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120km (74 miles) SW of Mexico City

The whitewashed town of Ixtapan de la Sal (not to be confused with Ixtapa, on the Pacific coast) is known for its thermal mud baths -- this is an original spa town, with generations of healing traditions. Hotels in Ixtapan (pronounced Eeks-tah-pahn) de la Sal tend to fill up on weekends and Mexican holidays, as the town is a popular retreat from Mexico City. Cuernavaca, Taxco, and Toluca are all easy side trips.