Mexico Colonial Cities
Guadalajara is a colonial city in Western-Pacific area of Mexico. Its home of mariachi music, tequila and Charreadas (rodeo). Guadalajara boasts many 16th- and 17th-century Baroque style structures, such as Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno), with its many columns. Near the Plaza de Armas, is Church of Santa Mónica (Templo de Santa Mónica), Church of San Agustin, and fronting the adjoining Plaza de los Laureles, lies Guadalajara Cathedral, with a lovely large fountain.
This tour begins with Morelia and Guadalajara, the most famous colonial cities. Continue to the expat enclave of San Miguel de Allende, best known for its cobblestone streets lined, beautiful colonial buildings and contemporary galleries. Baroque and Moorish sensibilities fuse most dramatically in Querétaro. In the Mexico’s capital city, explore Cathedral Metropolitan and the National Palace. Visit the neighbourhoods of San Angel and Coyoacan for cultural charm and Polanco and La Roma for world-class restaurants and numerous parks.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 9-DAY MEXICO HOLIDAY…
And, experience some of the most aristocrat of colonial cities.
The only direct scheduled flights from the UK to Mexico City are from London Heathrow to Mexico City or London Gatwick to Cancún, both with British Airways. Flying from anywhere else in Britain to any other destination in Mexico, you will have to change planes somewhere.
If flying via the US, it’s worth checking if your transatlantic carrier has an airpass deal for non-US residents – most major US airlines do – by which you purchase coupons at a flat rate for a certain number of flights in North America (with a usual minimum of three). Depending on the airline, the pass will usually also include one or more destinations in Mexico and Canada.
Mexico Colonial Cities
Morelia, Guadalajara, Tequila, San Miguel de Allende, Queretaro
(9 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Mexico City Arrive today in Mexico City. You will be received at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Regente or similar
Day 2 – Colonial Sites Tour
Patzcuaro Begin your journey through some of the most beautiful colonial cities in Mexico. Travel by road to Morelia, the aristocrat of colonial cities and enjoy an expertly -guided tour. Continue to Patzcuaro where you will stay overnight.
Overnight Posada de Don Vasco or similar. (B)
Day 3 – Tequila Country
Guadalajara Enjoy a city tour of the charming town of Patzcuaro. Later, travel by road to the “Occidental Pearl” of Guadalajara; known for tequila, mariachi music, wide-brimmed sombreros, the Mexican hat dance and charreadas (rodeos).
Overnight Holiday Inn Centro Historico (B)
Day 4 – Explore Surrounds
Guadalajara Enjoy a city tour and explore both the old and new Guadalajara. As Mexico’s second largest city the region is brimming with life and culture. Steeped in history, you may marvel at the architecture and enjoy visits to many places of interest, like the neoclassical Teatro Degollado and a cathedral with twin gold spires.
Overnight Holiday Inn Centro Historico (B)
Day 5 – Colonial Sites
Guanajuato Visit Guanajuato, a charming colonial-era city situated in a picturesque valley surrounded by the Sierra de Guanajuato Mountains. Once the world’s leading silver-extraction centre, its churches are considered to be among the most beautiful examples of Baroque architecture in Central and South America. Enroute visit a handicraft village of Tlaquepaque and after a short stay continue on to Guanajuato.
Overnight Hotel Mision (B, L)
Day 6 – Heritage City
San Miguel de Allende Today you will visit Guanajuato, a UNESCO World Heritage City. Visit the important religious monument of Christ the King shrine and delve into the vast array of history and culture preserved in the various museums, buildings and people of the area. Continue later on to San Miguel de Allende, to explore another Mexican colonial treasure.
Overnight Mision de los Angeles (B)
Day 7 – Transfer
Mexico City Enjoy a visit to the beautiful San Miguel de Allende, observe the spectacular pink granite cathedral and enjoy a relaxing exploration of the calm colonial streets. Continue on to Queretaro, one of Mexico´s colonial jewels. Investigate both its ancient history, evident in archaeological sites such as the pyramid in Corregidora, and colonial past. Return later to Mexico City for the night.
