Mexico’s New World Heritage Sites

History buffs take note—now is a great time to start planning a trip to Mexico. UNESCO recently recognized two new World Heritage sites here, bumping the country’s total up to 31 sites. That’s more than any other country in the Americas.

New to the list is El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (otherwise known as the Silver Route, or Royal Inland Road). This 1,615 mi (2600 km) path served as a trade route for silver and mercury for over 300 years, and takes you past dozens of important sites, including five other World Heritage sites. The road begins in Mexico City and passes throuh Queretaro, San Miguel, Guanajuato, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, and Durango.

Another newly recognized destination is the Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla, in the Central Valley of Oaxaca. These caves offer a look into the life of the pre-Hispanic peoples that hunted and farmed on these lands. You can check out archeological artifacts and rock-art here, or simply lose yourself exploring the ruins.

For more travel ideas and information, see our Mexico travel guide.