In the areas around Mexico City Spanish colonists founded towns that flourished as they became wealthy by mining for precious metals, especially silver. Ornate churches, beautiful mansions and picturesque squares still remain today in these colonial cities, each with its own character.
The colonial city of Morelia has some of the most impressive colonial architecture. San Miguel de Allende is a preferred destination for art lovers. Studios and galleries abound and there are courses and workshops for those wishing to learn more. Rich in history and culture, Oaxaca is a fascinating destination where you can appreciate ancient civilizations, colonial art and architecture and vibrant cultural traditions.
Cuernavaca, known as ‘The City of the Eternal Spring’, has since Aztec times attracted visitors wishing to escape from Mexico City and relax. Accessible for a day visit, this historic city has a fine collection of colonial buildings and churches, beautiful plazas and fragrant gardens. Puebla too can be visited in a day trip from Mexico City. Drive past spectacular Popocatepetl volcano to Puebla, one of Mexico’s oldest cities with baroque architectural masterpieces, winding streets, fountains and gardens. Built in a narrow valley, Guanajuato is known for music, theatre and dance and hosts a major international festival.