Guanajuato, Mexico: One of Lonely Planet’s top cities for 2018

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Guanajuato, Mexico

GETTYOrnate, colourful buildings line the valley

The wealth produced by the mines created a visually stunning cityscape of ornate churches, pretty squares and colourful houses, spread out over a verdant valley.

This natural and man-made beauty caught the eye of Pixar film producers, who used the city as inspiration for their animated Land of the Dead in new movie Coco.

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Founded in 1548, Guanajuato is one of Mexico’s oldest colonial cities and played a prominent role in the country’s fight for independence when, in 1810, a battle between rebels and Spanish troops turned a local miner into a national hero.

journeylatinamerica.co.uk) offers a 12-day self-drive holiday taking in Guanajuato, Mexico City, Morelia and the beaches of Zihuatanejo on the Pacific coast, from £3,371. (two sharing), B&B.

Price includes return flights from Heathrow to Mexico City, car hire and excursions.

Mexico tourism: visitmexico.com

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