Herrera de la Fuente was born in Mexico City. He began his formal education in Escuela Nacional de Música de la UNAM with Estanislao Mejía and José F. Vázquez. He studied piano with Santos Carlos, violin with Luis G. Saloma, singing with David Silva, and composition with Rodolfo Halffter. He began his practice in conducting with Sergiu Celibidache and in Zurich with Hermann Scherchen.
His research in folk and colonial music can be found in the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.