Colonial Cities

History, Pottery & Art

With its many contrasts, this trip has so much variety it is sure to please all. It tours three of the most important colonial cities in central Mexico – Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende and Querétaro. Those who love history, pottery, art, architecture and music are sure to enjoy this tour.


If Mexico’s colonial cities were a crown, Guanajuato would without doubt be its prime jewel. UNESCO has named the town as a World Heritage Site. The Great French architecture of this gorgeous city 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. Witness the colonial and revolutionary history come alive in San Miguel de Allende.


Dating back to 1531, Querétaro is the oldest and most historic Mexican Colonial city. 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. Also known for its title as one of the two principal opal mining locations world-wide, history abounds in this city of Querétaro.

What to Expect

Wander the cobblestone streets and appreciate the French architecture of these wonderful picturesque colonial towns. Take in the scenic views as you travel from city to city. This Latin America trip will delight lovers of history, pottery and art! Book your trip any time of year and enjoy the temperate climate of this region.

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March 8-15, 2019

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Colonial Cities Highlights

Guanajuato Grand Hacienda & Garden Tour

Enjoy a little bit of “New Spain” as you stroll through the period-furnished halls of this grand 18th-century hacienda and its 17 gorgeous gardens. The beauty and individuality of each wonderful garden will captivate and provide you with many picturesque moments.

La Valenciana Church

La Valenciana is an 18th-century Mexican Churrigueresque church. The church was built to give thanks to patron Saint Cajetan for the bountiful findings at the nearby mine. This mine is known to have had the largest vein of silver ever found in Mexico. The beautiful use of gold leaf on the interior altarpieces and the cantera stonework exterior is sure to take your breath away.

Dolores Hidalgo

Spend a day touring the beautifully historic colonial town of Dolores Hidalgo. It was here that Mexico’s “George Washington,” Father Miguel Hidalgo, gave the official cry for freedom, and the War for Independence began. Justly known as a center for the design and fabrication of the popular Talavera ceramics, Dolores is also famous for its exotic ice creams and the Atotonilco church, the destination of the Holy Week pilgrimages. Experience the history of colonial Mexico as you stroll about these streets.

House Museum of Don Ignacio Allende

Tour this impressive two-story baroque building, which dates back to the 18th century.  Historically known as the birthplace of Ignacio Allende it now functions as a museum with exhibits highlighting Allende’s role in the struggle for independence and also includes much regional history and archeology.

Casa de La Marquesa Hotel

Relax at the gorgeous Casa de la Marquesa Hotel, an upscale18th-century architectural treasure of Querétaro. Built in 1757 by Antonio Aidai, this building features splendid baroque style mosaic walls and is conveniently located close to two local museums.

Querétaro City

Enjoy the vibrancy of Querétaro. This wonderful Colonial city, founded in 1531, boasts architecture typical of the 16th, 17th, 18th centuries and so much more!

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