Exploring the charming hillside towns and cities of Central Mexico is the best way to get to know a very different side to the country.

Within three hours drive north of the capital Mexico City, in the central highlands, are the colonial era cities of San Miguel de Allende and Queretaro. San Miguel boasts a historic centre, whose beautiful 17th and 18th century baroque and neoclassical architecture and leafy plazas are linked by narrow cobbled streets, lending a feeling of timelessness to one of the prettiest cities in the country. Queretaro is a larger and busier city, a little rough around the edges but with another well-preserved and charming colonial heart, full of equally elegant mansions and churches. Some 50 miles west of San Miguel is Guanajuato, another colonial gem which can be visited as part of a day trip.  

To the south of Mexico City, within easy reach by road, are four more cities renowned for their well-preserved colonial core. To the south east of the capital are Puebla and Cholula. Puebla is one of the most important and oldest cities in Mexico, today famed for its colourful and laid-back centre, packed with interesting museums and churches and  its excellent culinary scene (particularly its deserts). Puebla’s cathedral is one of the star attractions, with two of the tallest church towers in the country. Nearby, Cholula boasts a huge collection of beautiful churches, the remains of the world’s largest man-made pyramid and a stunning backdrop provided by the Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes.

Also two hours south of the capital are Cuernavaca and Taxco. The former is a city of beautiful parks, plazas and churches, charming haciendas and a warm climate throughout the year, making it the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of Mexico City. Even better, it can be easily combined with the historic mining town of Taxco, famed for its production of silver jewellery and beautiful colonial facades.

Away from the centre, Mexico’s rich colonial history remains equally prominent. Heading towards the east of the country you will find historic Oaxaca and San Cristóbal de las Casas and the old walled city of Campeche, with its nearby ruins. On the Yucatán is the city of Mérida, steeped in colonial heritage and the perfect base from which to explore the many archaeological sites of the region.

Route Map

Click on a marker to read more information about each location.

Explore some of our favourite holiday
Locations & Attractions

Find your perfect Holiday from our
Suggested Itineraries

View All

" Taxco Santa Prisca " by Luidger - licensed under CC BY

The Mirador Tour - Holidays to Mexico

Mexico

Mirador Tour

14 Nights from £3,414 €3,196 $3,438

A land steeped in ancient history, colonial past and scattered with Mayan and Aztec pyramids. We include the stunning Chiapas region with villages nestled …

The Mirador Tour
Tours in Mexico

14 Nights from £3,414 €3,196 $3,438

Full Itinerary Contact Specialist

Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Departure from UK

    Day 2 - Anthropological Museum & Pyramids of Teotihuacan

    Day 3 - Mexico City at leisure

  2. Day 4 - Puebla

    Day 5 - Monte Albán

    Day 6 - Oaxaca at leisure

  3. Day 7 - Sumidero Canyon

    Day 8 - San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan

    Day 9 - San Cristobal at leisure

  4. Day 10 - Transfer to Palenque

    Day 11 - Tour of Palenque site

  5. Day 12 - Tour of Merida

    Day 13 - Uxmal excursion

  6. Day 14 - Chichén Itzá

    Day 15 - Return home

The Cosmopolitan Tour - Taxco & Cuernavaca - Holidays to Mexico

Mexico

Cosmopolitan Tour

10 Nights from £2,237 €1,784 $1,908

Mexico City combines a modern lifestyle with colonial history and massive Aztec pyramids. Continue to glamorous Acapulco, made famous for the cliff divers.…

The Cosmopolitan Tour
Tours in Mexico

10 Nights from £2,237 €1,784 $1,908

Full Itinerary Contact Specialist

Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Departure 

    Day 2-4 At  Leisure 

  2. Day 5 - Tour Cuernavaca

  3. Day 6 Depart to Acapulco

    Day 7-10 At leisure

    Day 11 Departure

The Palapa Tour - Tulum - Holidays to Mexico

Mexico

Palapa Tour

10 Nights from £1,562 €974 $1,030

Explore the Aztec remnants of the past, stepping back in time at Calakmul for the pyramids of mighty civilisations, small villages, the walled city of Camp…

The Palapa Tour
Tours in Mexico

10 Nights from £1,562 €974 $1,030

Full Itinerary Contact Specialist

Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Departure from UK

    Day 2 - Tulum

  2. Day 3 - Kohunlich

    Day 4 - Chicanná & Calakmul

  3. Day 5 - Campeche

    Day 6 - Edzná

    Day 7 - Labná, Kabah and Uxmal

  4. Day 8 - Oxkutzcab

    Day 9 - Merida

  5. Day 10 - Chichén Itzá

    Day 11 - Depart to UK

The Sisal Tour - Holidays to Mexico

Mexico

Sisal Tour

14 Nights from £4,711 €4,753 $5,124

The wealth of producing sisal is visible in the opulent country Haciendas, now converted into small luxury hotels for you to experience. Visit massive Maya…

The Sisal Tour
Tours in Mexico

14 Nights from £4,711 €4,753 $5,124

Full Itinerary Contact Specialist

Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Fly to Cancun

    Day 2-4 - Hacienda San Jose, Merida

  2. Day 5 - Transport to Hacienda Temozon, visit Uxmal, continue to Campeche

    Day 6-7 - At leisure in Campeche

  3. Day 8 - Transport to Merida

    Day 9 - At leisure in Merida

  4. Day 10 - Chichén Itzá

  5. Day 11-14 - At leisure at your beach resort

    Day 15 - Flight back home

The Viceroy Tour - San Miguel de Allende - Holidays to Mexico

Mexico

Viceroy Tour

7 Nights from £1,313 €675 $706

The historic towns of Mexico City are hidden gems called Pueblos Magicos ( Magical Towns) with cobbled streets, colonial houses painted in bright colours a…

The Viceroy Tour
Tours in Mexico

7 Nights from £1,313 €675 $706

Full Itinerary Contact Specialist

Itinerary Summary

  1. Days 1-3 - Visit to the huge pre-Aztec pyramids

  2. Days 4-7 - Visit major colonial and historic cities

  3. Day 8 - Travel back to UK