My Take on Why to Go to Colonial Mexico


The cover story in the current issue of Travelworld is from yours truly, a piece on the reasons to get away from the beaches and visit the middle of Mexico instead. This is the old part, the colonial part, the area with the most interesting architecture. And for most of the spots profiled, these are great value destinations as well.

In the article, which is accompanied by some nice photos I took while living there for a year, are the spots you should head to if you have some time to move around. These are the real gems of the region: Zacatecas, Morelia, Patzcuaro, San Miguel de Allende, and Guanajuato (where I lived for a year and will return to next year.)

Even in San Miguel, which has some 10,000 foreigners living there, you’ll see as many or more domestic tourists as foreign ones. That means prices that the locals can bear, not prices meant for celebs and dot-com millionaires like you find in Los Cabos.


Read the article for the rest of the story. It’s on the Issu platform, which means you can read it like a regular magazine, flipping the pages and seeing large photos.

Hasta pronto!


  1. jim johnston

    So true–you can’t really know Mexico if you just stay at the beach. Good article and beautiful photos.

  2. Scott

    Great article! I love how colorful the cities are! Which one would you recommend the most for a first timer? It sounds like, from the article, San Miguel de Allende…

  3. Colleen

    What beautiful photos! I appreciate that you talked a little about how much things will cost and I agree that there’s so much more to Mexico than the beach.

  4. Josh

    Great article and awesome photos. I’ve actually never been to Mexico but it’s definitely got my attention now!

  5. martin

    Great tip thanks but i prefer mexico off the beaten path.. there are so many unknown places to discover its reak worth to do it.
    greetings from south america

    • tim

      Well, I wouldn’t call Morelia and Zacatecas part of any beaten path Martin. You’ll be hard pressed to run into more than a dinner table’s worth of foreign tourists most weeks.

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