After more than a year being stuck in Ajijic (not that Ajijic is a place one feels stuck), I took a vacation in May 2021. This was my first-ever Mexican road trip.
(To be fair, I did get away for a long weekend in Mazamitla in April 2021, but that doesn’t count. This road trip was a genuine travel experience, with all the ups and downs that entails.)
My goal was to visit as many Pueblos Mágicos as I could on a trip where I would also spend several nights in the city of Zacatecas. And I made it to ten different “Magical towns.” Not every town was as magical as I might have hoped. But many were full of charm, with pleasant parks and gardens and beautiful architecture. And the drive in between took me through some stunning scenic vistas. I hope to do more road trips so I can see more of Mexico in the years ahead.
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