12 Reasons We Love Mexico
There are many more than 12 reasons to love Mexico, but if we had to choose, we'd say the Maya ruins, tropical white-sand beaches, magnificent waterfalls, cobblestoned colonial towns, monarch butterfly reserves, and a railroad trip through the majestic Copper Canyon would definitely make the list. From the lap of luxury to off the beaten track, there are thousands of reasons to love Mexico — but we recommend starting with these 12.

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Looking down on Guanajuato

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For less than $2, you can take a quick funicular ride to the Pipila Monument to get this top-of-the-world view of Guanajuato, Mexico. We arrived just after sunset, when lights were flickering across the colorful city. There were people around, but the scene was quiet. Walking down the hill, we stumbled upon Casa Zuniga, a hotel run by an enthusiastic expat named Rick Zuniga. He toured us around the property's glass-walled rooms as the city was growing darker yet more luminous.

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by Serena Renner
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