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Discover the beauty of colonial Mexico at one of these small, charming towns.

By: 

Joe Yogerst

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Photo courtesy of Mexico Tourism Board 

California might have its gold and South Africa its diamonds, but the glitter of choice in Mexico is solid, sterling silver. Discovered during Spanish colonial times, the cities of Taxco, Zacatecas and Guanajuato all boomed on a silver rush and continue to be the best places to shop for exquisite silver jewelry, dinner pieces and decorative arts. Listed as World Heritage Sites, the romantic areas preserve their pristine old towns with ancient churches and palaces, leafy plazas and local ways of life that have faded in Mexico’s larger cities. Here, where to stay, where to play and (of course) where to shop for silver.

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