Images more than words sum up the spectacularly diverse landscapes and cultures of Mexico. I started my 5 week-long journey on the Yucatan Pensinsula. Here the vibrant colours of blues and greens define its landscape of beautiful beaches, offshore islands, such as Holbox, teeming with wildlife, and mangroves and jungles. The Maya ruins, especially World Heritage site Chichen Itza, and the sacred cenotes are unforgettable highlights from that journey too.
Puebla city, founded by the Spanish in 1531, lies at the heart of Puebla state, in south-east Mexico. Its architecture, with over 5,000 listed buildings, has earned the city its status as a Unesco World Heritage site, with Baroque, Renaissance and Classic styles, some of which are featured here including the outstanding 16th century Cathedral.
In complete contrast is Guanajuato state, a central Mexican state known as the birthplace of the country’s independence. Its capital of the same name is home to the Alhóndiga de Granaditas granary, where the first battle with 19th-century Spain was fought. Like Guanajuato photogenic colonial era town San Miguel de Allende also played a critical role. These towns are architecturally stunning, with multi coloured houses dotted into the landscape, amidst colonial palaces, bustling piazzas and churches.
Visitors often have preconceptions about Mexico City, only to be met by an exciting, buzzing cosmopolitan and most cultured city. Edgy modern architecture sits comfortable alongside splendid colonial-era buildings, with wide open public spaces, stunning museums and churches, some of which are captured here.
Possibly my outright favourite region in Mexico to date, though that could change! The terrain here is far more rugged with mountains falling down to the sea. Like Puebla, Oaxaca city’s colonial-era historic centre is a Unesco World Heritage site.