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Mexico: Colonial and silver towns

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Northwest of Mexico City lie ranges of gnarled, humpy but starkly beautiful hills. Here, and in the bountiful valleys of the Bajío, Spanish colonists built fortunes from the mining of precious metals, especially silver. Prosperous towns sprang up which share a heritage of baroque churches, leafy squares and pastel-washed houses. Each has its own character: the university town Guanajuato, 2,000m, built in a narrow gorge, is a centre for music, theatre and dance, while the homely yet international little town of San Miguel de Allende, 1,900m, is a magnet for artists. Morelia, 1,920m, shows off some of the grandest monumental colonial architecture, and Querétaro, 1,820m, is renowned for its impressive colonial aqueduct.

Just an hour's drive south of Mexico City is Puebla, 2,135m, a large city with an imposing colonial core reflecting its importance as a trading post during the era of the Spanish Empire. It's a great base for visits to the indigenous towns of Cholula and Tlaxcala.    

Our holidays to Colonial and silver towns

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Mexico colonial towns road

Self-drive Mexico: Colonial cities to Pacific coast

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Things to do in Colonial and silver towns

Guanajuato

Walking Tour of Guanajuato

Skulls

Visit Patzcuaro and Lake Janitzio


Visit Taxco and Cuernavaca

Visit Taxco and Cuernavaca silver towns

Morelia building

Walking tour of Morelia

What our experts say

It's easy to visit the string of gorgeous Spanish colonial towns in the Mexican highlands but I was impressed by how different they are from one another. The grandiose architecture of Morelia, the University and theatre vibe of Guanajuato, the arty expat community of San Miguel de Allende: all well worth a visit, and from there a Pacific coast beach wind down is the obvious next step!  

Hannah

Hannah Donaldson

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