Are you wondering: “what the bleep is a magic town in Mexico?” Is it a ghost town? A town where there are magic trick conventions? The answer is: Nooo, none of the above.
A Magic town in Mexico is, according to Tourism Mexican Ministry:
“It is a locality that has symbolic attributes, legends, history, transcendent facts, daily life, in short magic that emanate in each one of its socio-cultural manifestations, and that nowadays means a great opportunity for the tourist use. The Magic Towns Program contributes to revalue a group of populations of the country that have always been in the collective imagination of the nation as a whole and that represent fresh and different alternatives for national and foreign visitors”
Check out some of Magic Towns in Mexico
Mexico has, so far, 121 Magic Towns, and the program started in 2001, but no all towns can be called Magic Towns, the Tourist Mexican Ministry established requirements to be considered a Magic town, some of them are:
- It has at least 20 thousand people living there
- Not being localized more than 200km from a main tourist destination
- Has a local tourism development program for the next 3 years.
- Guarantee health and public safety services for tourists.
- Evidence the symbolic or cultural attraction of the locality
When the town is named Magic Towns it gets money from the federal budget in order to develop all activities and maintenance, however, there are requirements that the already called Magic towns must follow, otherwise, they could lose the designation of Magic Town, some of the requirements are:
- Maintain a Magic Town Committee active and update in its resolutions.
- Carry out scheduled tourism plans and programs normally.
- Maintain the logistical, health and safety services necessary to protect the tourist.
- Guarantee the operation of a Statistical Information System.
- Managing the impact of tourism development on the community.
- Innovate and has available tourism products.
- Offer an annual report of activities with great detail.
If you would like to visit a Magic Town, I recommend you to check this link where you will find the 121 Magic towns, and you can read all the information available about activities, places you can visit and more.
For myself, I’ve not been able to visit all of them, yet, but I plan to. My favorite thus far is Santiago, Nuevo Leon.
So, what is your next magical destination?