Monthly Archives: October 2011

El Tajin, Pre-Hispanic City

Before I tell you about this archaelogical site, I’m going to bore you with my bus adventures again gentle reader. I just managed to survive the switchback journey back to Queretaro without losing my breakfast and after a night recovering … Continue reading

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Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro

This world heritage site comprises five mid-18th century missions in the mountainous region north east of Queretaro. Visiting them all by public transport would have taken some days so I settled on a trip to just one of them, in … Continue reading

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Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro

Queretaro is another 16th century colonial town, complete with the Baroque monuments appropriate to its 17th and 18th century economic golden age. I wouldn’t say that any particular building was spectacular from the outside but the overall urban ensemble is … Continue reading

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Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco

San Miguel de Allende is a pretty town full of retired Americans (the US kind). Consequently the streets around the central garden square are full of shops selling objets d’art, floppy hats and real estate. There is evena golf resort … Continue reading

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Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines

Guanajuato is another town founded as a result of silver mining and is in a valley even more steep-sided than that of Zacatecas. The city became wealthy in the 18th century and has the Baroque architecture to show for it. I … Continue reading

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Historic Centre of the City of San Luis Potosi

SLP, as it seems often to be referred to, was a picturesque bus journey east from Zacatecas. The scenery was low mountains with scrub and trees with outbreaks of grazing cattle. This site is actually only a part of a … Continue reading

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Historic Centre of Zacatecas

I left Guadalajara in an epic rainstorm (linked to a hurricane or tropical storm I understand) and went north to Zacatecas. This town was founded in the mid 16th century after the discovery of a major silver lode in the … Continue reading

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