narrates a medley of scary stories written and sent to him by avid fans. From hospital hauntings to more traditional stories about brujas and more niche tales like those of Mexico City’s urban monsters.  

Leyendas Legendarias

In this talk-show-style podcast, hosts Eduardo Espinosa, Mario López Capistrán, and José Antonio Badía discuss everything from current events related to cryptid sightings to weird news, and urban legends. Leyendas Legendarias is great for people too afraid to get fully immersed in a scary story as the hosts bring an aura of lightheartedness to the conversation. 

La Hora Perturbadora

Famous Mexican YouTuber and blogger Luisito Comunica hosts his own spooky podcast. The man-on-the-street journalist does what he does best: gets up close and personal with Satanists, a Ouija board, and victims of alien abduction on La Hora Perturbadora .

Señales Podcast

Through research and investigation hosts Óscar Escárzaga and Pepe Perez walk listeners through frightening stories from across the world on Señales Podcast . From unsolved mysteries like the Moth Man to gruesome true crimes like the case of Magdalena Solis, a cult leader who went mad with power. 

Leyenda Urbana MX

Ismael Méndez exclusively tells and discusses Mexican myths and legends in Leyenda Urbana MX . As well as exploring the typical stories of La Llorona and elves (more commonly known in different regions of Mexico as either duendes , aluxes , or chaneques ), Méndez goes further. He also has episodes about lesser-known but equally terrifying local lore from seaside towns and Pueblos Magicos .

Narrated by Damián Alcázar, Fausto is the first installment of this three-part true crime podcast that revolves around the perplexing case of the Chavez Lopez family. In 1991, five members of the family were found murdered in their home in Ecatepec, Mexico City. The only living witness? The three-year-old son who was found covered in blood. 

Unnoticed Podcast

Unnoticed Podcast is no longer going unnoticed. This Spanglish talk-show podcast, hosted by Mezziah and Ricardo, talks about all things creepy, whether it’s legends, creepypastas, or true crime. Join these two homies for all kinds of spooky talk.

Morras Malditas

Reporter Jannis Merida and artist Maldo get together to explore the macabre in Morras Malditas . The horror lovers talk about terror-related art to nightmare interpretations and haunted places — there’s nothing these two morras chilangas won’t talk about. 

Relatos de Horror

If you can’t get enough crowd-sourced scary stories, tune into Relatos de Horror . Similar to Relatos de la Noche , this anonymous story-run podcast recounts stories sent into the podcast by fans. The podcast has collected stories from around Latin America and the U.S. since 2015. 

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The 6 Most Haunted Places in Mexico City

Haunted Places in Mexico City

Mexico City is at the heart of Mexico. It is a populous, bustling place where peace is rare, even for the dead. There are many buildings within the city limits that look the part of a haunted destination, but a select few stand out as the most haunted places in Mexico City.

6. Templo Mayor Ruins

Within the heart of Mexico City lies ruins from a lost civilization not to be forgotten with age. Crumbling rock and faded artwork surround a vast area that has stood the test of time. Here the Templo Mayor Ruins sit, an abandoned Aztec temple that was once the main place of worship for their capital city, Tenochtitlan.

Haunted Templo Mayor, Mexico City, Mexico.

The Templo Mayor was where the last Aztec Emperor, Cuauhtémoc, made the Aztec’s final stand against the invading Spanish. War ensued here for many days before this young emperor was caught, tortured and then executed.

This was also the place that around 4,000 people were killed being sacrificed to Aztec Gods. Ritual sacrifice was an Aztec way of life used to please their Gods. Victims, who were mostly prisoners would be taken to the top of this temple to have their still beating hearts cut and ripped from their chests by priests. Their limp, lifeless bodies would then be kicked to roll down the temple’s steep set of stairs.

Part of Mexico City's Templo Mayor.

To this day, cries and screams can be heard coming from the empty ruins. Many have also reported strange sensations in the area and the existence of shadow figures.

The Templo Mayor Ruins now operate as a museum and attraction for tourists to explore. You’ll find the museum at 8 Seminario St., Downtown, Cuauhtemoc, D.F.

Mexico City haunted Templo Mayor ruins.

5. House of Aunt Toña

One very well-known urban legend hangs heavy over Mexico City and is widely told. It takes place in the city’s parklands known as Chapultepec Forest. Here, hidden behind the protective height of a deep gully and overgrown vegetation sits a house that was infamously owned by a woman known as Aunt Toña.

Aunt Toña's haunted house.

Aunt Toña was an elderly lady of extreme wealth who lived her reclusive life in the forest and her large foreboding mansion. It is told that her solitude, which came after the death of her husband, caused her to slump into a depression. To alleviate her sadness and quell her loneliness Toña took in homeless street children. Inviting them into her mansion and taking care of them. This kindness was noticed and appreciated by the town’s people, leading to Toña becoming well known and liked for her charity towards others. Though most were appreciative towards Toña, the children who were welcomed into her great mansion were not. They were cruel to Toña, constantly playing pranks and teasing her.

Haunted Aunt Toña's House.

This story has two variations to its end, both are as equally tragic as one another. The first tells of a mental break that Toña had, causing her to retaliate against the cruel children she had been helping. Aunt Toña supposedly murdered the children and disposed of their bodies in the creek concealed by the gully next to her home. Stricken with guilt, she then took her own life within one of the rooms of her great mansion. The second variation tells of rumored treasure hidden within the mansion, which some of the children tried to locate. This story ends with the children brutally beating Toña to death in an attempt to locate those riches.

Aunt Toña's haunted mansion, Mexico City.

Despite these different story adaptions, the area is still thought to be extremely haunted. Many claim to hear the voices and cries of children in the area, especially from the deep and empty gully that surrounds Aunt Toña’s house. Others also claim to see the apparition of a haggard old lady peering out of one of the windows of Toña’s once home.

Haunted House of Aunt Toña - Mexico City Ghost Story

Today, the house still stands, yet cannot be accessed by the public as it is a private property. The best view of it can be found at 19.404750, -99.221056  or 19.404222, -99.220667 . If you visit on a calm quiet night, you may just hear the cries of Aunt Toña’s children.

4. La Posada Del Sol Hotel

In the Doctores District of Mexico City lies an abandoned hotel, which was once set to be an artistic and cultural center for the city. Today it rests as a decrepit shell of shattered dreams, crumbling and rotting behind a tall fence and heavy security. Local lure tells of a curse and ghost stories related to this particular hotel, La Posada Del Sol.

Haunted Posada Del Sol hotel.

La Posada Del Sol was the most important piece of designer and architect Fernando Saldaña Gelván’s life. He wished to create one of the world’s most elaborate hotels and for the most part, succeeded. The glorious hotel in the heart of Mexico City was a true feat of ingenuity featuring gardens, terraces, a life size chessboard, ballroom and Turkish bath. Though the space was grand and luxurious it was only open to the public for 8 months and met a dark and extremely mysterious end.

Haunted and abandoned Posada Del Sol hotel.

Some rumors as to why the building closed allude to the escalating debts of Gelván, which he was unable to pay off. It is told that this lead him to hang himself in the court yard of the hotel, but not before cursing the place and murdering his own family. Many believe that his ghost continues to haunt the empty halls of the hotel, yet his may not be the only one.

