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‘Travel & Leisure’ Readers Voted These Three Mexican Cities As The 15 Best Cities To Explore In The World

Every year for Travel + Leisure‘s World’s Best Awards survey, the magazine asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

And this year, Mexico seriously stole the show. It’s the country with the highest number of cities on the list and aside from the US, Thailand, and Italy it’s the only country with multiple entries.

Mexico snagged three of the world’s top 15 cities on this year’s list.

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When it comes to urban charms, Travel + Leisure readers just can’t get enough of Mexico. 

Mexico has more cities on the list than any other country.

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From colonial San Miguel de Allende (full of architecture and fancy hotels) and cultural Oaxaca (home to a large Indigenous population) to the bustling capital of Mexico City (which has it all), people are flocking to Mexico.

And despite all the bas press about the record-breaking numbers of homicides in the country, people can’t stop falling in love with Mexico.

The #1 spot in Mexico, coming in at number two worldwide, is the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende.

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San Miguel de Allende is a colonial jewel, a UNESCO World Heritage city and one of a select few cities worldwide to be so honored for multiple years.

“Its central location and rich history, as well as its culture, gastronomy, art and people, are a part of what contributes to its nickname as ‘The Heart of Mexico,’” said Laura Torres, President of the San Miguel de Allende Tourism Board.

In addition to the city’s art, culture, gastronomy, heritage and architecture, the fabric of San Miguel de Allende is so colorful primarily thanks to its people, who give of themselves daily to preserve the city’s unique culture.

The recent “Faces of Our People” campaign was a tribute to the San Miguelenses who help shape what makes the city so unique.For example, Guadalupe Ramirez, also known as “Bola,” has been a prime advocate and promoter of regional cuisine for decades. And then there’s Humildad Galvan, who acts as guardian of the tradition of ceremonial tortillas of the Otomi communities of the Laja River Basin.

It really is a beautiful ciudad with stunning churches, plazas, cobblestone streets, great hotels, and excellent comida.

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The best way to see San Miguel de Allende is to wander its streets and cobblestone alleys, where visitors will discover a storybook world of colorful homes and mansions, elegant balconies and historic doorways — and the beautiful people inhabiting them.

Just outside the city, travelers can get in touch with nature by bathing in hot springs, strolling vineyards, riding in hot air balloons or getting the heart racing atop an ATV.

Next on the list, the nation’s bustling capital – Mexico City – coming in at number four worldwide.

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The most populous city in North America, Mexico’s capital city of Mexico City is home to Templo Mayor, the baroque Catedral Metropolitana de México of the Spanish conquistadors, and the Palacio Nacional.

It’s food scene is always rated one of the best in the world – from corner taquerias to upscale award-winning restaurants.

Mexico City is often called the museum capital of the world, with more than 150 amazing museums to choose from. Check out Frida Kahlo’s house to Diego Rivera murals in the Palacio de Bellas Artes, or check out the city’s thriving modern art scene at Museo Jumex.

And just behind Mexico City, is Mexico’s cultural and food capital – Oaxaca – which placed 5th out of 15.

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Oaxaca, Mexico, is known for its colonial buildings and lively, bustling atmosphere. It’s also known as the cultural capital of Mexico with more than a third of city residents speaking an Indigenous language – the hightest percentage for a large city.

The city is also nearby to incredible attractions. From the other wordly Hierve de Agua to the ancient ruin complex at Monte Alban, there is so much to enjoy about Oaxaca.

READ: Mexico City Is One Of The Must-See Cities In The World And Here’s Why

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Mexico Wins International Award For $100 Peso Note Featuring 17th-Century Nun Sor Juana

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Mexico Wins International Award For $100 Peso Note Featuring 17th-Century Nun Sor Juana

Over the last few years, Mexico has been updated its currency to make it more secure from counterfeiters and to highlight the country’s diverse history. One of the country’s newest bills is a $100 peso note featuring a 17th-Century female historical figure and it’s winning major international awards for its design and history.

