1 Peña de Bernal

Hike up the slopes of this stunning tower of rock, one of the world’s tallest monoliths, easily accessible from the colonial city of Querétaro.

2 Las Pozas

Visit the surreal creation of English eccentric Edward James, a fantasy of concrete statues and structures surrounded by lush jungle.

3 San Miguel de Allende

Gorgeous colonial town with enticing boutique hotels and highly regarded Spanish language schools.

4 Guanajuato

Captivating university town set dramatically over the steep slopes of a ravine.

5 Posada pilgrimage

José Posada’s macabre work is the pride of Aguascalientes, shown in the Posada museum and the Museo de la Muerte.

6 Mercado de la Bírria

The aromatic birrierías at Aguascalientes’ Mercado Juárez are eye-popping, but slow-roasted goat is the real star.

7 Zacatecas

Handsome former silver town located high up in the northern deserts.

8 Real de Catorce

Artfully restored colonial hotels, fine Italian meals and haunting desert scenery in a semi-ghost town.

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