4 days exploring one of Mexico's most magical cities
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, our rented villa 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.
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.
In the center of town, members spent their afternoons jotting notes in journals 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.
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. 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.
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