Birthplace of the Independence movement; a city full of legends

Befitting its status as a world heritage zone, Guanajuato, Mexico, has many secrets to reveal: narrow alleys, churches, museums, and buildings with a mix of colors and symmetries. It is a city rich with history and legends. Located in the north of Mexico, Guanajuato translates to “the hilly place of frogs” in Tarascan. The first settlers in the area were the Chichimecs, who were followed by the Aztecs; in 1546, the Spanish arrived to mine the region’s gold and silver.

Guanajuato’s city streets are labyrinthine and reminiscent of the medieval quarters of Seville, Granada, or Fez. The town was founded in 1554 and, over the course of its long history, has borne witness to key moments in Mexico’s history and holds clues to the country’s past.

This state capital hosts the International Cervantes Festival each year; other attractions include the Teatro Juárez, the legendary La Valenciana mine, and the museum that houses the famous Guanajuato mummies.
Stroll along its narrow alleyways, tunnels, cobbled streets; visit gravity-defying balconies, stone quarries, the Miniatures Museum, the Mineralogy Museum, the Mariana Gallery, the Museo Iconográfico de Quijote (with its unique display of items related to Cervantes’ famous literary creation), the house-museum of Diego Rivera, and the gardens of the ex-Hacienda de San Gabriel de Barrera. Come and discover why UNESCO designated Guanajuato as a World Heritage Site in 1998. The best way to discover the city’s downtown is on foot. The flow of vehicular traffic is complicated by its narrow streets, and most of the historic buildings are off limits to cars.
The state of Guanajuato includes important towns such as Acámbaro, Salvatierra, Yuriria, Valle de Santiago, Uriangato, Morelón, San Luis de la Paz, San Miguel de Allende, and Dolores Hidalgo, all within the Sierra Gorda.  Industrial parks ensure the state continues to develop commercially.

You can travel to Guanajuato by road or fly into its international airport. Mexico’s central region has the country’s most efficient road system; highways 57 and 45 cross the Altiplano and provide connections to this Magical City.

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Architecture
  • Extreme Sports
  • Archeology
  • Museums and Cultural Centers
  • Traditions and Festivities
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Cuisine
  • Shopping
  • Shows and Sporting Events
  • Golf
  • Nightlife
  • Spa
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    History, cuisine, culture and legend come together in this beautiful state at the heart of the country

    Guanajuato is a state rich in culture, history and cuisine where all kinds of activities can be enjoyed.

    The unusual geography of the state endows it with varied landscapes that change over the space of a few miles, from a lake in a volcanic crater to a natural reserve with over 150 bird species – perfect spots for camping and adventure sports; it also takes in semi-arid areas where villages that experienced the silver rush in the 18th and 19th centuries remain as a surreal reminder of past glories.

    Culture is in the very air of the state. It is home to one of the country’s leading arts festivals, the Cervantino (International Cervantes Festival), which has earned a worldwide reputation. Artists in all fields, past and present, have lived in this state, which has a wealth of colonial architecture that surprises and inspires visitors from around the world.

    The city of Guanajuato, capital of the state and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a fantastic city plan, full of winding streets and unexpected turns, with legendary alleys waiting to be explored to the sound of the musicians and artists who explore them with you. The center of the city is a perfect setting for the bohemian life, with a busy vibe around the cafés and bars that surround the central Jardín de la Unión square, the main meeting point for locals.

    The state’s wealth of history means you can also view places that witnessed key scenes leading to the nation’s Independence. The Alhóndiga de Granaditas, the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Dolores parish church and the very house where independence hero and priest Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla lived are some of its leading attractions.

    The town of San Miguel de Allende, meanwhile, famous for the beauty of its architecture, offers visitors enchanting surroundings in which to enjoy its tranquility, handicrafts and cultural and culinary diversity.

    A number of monasteries and missions are dotted all round the state, as well as archeological ruins from the earliest Mesoamerican peoples who settled in this region.

    As for its gastronomical diversity, Guanajuato offers the world singular products with unrivalled flavors, such as cajeta (goat milk caramel), products using the matchless strawberries of Irapuato, and traditional breads and sweets.

    Climate: Semi-dry, temperate and semi-warm
    Temperature: 66°F / 19°C annual average
    Location: Central Mexico
    Area: 11,818 sq miles
    Capital: Guanajuato

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