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Magical towns on the Mayan Train

They were designated as such by the Ministry of Tourism and authorities of the Government of México in the year 2001.



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Magical Towns

On the Mayan Train route



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with their own towns and traditions


What are the Magical Towns?

The Magical Towns are a tourism initiative by the government of Mexico, launched in 2001, aimed at highlighting and preserving the cultural richness and historical heritage of certain communities.

To receive this designation, a town must meet certain criteria, such as having a rich history, traditions, and culture, distinctive architecture, and a wide variety of cultural and tourist activities.

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What defines the Pueblos Mágicos?

Criteria for becoming part of the Magical Towns

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Historical richness

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Festivals and Traditions

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Spirituality and Religiousness

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Historical places

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Protected Natural Areas

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Cultural festivities

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Sustainable tourism

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Legends and Myths

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Touristic activities

What are the attractions of the Magical Towns?

Each town, a unique adventure





National parks

Adventure tourism

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What are the Pueblos Mágicos along the Tren Maya Route?

There are 23 Magical Towns (“Pueblos Mágicos”) along the Tren Maya route, named for their historical sites, archaeological sites, ecosystems, natural beauty, and cultural attractions.

Palizada Magic Town

Palizada Magical Town

Palizada is known for its colonial architecture with houses and buildings made of wood and red tile roofs.

Comitán de Domínguez Magic Town

Comitán de Domínguez Magical Town

Comitán de Domínguez is known for its rich historical and cultural heritage, as well as its natural beauty.

Bacalar Magic Town

Bacalar Magical Town

Bacalar is famous for its beautiful lagoon with crystal-clear waters, known as the “Laguna de los Siete Colores” (Lagoon of Seven Colors).

Tapijulapa Magic Town

Tapijulapa Magical Town

Tapijulapa is famous for its colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, rich gastronomy, and tranquil atmosphere.

Sisal Magic Town

Sisal Magical Town

Sisal is known as a small fishing village, popular for its beautiful beaches and rich history.

Candelaria Magical Town

Candelaria is known for its beautiful beaches, rich history, and charming colonial architecture.

Frontera Magical Town

Frontera is a Magical Town where the Usumacinta River is a prominent feature, and where aquatic activities can be carried out.

Motul Magical Town

Motul has an important historical legacy and is recognized for its traditions and festivities.

Isla Aguada Magic Town

Isla Aguada Magical Town

Isla Aguada is known for its white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, ideal for water sports.

Palenque Magic Town

Palenque Magical Town

Palenque is famous for its impressive Mayan archaeological site, declared a World Heritage Site in 1987.

Tulum Magic Town

Tulum Magical Town

Tulum is known for its white sandy beaches, the Maya archaeological site, and its bohemian and relaxed atmosphere.

Izamal Magic Town

Izamal Magical Town

Izamal is known as “The City of Three Cultures” due to its rich history and cultural heritage.

Maní Pueblo Mágico en la Ruta del Tren Maya

Maní Magical Town

Maní is known for its rich history and its importance in the evangelization of Yucatan during the colonial era.

Copainalá Magical Town

Copainalá is located in the mountainous region of Chiapas, surrounded by impressive landscapes and waterfalls.

Teapa Magical Town

Teapa is a Magical Town and has a great diversity of flora and fauna due to its geographical location. It has mountainous areas and rivers.

Tekax Magical Town

Tekax is a Magical Town that boasts a large number of colonial buildings that reflect its historical past.

Chiapa de Corzo Magic Town

Chiapa de Corzo Magical Town

Chiapa de Corzo is a town known for its colonial architecture and its significant historical and cultural heritage.

San Cristóbal de las Casas

San Cristóbal de las Casas

San Cristóbal de las Casas is known for its history, colonial architecture, as well as its cultural and artistic heritage.

Isla Mujeres Magic Town

Isla Mujeres Magical Town

Isla Mujeres is a beatiful Magical Town ideal for those seeking to enjoy nature, relax, history, parties and beautiful beaches

Valladolid Magic Town

Valladolid Magical Town

Valladolid boasts a rich cultural heritage and impressive Maya and Spanish architecture.

Cozumel Magical Town

Cozumel is known for its stunning coral reefs, white sandy beaches, and rich marine life.

Ocozocoautla Magical Town

Ocozocoautla is characterized by its diverse natural environment. It has mountainous areas, forests, and rivers.

Espita Magical Town

Espita is known especially for the production of hammocks and traditional textiles, and it is surrounded by rural landscapes.

Magical Towns by States

On the Mayan Train route


Olmec Culture and Nature

3 Magical Town


Landscapes and Nature

6 Magical Towns


Pirate History and Tranquility

3 Magical Towns


Maya Culture and Gastronomy

7 Magical Towns

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Beach and Fun

4 Magical Towns

Highlighed Magical Towns

Most visited by tourists on the Mayan Train route

Isla Mujeres Magical Town

Isla Mujeres

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Bacalar Magical Town


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Tulum Magical Town


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Valladolid Magical Town



Magical Towns for Relaxation

Quiet towns visited by tourists on the Mayan Train

Izamal Magical Town



Maní Magical Town



Tapijulapa Magical Town



Palizada Magical Town



Isla Aguada Magical Town on the Mayan Train Route

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There are more towns on the Mayan Train route that, although not designated as Magical Towns, also possess magic, mysticism, and charm. Discover the tourist, economic, and cultural attractions of all the towns along the Mayan Train route.



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