|from £2,099 per person based on two sharing.
|When to go
|All year round
Wild silver mining towns, arty sculpture gardens and stunning colonial cities: Mexico has so many secret gems it's hard to know where to start. Head deep into the heart of Mexico’s cultural and artistic centre with your own private guide. Intrigued? Read on.
After kicking off in Mexico City you’ll be whisked to colonial Queretaro, for lush landscapes dotted with world heritage pyramids and churches.
En route, admire the second largest monolith in the world at Bernal village: impressive, to say the least.
Deep in the Queretaro valley, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time. See two-thousand year-old pre-colonial pyramids, grand 17th century aqueducts and the viceroyal city of Queretaro, before heading to your home for the evening: Jalpan de Serra (nearby a huge, baroque mission building, no less).
Try the local coffee: a must, as it’s grown nearby, and see the sugar cane scattered on the town’s roads as it is transported around the continent.
Next, head to the mountains of the Sierra Gorda, and Xilitla, tosee Edward James' world-famous exotic surrealist garden.
Explore the 80 ethereal acres of waterfalls and pools dotted with towering surrealist sculptures. Trust is, this place is as mysterious as you can get. Look out for over thirty concrete palaces, temples and pagodas. Our favourite is the ‘House on Three Floors Which Will in Fact Have Five or Four or Six’. Catchy, eh?
The walled town of Real de Catorce is only accessible through a 2,300 metre-long tunnel: and for good reason. This spot (your next stop), historically attracted crowds of miners and adventurers in search of fortune. From it’s anarchic beginnings and silver fever to today’s sleepy town, learn about the struggle to survive which has made Real de Catorce what it is today.
Heading out in early October? Don’t miss the Saint’s Day celebrations. All year round, visit the roman amphitheatre cock-fighting ring, the silent Ghost Town and the old Concepción’s Mine of Mexico’s own wild west.
And finally, time to relax Mexico-style (no sombrero included). Once a boho hangout, San Miguel de Allende is now the holiday destination for the local and international jet set. Protected by UNESCO, you won’t see a single new building or traffic light in this town.
Stroll through winding alleys, stop at the many art galleries, and see the cities' picturesque red rooftops and domed churches, before a spot of live classical music in town.
You’ll return home enlightened, educated and full of Mexico’s real flavour. And as for your photos? Not a single plastic lilo in sight.