Within the hotel’s basement is a macabre alter paying respect to a little girl. Surrounded by candy offerings left by visitors looking for safe passage to explore the abandoned grounds, this alter has dark origins. It is told that the body of a little girl was found within the basement of the hotel. Mystery surrounds this story as the identity and cause of death for the little girl was never discovered. Her spirit is also thought to roam the hotel.

Posada Del Sol hotel Mexico City.

To add to the hotel’s sinister backstory, many believe that the building was actually built to perform human sacrifice as part of Satanic rituals. Whatever the truth about the La Posada Del Sol may be, it continues to add an ominous and mysterious presence to its neighborhood. You’ll find the haunted Posada Del Sol at Av. Niños Heroes 139, Doctors, 06720 Mexico City, CDMX. It is surrounded by tall barb-wire fences and has an around the clock security presence, making entry next to impossible.

3. The Palacio De Lecumberri

Corruption, murder and torture have tainted one of the most recognizable government buildings in Mexico City. Today, the Palacio De Lecumberri holds the country’s National Archive but it earnt its reputation and nick name of ‘The Black Palace’ long before this, being one of the most feared prison institutions in Mexico.

Cellblock of haunted The Palacio De Lecumberri.

Opening in 1900 and serving as a prison for the next 76 years, the Palacio De Lecumberri was once one of the harshest prisons in the Americas. It was a place where corruption was rampant, holding many political prisoners and innocent souls.

Many jailed within the Palacio De Lecumberri faced torture and the risk of being murdered on a daily basis. It is rumored that those who were unfortunate enough to meet the end of their lives within the prison’s walls may still linger inside the building. Ghost stories have surrounded the former prison for many years with countless reports of tortured cries and screams echoing through the empty building being reported.

Mexico City's haunted The Palacio De Lecumberri.

One ghost story has become somewhat of a legend for the Palacio De Lecumberri. This ghost is believed to belong to a man named Don Jacinto, a former inmate. Don is rumored to appear at night, walking the halls near former cells, muttering “Again, Amelia didn’t come.” It is told that Amelia was the great love of Don’s life, yet she cheated on him and then framed him for a murder he did not commit. Another story describes Don as a cleaner of the prison who passed in the 1940’s, still awaiting his lost love.

The Palacio De Lecumberri haunted former prison.

The Palacio De Lecumberri today, continues to stand and houses some of Mexico’s most important documents as the National Archive. Workers sit in retrofit cellblocks, with former cells storing documents. The building is open to the public as a type of museum, free of entry. You’ll find the haunted Palacio De Lecumberri at  4a. Cda. San A. Tomatlan, Penitentiary, 15280 Mexico City, CDMX .

Looking for ghosts in Mexico City's The Palacio De Lecumberri.

2. Palace of Inquisition

Facing Mexico City’s famous Santo Domingo Plaza is the Palace of Inquisition. One of the city’s most strikingly beautiful buildings. Though this building’s beauty is apparent from afar, entering or simply knowing the past this building played a part in is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl.

Haunted Palace of Inquisition in Mexico City.

The Palace of Inquisition was built between 1732 and 1736. Once completed it operated as the New Spain Tribunal of the Holy Inquisition until 1820. This operation had the job of denouncing heretics, or anyone who stood for some sort of threat to the church, which also included those accused of witch craft and blasphemy. Anyone who was unlucky enough to enter the Palace of Inquisition during these years was tortured until a confession was gained, put to trial and then executed. Disturbingly, every single case that was put to trial here ended in an execution.

Haunted Palace of Inquisition.

The building was once fitted to include a special secret prison and a torture dungeon. It was here that countless individuals spent their last days in agonizing pain. The primary method of torture was known as the ‘strappado.’ This saw individuals have their hands tied behind their backs before being hung up to the ceiling where weight was then applied to pull their body down. Another favorite was using what is known as the rack, which would excruciatingly stretch prisoner’s bodies up to 20cm longer. Many more evil methods were used to inflict maximum pain and suffering.

Skull on display inside Mexico City's Palace of Inquisition.

After the inquisition ended for Mexico in 1820, which saw this torture operation cease, the building was placed up for auction. After several owners passed through, the Palace of Inquisition finally became home to the Museum of Mexican Medicine. Although the pain and suffering once so common within the building had come to an end, many believe that the souls of tortured victims may still lurk within the Palace of Inquisition. Many claims of sighting shadow figures throughout the museum have been made. There are also numerous reports of feeling strange presences and hearing disembodied voices in the property. Perhaps the most commonly reported paranormal occurrence is hearing the sound of agonized screams emanating from the empty museum long after dark.

Today, the museum is still in operation and can be found at the corner of Republic of Brazil and Republic of Venezuela streets in Mexico City, Mexico. Admission is free to those brave enough to enter. The building once housed a Museum of Inquisition, which was closed upon my visit in April 2018. The macabre medical museum is still in operation and definitely worth checking out.

Fetuses inside the Palace of Inquisition.

1. La Moira House

La Moira is well known for being Mexico’s most haunted house. The ominous, yet neat looking house standing in the San Miguel Chapultepec area of Mexico City is painted black, which is fitting to the disturbing local legends surrounding it.

Haunted La Moira House in Mexico City.

The story that most would be familiar with is that of a young boy named Marcus. It is told that Marcus entered the abandoned La Moira house at the young age of eight years old. It was then that he witnessed and experienced something that would traumatize him for the remainder of his life. Marcus supposedly heard strange, unexplainable voices emanating throughout the house and upon entering one of the upstairs bedrooms saw the apparition of a man who had been hanged from the ceiling. Scared, Marcus fled the house only to develop an obsession towards what he had seen. This dominated Marcus’ thoughts for many years, until 10 years later he returned to the La Moira House, entered the same bedroom he had witnessed the apparition and proceeded to hang himself.

La Moira urban legend of Mexico City.

While it is not known why Marcus returned to La Moira, some speculate it was curiosity that coaxed him back and that he was then possessed by a dark entity, which lured him to commit suicide himself. Others believe that he had witnessed his own fate as a child and returned to fulfill his death prophecy.

Mexico City La Moira haunted ghosts.

Whether this story is true or just Mexican folklore it is still widely believed that the La Moira House is indeed extremely haunted. It exhibits a wide array of paranormal phenomena such as moving shadow figures, unexplainable sounds, disembodied voices, light anomalies, poltergeist activity, cases of visitors experiencing visions and it is widely thought to host demonic entities with the ability to possess the living.

Today, the La Moira House is a private residence and is off limits to the general public. You’ll find this haunted place of Mexico City at Cto. Interior Mtro. José Vasconcelos 125, San Miguel Chapultepec I Secc, 11850 Mexico City, CDMX.

Ghost story of La Moira, Mexico City.

Visiting Haunted Mexico City

Mexico City is a colorful and lively city full of historical relevance to Mexico. It makes for a great visit to immerse one’s self in the culture of Mexico. For those seeking out the paranormal or interested in ghost stories, it is a truly remarkable experience with so many great places to explore.

