55+ Living Guide Winter 2018 Winter 2018 55+ issue for Joomag - Page 10

MEXICO'S COLONIAL CITIES DISCOVER T By Diana Loeffel, CTC Owner of Old Farm Travel Contact: oldfarmtravel@aol.com 10 t  he color, contrasts, natural beauty and unending charm of Colonial Mexico. ravelers from the United States are quite familiar with the much-heralded beach resort areas located on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Mexico. Cruise ships call regularly in Cancun and in the western Mexican ports of Los Cabos. But only visiting this part of Mexico is similar to only tasting the icing on a cake and ignoring the delicious part underneath! Mexico has so much more to offer the traveler. Mexico is a country of color, contrasts, natural beauty and unending charm. Nowhere, except in Egypt, does the distant past have3 a more dramatic impact than in Mexico’s archaeological areas with its awesome sites. Spain’s colonization in the New World dramatically unfolds along the Colonial Route, rich in history, art, architecture and outstanding cuisine. The colonial era of Mexico, dating back 300 years from the 16th to the 19th centuries are all located in the interior heartland. With the exception of Oaxaco which is 325 miles southeast of Mexico City, the great colonial cities are within easy distances from the capital and connected by good transportation services.