Are you in that pre-summer slump? Craving an adventure, but don’t want to go too far away? Do you need a little vitamin D or to bury your toes in the sand? Well, then do we have a blog for you! How about an escape to Mexico? It’s not that far, and there’s plenty of culture, great food, and relaxing beaches to go around.

Read on to discover 5 off-the-beaten-path Mexican destinations for you, your family, of your friends. You’ll be happy you did.

Patzcuaro, Michoacán

This classic destination in Michoacán is popular for its lake, landscapes, and historical architecture – located on the south-western coast of Mexico. It’s Purépecha people are artisans that’ll surprise you with their sing-song language and handcrafted woodwork, iron, baskets, textile, and pottery. Want to see this city at its peak? Check it out during its Day of the Dead celebrations November 1st and 2nd.  Enjoy its colorful markets and beautiful adobe houses surrounded by green mountains, covered

Want to see this city at its peak? Check it out during its Day of the Dead celebrations November 1st and 2nd.  Enjoy its colorful markets and beautiful adobe houses surrounded by green mountains, covered with with spruces and pines. Escape into the colorful marigolds that grow along the lake, as you take in the many candles that light the city as it honors its dead. Visit the House of Eleven Patios, stroll along the Vasco de Quiroga, or take a trip to the Isla De Janitzio. All of the options are open to you.

Cholula, Puebla

This contemporary city is considered one of the oldest cities in North America, inhabited without interruption since its origin in the 16th century. Visitors can enjoy exploring the former Franciscan convent of San Gabriel (also one of the oldest in North America), the Popocatepetl volcano, and the tiled domes of the Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios (that was built upon the Great Pyramid). Get lost in the maze that is the Great Pyramid’s tunnels and outer paths, or stroll through Cholula’s colorful market to buy yourself a bright blue handcrafted item made of

Get lost in the maze that is the Great Pyramid’s tunnels and outer paths, or stroll through Cholula’s colorful market to buy yourself a bright blue handcrafted item made of Talavera ceramic. Cholula’s only a quick jog down the highway from Huejotzingo’s International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional de Puebla), and central enough so you can also enjoy nearby Puxtla Waterfall or visit the Valley of the Overlapping Stones in Zacatlán, Puebla. Whatever you do, don’t forget to try some “Mole” it’s divine and one of the area’s best traditional dishes.

San Juan Teotihuacán y San Martín de las Pirámides, Estado de México

Welcome to two Mexican cities that are so teeming with history you wouldn’t believe it. They’re some of the largest pre-Hispanic cities in Mesoamerica, but they mix ancient and colonial culture well. The crown jewel and biggest attraction are their archeological sites, and the former Saint John the Baptist Convent. Also, don’t miss the temple of Nuestra Señora de la Purificación with its flawless interior and jaw-dropping façade. If you want to see it all from a

Also, don’t miss the temple of Nuestra Señora de la Purificación with its flawless interior and jaw-dropping façade. If you want to see it all from a bird’s eye view take a hot air balloon ride over the two cities and see the pyramids of the Sun and Moon from the sky. If heights aren’t your thing you can still walk through the land of the Gods (the Pyramids), and even seek spiritual healing with the teachers of “Temazcal” de San Juan Teotihuacán. The Teatro Juárez, El Oro, and the Arches of the Site are also nearby.

San Cristóbal des las Casas, Chiapas

Do you live for good – nay… great coffee? Then San Cristóbal des las Casas is for you. This city, that emerges from a mountain surrounded valley, is a mosaic of local cultures and people from all over the world who have chosen the city as their home. In the main square you’ll find the city’s heart where residents pass by and relax on the many wrought iron benches. Here you’ll find the sun-colored Cathedral and City Hall.

Walk down the cobblestone streets and you’ll discover brightly colored homes among quaint shops and markets. You can buy jewelry made of amber or wood, or local traditional clothing made by the Weavers of Zinacantán. Unwind with a cup of coffee in Chiapas and enjoy the fresh mountain air. If you decide to climb the stairs of the Temple of San Cristobal you’ll be rewarded with a view of the mountains and horizon at the top. There’s much more to see in this city so don’t miss out on a moment of it!

Sayulita, Nayarit

Surf, dine, or enjoy the nightlife – they’re all options if you vacation in Sayulita. This city is a fresh breath of multiculturalism in an atmosphere similar to that of the sixties (lots of love, peace, friendliness, and nature). You’ll also find a pretty large surfing scene here thanks to international surfing events and the tradition of fishers towing their surfboards to sea.

Indulge in the wealth of Sayulita by softening your feet with Icthyotherapy, or watch the release of the turtles on the beach. Either way, nature will surround you on this trip. Bathe in the Salto de Jala waterfall, explore the La Tovara Nature Reserve, of join in on the traditions of the healers in the magical Jala. You won’t need a flower crown to apply for this trip, only a ticket to nearby Aeropuerto Internacional de Puerto Vallarta! This beach city will help you kick back and really relax, so what’re you waiting for?

Are you sold yet? We sure are! Let’s make a pact to both book out tickets to Mexico ASAP, deal? Deal. See you there Interliners, and until then safe travels and keep those eyes on the skies! ???

Author: Emily (@ID90 Travel)

Emily is the Content Marketing Specialist here at ID90 Travel. An avid non-rev flyer (she grew up in the industry), and passionate private pilot, Emily can’t get enough of all things aviation. When not writing awesome ID90 Travel content she can be found on a Texas patio, being one with nature, or annoying her ID90T co-workers with her many, many, crowdsourcing questions.