Colonial Mexico

Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets and tree-lined plazas, speak of the strong Spanish influence that runs throughout Colonial Mexico in the heart of Mexico’s interior.

Recognized as the region that sparked the Mexican revolution, Colonial Mexico evokes sentiments of liberation and revolution and is still looked upon today as a source of national pride. Colonial architecture and Spanish-style cities evoke stories of Mexico’s pre-independence history while colorful cobblestone streets and baroque architecture attract visitors all year round.

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Highlights:

  • San Miguel Allende – This colorful town is a thriving center for art and culture. Voted as the number one city to live in by Condé Nast in 2013, it is a bustling expat center with numerous cathedrals, shops, restaurants and art galleries. As you wander the cobblestone streets, don’t be surprised to stumble upon live music or a live performance at a park or in a restaurant.
  • Querétaro – The capital of the state of Querétaro, this lively city is most beautiful at night. Said to be one of Mexico’s cleanest cities, it was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
  • Guanajuato – Guanajuato is a city of incredible charm hidden in the Sierra de Guanajuato Mountains. Its center is a maze of cobblestone streets lined with pastel-colored buildings and colonial ironwork. Paying homage to its colonial past, Guanajuato has no traffic lights or neon signs and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988.
  • Morelia – Founded in 1541, the capital of Michoacán is a well-preserved colonial city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. New buildings in the city’s center must follow strict building codes to maintain colonial Spanish architecture. The main plaza and numerous parks offer tranquil areas of retreat within the city.
  • Pátzcuaro – Located in the highlands of Michoacán and in the heart of the Purépecha region, Pátzcuaro was named a pueblo mágico or magic town in 2002. Filled with impressive churches, cobblestone streets, and beautiful plazas, it overlooks Pátzcuaro Lake that is known for its unique Day of the Dead celebrations.
  • Zacatecas – Capital of Zacatecas state, this colonial city is replete with Spanish style architecture and a large cathedral. Known for its silver-mining history, Zacatecas’ northern location limits the amount of tourism the city sees, making it a hidden gem for visitors.
  • Monarch Butterflies – Every year, millions of monarch butterflies make a remarkable journey from Canada down to the pine tree-abundant mountains of Michoacán. A visit to this region outside of Morelia during this astounding migration is an unforgettable experience.
  • Guadalajara – The capital of the state of Jalisco and second most populated city in Mexico, Guadalajara is the birthplace of mariachi music. Old colonial charm meets modern living in a city that boasts shopping, museums, sporting events and day trips to near by Tequila and Lake Chapala among the many things to do there.
  • Puebla –  Boasting more than 70 churches in the historic city center alone, Puebla maintains its close ties to colonial Spain through its architecture and famous painted ceramic tiles.  A visit to the nearby magic town of Cholula to see the church built upon the largest pyramid base in Mesoamerica is a must.

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Mexico’s Great Colonial Cities

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Mexico’s Great Colonial Cities is the perfect trip for a full immersion into the colorful folklore and flavors that make… Read more »

Extravagant San Miguel Allende + Villa

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Take an exclusive, one-of-a-kind journey to San Miguel de Allende to discover why this colorful town and thriving center for art and culture is a favorite among world travelers.

Day of the Dead Celebrations in Mexico

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Visit Mexico during the Day of the Dead Celebration (Día de Muertos) to experience this colorful, intimate holiday of love,… Read more »

Weekend Tequila Experience

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Venture the Mexican Magical Town of Tequila for a long weekend escape to discover the Spirit of Mexico. This 4… Read more »

Discovering El Antiguo Camino Real by Horse

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Discover the Antiguo Camino Real, the original trail Spanish Conquistadors used to transport silver and treasures, with stays at a… Read more »

Spirit of Mexico: San Miguel Allende & Tequila Experience

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Discover the Spirit of Mexico through tequila, visiting San Miguel de Allende, Guadalajara, and the Mexican town of Tequila. This… Read more »

Culinary Tour Through Mexico City, Puebla, and Oaxaca

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Taste your way through Mexico’s divine history by sampling some of the finest gastronomic offerings in all of the country with renowned chefs and local families

Town & Sea: Exploring Magical San Miguel de Allende & Zihuatanejo

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Discover Mexico’s charms, both land and sea, by exploring the colonial town of San Miguel Allende and the beach destination… Read more »

Mexico’s Central Highlands & Pacific Coast

Discover some of Mexico’s most culturally rich states, including its capital, and immerse yourself in mariachi, folklore, colonial cities and… Read more »

Food, Wine and Tequila in Colonial Mexico

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Delve into Central Mexico´s rich culinary, wine and tequila heritage with this exclusive itinerary that provides a journey for all of the senses.

Magical Mexican Migrations: Pacific Whales and Highland Butterflies

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The Magical Mexican Migrations: Pacific Whales and Highland Butterflies is an encounter where explorers can experience both of these extraordinary… Read more »

Guanajuato and San Miguel Allende

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The Guanajuato and San Miguel Allende trip leads you on a cultural and artistic journey that is not to be… Read more »

Morelia and the Monarch Butterfly Migration

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Discover Morelia and witness the natural phenomenon of the Monarch Butterfly migration while also getting to visit  several charming nearby towns. Every… Read more »

Culture of Mexico Experience

The Culture of Mexico Experience explores Mexico City, Guanajuato, and the Yucatan Peninsula for a look at the many of the traditions and history that the Mexican people take great pride.

UNESCO World Heritage Cities

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Visit Mexico’s traditional cities and discover why they are considered to be of great value by UNESCO. This trip visits… Read more »

A Taste of Puebla Culinary Tour

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Stimulate your taste buds with the unforgettable and UNESCO recognized traditional food and drink of Mexico in the state of… Read more »

Colonial Mexico Trip: Exploring The Heartland

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Journey into the heart of Colonial Mexico in Guanajuato and Michoacan for an intimate experience with Mexico’s history and lore…. Read more »

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