The beautiful colonial mountain town of Guanajuato is located in Central Mexico about 400km northwest of Mexico City.
Guanajuato enjoys a mild climate all year-round, so anytime is a good time to experience this amazing city. Evenings can get chilly, especially in Winter, so jackets are a must. Plan a trip during the Cervantes International Arts Festival. Since 1972 Guanajuato has been famous for this festival. Guanajuato becomes a living theater with artistic performances, live music, artwork from around the world, poetry readings and hundreds of other activities that represent the very best of the international arts.
What to Do:
Take a cab ride through the underground tunnels, a feature that makes this city very unique.
Look inside the Teatro Juarez. This early 20th-century building is a work of art. The ornate facade is only the beginning…
Visit the birthplace of famous Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera.
Take a funicular ride up to the Pipila on top of the city. The panoramic views from here are breathtaking!
Check out the Don Quixote Iconographic Museum where you will find beautiful paintings and sculptures celebrating Cervantes’ fictional hero. The museum even includes a delightful children’s display of cartoon art depicting Quixote’s adventures.
Step inside the Basilica Colegiata de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato. The chandeliers and painted ceilings of this cathedral rival even those in Europe.
Stroll through the Alhondiga de Granaditas museum. This historically significant building is filled with artifacts pre-Columbian and through the era of the Mexican War of Independence.
Where to Eat:
Mestizo, located at Pocitos #69 in downtown, is a small gem that serves very sophisticated food without the sophisticated prices. Restaurant is also a pottery store with items sold directly from the artist.
For very special occasions, La Casa de Colores located on a hill overlooking the city is an excellent choice.
Las Mercedes is an up and coming gourmet Mexican restaurant both locals and tourists are raving about. Here the foods of central Mexico are presented in a sophisticated manner while never losing the rich tradition of the cuisine. It is located outside the city in the hills, Calle de Arriba No.6 | Fraccionamiento San Javier
Where to Shop:
For touristy, inexpensive souvenirs go to Hidalgo market for everything from pottery, to rebozos, to handmade wooden toys.
La Cubilete is a candy store of unique Mexican confectionery.
Forget driving yourself as these narrow streets can be not only confusing, but harrowing. The city is not that big so you can walk to just about anywhere in the city. For trips into the hills or outside the city, cabs are cheap although there are not enough to keep up with the city’s demand. Have your hotel or restaurant call one for you otherwise you could find yourself standing on a street corner for a half hour.
Guanajuato means “Place of the Frogs”.
Guanajuato was granted World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1987 and has been ranked as one of the top travel destinations in the world.
Guanajuato is home to the largest collection of mummies in the Western Hemisphere. The mummies, now housed in a museum near the municipal cemetery, were exhumed in the late 1800s when a perpetual burial tax was being enforced.
Guanajuato is a silver mining town. The Valenciana mine located here was one of the richest silver finds in history.
Guanajuato is one of the safest cities in the world in which to visit or live.
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