“Malinalco Magical Town Why visit it?” is an invitation to discover the charms of a very beautiful destination in the State of Mexico.
Whenever you have the opportunity to get to know a magical town, do not hesitate, that place will have a series of attractions and activities prepared for you to enjoy your walk to the fullest.
In the State of Mexico you will find 10 magical towns, Valle de Bravo, Aculco, El Oro, San Juan Teotihuacán, Villa del Carbón, Tepotzotlán, Ixtapan de la Sal, Metepec, Malinalco and Tonatico, all incredible places that you must add to your travel agenda. .
This time we are going to tell you a little more about Malinalco and show you what you are missing if you haven’t visited it yet.
Where is Malinalco Pueblo Magico located?
Malinalco is part of the State of Mexico and has a very good location in the south, very close to other destinations, which makes it a place with very easy access from different points.
To be more specific, Malinalco is located 1 hour 20 minutes from Toluca, a little over an hour and a half from Cuernavaca, 2 hours and 15 minutes from Mexico City, 1 hour 15 minutes from Ixtapan de la Sal and 1 hour 34 minutes from Tequesquitengo.
The good thing is that Malinalco has a good hotel infrastructure, so you can encourage yourself to walk for one or several days; A long weekend can be a perfect opportunity to stay and get to know all the attractions of this beautiful place.
Why visit Malinalco?
Malinalco was recognized as a magical town in 2010, the beauty of being in a valley, surrounded by abundant vegetation and at the foot of mountains, in addition to its outstanding well-preserved colonial architecture that transports you to the past, are something that beautiful it has to offer.
Next, we are going to see in a little more detail what to do in Malinalco Pueblo Mágico,
Know Archaeological Zone of Malinalco
Located on the Cerro de los Ídolos, the archaeological zone was the ceremonial center of the Mexicas, it was where the eagle warriors who represent the wind and the ocelot warriors who represent the earth graduated.
This archaeological zone is considered unique in America for its monolithic construction; there the most important structure is cauhcalli or house of the eagles, it is a stone monolith carved on the very rock of the mountain.
You will find it very close to the center, but you have to know that to get to appreciate it up close you will have to climb a little more than 300 steps. Do not be discouraged that the climb is not so steep, just try to have comfortable shoes, a bottle of water and enjoy, the views of the town will fascinate you.
If you go on a weekend, consider that it works with a permitted capacity of 500 visitors, so try to arrive very early so as not to miss it.
Visit to the “Luis Mario Schneider” University Museum
With the payment of a minimum fee, in this museum you will learn about the history of Malinalco, with guides who explain in detail and show you the more than 17,000 specimens that are protected in the place.
In addition, it has 6 rooms where there are also temporary exhibitions, making it a unique opportunity to learn much more about Mexico.
And if you couldn’t go up to the archaeological zone, here you can find a representation of the cauhcalli, its main structure.
Photo: Government of Mexico
Augustinian Convent of the Transfiguration and Temple of the Divine Savior
Founded in 1540 by Augustinian friars, the infrastructure of the place is impressive. It also houses numerous 500-year-old frescoes that were made by tlacuilos, indigenous artists who dedicated themselves to muralism.
It has guided tours and you will receive incredible explanations of the different representations that are found there.
The site is magical, a work of art with impressive details and deserves your time to enjoy and be surprised by such beauty.
Photo: Edomex Government
walk through the town
As soon as you arrive in Malinalco you will be speechless, walking through stone streets traced between beautiful colored houses, many of which preserve their colonial architecture very well, is part of what you will observe.
The town square is small but very pretty and has a perfect kiosk for some photos; near there is the main church, with a facade that falls in love.
If you are a fan of religious tourism, in Malinalco you will find 8 chapels from the 16th to 18th centuries, you can visit them all, the distances between them are not so great and they are worth it.
If your visit is on a Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday, you can enjoy the market or tianguis, where you can try local delicacies, find numerous handicrafts, textiles, leather products, carved wood and many other temptations.
Add to your list of recommended places to meet the René Martin gallery, where you will find beautiful handicrafts, many of which can surely look great in your home. In addition, they offer tours with very nice experiences to enjoy.
Finally, another of the places much visited by Mexicans is the Santuario del Señor de Chalma, located 20 minutes from downtown.
Food tour in Malinalco
If you like to get up early, check where you can find Gallery Restaurant + Coffee, there you can try local coffee accompanied by delicious bread and the bonus is a tour of its art gallery.
For midday, consider that there are trout farms in the destination, which is why this is going to be one of the dishes that is most recommended to try, there are several preparations so that you can choose the one that suits your palate.
Walking through the streets of the destination you will find numerous restaurants with a very wide gastronomic proposal, go ahead and visit them and enjoy rich menus with the local seasoning.
In the same way, the Wednesday market is an appointment to delight yourself with delicious dishes, you just have to walk and try.
The artisan ice cream in the center is a must, Malinalli is the most famous ice cream parlor and has a variety of flavors that will surprise you with their combinations.
Enjoy nature in Malinalco
Due to its location, this magical town has different proposals for lovers of nature and outdoor activities.
Among the proposals we have mountain biking, paragliding, rappelling and canyoning for the most intrepid, with very complete tours that will make you live experiences with a lot of adrenaline.
If you go in summer, take the opportunity to get to know the spas in the area and you can also go glamping, a proposal that you find in Malikualli Ecotourism Complex, where you can also enjoy activities such as zip lines, climbing, horseback riding, picnic in a cave, among other attractive and fun options.