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Mexican colonial cities self-drive
Explore Mexico's elegant silver mining towns at your own pace before winding down on the Pacific coast.
A necklace of delightful colonial towns sweeps south of the capital, offering an enticing route for self-drive exploration.
You could stop at the once prosperous silver mining towns of Taxco and Cuernavaca before taking a couple of days to relax in the utterly enchanting city of Guanajuato, where brightly coloured buildings crowd the floor of an arid canyon. There is a unique underground road network following the routes of the old mine galleries, while above ground the cobbled lanes and flower-decked plazas call out for idle wandering in the golden afternoon light.
Your next stop is Morelia, an elegant city of narrow streets and picturesque courtyards, before you continue the southward journey to the Pacific coast. Zihuatanejo is a former fishing village turned barefoot beach hideaway, an idyllic spot in which to end your road trip.
With the freedom of your own hire car you can turn this journey into your own adventure, discovering secluded beauty spots and stopping at tiny villages far from the tourist trail.
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Real Latin America Experts
Lina Fuller - Travel Consultant
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.
Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.
Ben Line - Travel Consultant
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Consultant
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.