If you enjoyed this article and are looking for more haunted places to visit around Mexico City, I recommend checking out the haunted Doll Island of Xochimilco, just outside of Mexico City.

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Really enjoyed the blog! However, Aztecs never sacrificed prisoners to their Gods, that would have been seen as an insult to them (the Gods). Aztecs usually picked the best of something to be sacrificed, and when this happened, the person who was chosen would be happy! it was an honor to them and it was a belief that they would reincarnate as Gods for being sacrificed.

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How Do They Celebrate Halloween in Mexico? 

Día de los Muertos is Mexico's celebration of the spirit world, but it's not Halloween.

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Does Mexico celebrate Halloween? Mexico has intermingled Halloween, a tradition born from pagan beliefs and transported to Mexico from the United States, with a Mexican celebration for dead ancestors and loved ones. Halloween and Mexico's traditional Day of the Dead have joined up to become a multi-day, fun, colorful celebration.

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Halloween has been celebrated in Mexico for many years, but it's primarily a children's festival.

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Día de las Brujas

Halloween or Día de las Brujas , meaning Day of the Witches, occurs on October 31st. This is when Mexican children wear costumes and go from home to home trick-or-treating. But Mexican trick-or-treaters don't shout "trick or treat," they chant " Queremos Halloween! " ("We want Halloween!") For the grownups, Mexican Halloween is a chance to dress up and attend parties. Still, the festivities don't end with Halloween night - they get much more culturally significant.

Day of the Dead Celebrations

Day of the Dead ( el Día de los Muertos ) celebrations are much bigger than Halloween, and they often begin before the Day of the Witches. Additionally, Mexico is primarily a Catholic country. So, Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations intermingle with Catholic holy days.

  • All Hallows' Eve , on October 31st, coincides with Día de las Brujas
  • All Saints' Day, on November 1st, coincides with Día de los Angelitos , meaning Day of Little Angels, which celebrates the lives of all the babies and children who have died.
  • All Souls' Day, on November 2nd, coincides with Día de los Muertos , meaning Day of the Dead. It's dedicated to celebrating the lives of all dead family members.

Halloween and the Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos isn't a Mexican version of Halloween. Yes, there are similarities. Death is a shared theme, but there are also differences. The two annual events differ in traditions and tone. Halloween is a spooky night of scary ghosts, goblins, terror, and mischief. Día de los Muertos festivities unfold over two days with a beautiful array of explosive color and life-affirming joy.

  • The Day of the Dead holiday, el Día de los Muertos , is on November 1st and 2nd.
  • On Día de los Muertos, the Mexican people believe the gates of heaven open so the dead can return to be with their loved ones.
  • It celebrates life and death together and encourages the spirits of the dead to visit the physical world and enjoy the gifts, food, and festivities.
  • Its symbols are skulls, bright orange marigolds , and monarch butterflies that are believed to house the spirits of those who have died.
  • People prepare altars, known as ofrendas, in private homes and cemeteries and decorate them with skulls, candles, family photos, and other memorabilia to encourage the souls to visit. Offerings such as toys for dead children and bottles of tequila and mezcal are added for adults.
  • Participants paint their faces with brightly colored calaveras makeup to represent skulls.
  • Families tend graves and leave offerings, plant flowers and trees, and some wear the clothes of their dearly departed. Others might even bring a Mariachi band to serenade their loved ones and serve drinks and food at their graves.

A Commercial Bonanza

Mexican stores, shops, and markets sell shoppers everything they need for two holidays. Shoppers buy Halloween costumes for the kids, masks, jack-o'-lanterns, fake blood, spiderwebs, Halloween decorations, candy for trick-or-treaters, and more. But they also sell everything ranging from chocolate skulls, candles, incense, and marigolds for altars to calaveras makeup, La Calavera Catrina (or simply La Catrina,the elegant skull ) finery, and noise makers for Day of the Dead celebrations. Intermingling Halloween and Day of the Dead is a commercial bonanza for Mexican merchants and store owners.

Halloween Kicks off Day of the Dead

As Halloween, cultural tradition, religion, and commercial intermingle, it becomes very confusing to answer the question: Does Mexico celebrate Halloween? Many Mexicans see no issue incorporating Halloween into the Day of the Dead celebrations. Others say Halloween shouldn't have anything to do with the 3,000-year-old Latin American tradition of celebrating the dead. Some even argue against Halloween because it's an American import. But nonetheless, in modern-day Mexico, Halloween kicks off the Day of the Dead celebrations with bright and colorful traditions.

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Scarier than a mad mama with a chancla, these five freaky ghouls are the stuff nightmares are made of for Latin American children.

EL CHUPACABRA

Literally translated in English as "goat sucker," the legendary chupacabra has terrorized rural communities throughout the Americas for decades. The beast, described as resembling a small bear or dog-like animal with a row of spines extending from the neck to the base of its tail, has been spotted in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and throughout the United States.

While biologists say the chupacabra is an urban legend, there are numerous accounts of the monster drawing blood from livestock.

Also known as the "coco," this mythical ghost-monster targets children who misbehave. The Portuguese equivalent of the bogeyman, the cucuy was described as a ghost with a skull-like pumpkin head. The monster can appear as either feminine or masculine, and is said to devour children, leaving no trace of them.

Drawn from Latin American, Filipino and Iberian folklore, the duende is a gnome-like creature that lives behind the walls in young children's bedrooms. While these magical creatures are said to have helped people who get lost in the forest find their way home, they are also said to be intensely obsessed with good hygiene.

As stated in Mexican lore, the duende will come after unkempt children by trying to clip their overgrown toenails. In their zealous exercise, entire toes have been lost in the process.

If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, you better keep your distance from this Mexican spook. La Llorona is the ghost of a woman who drowned her own children in a river, only to be condemned in the afterlife to search for their bodies. As the story goes, great misfortune comes to those who come near her or hear her frightening wails.

Hailing from Central America, this shape-shifting creature takes the form of an attractive, long-haired woman, who lured men away to danger. When she turns her face towards her prey, she reveals her face is that of a horse, or alternatively, a skull.

In Guatemala, it is said she targets unfaithful men who stray from their marriage bed, only to drive him mad, if not dead of fright.

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The Street of the Jewel

The Street of the Jewel

What this street was called, in very old times, Señor, no one knows: because the dreadful thing that gave to it the name of the Street of the Jewel happened on a long ago Christmas Eve.

Lady in the Veil

The Lady in the Veil

He had not expected to meet the woman of his dreams, but there she was strolling along in the moonlight beside the cemetery. Carlos quickened his pace until he was level with her, hoping for a glimpse of her face under her veil.

La Llorona

Once there was a widow who wished to marry a rich nobleman. However, the nobleman did not want to raise another man’s children and he dismissed her. The widow was determined to have the nobleman for her own, so the widow drowned her children to be free of them…

Llorona, Omen of Death

Llorona, Omen of Death

They say that the Llorona was once a poor young girl who loved a rich nobleman, and together they had three children. The girl wished to marry the nobleman, but he refused her. He told her that he might have considered marrying her if she had not born the three out-of-wedlock children, which he considered a disgrace.

