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The Bajio is a mountainous region in central Mexico. A rich silver-mining area in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Bajio saw an explosion of fabulous wealth for the time, and the cities there grew to be large and spectacular. By the 19th century, though, the silver lodes were emptied, and the cities became depopulated. They retain their amazing architecture and traditions, however, making them a joy to visit.



  • Aguascalientes -- but the thermal waters aren't very hot
  • Guanajuato -- imagine a beautiful valley filled with a Spanish colonial city in a three-dimensional maze of passageways, and a rim road along the clifftops. The city is considered World Heritage by Unesco. It's also home to the International Festival Cervantino, every October arts from around the world unite cultures for about 2 weeks.
  • Leon The city has become known by its leather works. International Airport is just outside the city and makes transportation easy to cities around like Guanajuato, San Miguel, Dolores, etc.
  • Querétaro -- A city known for it's historic colonial downtown which is unusual in having retained the geometric street plan of the Spanish conquerors side by side with the twisting alleys of the Otomi quarters. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Real de Catorce -- an old mining ghost town and the area where the Huichol indians make their traditional pilgrimage for visions and the gathering of peyote.
  • San Luis Potosi -- Known for it's historic colonial downtown which displays a great mixture of different artistic styles in many buildings.
  • Zacatecas -- a high-elevation city of immense charm. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • San Miguel de Allende -- A charming colonial town that is popular with foreign retirees, artists, writers and tourists.
  • Dolores Hidalgo -- ceramics center

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  • La Huasteca Potosina


San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas are known for having some of the best bullfights (as well as the best bulls and matadores) of any Mexican city. The bullfighting season is generally centered around the summer months. Tickets should be purchased in advance as the fights typically sell out.


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  • Franciscan missions in the Sierra Gordo of Querétaro. World heritage site.
  • Colonial city centers, including that in Zacatecas, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • San Marcos Fair (es: Feria Nacional de San Marcos), in Aguascalientes. The unofficial national fair of Mexico. Held for three or four weeks beginning around the end of April.


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