Central Highlands – what to see and do

The best sightseeing in the central highland states
GuanajuatoSlide thumbnail


San Miguel de AllendeSlide thumbnail

San Miguel de Allende

PatzcuaroSlide thumbnail


Zacatecas, view from the cable carSlide thumbnail


Guadalajara - the Plaza de ArmasSlide thumbnail


Silver mines, fine colonial architecture, beautiful churches and lively fiestas – it’s all here in Mexico’s Central Highlands.   This region has an excellent network of roads and there are several airports with direct international flights, so you can visit for a weekend break or plan a more comprehensive tour of several cities.


Here are some highlights:


  • Guadalajara – Mexico’s second city and the birthplace of mariachis and tequila
  • San Miguel de Allende – artists’ retreat and shoppers’ paradise, with a near perfect climate year-round
  • Guanajuato – rich in history and also a lively University town that hosts the Cervantino arts and music festival
  • Zacatecas – here  you’ll find some unusual and memorable sights such as a tour of a silver mine that also functions as a night club, a cable car ride high over the city, and a museum of Mexican masks with over 3000 exhibits.
  • Querataro – birthplace of Mexican independence and a wonderful city for strolling, with a fiesta atmosphere at weekends



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Zacatecas Sight Colonial City
Guanajuato Sight Colonial City
San Miguel de Allende Sight Artists' town
Morelia Sight Colonial city
Patzcuaro Sight Historic town, Day of Dead celebrations
Guadalajara Sight Birthplace of Tequila and Mariachis
Queretaro Sight Colonial city
Santa Clara del Cobre Sight Town famous for coppersmiths
Dolores Hidalgo Sight Pueblo Magico
De Mendoza Hotel Hotel
Quinta Real Guadalajara Hotel Hotel
Posada Santa Fe Hotel Hotel
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