Travel photographer Tim Draper has shot images for more than 20 Rough Guides guidebooks, visiting far-flung corners around the world. Here he shares some of his favourite shots of Mexico.

I began my journey in Tijuana, firstly heading slowly down to the tip of Baja, then across the Gulf of California by ferry, up into the hills on the Copper Canyon Railway, stopping off in colourfully-painted towns en route to Mexico City.

I have so many great memories of my time in Mexico, but perhaps my favourite moments were those spent wandering through dusty mining towns, lost and forgotten in time. Or stumbling across a surprise Bob Dylan gig in Zacatecas, exploring the Volkswagen Beetle-infested streets of Taxco and enjoying the wild energy of Mexico City accompanied by a few street-side tacos.

Old convenience store, San Luis Potosí

Old convenience store, San Luis Potosí, Real de Catorce

Local festival outside Zacatecas

Local festival outside Zacatecas

Volkswagen beetle taxis, near the Zócalo, Mexico City

Volkswagen beetle taxis, near the Zócalo

Guanajuato, the Bajío

Guanajuato, Mexico

Coloured houses of Guanajuato

Coloured houses of Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato's painted streets

Street scene in Guanajuato

Coloured houses in Guanajuato street, Mexico

Street scene in Guanajuato, Mexico, North America

Outdoor cafes and coloured homes in Mexico

Early morning light on a small church

early morning light on a small church in Mexico, North America

Houses in Taxco

houses in Taxco, Mexico, North America

Taxco street scene

Taxco street scene, Mexico, North America

Chiapas balloon sellers

Chiapas Balloon sellers, Mexico, North America

San Cristobal las Casas church, Chiapas

San Cristobal las Casas church, Chiapas, Mexico

All images © Tim Draper. Explore more of Mexico with the Rough Guide to MexicoCompare flights, find toursbook hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget to buy travel insurance before you go.

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