The somewhat border town of Chetumal was our last stop in Mexico before entering into Belize, and the first stop upon exit. On the drive to Belize we stayed there two nights, to kind of catch our bearings before crossing the border. When we drove back to The States, we also stayed two nights because of the awesome hotel we found on the way down.
San Miguel de Allende, with its narrow cobblestone streets, panoramic views, and fine architectural details, is one of the prettiest towns I visited in Mexico. The city's rich history dates back to 1542 when it played an important role as a hub in the silver trade.
San Miguel de Allende is known for its well-preserved Colonial and Spanish architecture. The tallest building in the city, with a façade of pink limestone, is the Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel. The gothic façade for this local parish church was inspired by Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
According to legend, its architect, Zeferino Gutierrez used a picture postcard for inspiration. (source)
Cholula was second only to the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan (modern Mexico City), possibly with a population of up to 100,000. The great city stood at the foot of what appears to be an earthen hill that is, in fact, the largest pyramid ever built, covering over 46 acres and spanning an incredible 405 meters on each side! In addition to this great construction dedicated to Quetzalcoatl, the city had a reported 365 temples Quetzalcoatl,thecity had a reported 365 temples.
After taking the city during the Spanish Conquest, Hernan Cortes vowed that it would be rebuilt with a Christian church to replace each of the old pagan temples; less than 50 new churches were actually built, but the Spanish colonial churches are unusually numerous for a city of its size. (source)
The city of San Luis Potosi owes its early importance to the discovery of a large silver and gold deposit in 1592. Though its mines never rivaled those of Guanajuato or Zacatecas, the city became an important administrative and commercial outpost.
In the 17th century it assumed the role of Mexico’s most important northern city, whose domain once stretched from Louisiana to New Mexico.
It is a metropolis that combines its mining past with the magical touch of beautiful buildings from Mexico's colonial past. In 2010, the historic center of the city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (source)
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