Buried Treasure

Buried Treasure

There once was an evil priest who did not fear God or man. His duties for the church included counting the offerings and ringing the bells to summon people to Mass. But his heart was filled with greed, and he began to take advantage of the good people of his parish. The priest stole money out of the offerings to keep for himself, and when he had filled a chest full of gold, he killed a man and buried him with the chest so the murdered man’s ghost would guard it.

After getting the lay of the land, so to speak, frontier man Bigfoot Wallace moved from Austin to San Antonio, which was considered the extreme edge of the frontier, to sign up as a Texas Ranger under Jack Hayes. In them days, Texas was as wild as the west could get. There was danger from the south from the Mexicans, danger to the wet and north from the wild frontier filled with Indians and desperados, and to the east the settlements still had problems with the Cherokee Nation…

Girl in White

Girl in White

He was sulking a little, standing at the sidelines while all the other men danced with their pretty partners. His girl had not come to the dance that night. Her mother was ill, and so his girl had remained at her side. A fine pious act, he thought sourly, but it left him at loose ends.

The Wailing Woman

Once a Spanish soldier married a beautiful native woman and they had two children whom the soldier loved very much. However, the soldier came from a rich family. His parents and relations disapproved of his wife and threatened to disown him unless he married a Spanish woman…

Joaquin Murietta: Bandit of the Goldfields

Joaquin Murietta and wife Rosita lived with his older brother Carlos in California. The three Mexican immigrants were living on a small, successful farm and the men were also working a claim near Hangtown. However, the other miners living nearby tried to run them off, telling them that it was illegal for Mexicans to pan for gold or hold a claim. The Murietta brother’s ignored their threats and continued to live peacefully on their farm and work in the gold-fields.

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7 Most Haunted Places of Guadalajara in 2023

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Guadalajara is vastly underappreciated and arguably has just as much to offer as Mexico City and even boasts experiences and a rich cultural history that are incomparably different from Mexico City.

It’s really unfortunate that Mexico’s second largest city is often overlooked. From the vibrant nightlife to the local art scene, there is just so much to do! Your itinerary will be full especially if you throw in these seven haunted places in Guadalajara!

Is Guadalajara Worth Visiting?

We think it is!

When it comes to dining, Guadalajara clearly wins. You can truly concentrate on taking in your surroundings because it still has that big city vibe without the chaotic propensity Mexico City seems to have even on its best days.

Also, Guadalajara is the cradle of several of the nation’s most iconic musical genres, especially mariachi. Additionally, Tequila, the city where tequila is produced, is not too far away!

What Is So Special About Guadalajara?

Guadalajara is a dynamic city with an engaging ambiance that is historically, architecturally, and culturally rich. It is unquestionably worthwhile to see, and like the capital of Mexico, it features a bustling city core as well as lush, affluent neighborhoods and breathtaking natural surroundings.

The cuisine is to die for, and we use this pun full heartedly! The weather is gorgeous during the “witching season”, making October – December the best time to go.

You just can’t go wrong with a big city that has that “relaxed vibe” kind of feeling.

Is Guadalajara Safe?

Over four million people call Guadalajara home, making it a sizable and sprawling metropolis. Guadalajara is no different from other large cities, as unfortunately crime is just a given.

This doesn’t indicate that tourists should avoid the area though. In tourist locations, petty crime should be your top concern, and you should watch out for pickpockets.

Guadalajara is completely safe during the day, but drug-related violence is still prevalent, so visitors should avoid strolling around alone at night.

Having a tour guide can not only be helpful in making sure you see the best locations, but in helping you feel safe! Check out our suggested tours below!

Is There A Haunted Hotel in Guadalajara?

1. hotel frances.

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This 400 year old hotel is in the heart of Guadalajara. There are daily reports of weird shadows and sobs being heard in the hotel’s hallways. If you’re bold enough, inquire about the hotel’s ghosts from the concierge or the front desk clerk in the lobby.

If you dare to stay in Room 7 after midnight, you’ll hear the bathroom door opening and observe things moving around.

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2. Museo Panteon de Belen – Belen Pantheon Museum

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Considered to be one of the most haunted places in Guadalajara!

Today, “Belen’s Cemetery” is one of Guadalajara’s most well-known museums. Yes, you read that correctly, the cemetery is located inside the museum! Belen’s Cemetery is a rich architectural jewel that the government of Jalisco continues to maintain in addition to being frightening.

The location of one of the scariest urban legends involves the spirit of a child whose grave has been repeatedly opened due to his fear of the dark.

A young couple was putting their son to bed as a severe storm was set to hit Guadalajara. Because he was scared of the dark, he had to always sleep with two lit torches outside his bedroom window. He also slept with the windows open.

The torches went out that evening. The boy’s mother went into his room the following morning and discovered her son was not moving. His severe fear of the dark caused him to have a heart attack that night, it was later discovered.

After his burial, the boy’s casket was discovered next to it the following morning, dragged out of the earth. The boy’s casket was reburied after the cemetery keeper received alarm calls from the boy’s parents and neighbors. The same incident occurred the following morning, and it did so nine times in a row.

The boy’s parents came to the conclusion that the child did not want to be kept buried in the earth since he was so scared of the dark. The idea was to build a stone coffin that would rest on 4 thin pillars above the ground, ensuring that his grave would always be able to view the sun. Numerous individuals who have been to the cemetery since the boy’s passing have reported seeing or hearing a small kid who fits his description.

Additionally, it served as the ultimate resting place for all of the patients that passed away in the adjacent Civil hospital years ago, so you can only imagine the number of tales this location has to share.

Even a grave for a Vampire exists. The eerie legend that surrounds it is fascinating! According to urban legend, some neighborhood vigilantes murdered a vampire by shooting its heart with a stake pistol.

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 The vampire was laid to rest at this cemetery, but a few months later the gravestones started to crumble. It was said that the stake had grown into a massive tree. It is thought that if this vampire tree dies, the monster would once again terrorize the city.

As a result, a strong metal gate has been installed to protect the tree from all sides. Tourists can visit this well-known cemetery grounds both during the day and at night by purchasing tickets from the cemetery office.

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Other Haunted Locations in Guadalajara

3. el palacio de las vacas – the cow palace.

Segundo Dáz constructed a lavish home, Calle de San Felipe, in the center of the city. Segundo Dáz’s brother Miguel purchased a portion of the property and turned it into a dairy farm. The area was known as “Palacio de las Vacas,” or “Cow Palace,” since cows were allowed to roam freely throughout the patios and gardens.

The Cow Palace was turned into a school for females after the Dáz family eventually sold the premises. There was once a modest café that was well-known for its wonderful cheesecake across the city. The upper floors of the Cow Palace, which had not been repaired and were still in terrible shape, were accessible through the café on guided tours.

Many visitors who participated in the tours reported seeing shadow figures or heard screaming. Those who encountered them claimed that they were of young children. Maybe they are the spirits of former students?

4. The Hospicio Cabañas

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Everyone adores the murals and artwork of the The Hospicio Cabañas Museum, but few people are aware of its eerie history. It was Guadalajara’s first hospital closing its doors in 1980, then in 1997 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today it is home to the Cabañas Cultural Institute, where guests can enjoy a museum and the on-site arts and crafts schools.

