by Latin America Specialist, Scott H.
I just returned from a research trip focusing on the Colonial cities north of Mexico City. I was stunned by the amazing diversity of culture and the vital significance these cities played in the fight for independence in the early 19th century. My favorite part of traveling through the colonial cities is the lack of international tourism. You really feel like you’re seeing authentic Mexico rather than a place that exists solely for tourism
Well-known for its colorful and beautiful colonial buildings, Guanajuato was declared UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988 and is a popular stop on a trip to Mexico.
Located about 45 miles east of Oaxaca, Hierve el Agua is home to mineral formations that over hundreds of years have formed to look like huge frozen waterfalls. There are also two large artificial pools very close to the cliff’s edge, as well as a number of small natural pools, making for beautiful photos and a perfect off-the-beaten-track adventure.
Puebla, one of the oldest colonial cities on the continent, is known not only for its prominent architecture but also for its popular cuisine known as “Cocina Poblana”.
Querataro is just over two hours from Mexico City and is also a popular destination for colonial architecture.
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