Mexico is an amazing country to study abroad in. One of my favorite parts of being here is the opportunity to venture out into other parts of Mexico. The culture is so rich and diverse and traveling is not very expensive. Although it seems impossible to see all of Mexico during this semester, UPAEP does a great job of giving us a chance to see some breathtaking areas. With the university, international student can attend trips to various “Pueblos Mágicos” with the international leaders as guides.
“Los Pueblos Mágicos” (The Magic Towns) was originally a federal campaign to attract more tourist to recognize Mexico for its diverse landscapes and communities among each of its 31 states. 15 years later the people who live in these “pueblos” have continued to value them for their individual history, traditions, and cuisine. Here are some of the destinations I have been to so far:
- Cholula, Puebla- We are guided around the city as we watch reenactments of its history and legends of the Cholulans and other influential characters.
- Atlixco, Puebla- Known for its greenhouses and cultivation of a variety of beautiful flowers.
- Toluca, Estado de Mexico: Where we are able to visit the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in the forest.
- Tepoztlan, Morelos: A traditional town where there are more Aztec relics pertaining to the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl.
- Teotihuacan, Estado de Mexico: To walk through the pre-hispanic ruins named Teotihuacan (Birthplace of the Gods) of the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Pyramid of the Moon, and the Pyramid of the Sun.