Many believe that because it has served as a hospital, an orphanage, and a house for the needy for so long, the enormous structure is the subject of numerous ghost stories and reports of paranormal activity.

The Hospicio is where Guadalajara’s first clock, according to several historians, was first installed. People started alleging that when the clock stopped, a child in the orphanage or hospital would pass away because it always stopped for no apparent reason. This gave rise to tales that the devil himself was prowling around the Hospicio, torturing sick and abandoned kids before killing them in an effort to capture their souls.

Makes sense this would be one of the most haunted places in Guadalajara!

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The Hospicio staff members were so alarmed by what was happening that the clock was eventually taken down. The children’s spirits are supposed to still haunt the Hospicio grounds today, although their souls are trapped in a condition of limbo because they died when the clock stopped.

Ask the Cabañas team about this and other eerie museum tales if you plan to visit the museum!

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5. Museo del Periodismo y Las Artes Graficas – Museum of Journalism and Graphic Arts

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 La Casa de Los Perros, which translates to “the dog home,” got its name from the two dog statues on its rooftop and was once a historic mansion. Today, it’s a museum dedicated to the history of journalism in Guadalajara.

However, rumor has it that a man who formerly owned the mansion still resides there. At the age of 70, wealthy coffee trader Jesus Antonio Flores married. While traveling to Europe with his young bride, the ship they were on was caught in a tremendous storm. The couple struck a bargain with each other as the ship was sinking because they believed they would not survive. They agreed that if

one of them lived, the other would pray the rosary on the anniversary of the death of the person who had died.

Thankfully, they both made it. A few years later, Don Flores passed away and his bride remarried. She broke their pledge made on the sinking ship to say the rosary on his death anniversary. As a result, she experienced a lot of poor luck and ultimately lost the house.

Anyone who visits the mausoleum of Don Flores in the Mezquitlán Cemetery at midnight on the anniversary of the man’s passing and prays a rosary novena while holding only one candle may inherit the fabled House of the Dogs. Numerous people have attempted this, but none has ever been able to acquire the house. Numerous ghostly occurrences have been observed ever since his passing.

According to legend, the left dog sculpture on the roof vanishes occasionally on the anniversary of his passing. A crying old man has also reportedly been seen strolling around the structure.

Workers at the museum have reported hearing unusual noises and seeing objects move on their own. Maybe it’s Don Jess’ ghost wondering why his wife broke their pledge on the sinking ship all those years ago.

6. Casa del Trébol Negro – House of the Black Clover

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Situated in Guadalajara’s Colonia Americana district, a man named Lord Duncan Cameron, a member of the British nobility, constructed this opulent house. Lord Duncan painted a black clover in each room as a remembrance of his ancestry and the nation he left behind.

George, the son of Lord Duncan, wed Josefina Rivera, a stunning young lady from the affluent Mexican family. One of their teenage daughters allegedly hanged herself in her bedroom and this marked the start of a great deal of family strife. Josefina eventually left George, and he had to spend the remainder of his life in the ancient mansion.

After George’s passing, a new owner purchased the home with the goal of renovating it. Soon after moving in, for an unforeseen reason, this father killed his wife, daughter, and himself.

According to neighbors and witnesses, the house emits screams early in the morning, and there are shadows visible through the windows. Also reported are nighttime sightings of a white-clad woman prowling around the premises. Additionally, witnesses have reported seeing blood dripping from the walls. The House of the Black Clover is avoided by those who live and work nearby.

With such a dark history, no wonder it’s regarded as one of the most haunted places in Guadalajara.

7. Guadalajara Cathedral

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This 1618-built church is home to the bones of a young girl who was murdered by her own father in the 1700s because he disapproved of her interest in Catholicism and became furious when he learned that she had received the Eucharist without his consent. The mummified body, known as Santa Inocencia, is said to move on its own, her hair and nails continue to grow, and there is a video where she can be seen appearing to blink.

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Conclusion: 7 Most Haunted Places in Guadalajara

It might be argued that Guadalajara has just as much to offer as Mexico City with it’s unique experiences and cultural past.

There are so many things to do and with these seven haunted places in Guadalajara, your agenda will be packed!

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20 Unique Hidden Gems in Mexico

20 Unique Hidden Gems in Mexico

Just when you thought Mexico couldn’t give any more than amazing beaches, great food , friendly people and even beloved all-inclusive resorts. It does.

As if the cloud-white beaches of Quintana Roo and the vibrant streets of CDMX weren’t enough, this ever-popular corner of the Americas starts flaunting long-lost mining towns in the sierras, multicolored lagoons with colonial forts, and even whole regions filled with waterfalls that few travelers have ever set eyes on before.

Here’s my guide to the coolest places in Mexico that you might want to have on the travel radar for your next trip to Mexico.

P.S. Keep in mind there are many more amazing spots in Mexico. After years of living in Mexico full time and part-time I still keep discovering and I think it will take a lifetime to visit all the best places across the country.

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Unique Places to Visit in Mexico

Bacalar and its surrounding lagoon is a dream for adventure travelers a little tired with the resort towns of the Quintana Roo.

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The town of Bacalar itself is the entry point. It’s one of Mexico’s charming pueblos mágicos and is marked out by the muscular Fuerte de San Felipe – an old pirate-fighting citadel! Around that spreads the so-called Lagoon of Seven Colors, named for the patchwork of emeralds and turquoise blues that abound.

Head out by kayak or boat and you’ll encounter deep cenotes, shallow swimming spots, and secret bars nestled between the mangroves.

2. Grutas de Tolantongo

They call the Grutas de Tolantongo a hidden paradise up in the sierras and I’m inclined to agree. Make the trek and you’ll be greeted by streams of ribbon-like water cascading over the rocks.

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Not many tourists know about this lovely box canyon, which carves its way through the hills above Route 27 some 86 miles north of Mexico City, but it’s well known to locals. It can actually be visited over a weekend trip from Mexico City pretty easily.

Cascades emerge from deep cave systems and are fed by underground hot springs. There’s now an on-site spa hotel resort with bathing pools cut straight into the hillsides – naturally!

3. Huasteca Potosina

Huasteca Potosina is the long-lost Shangri-La of the State of San Luis Potosí. Many travelers know of the greater region’s beautiful colonial mining town (the city of San Luis Potosí itself).

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However, few choose to venture out to this part of the Mexican wilderness. It’s probably best to keep it that way, as this land is untouched and unmarred by human hands.

Waterfalls of milky blue spill from lush sierras dressed in wild jungles, making it a place to kayak, hike, search for exotic birds, and hop orchid flowers on the trails. Waterfalls of this region beat the infamous Instagrammable Bali waterfalls , especially Tamasopo ones.

Not many know that the infamous alcohol got its name from the name of the town in Mexico. Tequila isn’t usually on anyone’s list of must-visit towns in Mexico, most people just stay in Guadalajara, unless you know about its tequila train tours.

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I highly recommend it to non-drinkers as well. The town is surrounded by fields of blue agave, the liquor’s main ingredient and it has a stunner of a colonial center.

You can ride horses, learn how to cultivate agave bushes and even stay the night at a giant tequila barrel in the middle of the field.

