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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!
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.
Mexico City Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun (onward connections to the coast)
12 hours (plus one hour for onward connections)
GMT -6 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
No mandatory vaccinations required
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:
Below are some of our suggested places to stay:
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