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Colonial Mexico — By Solar Tours

While Colonial Mexico is not a specific area or a destination, it is descriptive of the towns which were built all over Mexico between the fall of Tenochtitlan in 1521 until the Wars of Independence in the 1810s. These towns are rich with history, art, culture and eco-tourism. No matter what you are seeking in your Mexican getaway, the Colonial Cities likely will have what you need. From the beautiful beaches of Puerto Vallarta to the scenic and relaxing squares and plazas of Guadalajara you will find something for everyone. Solar Tours makes it easy for you to be the expert on these hidden Mexican gems.

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Colonial Mexico

The colonial cities of Mexico dot the west coast. Each city is unique and brings its own separate character, history, and architecture to the forefront to tell a unique and vibrant story.While these cities are a wonderful place to visit, be sure to look at them from beyond the eyes of a tourist. You will find many festivals throughout the year in cities like Guanajuato, Morelia and Merida. In San Cristobal de las Casas, you will find an indigent tribe who still believes that the Mayan culture is alive and flourishing–despite the poverty in which they live and the opulence (relative) with which they are surrounded.These cities have it all. From spectacular beaches, fascinating archaeological sites and one of the world’s largest cities in the middle of it all. But don’t let the tried and true keep you from digging a little deeper into these magical cities and these magical people.
  • Chiapas is home to the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque, Yaxchilán, Bonampak, Chinkultic, and Toniná.
  • Guadalajara‘s historic downtown features a number of beautiful squares and parks including: Parque Morelos, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Liberacion, Plaza de los Mariachis, Plaza Fundadores, Plaza Guadalajara, Plaza Tapatia, and Rotonda de los Jalicienses Ilustres.
  • In Oaxaca, there is a large population of Zapotec and Mixtec Indians in the central highlands surrounding Oaxaca City. It’s a land of mountains and valleys checkered with cornfields, at its prettiest during the rainy season (Jun-Oct), when the corn is green. The villages here are famous for their crafts and attract visitors from all over the world.
  • Puerto Vallarta is one of the most visually beautiful cities in Mexico. If you are a fan of being outdoors, this is the city for you. You can cool off in a waterfall, scuba dive with manta rays off Islas Marietas or enjoy a sunset stroll along the Malecón promenade. If shopping is your thing, the city has a plethora of boutique shops. The nightlife is electric and some of Mexico’s finest dining can be found here as well among the cobblestone streets and adobe homes.
  • San Miguel de Allende is a delightful city with a distinctive bohemian atmosphere. Its well-preserved structures house many luxury boutique hotels, art galleries, patio restaurants, and fine shops. By just wandering around the city, you get to admire its unique beauty and feel its distinguishing provincial charm that makes it a true colonial gem. You can also explore your artistic skills at one of its many art and language institutes.
  • Guanajuato is a charming colonial city with a unique landscape. Its steep cobblestone streets and formidable architecture portray a singular beauty and a stately allure. Such attributes have made this beautiful city a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can admire the numerous historic sites located all over the city, enjoy the quaint shopping and dining venues, or simply participate in one of many cultural activities organized throughout the year.
  • The city of Campeche has a diverse set of historic gems to share with its visitors. Founded in 1540 on a former Mayan trading village, Campeche was the Yucatan Peninsula’s main port. Due to the frequent pirate attacks, a set of defensive walls and fortifications surrounding the entire city was built to protect its people. You can see the beauty and magic of the city’s colonial buildings, the many archaeological sites nearby, and its natural wonders.
  • The City of Villahermosa is a modern city with well-kept colonial buildings and nearby archaeological sites. You can take advantage of its top notch shopping and dining venues, archaeological parks, and several deluxe accommodations. Founded in 1519 by Hernan Cortes, Villahermosa was the area’s best-kept secret until in recent years, large oil deposits were found in this region. This contributed to a major economic boom in the area.
  • The city of Puebla has been the stage of various key events in Mexican history. Most importantly, Puebla was the set of an unprecedented battle in 1862 where Mexican troops defeated the French Army. Such victory is celebrated today as Cinco de Mayo. The city is known for its unique colonial legacy, growing industrial centers and, for its remarkable contributions to Mexican cuisine. As home of the famous Mole, Puebla is a city that you cannot miss. The city of Puebla has been the stage of various key events in Mexican history.more
Quaint Plaza in Oaxaca
Guadalajara Cathedral Mexico

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (Puerto Vallarata)

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