Dating back 500 years and paid for with Spanish silver, 16th century Guanajuato is one of Mexico’s most stunning cosmopolitan centers, and also one of it’s most overlooked. In May, 2019, we headed to this UNESCO World Heritage Site for a long weekend of exploration, delicious eating, stimulating entertainment, and more.
Members joined us in our designer home above the city, with epic views across Guanajuato’s glittering night sky. Up a narrow set of winding stairs carved into the hills, it was the perfect homebase for three days of wandering the city at our own pace, with local, delightful, optional activities sprinkled in throughout for your enjoyment.
Long tunnels, ancient mummies, and vibrant nightlife
From silver mining roots to a thriving art scene
Set deep into a valley, built on a series of tunnels, with narrow and winding streets in many cases impassable to vehicles, Guanajuato is a picturesque, lovely Mexican cosmopolitan center, with the feeling of a smaller town and the pulse of an exciting city.
At it’s heart, Guanajuato is a college town, and in the center of the city stands a steep, long set of stairs leading up to the university, established in 1732. Walking through the streets, we found mariachi bands singing at full volume, flyers for theater performances, and open doors leading us into inviting cantinas for a cold beer.
We strolled up the cobblestone alleys and encountered the local baseball stadium, world famous Museo de las Momias, and delightful restaurants and bars featuring traditional and modern Mexican and international cuisine.
At the base of the valley
In the center of town, members spent their afternoons jotting notes in your journal amidst the landscaping of the Jardin de la Union and drinking micheladas in Plaza de la Paz, set in the shadow of the Basílica Colegiata de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato. It was a perfect city for strolling.
What we did (aka a rough itinerary)
May 24th to May 27th, 2019
$650 per person
From our home base of shared accommodation in the center of town, up a narrow alley, we explored the city. Each offered at least one communal activity, combined with free time to experience Guanajuato at own pace, plus ample opportunity to see the city by night - restaurants, cantinas, nightclubs, and more.
Our home in Guanajuato
Our homebase was a house up a narrow alley, above the Jardin de la Union and it’s collection of bars and restaurants. The view from the expansive deck stretched out over the entire city, and it was the perfect spot for sunset tea and cocktails after a full day of exploration.
Sites around town
From El Pipila, a statue perched above the city (and incidentally, an excellent place to catch an afternoon michelada), we saw the entire city, from Hidalgo Market, filled with food stalls and local wares for sale, to the baseball stadium and it’s homemade chicharron sandwiches. A long weekend was the perfect amount of time to experience Guanajuato’s charms.
We’ll be based in Guanajuato, Mexico.
A Long Weekend in Guanajuato
May 24th to May 27th, 2019
$650 per person
Experience Start: City of Guanajuato, members arrived before 7pm on Friday, May 24th, 2019 (including early morning arrivals on Friday, to accommodate red-eye flights the previous night)
Experience End: City of Guanajuato, depart anytime after 10am on Monday, May 27th, 2019
What Was Included:
your spot in our home above the city (double occupancy, ie, you’ll be sharing a room), filled with snacks and beverages for the weekend
1-2 optional activities per day: think museums, guided city walks, tickets to a baseball game.
A welcome dinner on Thursday evening at one of Guanajuato’s most exciting restaurants, and another dinner on Saturday evening
transportation to/from Leon Airport (BJX)
Guanajuato is approximately 30 kilometers from Leon International Airport (BJX). A licensed taxi or Uber from the airport costs approximately $15 USD - before the trip, Bolt members coordinated traveling to split the cost of the journey.
The city of Guanajuato is approximately 1.5 hours from San Miguel de Allende. The two cities complement each other well, and if you have extra time, consider a visit to San Miguel; we can also help you arrange transport on Friday or Saturday.