Best Places in Mexico to Experience the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

It’s important to remember to never look at the sun with the naked eye, even through cameras, telescopes, or binoculars without a solar filter. Photo: Courtesy

On Monday, April 8, a spectacular total solar eclipse will be visible across a swath of North America.

When the moon completely obscures the sun, the sky will darken, temperatures will drop, and the sun’s spectacular outer atmosphere, the corona, will briefly be visible. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience.

To get the most out of this event, get within the eclipse’s “path of totality,” the zone where the entire sun will be hidden. Here are some of the best places in Mexico to experience this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.


Situated in the heart of Mexico, Durango offers a charming colonial atmosphere and a chance to experience the eclipse amidst a unique cultural landscape. The city is expected to have over 4 minutes of totality, making it a prime destination for eclipse chasers. Durango boasts historical architecture, delicious cuisine, and stunning natural scenery, making it a great place to base yourself for exploring the region before or after the eclipse.


Located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, the bustling resort city of Mazatlán offers a perfect mix of eclipse viewing, beaches, and culture. The eclipse will occur in the late morning, and the city is expected to enjoy near-perfect weather for the occasion. After the eclipse, you can stroll along the waterfront Malécon, learn about local history, or simply relax and catch some rays.

Piedras Negras, Coahuila

A large city bordering Eagle Pass, Texas, Piedras Negras is strategically located for those seeking the maximum duration of totality, which in this location is an impressive 4 minutes and 28 seconds. The city offers a mix of modern amenities and traditional Mexican charm. Visitors can enjoy exploring the local markets, trying authentic cuisine, or venturing across the border for a taste of Texan culture.

If You’re Not in Mexico, here are some other localities in North America.

Texas Hill Country, USA

Texas boasts the longest stretch of the path of totality within the United States, and the region known as the Hill Country offers a gorgeous backdrop. Rolling hills, picturesque towns, and clear skies are a major draw. Consider basing yourself in cities like Kerrville, Fredericksburg, or San Antonio for optimal access to rural areas where the eclipse can be seen to its fullest.

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

For those wanting bigger city amenities, Cleveland is a fantastic choice. Totality will arrive in the afternoon and the city’s location on the shores of Lake Erie offers unique viewing opportunities. Check out events at the iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or the Great Lakes Science Center, both of which will likely host special eclipse programs.

Niagara Falls, Canada/USA

Niagara Falls, straddling the US-Canadian border, provides a dramatic setting for the eclipse. The falls will be visible during the partial eclipse phases, while the area offers plenty of open space and parks perfect for the moment of totality. Remember, April weather can be unpredictable, so dress in layers and consider waterproof gear just in case.

Southern Ontario, Canada

If you want to chase the longest duration of totality, parts of southern Ontario are some of your best bets. The path of totality stretches from Windsor to Kingston, offering numerous options to pick a viewing spot. Cities within this zone and the surrounding countryside will have all the resources you might need, along with beautiful scenery as a bonus.

Important Eclipse Viewing Tips

No matter where you choose to watch the eclipse in Mexico, remember these essential safety and comfort points:

  • Eye protection is a must: Never look directly at the sun, even during partial eclipse phases, without specialized solar eclipse glasses or filters.
  • Plan ahead: Accommodations and transportation along the path of totality get booked well in advance of the eclipse.
  • Weather check: Be prepared for changing weather conditions, especially in April. Have a backup plan or be comfortable moving locations to find clear skies if necessary.
  • Bring the essentials: Water, snacks, sunscreen, a hat, and insect repellent will make your viewing experience more enjoyable.
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