Mexico plans to develop its 35 towns into ‘Magic Villages’ with an investment of $150 million to attract more tourists. ‘Pueblos Magicos’, (Magic Villages) have been identified in 25 of the 32 Mexican states. Some of the picturesque locations include Real de Catorce, where Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts shot their movie The Mexican, and Dolores Hidalgo, from whose bell tower the Rev. Miguel Hidalgo declared Mexico’s independence in 1810.
Taxco, famous for handcraft silver jewellery, and San Cristobal de las Casas, with a 40-percent Indian population, are also on the list of proposed ‘Magic Villages’. As part of the ‘Pueblos Magicos’ programme, $150 million will be spent to transform the urban image, renovate museums and restore churches with historical and cultural value.