5. Las Pozas of Edward James

Las Pozas has to be up there with the strangest landscape gardens in the Americas . Designed on the whims of the eccentric 19 th -century English art critic Henry James, it covers 80 acres of the high mountain forest in the tropical region of La Huasteca.

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Now overgrown with vines and mosses, it’s a picture of surrealism in the middle of the woods, with twisted sculptures made of concrete, soaring lookout points, floating homes – the oddities go on.

6. Isla de las Munecas

This small island on the waters of the Xochimilco hides in the southern reaches of Mexico City. It’s surrounded by an urban nature park, so there’s less of the skyscrapers and taco stands, more of the grassy banks and woodlands.

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The real attraction is the haunting array of toy dolls that are found across the island. They were placed there by the former owner, Don Julian Santana Barrera, who thought they’d chase away the spirit of a girl who drowned on the spot. Pretty spooky stuff!

Beware: The place is incredibly hard to get to because it requires permission from the son of the owner. Lots of trajineras (boats) in Xochimilco will promise you they’ll take you there, but in reality, they take you to the fake replica of the island on the standard route.

7. Calakmul Ruins

Move over Chichen Itza, the ruins of Calakmul reveal what was once the great capital of the so-called Kingdom of the Snake. It’s one of the best off the beaten path Mexico adventures one can take to feel like Indiana Jones.

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Back when the Mayan civilization was at its height, this conglomeration of nearly 7,000 ruins reigned supreme over a whopping 50,000 people or more. Dating back to 400AD, it’s an obvious UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains a pyramid that’s thought to be the largest ever built by the Maya.

Unlike at the famous Chichen Itza you can climb every single structure (and there are a LOT) at Calakmul. Keep in mind that it takes an hour to get there from town to inside the jungle.

8. Sima de las Cotorras

When in Chiapas everyone heads to Palenque and San Cristobal de las Casas, but skips Tuxtla and its surrounding natural beauty.

The colossal sinkhole of the Sima de las Cotorras is one of the wonders of the wild El Ocote Biosphere Reserve in Chiapas state. It’s now backed up by the Sima de Cotorras Ecotourism Center, which organizes guided tours of the great underground chasm.

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Cotorras means monk parakeets that live in the sinkhole and flew out every morning. It’s a beautiful sight!

Visitors can abseil down into the jungle-filled Sima, or take walk-through routes that reveal ancient cave art. Most will come to encounter the resident population of emerald-hued parakeets, though.

9. Hierve del Agua

Waterfalls made of rock? You bet! These stunning geological formations are the result of thousands of years of calcite deposits on the sierras of Oaxaca state, one of the coolest places in Mexico.

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They occupy a jaw-dropping location atop the undulating highlands of San Lorenzo Albarradas. There are two main falls – the larger and the smaller.

Both are pretty dramatic as they roll over the summits in a show of flowing calcium carbonate that looks just like classic H2O. The locals have even added in two artificial pools so you can swim on the top of the “falls” with a view.

10. Cenotes

There’s no doubt that cenotes are one of the most beautiful places in Mexico. There are about 6000 cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula , so you may spend years discovering it all.

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Some are open-air, some are inside the cave, and some can only be seen if you’re diving. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a leap beyond Dos Ojos or Azul and find some off the beaten path cenotes .

11. Los Prismas Basalticos

Officially called the Basaltic Prisms of Santa María Regla, the Los Prismas Basalticos are sure to make you gasp with wonder the first time you set eyes on them.

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It’s essentially a waterfall, but this one drifts through a series of rock stacks that were created by the slow cooling of magma from beneath the surface of the Earth.

The result? It looks as though the stream has carved a great cleft in the planet, which peels away in crags and columns to the left and right. There are awesome lookout platforms and viewpoints to enjoy on-site.

Izamal gets just a fraction of the crowds of other places in the Yucatan. While most people sun themselves on the beaches of Cancun or snorkel the reefs of the Isla Cozumel , this one’s fascinating Mesoamerican site remains largely undiscovered.

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You can still see around five extra-large structures that reveal just a glimpse of how vast the old Maya site here was. On top of them is the famous Yellow City, a maze of cobbled lanes and Spanish casitas that are completely daffodil in color. It’s an Instagram dream!

Taxco is the hidden gem of the state of Guerrero. Most people head this way for the sparkling sands of Acapulco, but this is all about escaping to the hazy sierras where silver mines and metal crafters are the norms.

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The town itself is wedged into a small valley and rolls down steep hillsides. Around it lies some of the oldest and most prolific precious metal mines in the country.

Stick to the center for sights like the Museo Guillermo Spartling (about silver working, of course) and the never-forget-me Parroquia de Santa Prisca y San Sebastían (what many consider to be the pinnacle achievement of the Baroque building style in the whole of the Americas).

14. Copper Canyon

Cutting through the peaks of the Sierra Madre Occidental in a series of deep chasms and valleys, this mighty gorge is like Mexico’s answer to the Grand Canyon north of the border. It’s named for the coppery greenish-blue that tinges the side of the bluffs in the summer months.

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Most will visit on the El Chepe train (the Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacífico ) that whizzes through on its way from Chihuahua City to Mexico City.

It’s considered one of the most breathtaking locomotive rides in the world, and not just because you’ll be hitting heights of over 2,400 meters above sea level!

Leave the big, buzzy spring-break scene of Puerto Vallarta in the dust and make for the little village of Yelapa . It’s around the Bahia de Banderas to the south. The best part?

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It’s totally cut off from the outside world, and the only ways to arrive are by boat across the sparkling Pacific or on an arduous jungle trail (kudos if you pick that one!).

Of course, the main draw here is the beachfront. It’s a huge scythe of powdery sand that slopes into a bay of emerald ocean water. The town itself has ramshackle seafood taco eateries and rustic palapas where you can stay to detox from civilization.

16. Santiago de Querétaro

Santiago de Querétaro, or just Querétaro for short, is the capital of the state of the same name. It rests up in the hills of central Mexico some 110 miles from Mexico City.

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Most overland travelers will breeze through on their way to San Miguel de Allende. Stop and you’ll be treated to one of the loveliest colonial cities in the country, plus enjoy some cheese and way from Ruta de Queso y Vino on the way – if you’re coming from Mexico City.

I especially like the vibrant nightlife alley of Mariano Matamoros 13, where Modelo beers fizz in the evening hours. To the west of that is Plaza de Armas, which rings with mariachi bands throughout the day.

17. Guanajuato

There’s no question in our minds that Guanajuato – or at least the old portion of Guanajuato – is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Unfolding in a valley between mineral-rich mountains in the geographical heart of the nation, it’s ferreted through with long tunnels that now host traffic but were one gushing rivers.

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Above ground and the amazements continue with the ochre-hued Basílica Colegiata de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato and the grand buildings of the University of Guanajuato. There’s also a Museum of the Mummies.

Adventurers also won’t be disappointed, because you can hike the soaring bluffs around El Cerro de La Bufa mountain that lurks ominously on the horizon to the south. 

