Vacation Rentals in Central Mexico

Central Mexico Local Information and Area Highlights

Travel to Central Mexico / Central Mexico Vacation Rentals

The architecture, art, and history of Central Mexico perhaps contrast the range of terrains and climates present in the region. You’ll want to experience all the festivities and wonders first, then retreat to your Central Mexico vacation rental.

Central Mexico History

History in Central Mexico has brought a wealth of character into the region over the millennia. The culture has lingered from early Maya to Toltecs and Aztecs. Evangelization in the 16th century shaped faiths, towns, and villages. Both mining and agriculture led to the urban development of towns and villages. This region is a key source of colonial architecture and art. Today, Central Mexico is a true blend of Spanish and Native American cultures, making very interesting travels for vacationers.

Central Mexico Key Areas

Cordoba is a city of spectacular buildings, important in both their architecture and historical significance. The main church of Cordoba is the Inmaculada Concepcion Temple, or La Purisima, in Baroque-style with accents of neoclassical elements. Just outside of Cordoba, the village of Fortin de Las Flores is known for its flower exporting, and is a peaceful area to visit. Cuernavaca holds the distinction of “City of Eternal Spring” for its mild temperatures throughout the entire year. There is no lack of high quality spas. The central portion of the city is home to a wealth of historical sites, all only a few blocks away from each other, including the Catedral de la Asuncion de Maria, a convent dating back to 1552.

Guadalajara combines the contemporary and the historic to make a perfect vacation destination. It has a distinct colonial flavor stretching all the way from the 16th century, with a number of monuments to visit. Guadalajara is considered to be a large city with a very noticeable Mexican bent, including a famous month-long October festival replete with music, arts, crafts and culture. Guanajuato’s notable silver vein sparked much interest in 1558, and the houses and streets were fitted to the valley and hill terrain. Narrow stone alleyways add to the curiousness of the visitor: the Callejon del Beso is legendarily romantic. Costumed strolling musicians start a procession on weekend evenings, singing and joking in Spanish. Take a tour of the silver mines, or perhaps shop.

Diversity best captures the overall feel of immense Mexico City. Take a stroll along the Paseo de la Reforma and gaze at the Independence Monument. Dine in Bellini, a revolving restaurant on the 45th floor of a building. Visit the National Museum of Anthropology, one of Mexico City’s more than 150 museums. History is quite abundant in this former center of the Aztec empire; the town square of Zócalo covers 13 acres and is on the former site of Montezuma’s Palace. Oaxaca maintains a very cultural, artistic, and historical part of Mexico. Dating back to 1000 B.C., the Oaxaca valley is filled with archaeological ruins that can interest both the scientist and the vacationer. Hardly a night goes by without some sort of celebration. Santo Domingo de Guzmán is a spectacular church in Oaxaca, both in its interior and exterior.

Hills, lakes, rivers, and valleys make up the general terrain of Patzcuaro, and along with volcanoes and lush vegetation, it is quite reminiscent of Hawaii. Historically, the area was populated with Purepecha Indians, and a prominent Indian village setting exists today along with colonial architecture. The Museo Regional de Artes Populares displays an array of local-to-the-area handicrafts. San Cristobal de la Casas is surrounded with pine and oak forests containing flowers such as begonias, ferns, and orchids. The town itself is in Spanish colonial style with the spirit of its indigenous peoples. Colorful festivals line the calendar, and the many barrios (neighborhoods) retain their flavor of the trades performed in each area. Considered to be a national monument, San Miguel de Allende contains colonial mansions along with patios abundantly filled with flowers. The arts are very strong in San Miguel, as are a wide variety of Mexican and international dining options. A notable landmark in San Miguel is La Parroquia, a Gothic church the color of pink.

Sites and tours to see

Municipal Palace in Cordoba
Teatro Pedro Díaz
Pyramids of Xochicalco near Cuernavaca
Cortez Palace in Curenavaca
Libertad Market in Guadalajara
Government Palace in Gudalajara
Alhondiga de Granaditas in Guanajuato
Diego Rivera Museum in Guanajuato
Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City
Diana Fountain in Mexico City
Alcalá Tourist Walk in Oaxaca
Centro Cultural de Santo Domingo in Oaxaca
Basilica Virgen de la Salud in Patzcuaro