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Mexico City and the Highlands

a place of fascinating contrasts and experiences

Mexico City has an irresistible energy. It’s a place of fascinating contrasts and experiences, from lively street festivals to tranquil squares and ancient ruins to shiny high rises – not to mention an incredibly vibrant culture.

You’ll find the capital’s roots in its city centre – Centro Historico – which has the Palacio Nacional, Aztec Templo Mayor and the famous Zocalo square at its heart. With some of the finest museums in the world and the archaeological wonders of Teotihuacan just outside the city, there are plenty of opportunities to dip into Mexico’s ancient history.

As you explore you’ll come across innumerable parks and pavement cafes that offer a change of pace from sightseeing, whilst the chic Polanco district will delight those with a taste for upscale shopping and fine dining.

With Mexico City as your base, you can go on guided day trips to explore the surrounding colonial highlands. Charming settlements are found in and amongst the rolling hills, from Cuernavaca – the City of Eternal Spring – to Taxco, with its quaint churches and cobbled lanes.

Puebla, lying in the shadow of the snow-capped Popocatepetl volcano, is one of the oldest colonial cities across South America. It’s worth spending at least a day here to make the most of its historic sights, spectacular colonial architecture and UNESCO-sponsored centre.

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Casa de la Real Aduana Boutique Hotel, Patzcuaro Mexico City and the Highlands

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La Casa de La Marquesa, Queretaro Mexico City and the Highlands

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Rancho San Cayetano, Zitacuaro Mexico City and the Highlands

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Villa Maria Cristina, Guanajuato Mexico City and the Highlands

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Not that the Four Seasons is on the outskirts of the city, or tucked away in suburbia. It stands, in imposing colonial style, in the historic district of Paseo de la Reforma, a wide avenue …

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