Overnight Hotel Regente or similar (B)
Day 8 – City Tour
Mexico City Discover the ancient Aztec capital through a guided city tour, including a visit to the famous Anthropological museum.
Overnight at Hotel Regente or similar (B)
Day 9 – Depart
Mexico City Transfer to the airport for your outbound flight. (B)
The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.
Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.
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Overview Mexico is vibrant, colourful and unique. It's beautiful and diverse, with breathtaking vistas, numerous cultures, cuisines, handicrafts, music and art forms. The 500-year old ornate churches in Spanish architecture crown the hillsides, and plazas mark the centre point of Mexican cities. Although, some of the Mexican cities are at the height of urban sophistication, there are other parts of the country that feel more like forgotten Spanish colonies, with an all pervading influence of native American culture.
The adventurous traveller willing to get off the beaten track can explore amazing Aztec style temples and other cultural highlights. Those who like water can surf along its 6000-mile coastline, full of beaches, points, reefs and river mouths. Waves vary from slow rollers to crashing tubes and every few miles of waterfront offers a new surf spot. Mexico is a dream destination and it will fulfil every traveller’s dream!
Where to go Mexico City may be a nightmare for travellers but its surrounding destinations offer the chief relics of the pre-Hispanic cultures of central Mexico: the massive pyramids of Teotihuacán and the main Toltec site at Tula. Travelling west towards Guadalajara, is the most gently scenic country in Mexico, where the thickly forested hills are studded with lakes and ancient villages.
South of the capital, the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, have some of the largest populations of pure indigenous groups; superb markets and fascinating archaeological sites. And San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, makes a nice stopover before travelling to the picturesque Maya ruins of Palenque.
East into the Yucatán are magnificent Maya cities – Chichén Itzá and Uxmal – and the burgeoning Caribbean resorts that stretch down the coast from Cancún. On the Pacific coast, where the surf is wilder and the scenery more rugged than in the Caribbean, Acapulco is a fine beach destination. Along the ocean to the north, hundreds of kilometres of relatively empty sand are broken up only by resort cities like Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.
In the heart of the country, are the beautiful silver-mining towns of Zacatecas and Guanajuato, the historic centres of San Miguel de Allende and Querétaro, and many smaller places with a legacy of superb colonial architecture. Baja California in the far northwest of Mexico offers world-class whale-watching, untrammelled beaches and crumbling Spanish ruins.
When to go November to May: This is late winter in Mexico and the traditional tourist season, worth considering when thinking about the best time to visit. November is probably the ideal time to visit, with the rains over, the land still fresh and the peak season not yet begun. December through to April are the busiest.
January to March are the months to visit Baja California to see the visiting whales. May is a hot month and when the rains make a slow start in the south, gradually creeping northwards over the coming months.
June to October: Beginning in June, the rains begin to make their presence known, mostly in the form of an afternoon storm. July is the heart of Mexico's rainy season, though rains still accustomed to its afternoon routine, cooling down the temperatures. In August and September, rains become heavier, particularly on the Pacific Coast, where it is almost monsoon like. By October, rains begin to ease a little. However, high temperatures, heavy showers and humid conditions remain across much of the country.
Visa British nationals visiting Mexico as a tourist don’t need a visa, but you do need a tourist card, which you can get on arrival by completing an immigration form available at border crossings or on-board flights to Mexico. Immigration officials at the port of entry may ask to see proof of your departure plans from Mexico before allowing you entry to the country, although this isn’t a formal entry requirement.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Mexico.
Travelling to Mexico via the US: If you’re travelling to Mexico via the US, even if you’re only transiting, check the US entry requirements with the US Embassy in London. If you don’t have the correct authorisation you will not be allowed to travel to or transit through the US.
Further information can be found on the FCO’s US Travel Advice.