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.
Visitors come to see the capital city's colonial architecture, and the San Marcos Fair, and it offers activities such as hiking, sport fishing and cycling in the Sierra Fría nature reserve.
|Guanajuato (Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo, León, San Miguel de Allende)|
The most important colonial tourist destination in the country, it has several "colonial gems", architectural beauty and archaeological zones.
Querétaro offers colonial cities, wine tourism, and ecotourism opportunities.
|San Luis Potosi (San Luis Potosi, Real de Catorce, Xilitla)|
The state lies mostly on the Mexican Plateau, with the eastern part descending into the tropical valley of the Tampaon River
|Zacatecas (Zacatecas, Jerez de García Salinas, Sombrerete)|
Best known for its rich deposits of silver and other minerals, its colonial architecture and its importance during the Mexican Revolution.
- 1 Aguascalientes – but the thermal waters aren't very hot
- 2 Guanajuato – imagine a beautiful valley filled with a Spanish colonial city in a three-dimensional maze of passageways, underground romantic tunnels and a rim road along the clifftops. The city is considered World Heritage by UNESCO.
- 3 León – The city is known for its leather works. Leon is also famous for its State Fair in the second half of January through the middle of February, the international Hot Air Balloon festival in Oct, and its beauty as a modern Mexican City.
- 4 Querétaro
- 5 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.
- 6 San Luis Potosi
- 7 Zacatecas – a high-elevation city of immense charm. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- 8 San Miguel de Allende – expensive but charming
- 9 Dolores Hidalgo – ceramics center
- 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.
- Las Siete Luminarias in Valle de Santiago
- Bullfights - 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 and fall months. Tickets should be purchased in advance as the fights typically sell out.