Colonial Mexico Tours, Vacations, Travel Packages & Experiences
The Spanish Colonial era lasted around 300 years between 1521 and 1821 after which Mexico became independent. During this period, many cities and towns in Mexico inherited the style of architecture and ambience of the Spanish influence which can be experienced today on Mexico vacations. Some of the major Colonial cities are the following
San Miguel de Allende is perhaps the best known. It is one of a group of old silver mining cities. It is a quaint, cobblestone street-lined town that developed a following among artists in the 1950s. Now many expatriates have chosen to live here. Most activities surround arts and learning, painting, weaving, photography and sculpture. Gathered around the Colonial centre are a number of fine examples of great Colonial architecture including the Parish Church which resides in front of the tree-lined main plaza.
San Luis Potosi is another old silver mining city and is one of Mexico’s highest cities as well as one of its most historically significant places. It was the capital of Mexico twice during the country’s history. Like the other silver cities, San Luis Potosi’s wealth was derived from the silver mines in the area and was the most developed of the silver cities. Its Colonial inheritance of magnificent buildings, art and public spaces reflects this while on a Mexico vacation package.
Guanajuato is yet another one of old silver mining cities and a Colonial gem sitting in a valley about 350 kilometres/220 miles northwest of Mexico City. The town has been named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The architecture of this city was built with the enormous wealth generated from the silver mines. At that time, Guanajuato was the source for one third of the world’s silver supply. Today, while on a Mexico vacation, you can see Guanajuato in its unspoiled, perfectly preserved splendour. It is like stepping back in time as it is incredibly picturesque. Guanajuato’s cobbled streets twist and turn and people often get lost in this city. It has a genuine Spanish Colonial look, style, feel and atmosphere.
Situated between Taxco and Mexico City is Cuernavaca which can be visited for the day from Mexico City but it is suggested to find more time to get to know the city as it is one of the country's best known Colonial cities on Mexico vacations. The principal Colonial buildings and monuments in the historic centre include El Palacio de Cortes, Palacio de Gobierno, the Cathedral and Casa Maximiliano. Much of Cuernavaca’s Colonial-era elegance and charm is hidden away from view. Behind some of the tall walls are beautiful gardens and residences owned by wealthy local families. Some of the Colonial residences, dating back to the 15th century, have been converted into hotels, restaurants, spas and museums. A large community of foreign expatriates lives here due to the excellent climate.
Perched on a steep hillside, Taxco was once a silver mining town and is now best known for its silver craft. This city is picturesque in a very traditional Mexican way with white stucco buildings with red-roof tiles, winding cobbled streets, antique churches and sleepy little plazas. As a well-preserved Colonial town, Taxco is a treasure trove of valuable historical architecture. The El Templo Santa Prisca is an eighteenth Century baroque style cathedral. Its rose-colored twin towers dominate the main plaza. Taxco’s streets are a bustle of activity and they particularly come alive over the weekends.
Oaxaca City offers a historical Colonial centre with cobbled streets, striking architecture, quiet plazas and a fine central square often filled with sounds created by local musicians serenading people as they rest under the shade of its trees and to those taking some time to enjoy fine coffee and quiet conversation at one of the cafés. .Monte Alban, and Mitla, two of Mexico’s primary archaeological sites, are close to Oaxaca.
Merida is the capital city of the state of Yucatan, famous for its rich Mayan history as well as some of Mexico’s most important archaeological sites. The city's ambiance is distinctly Colonial. You will find elegant hotels, restaurants and malls plus a large central market and numerous small shops all around the main plaza. Merida has a rich cultural life which also reflects its diversity. Many free concerts, performances and other events are held daily to be enjoyed on a Mexico vacation package.
Campeche, in the Yucatan Peninsula, is one of the country’s best kept Colonial secrets. The city is one of the most picturesque Colonial centres in Mexico. Wealthy merchants and traders built outstandingly beautiful houses and haciendas here. Today hundreds of these have been carefully restored to their former glory. UNESCO declared Campeche a World Heritage Site. This old walled city with its narrow streets, pastel coloured houses and old-world, Colonial feel is a true gem.
There are a number of other interesting Colonial cities which can be considered as destinations worth of a visit on Mexico vacations.
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