Since arriving in Mexico it’s been one of my goals to visit all of Mexico’s Pueblos Magicos or Magic Towns. Established in 2001 as a joint effort between the Mexican Secretary of Tourism and local and state governments, the Magic Towns of Mexico program aims to preserve and promote culturally and historically important destinations in Mexico. Now, Mexico City’s local government along with the Federal Tourism Ministry are proposing a similar program right here in the capital.
The Barriós Magicos, or Magic Neighborhoods program will showcase several of the most culturally rich neighborhoods in Mexico City. The program aims to promote cultural tourism in the capital and encourage visitors to head inland and explore more of central Mexico. Modeled after the Magic Towns program, neighborhoods in the Federal District will have to meet a set of criteria prior to receiving the Magic Neighborhood designation and accompanying federal funding for improvements and renovations — a total of 330 million pesos have been set aside to fund the city’s new Magic Neighborhoods program.
There are currently 21 proposed Barriós Magicos (link in Spanish). Among them are San Andrés Mixquic, Culhuacán, Xochimilco, Tlalpan, Coyoacán, San Ángel, Zona Rosa, Roma-Condesa, Centro Histórico, Santa Julia, Tacuba, Tacubaya Venustiano Carranza, Garibaldi, Villa de Guadalupe and Santa María La Ribera.
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