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  Welcome to Guanajuato

  Monday, July 25, 2016

Welcome to Guanajuato – The most beautiful town in Mexico

Guanajuato is a beautiful mountain colonial town and is the capital of Guanajuato state located in the centre of Mexico. This town is a UNESCO world Heritage Site since 1987 and was founded in 1559, it was a major silver mining town, and some of the mines are still active. Many locals and tourists thinks that is it the most beautiful town in Mexico, it was built on a hilly ground so nearly every point is on a slant. What makes this town unique, is the fact that this city has a network underground tunnels that serves as roads. The house are very colourful, which makes this town attractive. Even if it is very touristic, it is a city where people live, work and study.

Sightseeing

There is a lot to see in Guanajuato, like monuments, mines and museums. The most famous monumet is “El Monumento el Pipila” which is a 28 meter tall statue which represent an independent hero called Juan Jose Martinez. At the same time, have a look at “Basilica of our Lady of Guanajuato”, it was built between 1671 and 1696. Inside this church you can find a 1.000 years old statue which was donated by Spanish King Charles I, we wanted to protect it from the Arabic invasion in Spain. “Callejon del Beso” (Alley of the kiss) is one of the most visited spots, this alley is very famous and romantic because of its tragic love legend. You can go and visit the first mine of Guanajuato discovered in 1550 and the richest mine still in operation today, at the time it supplied enough silver to sponsor the Spanish Empire and its colonies. The most famous museums is “El Museo de la Momias”, mummies are part of Guanajuato's Heritage and this is why there is a museum so they can conserve them.

Night-life

The night-life is quite active in Guanajuato, you can find a lot of bars and you can also go clubbing. “Guanajuato Grill” is one of the favourite bars, while having a drink you can listen to techno and electronic music, there are salsa bars like “El Bar” or “La Havana” and you can also chill at “Why not” a bar that plays Latino indie-rock and reggae.

Shopping

There is in Guanajuato little local shop in the town center, but you can also find markets and supermarkets. Mercado Hidalgo is an indoor market where you can buy touristy stuff and groceries. El Cubilete is a confectionery store, where we can find local sweets like “Charamuscas” figures of caramel that look like mummies and “Cajeta” a sort of Dulce de Leche made with goat’s milk Comercial Mexicana is a branch of the Mexican supermarket chain that sells groceries stuff and you can also buy clothes.

Time

Standard time zone: UTC/GMT -5 hour

Climate

Guanajuato has a subtropical mild summer climate, it is dry in winters and rainy in summers. The coolest month is January and the warmest month is May.

Public transportation

There is an international airport 30 minutes from Guanajuato, and there is also a bus service to be able to go to city like Mexico City (5 hours), San Miguel de Allende (1 hour), Guadalajara (3 hours) and there is other destinations. The best way to visit Guanajuato is to walk because of the number of tunnels, narrowed streets and a lot of them are closed to traffic.



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