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Colonial Highlands

At over 2,000 metres above sea level, the Colonial Highlands include a group of stunning colonial towns where you can step back in time to the heart of Spanish Mexico, or "New Spain". They are mostly located between 30 and 150 miles from Mexico City. This is the area where the Mexican revolution of 1911 began and which has spawned many of the country’s greatest authors and artists. Every town and city has something unique to offer, but they will all welcome you with sunny, narrow cobbled streets and courtyards, colour, balconies and fresh flowers. They all boast a fascinating mix of churches and architecture, music and friendly cafes, cool relaxing restaurants and brilliant local food.
 
Many of them are World Heritage Sites, with a diverse mix of cultures and history going back to the beginning of the Spanish conquest in 1521. The town centres are typically compact and ideal for walking, exploring and absorbing the region’s rich and tumultuous history.
  
If you’d like to find out more about Colonial Highlands holidays & horse riding holidays in Mexico, email or call us on 01582 766 122.
 
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Guanajuato is a college town of great charm, with the Jardin de la Union, a pedestrian plaza edged with cafes, at its heart. With its maze of cobbled, narrow alleyways, this is a walking city, with street food, craft stalls, markets, mariachi bands and street performers. Enjoy a Mexican brunch of papaya, fresh juices, chicken or pork and tortilla strips. Diego Rivera, Mexico’s famous cubist mural painter was born here. Visit his house and see his work both there and in the Museo y Casa de Diego. Do not miss the Regional Museum in the massive, balconied Alhondiga de Granadites, a former grain store constructed in 1809. Flamboyant baroque churches and buildings abound and together with the multi-coloured houses throughout the city make this one of the most beautiful locations in Mexico.
 
San Miguel de Allende is another World Heritage Site and is known as a national monument in itself! It is a neat, well managed tourist attraction, famous for its amazing and well preserved 17th and 18th century town centre. It is rich in Colonial and Spanish architecture. This is a vibrant and historic focal point for arts and culture and like most of the Colonial Highland cities, it is for walking, although you will need cobble-friendly shoes! Do not miss the pink limestone facade of the Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel or the municipal market. Enjoy and absorb the fascinating mix of cathedrals, shops old and boutique, restaurants on rooftops, art galleries, dance, live music and great food.
 
Moriela is a graceful and elegant city, with broad boulevards, views and unusually, not one but two main plazas! It is famous for the annual 3000 mile migration from north east America of millions of monarch butterflies from March to October. You can visit the Monarch Biosphere Reserve, one of the areas established to provide a safe haven, on the tree covered slopes of the surrounding Michoacan estada, or state. Like San Miguel de Allende, it boasts a stunningly well preserved Colonial centre with a huge 18th century Spanish Baroque cathedral which even by Mexican standards is outstanding! There is a consistent colonial style throughout the city, which is another candidate for the title of the most beautiful in Mexico. To the familiar mix of restaurants, galleries and museums, cafes and street food, you can add chocolaterias, the local chocolate shops. Those with a sweet tooth should not miss the Museo de Dulce, the Candy Museum, with its cake and sweet production, while those with an interest in 17th century construction must see the huge aqueduct which runs down the centre of Avenida Acueducto.
 
Beneath the Popocatapetl and Iztaccihuati volcanoes, you can visit the colonial city of Puebla, situated at 2200 metres and one of the oldest cities in Mexico. The city is famous for its beautiful azueles, the ornate Spanish style tiles and architectural variety. The city centre alone contains 70 churches.
 
Lively Queretaro with its great night life is reputedly the cleanest city in Mexico and at its most beautiful when the sun goes down.
 
Cuernavaca enjoys perfect weather and verdant gardens, earning it the familiar accolade of the Mexico’s most beautiful city. Cortez built a palace for himself, the Palacio de Cortez, in the city centre and in the central plaza, or zocalo, the Museo Regional Cuauhnahuac is home to a vast collection of architecture, history and art.
 
From October to March, you may be fortunate enough to witness a spectacular natural phenomenon, when millions of Monarch Butterflies migrate between the West Central Mexico and the Colonial Highlands.
Mexico Horse Riding: Colonial Highlands
6YX7L
7 NIGHTS
FROM £1,795
International flights quoted separately
This horse riding holiday exploring the beautiful Colonial Highlands of Mexico. Starting from the charming town of Guanajuato, ride to Santa Rosa & historic Dolores Hildalgo, where the Mexican revolution started. Visit the Sanctuary of Atotonilco (the Sistine Chapel of Mexico) & magnificent San Miguel de Allende. All riding, meals & transfers included. Min 4 - Max 14. Intermediate and advance riders.
Photo Mexico Horse Riding Holiday Central Colonial Highlands
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Horse Riding Holiday
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Silver Route
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Guanajuato
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Christ the King
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Tequila Tasting
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Santa Rosa
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Dolores Hidalgo
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Sanctuary of Atotonilco
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San Miguel de Allende
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Indian Chapels
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Horse Riding Holiday
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Silver Route
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Guanajuato
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Christ the King
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Tequila Tasting
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Santa Rosa
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Dolores Hidalgo
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Sanctuary of Atotonilco
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San Miguel de Allende
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Indian Chapels
Mexico City + Colonial Highlands Tour + Riviera Maya
FYE14M
14 NIGHTS
FROM £1,795
International flights quoted separately
Absord the culture & cuisine of this fascinating country starting in Mexico City, with its ancient pyramids dating back to 300BC & Anthropological Museum with its treasure trove of Olmec, Atzec and Mayan artefacts. Then explore the charming Colonial Highlands on a small group tour, before relaxing on the Riviera Maya. Two departures per month, with dual language English & Spanish guides.
Mexico City Photo Teotihuacan Pyramids Yucatan Colonial Highlands
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Mexico City
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Teotihuacan Pyramids
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San Miguel de Allende
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Dolores Hidalgo
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Guanajuato
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Zacatecas
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Guadalajara
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Tequila Region
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Patzcuaro & Morelia
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Riviera Maya
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Mexico City
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Teotihuacan Pyramids
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San Miguel de Allende
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Dolores Hidalgo
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Guanajuato
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Zacatecas
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Guadalajara
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Tequila Region
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Patzcuaro & Morelia
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Riviera Maya
Mexico City + Colonial Highlands (pvt guide) + Beach
FPA12G
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,495
International flights quoted separately
Explore Mexico City and the charming Spanish towns of the Colonial Highlands, travelling with your own English speaking driver/guide. Visit the beautiful cities of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Santiago de Queretaro, Dolores Hidalgo, Mineral De Pozos and Atotonilco, before relaxing on the Caribbean beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula. All transfers & specified sightseeing included.
Photo Colonial Highlands Mexico Private Tour
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Mexico City
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Xochimilo
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Teotihuacan Pyramids
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Santiago de Queretaro
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San Miguel de Allende
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Guanajuato
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Dolores Hidalgo
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Mineral De Pozos
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Sanctuary of Atotonilco
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Riviera Maya
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Mexico City
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Xochimilo
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Teotihuacan Pyramids
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Santiago de Queretaro
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San Miguel de Allende
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Guanajuato
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Dolores Hidalgo
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Mineral De Pozos
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Sanctuary of Atotonilco
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Riviera Maya
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