Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende and Queretaro
Mexican people will enchant you with their warm hospitality, passionate music, colorful pageantry and wonderful sense of humor. With its many contrasts, this trip has so much variety it will please everyone. It includes three of the most important colonial cities in central Mexico: Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende and Queretaro. You will love this tour if you love history, pottery, art, architecture and music. We have planned this experience with plenty of time to explore each of these colonial cities.
If Mexico’s colonial cities were a crown, Guanajuato City would without doubt be its prime jewel. UNESCO has named Guanajuato City a World Heritage Site. The city’s great French architecture was built with the wealth generated from the silver mines that enjoyed their heyday during the 17th and 18th centuries. Present-day Guanajuato is 100% Spanish Colonial in look, style, feel and atmosphere. Cobbled streets, churches, asymmetrical buildings, an amazing tapestry of color, vibrancy, and sheer historical splendor await all who travel to this stunning colonial gem.
San Miguel de Allende mixes the best aspects of small-town life with the cosmopolitan pleasures of a big city. Smallest of the colonial cities, its cobblestone streets, fanciful church, unique galleries, shops and restaurants set it apart from the rest. For many years, this city has supported a resident population of artists, writers, and expatriates. Colonial and revolutionary history come alive in San Miguel de Allende.
Queretaro is the oldest city (1531) and the most historic. During the colonial era, it played a central role in the conquest and evangelization of northern Mexico. It was at the center of events for the three wars that forged the Mexican nation: The War of Independence, the War of the Reform, and the Mexican Revolution. History abounds here.