Colonial Heartlands

The region to the north of Mexico City is an area famed for its beautiful, old colonial cities founded on the back of the wealth produced from the silver mines, set up by the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th and 17th Centuries. These cities all have their own unique personalities, but they all boast some incredibly grand and ornate Baroque architecture with many richly decorated churches, tree-lined plazas and pretty cobbled streets.

Why visit Colonial Heartlands ?

  • Wander through the cosy alleyways and brightly coloured houses of Guanajuato
  •  Visit the Sanctuary of Atotonilco, also known as the Mexican Sistine Chapel
  • Discover Morelia and witness the phenomenon of the Monarch Butterfly migration
  • Discover Antiguo Camino Real, the original trail used by Spanish Conquistadors
  • Captivate the senses on private tours of tequila tasting, cooking classes & boutique  wineries

From the small, quaint San Miguel de Allende to the vibrant university town of Guanajato or the relatively untravelled Zacatecas to the beautifully preserved UNESCO city of Morelia, these delightful and beautiful cities offer a step back in time to a fascinating era when the Spanish were at the height of their influence. The area is also famed for the part it played in sparking the Mexican revolution in 1911, and is still looked upon today as a source of nationalistic inspiration for the national conscience through its artists and authors and retains the country’s independent spirit.

The region boats many other great highlights such as its rugged scenery with verdant mountains, fertile valleys, wonderful cuisine, Mariachi music, Mexican rodeos, The Day of the Dead festival in November, which is taken particularly seriously in the lakeside town of Patzcuaro and the incredible natural spectacle in late autumn of millions of Monarch butterflies that arrive on their annual migration from the Great Lakes in the USA and turn the trees a vibrant, fiery orange.




No visa is required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations are required.

Time Difference

GMT - 6 Hours

Flight Time

11.5 hours Direct


You can follow our adventures and travel inspiration and share your holiday experiences with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Keep up-to-date with the latest travel trends, inspiration for future trips and competitions to win luxury travel vouchers.