18. Bahía de Loreto National Park

Clutching the east coast of the Baja California Peninsula means that the Bahía de Loreto National Park gets only a fraction of the visitors of Cabo San Lucas down on the oceanside portions of this popular part of Mexico.

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Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it protects the rich marine world of the Sea of Cortez. Travelers can hop on a boat in the small town of Loreto and whizz across the water in search of sea lions, humpback whales, sea turtles – there are loads. Don’t forget to charge the camera!

19. Isla Contoy

All eyes are on Cozumel and the Isla Mujeres when it comes to the Caribbean side of Mexico. However, the Isla Contoy is just as stunning as those – if not more!

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It’s a mere five miles from tip to toe, dashing through the pearly waters with its mangrove swamps and swaying coconut palms. There are sugar-soft beaches that are worthy of the Bahamas to boot.

Only a few lucky tour companies are currently allowed to run trips to this speck on the Mexican map because the ecosystem is heavily managed. Expect to pay for the privilege to join them!

20. Isla Aguada

If you’re looking for an alternative to the much-photographed beaches of the Yucatan , be sure to put Isla Aguada on the radar. Straddling a spit of land between the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna de Términos, it’s a ramshackle fishing town that oozes authentic Mexicana coast charm.

The nearby beaches don’t have the same pristine white powder like the ones further east, but they do come with paint-peeling fishing boats, local B&Bs, and wave-lapped yellow sands.

There are oodles more hidden gems in Mexico, from jungle-shrouded beaches to mist-haloed mountain towns. If you can think of any, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Caleb Arthur Hernande

Monday 9th of October 2023

There are so many places to visit there that are not on here.

Sunday 17th of September 2023

All of these are pretty well known...my list would include mexcaltitlan "venice of mexico or birth place of Aztecs", Tonala, La Laguna de Santa Maria del Oro, La Rumorosa, all 7 bays of Huatulco, Orizaba...to name a few

Thursday 18th of November 2021

One of the best posts I've read. So excited to check out these hidden gems! I went to Akumal 10 years ago and worry about over developement. Are there places on the Mayan Riveria that aren't overrun by cruise ships and tourists?

Reggie Mason

Saturday 1st of May 2021

While cruising one year we hired a taxi and visited several destinations. The last place we visited was Bacalar, "Lake of the Seven Colors". We have done several Cruises (at least we did at one time, Stupid Covid) and this was one of the high lights of our (wife agreed) several years of cruising. I'm still fascinated that a freshwater lake can look so beautiful.

Saturday 24th of April 2021

That yellow town looks amazing. Haven't been to Mexico yet, but definitely added a few places to my must visit list when I get to visit.

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Arizona State football adds former New Mexico State safety Myles ‘Ghost’ Rowser

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Wide receiver Josiah Freeman #19 of the Fresno State Bulldogs catches a pass against safety Myles "Ghost" Rowser #13 of the New Mexico State Aggies during the first half of the Isleta New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium on December 16, 2023 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)

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Arizona State football added three defenders including former New Mexico State safety Myles “Ghost” Rowser from the transfer portal on a busy Sunday.

👻 sighting #ForksUp pic.twitter.com/DUaV5Tuaue — Gho$t (@MylesRowser) January 7, 2024

Rowser entered the transfer portal on Dec. 24 after former Aggies head coach Jerry Kill stepped down. He has two more seasons of college eligibility.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back also had offers from TCU, Oregon State, UConn, Illinois, Nevada, Utah and Arkansas State.

In his one season with the Aggies, he had 70 total tackles, an interception and a forced fumble over 15 games.

He was a four-star recruit in the 2022 class out of Michigan’s Belleville High School. In high school, he had 29 offers including those from Alabama, Michigan, Florida State, Notre Dame and Penn State.

He originally committed to Michigan and then Arkansas before later signing with Campbell in North Carolina. In 2022, Rowser played at Campbell and was named an FCS Freshman All-American, where he recorded 44 tackles, one tackle for loss and one interception.

Former Louisville defensive lineman Jeff Clark transfers to Arizona State

Arizona State also picked up former Louisville defensive lineman Jeff Clark from the transfer portal on Sunday.

The 6-foot, 290-pound lineman entered the transfer portal on Dec. 29 and also had offers from Colorado, Michigan State, California and North Carolina. Clark visited North Carolina on Saturday before making his decision on Sunday.

After three seasons at Georgia State and last season at Louisville, Clark has one more year of college eligibility.

LAST RIDE… COMMITTED‼️ @ASUFootball FORK EM🔱 pic.twitter.com/ZdWncA1jxX — Jeff Clark (@Jr1Jeffery) January 7, 2024

The 2-star lineman from Georgia’s McEachern High School played in all 14 games for Louisville last year and recorded 14 tackles, two tackles for a loss and four quarterback hurries.

While at Georgia State, he registered 92 tackles and nine sacks in three seasons.

Former Purdue defensive end Roman Pitre selects Arizona State

Arizona State also added outside linebacker Roman Pitre from Purdue on Sunday.

HOME 🔱🔱 pic.twitter.com/NHs4jeB2R1 — Roman Pitre (@RomanPitre) January 7, 2024

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound EDGE out of Baton Rouge’s University Laboratory School did not appear in any games for the Boilermakers during the last two seaons.

He entered the transfer portal on Dec. 19 and also had an offer from Houston before selecting the Sun Devils.

Pitre was a three-star recruit out of high school in the class of 2022, where he won a two district titles and a state championship in 2018.

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New State Laws on Hot-Button Issues Take Effect Today

Many state laws take effect on the first day of 2024, including new rules on gun safety, a ban on diversity programs and a curb on telemarketing calls.

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A spate of new state laws, including on guns, minimum wage and gender transition care, went into effect as the calendar flipped to 2024. Perhaps the most significant change bans programs that promote diversity, equity and inclusion at publicly funded colleges and universities in Texas.

Conservative politicians have targeted these diversity initiatives, known as D.E.I., because they have said that the programs have used taxpayer money to stoke racial division and push a liberal agenda on campuses. The new Texas law follows a similar one that Florida enacted in May to prohibit public colleges and universities from spending funds on D.E.I. initiatives.

In other states, Americans will follow new rules on guns and marijuana, as well as have additional health care and workplace protections. About three dozen states enacted new laws on voting in 2023, but most of the practical effects won’t be felt until primary and general elections in 2024.

Many of these changes will have an immediate impact on everyday life starting Monday. Here are some other new and noteworthy state laws:

Gun Ownership

Californians will be barred from carrying guns in most public places after an 11th-hour ruling from a federal appeals court. A lower court judge had blocked enforcement of the law earlier in December, but just two days before the law was set to take effect, the appeals court put a hold on the lower court ruling . The law lists more than two dozen locations, including libraries and sports venues, where firearms are prohibited.

Nineteen states and the District of Columbia already have red-flag laws that authorize the temporary removal of firearms from people who are deemed dangerous. Minnesota this week became the 20th state to give family members and law enforcement the ability to ask a court to take away guns in certain situations.

Next month, a red-flag law will take effect in Michigan, which is also adding more expansive background checks and a safe gun storage law in homes where a child is present.

