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The Spanish colonization of the Americas was Spain's conquest, settlement, and rule over much of the western hemisphere.

Beginning with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492, over three centuries the Spanish Empire expanded right across this part of the world starting from early small settlements in the Caribbean.

Today you will find throughout Mexico and Central America some of the best preserved examples of colonial history in many of the region’s cities. They not only retain some beautiful classic architecture but something of their historical soul which has been incorporated into modern bustling lives. They are a delight to simply wander round, or to shop, browse markets, sit in cafes, absorb local life and visit museums.

Discover the colonial highlights and history of the following places...

Iglesia La Recoleccion, Leon

León & Northern Nicaragua

León was once the main political, cultural and religious center of Nicaragua and is one of the oldest colonial cities in Central America.

Granada's Cathedral, Granada

Granada

Granada, located 46 kilometers south of Managua, sits on the shores of the magnificent Lake Nicaragua in the shadow of the imposing Mombacho volcano.

Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca

One of Mexico’s most delightful and popular cities, easily reached by plane from Mexico City, Oaxaca lies in a high valley in the south of the country and is surrounded by fascinating Zapotec ruins and traditional villages.

Santa Catalina Arch, Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua

Recognized and protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Antigua is one of the most atmospheric cities in Central America.

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum

The archeological site of Tulum is spectacularly situated on a cliff top, majestically overlooking a palm-fringed beach and the turquoise Caribbean sea.

Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato

Guanajuato, its name deriving from the Tarascan Quanax-Huato, meaning "Place of Frogs", is situated in a narrow gorge surrounded by stunning scenery.

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