On Thursday, residents can pay an interactive, virtual visit to the Statue of app that allows users to experience July Fourth fireworks using augmented reality.

What is the best way to get an authentic Mexican experience when traveling there?

Other answers suggested the usual – things you’ve probably already thought about – same old, same old…

Here are some specific examples.

If you’ve ever wondered where all the monarch butterflies go in the winter, this is where you’ll find them, a few hours’ drive north west of Mexico City:

Click: Reserva de la Biósfera Santuario Mariposa Monarca | Inland Michoacán, Mexico Inland Michoacán (Government of Mexico Official Website)

This is the route to follow, from Mexico City indicated on the bottom right of the image below:

It is recognized today as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you will probably be the only non-Mexicans there. The best time to go is during hibernation season, from November till February, approximately.

You won’t be sorry for making the trek. It’s really ‘awesome’, in the true sense of the word.

Close to the monarch butterfly reserve is the Valle de Bravo, not to be missed if you’re in the area.

Click: Valle de Bravo, Mexico, Near Mexico City (Source: The New York Times, Feb. 18, 2011)

“Though that small-town vibe still exists, Valle de Bravo has morphed in recent years into a cosmopolitan weekend refuge for Mexico City’s elite — corporate chieftains, celebrities and the idle rich — who have carved sharp-edged modern villas into the rocky cliffs that line the lakeshore. Just as well-to-do New Yorkers flock to the Hamptons on summer weekends, wealthy residents of the capital descend on Valle de Bravo, drawn by its natural beauty, old-world charm and striking religious sites.”

You could maybe book a few nights in the town and use it as a touring hub to visit the area.

From Mexico City, you could take four-hour bus ride south-east to Xalapa (the origin of the “jalapeno pepper), capital of the State of Veracruz: Xalapa | Mexico (Encyclopedia Britannica):

In Xalapa, even though it’s a fair sized city, and safe, you’ll probably be the only non-Mexicans there, as well. Spend a few nights and during the day, walk up and down the streets – it’s built on a mountain – and visit the Museo de Antropología de Xalapa, founded in 1957 with displays of Olmec, Totonac, and Huastec artifacts, including giant Olmec head statues.

A climb to the top of the extinct volcano is also well worth it to see the view of the surrounding area: Great view of Xalapa – Review of Macuiltepec, Xalapa, Mexico – TripAdvisor

While there, you could arrange for a visit to see a local coffee plantation close to Coatepec, a small town worth a day’s visit alone: Coatepec | Visit Mexico.

“In 1808 the real history of this magical town began, when the coffee bean from Cuba changed the course of this town nestled in the orchards that cover the Eastern foothills of the volcanoes of Pico de Orizaba and Cofre de Perote. The aroma of this village is of roasted coffee and just by breathing it you get excited to explore this small city characterized by its Andalusian-style spacious mansions with beautiful interior gardens. Its parks and estates surrounded by mist have a halo of mystery.

You must enter in the Garden Museum of the Orchids where you will find more than five thousand species of this lush flower.

Also, pay a visit to the Coffee Museum and learn about the origins of this traditional grain. Get acquainted with the Resobado bakery and see why it has not closed in a hundred years. Or get closer to local folklore at the Coatl Bioregional market where you can find everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to local crafts.”

El Tour del Cafe (Coatepec) – 2019 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos) – TripAdvisor

Campeche: 11 Fun Things To Do In Campeche: Mexico’s Rainbow City! 🌈

“Campeche – a stunning colonial UNESCO World Heritage site in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula – is like something straight out of a fairy tale, complete with pirates, beautiful mansions and old-world forts to protect the damsel in distress.

Located on the opposite side of the Peninsula, but seemingly a world away from Cancun and the Maya Rivera, Campeche stands in stark contrast as a place where the world slows down, authenticity is rife, and locals can be seen going about their daily life.”

Good hotel: Hotel Baluartes , within walking distance of the old city (no, I don’t get a commission…)

Click: Merida Tourism 2019: Best of Merida, Mexico – TripAdvisor – The amazing city nobody knows, on the opposite side of the Yucatan Peninsula from Cancun.

The possibilities are limitless. You could spend a whole week there exploring the city and the surrounding area: Uxmal: photos and history- LogoGringo ; Dzibilchaltún ; Progreso Tourism 2019: Best of Progreso, Mexico – TripAdvisor, How to Visit the Ruta Puuc: Yucatan’s Road Trip Across the Ancient Mayan World

Merida is very safe with so many places to visit, and just walk the streets which are laid out in a grid pattern and numbered, so it’s impossible to get lost. And the public parks are equipped with wi-fi. Yes, this is Mexico.

Muy buen viaje.