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Found in the heart of Mexico's interior, this area offers a step back in time to the colonial era when Spanish influence thrived among elaborate baroque architecture and cobblestone streets along open, tree lined plazas. Recognized as the region that sparked the Mexican revolution in 1911, this area evokes sentiments of liberation and revolution and is still looked upon today as a source of national pride and independence.  As a source of numerous authors and artists, the heartland of the colonial region provides nationalistic inspiration for the national conscience and retains the country's independent spirit.

San Miguel de Allende
This quaint town is a thriving center for art and culture. Containing numerous cathedrals, shops, restaurants, and art galleries, don't be surprised to stumble upon live music or a live performance at a park or in a restaurant.

Serving as the capital of the state of Querétaro, this lively city is most beautiful at night.  Said to be one México's cleanest cities, it was deemed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1996.  

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.  

Located in the highlands of Michoacán, this colonial town is filled with impressive churches, cobblestone streets, and beautiful plazas. In the heart of Purèpecha country (the local indigenous population), located near Lago de Pátzcuaro and Isla Janitzo, Pátzcuaro is besieged by Mexicans around the Day of the Dead for their unique celebrations on the lake.

As the capital of Guanajuato state, this beautiful colonial town is situated above a complex labyrinth of tunnels that used to serve the silver mines.  The fine architecture and ornate buildings are a result of the prosperous days of silver mining.  A must see in the colonial heartland, Guanajuato has been a favourite amongst travelers for years!

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Best time to be there

October to April as the rainy season works its way up from the south beginning in May and running until September. Hurricanes may occur from July to October. December to February are the coolest months, when northerly winds can sometimes take inland northern Mexico temperatures down to freezing.

Fly to

Mexico City Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun (onward connections to the coast)

flying time

12 hours (plus one hour for onward connections)

time difference

GMT -6 hours


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations required

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Family Mexico

Nights: 7 | from £3,985pp

An activity-filled family trip into the heart of Mexico where you’ll discover what zip lining through the jungle is like and to cook Mayan cuisine. Find out more

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Food, Wine , Tequila with Punta Mita

Nights: 11 | from £6,160pp

This top level, exclusive, wine and food tour appeals to all types and takes you to amazing areas including bustling Mexico City, the beauty of San Miguel... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Discover Mexico

Nights: 13 | from £5,980pp

A fascinating cultural tour of Mexico showcasing its history, architecture, archaeology, craftworks and cuisine, which affords an extra layer of insight... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Classic Mexico

Nights: 13 | from £4,960pp

Mexico's past and present collide in this heady mix of city life, ancient Mayan treasures, tropical jungles, colonial cities and stunning Caribbean beaches.... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Colonial Heartlands

Nights: 9 | from £3,875pp

Visit Mexico's rich artisanal culture and its colonial roots, giving you the opportunity to meet artists in their studios and to visit small villages. Find out more

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Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada

This beautiful and unique hotel has been created by Belmond by purchasing a number of colonial houses around the town all with slightly different personalities.... Find out more

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Casa de la Real Aduana

This is a gem of a small colonial house turned boutique hotel, owned by a Franco-Mexican couple and filled with artwork, photos, sculptures and books.... Find out more

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Rosewood San Miguel de Allende

One might be forgiven for thinking this hotel is from colonial times, although it is in fact a cleverly disguised modern building opened in early 2010... Find out more

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Villa Maria Cristina

Set in the beautiful UNESCO city of Guanajuato, this delightful 19th century townhouse echoes the cities colourful flair, blending subtle sophistication... Find out more

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Miami and Western Caribbean discovery Ft. Celebrity Cruise

Nights: 11 | from £3,480pp

Immerse yourself in the big city thrills of Miami with hotel stays before or after this Caribbean cruise, where you can explore the world of ancient Mayan... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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