Quintana Roo, Oaxaca, Jalisco among the favorite destinations: booking portal

Quintana Roo, Oaxaca and Jalisco are the states in which Mexicans most want to travel once the coronavirus pandemic ends, according to a study by an online travel agency.

The booking.com portal surveyed 1,200 Mexican adults and found that 62% of those surveyed intended to take vacations after the pandemic ended, when it could be.

Just over four in five – 81% – of those who intend to travel said they would rather vacation in Mexico than overseas.

Quintana Roo, Oaxaca and Jalisco were the top destinations among those surveyed, but booking.com did not reveal the percentage of respondents who hoped to travel to each state.

Quintana Roo is famous for its white sandy beaches, turquoise Caribbean Sea, and year-round warm climate, and is home to popular tourist destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Isla Holbox, and Bacalar .

Booking.com noted that there are also lesser-known tourist gems in the state, such as Xcacel-Xcacelito, a protected natural area 20 kilometers north of Tulum, and Aktun Ha, a cenote, or natural sinkhole, near Tulum, perfect for snorkeling.

In Oaxaca, strolling through the historic center of the state capital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a delight, booking.com said, noting that one can observe Mexican traditions and Oaxaca and remember the importance of “our roots”.

The city of Oaxaca was named the best city in the world last year by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, perhaps making it even more appealing to some potential Mexican travelers.

Monte Albán, a Zapotec archaeological site near the capital that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is another major attraction in Oaxaca, while Hierve el Agua, a site that includes natural rock pools and a petrified waterfall , is an easy day trip from Oaxaca City.

Booking.com also recommended a visit to the town of Mitla – which includes an archaeological site – “where caves with rock paintings and the legacy of the first sedentary farmers will appeal to everyone.”

Oaxaca is also a popular destination for its beaches in cities on the Pacific coast such as Puerto Escondido, a surfing hotspot, and Huatulco, which has a national park with many bays.

It’s not hard to see why many Mexicans would love to take a vacation to Jalisco. The state is home to Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city and culinary hub, the birthplace of tequila, the resort town of Puerto Vallarta, and scenic Lake Chapala, around which many towns and villages are dotted.

Jalisco “is a state with a bit of everything,” booking.com said, noting that with Nayarit it is “one of the stewards of the Huichol or Wixátari community whose arts and crafts are made from of pearls “and capture the attention of tourists who cannot avoid taking a piece home.

Mexico Daily News

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