Washington State is expanding its 10-day waiting period to purchases of any gun, not only semiautomatic weapons. Gun buyers will also have to show that they have passed a safety training program within the last five years, or prove that they are exempt from training requirements.

Illinois is banning high-powered semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines, and Colorado is getting rid of ghost guns .

Twenty-two states are raising their minimum wages at the start of 2024, according to the Economic Policy Institute . About 40 cities and counties will do the same, with many of the wage levels meeting or exceeding $15 per hour for some or all employees, the National Employment Law Project says.

For Alabamans, employee hours above 40 in a week will no longer be included in gross income, effectively exempting overtime pay from state taxes.

It will be harder to get fired in California. Employees, with few exceptions, can’t be punished for using marijuana outside of work, or if traces of THC — the psychoactive component in marijuana — show up in their blood or urine tests. They also cannot face retaliation for discussing their wages, asking how much co-workers earn or encouraging colleagues to seek a raise.

An executive order in Nebraska demands that some state workers who have been working remotely since the pandemic return to the office starting on Tuesday, but a public employees union has asked a state labor court to delay the requirement.

In Arkansas, unemployment claims will be denied to anyone who fails to respond to a job offer or show up for a scheduled job interview, in what the state calls the Prohibiting Unemployment Claimants from Ghosting Employers Act of 2023. And videoconferencing while driving will be banned in Illinois.

Public Safety

Two notable laws in California aim to increase equity. Law enforcement officers must inform drivers why they have been stopped before they begin any questioning. Black motorists get pulled over at higher rates , and the new requirement is intended to deter officers from using traffic stops as a means to search vehicles or investigate drivers for other crimes.

The California Highway Patrol also will launch an emergency system, called Ebony Alerts , to notify the public when there are missing Black children and women between the ages of 12 and 25. Proponents said that young Black residents comprise a disproportionate share of people who go missing and that their cases receive less attention in the media.

In Pennsylvania, new laws will add protections for female inmates. The state is banning the shackling and solitary confinement of pregnant incarcerated women, and full-body searches of female inmates by male guards.

Health Care

At least 20 states with Republican-controlled legislatures passed bans or restrictions on gender transition care for young people in 2023, and changes will go into effect on New Year’s Day in Louisiana and West Virginia.

West Virginia lawmakers carved out exceptions to its law, including allowing minors to get treatment if they have parental consent and a diagnosis of severe gender dysphoria from two doctors. Doctors could also prescribe medical therapy if a minor is considered at risk of self-harm or suicide.

State legislatures have also considered bills related to abortion in the year and a half since the Supreme Court upended Roe v. Wade, but there are few new rules to start 2024.

California will legally shield its doctors when they ship abortion pills or gender-affirming medications to states that have criminalized such procedures. New Jersey pharmacists will be allowed to dispense self-administered hormonal contraceptives to patients without a prescription. Law enforcement officers in Illinois will be prohibited from sharing license plate reader data with other states to protect women coming for an abortion.

In Arkansas, new mothers will be required to undergo screenings for depression, which will be paid for by health insurance providers in the state. Public safety employees in Arkansas who experience a traumatic event while on duty will be provided counseling .

Illinois is prohibiting book bans in libraries, after a year in which many materials were removed from shelves across the country. The law allows state grants only for libraries that adopt the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights or those who have a statement rejecting the banning of materials.

In California, the teaching of cursive writing from first to sixth grades will be mandatory , and media literacy and Asian American history will be added to the curriculum for K-12 students.

Consumer Protection

Online dating services operating in Connecticut must now have procedures for reporting unwanted behavior and provide safety advice, including warnings about romance scams.

In California, large retailers will be required to provide gender-neutral sections of children’s toys or child care products. Proponents said the law would help reduce gender stereotypes at a young age and prevent price disparities in items marketed for girls. The law does not require gender-neutral clothing sections. Retailers can be fined $250 for the first violation and $500 for subsequent ones.

Telemarketers who don’t follow new rules in New Jersey can be charged with a disorderly persons offense. The state is requiring them to identify, within the first 30 seconds of a call, themselves, whom they’re representing, what they’re selling and a phone number to reach their employer. The law also bans unsolicited sales calls to any customer from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. It has been referred to as the “Seinfeld law,” after a memorable scene from the 1990s sitcom.

While the law went into effect in December, it might be the best example of state legislative consensus in 2023, having passed 38-0 in the Senate and 74-0 in the General Assembly.

Adeel Hassan is a reporter and editor on the National Desk. He is a founding member of Race/Related , and much of his work focuses on identity and discrimination. He started the Morning Briefing for NYT Now and was its inaugural writer. He also served as an editor on the International Desk.  More about Adeel Hassan

New Mexico State DB Myles "Ghost" Rowser commits to ASU

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Myles Rowser’s nickname is “Ghost,” a moniker that was given to him in high school because he had a knack for coming out of nowhere when tackling a player. But ever since the New Mexico State safety, who has two years of eligibility left, entered the transfer portal, he has been a highly pursued player. During his visit to Tempe, the Sun Devils were the ones to land Rowser, who knew from the first minute he arrived in town that he was going to commit to ASU.

“Honestly, from the minute I landed (for the ASU visit), I knew it was it was the right decision,” Rowser said. “Nothing surprised me about the school because I kind of knew what I was getting into, but just seeing it in person blew my mind. You see pictures and stuff, but when you actually get to see it in person, it is actually different now. Keyshaun (linebacker commit Keyshaun Elliott), who I played with, said he loved Arizona State, and he basically gave me the rundown before I actually got to meet the coaches in person. He told me that this was gonna be home for me and that the coaches will keep it real with you.”

“All the coaches I talked to really made it feel like home and made me feel very comfortable about the decision that I made today. Coach (Kenny) Dillingham said that I’m a player that I can change the program around. Coach (Brian) Ward said that I’m a playmaker, and he’s gonna put me in positions to make plays, and that’s what I’m gonna do. He’s gonna have me the boundary at first, and he said that once I learned that position, I can be more flexible. I like the system because aside from playing boundary, I can play man, flex, and be in the post.”

Through the transfer portal, ASU has added quality depth to its safety room, which has returning starter and Team MVP senior Shamari Simmons and junior Xavion Alford, who was slated to start last year but was denied immediate eligibility following his transfer from USC. Aside from Rowser, Florida sophomore transfer Kamari Wilson, who, like Rowser, was also a four-star prospect out of high school, has committed to the Sun Devils. Both transfers are spring enrollees.

Out of all the transfer additions to ASU in this 2024 class, Rowser is certainly one of the more heralded ones. He was a four-star prospect out of Belleville (Mich.) High school, who was committed to Michigan and then Arkansas, but did sign with FCS program Campbell, where he earned All-American honors. In his lone year with New Mexico State, he tallied 70 tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble, which earned him a notable Pro Football Focus season grade of 87.7. Once he was in the portal, he visited Oregon State prior to Tempe and had offers from Illinois, TCU, and Utah, among others.

“Honestly, I feel no pressure because I’ve always known that I was supposed to be on his level,” Rowser commented. “I’m just so excited to get into it and excited to get on the field. It has been a long (football) journey, and I’m tired of moving around. It might seem to other people that I have to prove myself, but I’m chillin’.”

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