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Pueblitos & Day Trips

The Pueblitos and Day-Trips are part of what makes any trip to Mexico so special. Inside the city and out, Mexico is famous for its small towns, very often laid out with the exact same set of standards.

What that means is, you can visit any and almost all of them with a pretty good idea of what to expect. Within Mexico City, and nearby, in the surrounding states of Morelos, Mexico State, Hidalgo, Queretaro, and Tlaxcala the pattern is pretty much the same.

We're concentrating on Mexico City itself, but the following pattern is largely the same everywhere. The Spanish town-planning layout that's been used since the Romans were taking over the Iberian pensinsula looks like this:

  1. Church, cathedral, or temple*
  2. Town plaza or square, sometimes called a "zocalo"
  3. Government building, often called the "ayuntamiento"

Most pueblos then have (4) the most respectable hotel of the town on one corner of that same central square.  And in Mexico, that can often mean a very affordable, even first-class stay.

Some pueblitos, the centers of Coyoacan or Tlalpan to name but two, have been largely subsumed into the larger city. While they might not constitute a full "day-trip," you'll greet them in a similar manner. Take in a museum and a walk through the surrounding streets, then settle in for a coffee on the side of the plaza.

Others, like the pueblitos far off in Milpa Alta, or in Cuajimalpa, can make you think you've really traveled far, even if you're still in Mexico City. The same rules hold, so it's not hard to find what you're looking for. All of them are used to greeting visitors and residents know just how charming these little places can be.

Pueblitos and Day Trips can take all kinds of forms and every one packs a surprise. Don't be surprised if you end up wanting to visit all of them.

Note that in some cases, for smaller towns, we've only named the main church, as the center of the town and the community.