Mexico’s $100-peso bill has been named banknote of the year for 2020 by the International Bank Note Society (IBNS). As printer and issuer of the note, the Bank of México beat 24 other nominees to the award, and the Sor Juana bill led the way from the start of the voting process.

The note features national heroine Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, with the monarch butterfly biosphere reserve on its reverse.

In its announcement the IBNS wrote: “Mexico’s award-winning entry may provide a template as other countries reconsider how they design and promote new banknotes.  The successful design in eye-pleasing red combines Hispanic architecture, a famous female Hispanic literary figure and a tribute to the world’s fragile ecosystem.”

Past bank note of the year recipients include Aruba, Canada, Uganda, the Faroe Islands, two time winner Switzerland and three time winner Kazakhstan, among others.

So who was Sor Juana and why was she important to Mexico?

Born in 1651, Sor Juana was a self-educated nun and intellectual renowned for her poetry, writing and political activism, who criticized the misogyny of colonial Mexico.

Beginning her studies at a young age, Sor Juana was fluent in Latin and also wrote in Nahuatl, and became known for her philosophy in her teens. Sor Juana educated herself in her own library, which was mostly inherited from her grandfather. After joining a nunnery in 1667, Sor Juana began writing poetry and prose dealing with such topics as love, feminism, and religion.

Mexico was up against 24 other countries in the nomination process.

In second place was Kate Cranston who appears on the Bank of Scotland’s 20 pound note. The businesswoman appears on the obverse and she is recognized for being the owner of the famous tea rooms inaugurated in 1903 and that today are a tourist attraction.

In third place there was a triple tie between the 20 pound note of the Ulster Bank of Northern Ireland whose design features flora and buskers. The one from the Bahamas of 5 dollars with the image of the junkanoo dancer, and the one of 50 dollars from Fiji.

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Protesters In Mexico Take To Streets To Demand Justice For Dog Brutally Killed By Man With An Axe

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Protesters In Mexico Take To Streets To Demand Justice For Dog Brutally Killed By Man With An Axe

Residents of one Mexican city have taken to the streets to demand justice for a local stray dog who was brutally killed in an axe attack last month. Video of the incident was uploaded to social media and quickly went viral, leading to large protests in the Sinaloan city of Los Mochis.

Hundreds marched in Los Mochis to seek justice for a dog killed by man with an axe.

Hundreds took to the streets in Los Mochis, Sinaloa to demand justice for Rodolfo, a mixed breed dog killed with an axe on March 21. They showed banners that read “Justice for Rodolfo & for all who have no voice,” “We won’t stop until we have justice,” and “Justice for Rodolfo,” among others.

Despite the COVID-19 regulations, the participants in this new march, children, women and men, calmly marched through the center of the city of Los Mochis to make it clear that they are against animal cruelty and demanded justice for Rodolfo, who was a local stray dog. The demonstration gained traction after a video of the attack on Rodolfo, also known by Heart, Pirate and Shorty, was uploaded onto social media.

The predominantly young crowd marched to the state prosecutor’s office where environmental activist Arturo Islas Allende delivered a criminal complaint. Many brought their pets to the march and carried placards demanding the killer be sentenced to prison. One placard read: “Justice for Rodolfo and for all those that don’t have a voice.”

The suspected attacker, José “M,” a student at a Sinaloa university, has already delivered a preparatory statement to officials. Islas Allende questioned the morality of the killer. “We don’t want a psychopath like him as our neighbor,” he said.

The suspect’s girlfriend claimed that he killed the dog to protect her.

The girlfriend of the alleged attacker took to social media in his defense, saying the dog had attacked her days earlier and injured her face and hands.

On her Facebook account she claimed that medical treatments for her injuries had cost 8,000 pesos (US $400) and uploaded photographs of the injuries caused by the dog’s bites.

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