|Bajio Region For travelers wanting to broaden their horizons, there is no better adventure than a journey to Mexico's colonial cities in the Bajío. This region embodies the true character of Mexico as a nation and showcases the country's 300 years under Spanish rule. This zone includes the states of Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Querétaro and San Luis Potosí, Morelia.
Guadalajara, capital of the state of Jalisco, better known as the “City of Roses” is where history and traditions converge. This fascinating destination is characterized by its folklore “mariachis”, tequila, “charros” and handcrafts, made in ceramic, wood and blown glass. The Basilica of the Virgin of Zapopan and the Degollado Theatre are some of the popular heritage sites for national and foreign tourists.
The city of Guanajuato, one of the richest during Mexico´s silver rush, is today one of Mexico´s most well-preserved cities. Surrounded by high, arid hills and certain features set this small city apart from all others: an underground road system, steep crooked streets, silver mines and mummies.
|Lagos de Moreno|
This quaint town is one of the best preserved in the state of Jalisco. Charming colonial buildings line narrow streets that lead to many small parks and plazas that recognize the citys´ heroes. Hacienda Sepulveda, located less than 5 kms from the city center is the perfect lodging to get the most from this destination–historical insight and fresh air.
|Mineral de Pozos|
This quaint rustic Mexican village known for many years as a "ghost town" with an abundance of ruins and abandoned mines, is a destination that has recently been rediscovered. In addition to the mystical surroundings and colorful vistas available to artists and photographers, Pozos offers other activities such as hiking, mountain biking and shopping . Besides the many talented locals, it is now attracting a diverse group of foreign artists, photographers and sculptors, who exhibit their art in galleries located throughout the town that is reminiscent of an early San Miguel.
Morelia´s central historic area is perfect for strolling through beautiful parks and plazas, peeking into private homes or admiring the religious art on facades and interiors of the innumerable churches and convents. Those who love art and culture will find the best colonial architecture in Morelia.
Rolling pastures and pine forests separate Morelia from the artisan town of Patzcuaro located on a hill above Lake Patzcuaro. It and the quilt of small villages nearby is unsurpassable for finding handicrafts such as handmade linens, copperware, guitars, hand-carved furniture, ceramics and many more beautiful surprises. This quiet haven takes one back to simpler times.
Queretaro is so much more than just a world-class destination for rock climbers, spelunkers and collectors of semi-precious stones. Major Mexican historical events have happened in this beautifully preserved, picturesque city. That historical significance, coupled with its outstanding restoration has earned its nomination as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
|San Miguel de Allende|
This gem of a village, nestled on a hillside facing a river with a view to the Guanajuato Mountains, is a well-known artists´ colony. The town, registered as a national monument, is one of the loveliest of Mexico´s colonial cities, with old mansions and flower-filled patios that make strolling along the winding cobblestone streets a delightful activity in itself.
The city "with a face of quarry and a silver heart" is situated in a valley surrounded by spectacular mountain range and deep canyons. This geography has created romantically charming streets that wrap and wind their way throughout the city, perfect for walking and exploring. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site in 1993 in recognition of its architectural value and the beauty of its buildings.