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Drealm

Dec 7, 2014, 1:45 AM

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Least Touristy City in Mexico

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I will be spending 9 days in Mexico. I want to go to the least touristy city in Mexico.

I would prefer a colonial city with nice architecture. I don't care about beaches.

I don't want to go below Mexico City. I also don't want to go to the east coast where the Zeta cartel is.

Based on the above criteria here is a list of cities I'm considering:

Queretaro

Morelia

Zacatecas

Aguascalientes

Alamos

Chihuahua

Patzcuaro

San Luis Potosi

Tlaquepaque

Which of these is the least touristy? I have already eliminated Guanajuato and San Miguel De Allende. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


(This post was edited by tonyburton on Dec 7, 2014, 8:05 AM)



RickS


Dec 7, 2014, 6:40 AM

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Just some general thoughts and questions....

- How are you planning on getting to your city-of-choice?
- Do you have any more criteria than 'a colonial city with nice architecture' and 'less touristy'?
- Are/would you consider spending time in more than one place?
- I didn't know that the Zetas had that much influence on 'the east coast' of Mexico, and Merida is wonderful.
- Although you said, "not below Mexico City", you have left out one of the nicest cities IMO, Puebla.... and what about DF itself?
- Alamos is not a city, is remote, and would be boring after 1 full day... IMO
- Tlaquepaque is basically saying Guadalajara, which you left off your list.
- Not sure how Chihuahua and Aguascalientes even made the list based on your criteria. Well, I guess neither one can be considered 'touristy' but I have never heard of anyone visiting either one of them for their 'colonial architecture'.

Having said all that, based on your comments I would pick Morelia/Patzcuaro but they have their share of 'tourists' and cartel situations! or Zacatecas, but ditto.

My real choice would be Guanajuato or Puebla but you seem to have ruled them out.

Good luck.



chinagringo


Dec 7, 2014, 7:32 AM

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Given your stated qualifications, it would appear that your research needs some additional work prior to asking questions on this forum? Having been to and spent a fair amount of time in all but two of your listed cities, I have to wonder just why you chose the Mexico City section to pose your question?

Apparently, you wish to stay away from tourists and cartels? So some of your listed cities are head scratchers.
Regards,
Neil
Albuquerque, NM




tonyburton


Dec 7, 2014, 8:06 AM

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Depends how big a city you need.
Salamanca could fit the bill (very very few tourists there) or possibly Jerez, near Zacatecas.



AlanMexicali


Dec 7, 2014, 8:15 AM

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I agree Aguascaliente has very little colonial appeal and the downtown commercial zone is fairly unattractive and dirty in places. It is large, but urban sprawl comes to mind.

Puebla is a large city and has a colonial center that is nice and large.

San Luis Potosi also has a very nice colonial center that is large and well kept.

Querétaro is similiar to SLP´s colonial center but SLP´s is larger.

None I mentioned can be considered tourist zones in the traditional sense of the word expect Mexican and Mexican American tourists frequent them but this does not reflect a tourist economy in price increases etc..

If you arrive here in the next 2 months be prepared for "cold fronts" that pass through these cities and 0 F at night is common but high 60s to low 70s during the afternoon. Many or most older hotels in the colonial centers have no heat, unfortunatly.

Some Mexicans hit the coastal beach áreas this time of year or visit friends and family in other parts of the country.



Drealm

Dec 7, 2014, 8:40 AM

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Thanks for everyones responses.

RickS, I will fly to the closest airport and than take bus or taxi. My interests are fairly simple. I just want to look at architecture and talk to people. I only want to spend time in one city.

chinagringo, I have not spent time in any of these cities. I wasn't sure which forum to post in given that my list covers a wide area. Maybe I should of posted in "Central Highlands"?. I'm okay with my thread being moved if a moderator sees it being better somewhere else.



chinagringo


Dec 7, 2014, 9:18 AM

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Merely suggesting that more objective research may be in order before going after subjective answers? As Joe Friday said: "just the facts......"!
Regards,
Neil
Albuquerque, NM




hunteradvisor


Dec 8, 2014, 10:10 AM

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Guanajuato would be my choice now and has been for 10 years whenever I want a city stay. Curious why you ruled it out? About 140k people with a University and thriving culture, not touristy.
Patzquaro would be my second choice like Rick suggested.
What time of year? It gets cold in GTO Jan-Feb. and most cities with altitude.
Isabel
www.RanchoSolyMar.com



darrellk

Dec 9, 2014, 6:53 AM

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Come on now, I like Aguascalientes! It is a big city but it is quiet for a large city. The center has some old buildings like the church. Also it has great food/ restaurant's at cheap prices.
As for tourists, really none which is nice.



citlali

Dec 25, 2014, 6:35 AM

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Tlaquepaque and Patzcuaro are ouristy and most city worth seeing has tourists. What is wrong with tourists?
Youwill be a tourist so what is wrong with that?



wilpharm

Jan 20, 2015, 3:15 PM

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Tepic is about as least touristy as any , but fairly close to the beach, PV, GDL or Mazatlan…Plenty of great restaurants but is def. not a tourist stop...



citlali

Jan 20, 2015, 4:33 PM

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Agreed not a touristy place. Some stores for tourists but they are mostly people passing through. It has an atractive centro. As a tourist I am not sure what I would there though. What are the attractions in Tepic, I know the ones around but in the time itself what is there to do?.



wilpharm

Jan 20, 2015, 6:48 PM

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well, the OP asked for a city that is not touristy..But Mexico, as far as I am concerned is about the people and we have found the people there to be wonderful..
Lake Agua Milpa is not far north if one likes fishing and there is a tremendous Huichole influence around Tepic…There are very few gringos there even though it is the capital of the state of Nayarit…
sometimes you have to create your own entertainment….



sioux4noff

Jan 21, 2015, 6:42 AM

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Several years ago, maybe 5?, we took a trolley bus tour of Tepic. Because there was a group of us, they made sure we had an English speaking guide. At the time I think it cost about 10 pesos each.
We go to the state fair of Nayarit every year, it is generally in March.



chinagringo


Jan 21, 2015, 7:08 AM

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I would submit that the manner in which one visits a given area can influence one's impression as to whether an area is touristy or not. For example, if you go to a restaurant popular with foreign visitors and find yourself surrounded by them - you may conclude the area is too touristy, especially if their behavior makes their presence quite apparent. The same could be said if one is exploring & experiencing an area and they keep running into tour groups both large and small. A few years back, we spent 5 days in the City of Oaxaca and the surrounding area. The City and surrounding area are well known as a prime destination for international visitors. This has created a fairly sizable opportunity for tour operators ranging from your typical private car to vans to buses. Our choice is that we drive ourselves everywhere we wish to go and in 5 days of touring the area - we never found ourselves in the presence of a tour group and it wasn't because we were going out of our way to avoid them. Did we leave Oaxaca with the feeling that there were too many tourists? NO because they had no effect on our enjoyment or experience.
Regards,
Neil
Albuquerque, NM