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We’ve been living in Ajijic for a short time but we want to take a weekday trip on a luxury bus. Say a 4 - 6 hour bus ride. Not the beach. Too hot. Probably a colonial city. Any suggestions?

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2 minutes ago, Mijo said:

We’ve been living in Ajijic for a short time but we want to take a weekday trip on a luxury bus. Say a 4 - 6 hour bus ride. Not the beach. Too hot. Probably a colonial city. Any suggestions?

Morelia/Patzcuaro. Queretaro. SMA. Each deserves 2-3 days. You will want to return.

 

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Just to clarify HookEmHorns, ... did you mean you will want to return here? Or did you mean that you will want to return to any of those colonial cities that you mentioned? All are of interest but SMA would be number 1 imho. Very different than when we lived there but it would still knock the socks off anyone who has never been there.

Just make sure you take a first class bus that is DIRECT with no stops because the first time I took a bus to SMA in 1996 from Guadalajara it took twelve hours and stopped at a million small towns. Live and learn.

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The *direct* bus from Guadalajara to SMA stops briefly in Leon....

I would add Zactecas City to the list of cities to visit. 

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Also Guanajuato... but not if you're claustrophobic. Although if you were going to visit there, I would wait until the Cervantino Festival... and if you plan on taking that in, you will want to book accommodation well in advance.

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You are in México, the possibilities are endless.  México has so many truly beautiful and interesting destinations within a 6 or 7 hour bus ride.  México is more beautiful in the summer because it is so green.  If its your first time traveling I would recommend Guanajuato either before or after the Cervantino festival, if its your first time there, and you want to see the city and not so much the festival, when it is not innundated with billions of people.  Morelia and Pátzcuaro are easy seconds.  Zacatecas is a true gem of a place but bring your sweaters.  Few tourists ever go there but it is up there with Guanajuato for gorgeous colonial cities in my opinion.  Querétaro is also a wonderful city to explore and full of history.  Each city that I have mentioned will look and feel totally unique and different from each other.  Have fun traveling.

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I live in Morelia, Michoacán.  If you have any questions about what to see/do/how to travel around while you're here, let me know via PM.  

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Mijo- I have visited all of the cities mentioned above. All are worth a visit. To give you a taste, check out my photo-journal blog:

San Miguel Allende: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2008/06/san-miguel-allende-part-1-of-4-parts.html

Queretaro: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2009/05/queretaro-part-1-beautiful-city.html

Guanajuato: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2008/08/guanajuato-spanish-treasure-city-part-1.html

Morelia: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2008/03/morelia-colonial-city-glowing-in-sun.html

Patzcuaro: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2008/04/patzcuaro-doorway-to-heaven.html

Zacatecas: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2009/10/zacatecas-treasure-of-north-part-1.html

San Luis Potosi: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2014/08/san-luis-potosi-part-1-silver-city-on.html

One more that was not mentioned but definitely deserves a visit is Aguascalientes. It is part way to Zacatecas and is often overlooked by expats: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2014/04/aguascalientes-part-1-centro-historico.html

FYI- many of the posts above are the first of a several part series. To go to Part 2 in any series, scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for "newer post" in the lower left corner. Click on that and it will take you to the next part, and so forth. Have fun!

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