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We are already in the last month of the year and fatigue may already be making itself felt, for this the best solution is a getaway of at least one day, if you can more, much better, it is a good idea to change the air.
Schedule Ixtapan de la Sal as a good destination to disconnect and enjoy an incredible day discovering the charms of a beautiful place in the State of Mexico.
Photo: Magic Town Ixtapan de la Sal
Where is Ixtapan de la Sal located?
Ixtapan de la Sal is part of the State of Mexico and one of its 10 magical towns, a category that it acquired in 2015 and which encourages it to be one of the main tourist destinations in that state.
Ixtapan is just over 2 hours from Mexico City, 1 hour from Toluca, 1 hour 20 min from Taxco, 1 hour 50 min from Cuernavaca and just over 3 hours from Puebla.
With what has been said, we can confirm that the distances that separate it from other destinations are not so long, which makes it easier for many visitors to arrive, either to spend the day, enjoy a weekend or rest and take advantage of taking a vacation in Ixtapan de la Sal.
What to do in Ixtapan de la Sal?
No matter when you decide to visit Ixtapan de la Sal, the town will always have interesting proposals to make your experience unforgettable; Next we are going to mention some of the activities that you cannot miss and that are worth doing in Ixtapan de la Sal…
Photo: Government of Ixtapan
Breakfast or lunch at the Market
This is a good proposal to take advantage of early; visit the market, one of the most recommended places to try the local gastronomy and delight yourself with options such as delicious tlayudas, carnitas tacos, tummy and tamales that you can accompany with a refreshing lime water.
And don’t forget to try the dulce de pepitas, an unmissable local delicacy.
Photo: Magic Town Ixtapan de la Sal
The downtown area of Ixtapan de la Sal is very picturesque and invites you to enjoy a pleasant walk to see several of the attractions located there.
The Central Garden is very beautiful with its large green spaces, the Los Mártires monument and its fountain, as well as a beautiful kiosk, perfect to start your photo session in this destination.
Right in front you will find the Municipal Palace with a beautiful façade and a few steps further is the Parish of the Assumption of Maria and Sanctuary of the Lord of Forgiveness that was built in the 16th century, another architectural work worth admiring with tequitqui engravings on the sides of the entrance major.
Return to the main square where you will find a street market with vendors selling different products such as food, handicrafts, textiles, shoes, etc., a perfect opportunity to find beautiful souvenirs.
On the way you will surely come across an ice cream vendor, try the mamey one, you will like it and you will see.
Photo: Government of Edomex
hot springs at night
The Municipal Spa located just two streets from the main Garden is a very good alternative to enjoy one of the biggest attractions of the destination such as the hot springs, it is open from the morning so you can organize yourself and visit it whenever you want.
It has very affordable costs and you cannot miss enjoying it at night, open until 1 am, it is perfect to end your day enjoying the hydromassage and then relax in its thermal waters. The option of making a mud mask is also included and may interest you.
Photo: Ixtapan de la Sal Municipal Government, Facebook
Ixtapan de la Sal Water Park
If during your visit you want to cool off and have fun, visit the water park located 5 minutes from downtown, right at the entrance to the magical town; It is a very good alternative to enjoy a day throwing yourself down huge slides, with an intensity that will activate your adrenaline to the maximum, La Cobra, La Anaconda and El Abismo, are some of its names.
For those who are not so intrepid, the pool with waves is ideal or the fast tracks and the wild river give it a little more excitement.
You can also take a ride on a little train around the property and the boat tour is also a good option.
For the little ones in the family you will have alternatives such as a castle decorated with princesses and fairies, a pirate ship with slides, a jeep tricycle ride on the Cayman circuit and for the not so little ones it can be the Monster Tower, a little more extreme.
The thermal pools are also an excellent plan, with comfortable spaces that will help you relax and enjoy.
Added to this, it offers dressing room service and has a food court with many options for restaurants and snack shops.
And since you are there you can cheer up and pamper yourself by staying at the hotel, enjoying a few days will not hurt you, all at quite affordable prices.
Tonatico and the Star Grotto
Tonatico is located just 4 km to the south, about 10 minutes by car from Ixtapan de la Sal, it is a beautiful destination that will allow you to enjoy a 2 for 1 in magical towns since it was declared as such in the year 2020.
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Tonatico is its main attraction and surprises with its interior full of details and its neoclassical and Churrigueresque architecture, a true jewel.
La Gruta de la Estrella located in the State Park of the same name, is a Protected Natural Area since 2004 and is located 16 minutes from town, on the road to Taxco.
The park is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and you can get there by taxi from Tonatico.
According to experts, the cave has an approximate age of more than 500 million years; its length is 2 km and it has a mysterious underground river.
To get to the cave you will have to go down about 400 steps, so wear comfortable shoes, you will need them.
The tour led by a guide will take you to discover a unique underground world, surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites and illuminated with colored lights that create an atmosphere that you will enjoy.
You also have private tour options that run through the underground river or in which you can rappel and descend a 15-meter cliff.
Photo: Government of Mexico