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Explore and Relax Mexico: Silver cities to Pacific coast

12 days from £3,920pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Mexico

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Overview & Highlights

Mexico, with its huge landscapes, offers a great road trip, travelling in a car with personal driver round the highland colonial cities. Then hop by air down to the tropical Pacific coast.

Northwest of Mexico City are crumpled ranges of gnarled, humpy but starkly beautiful hills. Here, and in the bountiful valleys of the Bajío, Spanish colonists built fortunes from the mining of precious metals, especially silver, and a necklace of prosperous towns sprung up which share a heritage of baroque churches, leafy squares and pastel-washed houses.

Each has its own character: the stately university town of Guanajuato, built in a narrow gorge, is a centre for music, theatre and dance. The impossibly picturesque cobbled streets of San Miguel de Allende overflow with character as well as galleries, boutiques and cafés. Querétaro is renowned for its impressive colonial aqueduct. Meanwhile, to the south-west of Mexico City is Taxco; the whole city is a national monument. These cities rarely feature on a first trip to Mexico, making our holiday ideal if it is your second visit and are keen to scratch a little deeper beneath the surface of this captivating country.

Begin with a couple days in Mexico City before our road trip takes you on the rugged highland colonial-cities loop. Then it's on by air to the tropical Pacific coast for beach time at Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, established resorts with wonderful beaches and a lower profile than those along the Riviera Maya.

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  • Explore Mexico City and experience its highlights
  • Discover colourful colonial towns and cities
  • Relax on the stunning Pacific coast

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Our Expert's Opinion

This holiday in Mexico allows you to see the country at your own pace. You'll have the chance to meet local people, spend more time in beautifully restored old silver mining towns, and stay ahead of the crowds if you're following your own timetable. The benefit of this holiday is the freedom of independent travel, with the knowledge that the recommended accommodations have been carefully handpicked by us.

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Heloise Buxton Travel Expert Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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    Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.

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