Guanajuato is one of the most
photogenic cities in the world. It's
university town with a lot of international flair, has a dry, sunny
climate and a safe social environment.
There are many
restaurants and scenic little squares and lanes.
Come take a
sits across from the Jard�n Union. From the alleyway before
the pink church on the right in this photo, is a remarkable view of the statue of El Pipila who watches over the
architecture is throughout the city, with beautifully decorated
Plazas. All of this is within easy walking distance of everything
you might need or want.
Free tickets for
performances were being given out to people on the street so the
theaters would be filled and the actors would have practice in front
of audiences. We also enjoyed a free orchestra concert
in the stylish plaza in front of this theater. At another theater
location there was a free outdoor show with a couple doing the swing
with great talent.
One of the many
attractive Plazas in Guanajuato. This particular plaza is in front of Teatro
Juarez and is where the orchestra played their free concert that afternoon.
places are perfect to sit and people-watch, listen to music in the
central gazebo, or have lunch in the many cafes that line the
Don Quixote de
la Mancha is a novel written in two parts by the 17th century
Spanish novelist, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Don Quixote is
almost always deluded, particularly in his love for Dulcinea, a
peasant woman whom he believes is actually a princess. Don Quixote is
also accompanied by his straight man Sancho, who is a laborer.
Here in this
photo you see one
of the many sculptures of The Man of La Mancha, with Sancho
at his side.
In fact, there is
a complete museum here in Guanajuato dedicated to all things Don
Quixote. One will see various sorts of references to this famous
character displayed throughout the city.
Mexican artists are placed everywhere in this cultured, artistic town.
The Mexican artist is the one on the right with the hat.
It's delightful to wander around, breathe in the clean air,
sit on wrought iron benches, admire the gardens, and eat in outdoor
restaurants are dotted on most streets and there is no shortage of food
Being a university town, there is a good variety and most places are quite affordable.
callejon, or alleyway, with a restaurant overhead.
Easy to find
something to do, have a conversation or build a social life in
cafes beckon to tourists and pedestrians. This one is right in the
center of town at the Plaza de la Paz. The University is to
the right of the photo, and the Bas�lica Colegiata de Nuestra Se�ora de Guanajuato
is directly behind us.
of the buildings, the sculpted hedges and little traffic to
interfere with pedestrian meanderings.
The Bas�lica Colegiata de Nuestra Se�ora de Guanajuato and the same cafe from another angle. More wrought iron on
balconies and windows, beautiful colors for the Basilica, a fountain
and the manicured gardens with poinsettias in the center.
Lovely weather for winter.
the highlands of
Mexico is a must
adventure for any
traveler. From the
famous silver mining
city of Zacatecas to
the most Mexican
town in Mexico,
Jerez, and finally
the World Heritage
University city of
Guanajuato. All of
these places were
a visit. For more
practical tips for
yourself, we offer
to Mexican Highlands
No shortages of
romantic little hideaways and places to get lost!
paint emphasizes the stairways and angles in an artistic and
This is Hotel
Meson Del Rosario with prices listed for rooms.
We paid 200 Pesos
a night in our hostel, but you could find beautiful places easily
for 600+ Pesos nightly.
Callej�n de Beso
or the Ally of the Kiss.
Legend says a boy and girl fell
in love but the father didn't approve because the boy was a common
miner. The lovers were forbidden to see each other but the young boy moved into the
apartment across the way so they could each be on their own
balconies and still be able to kiss.
couple were discovered and they met a tragic end. Most certainly a
Mexican version of Romeo and Juliet.
In a strange
tourist twist, people pay money to go up to
the third step of the alley to kiss for good luck.
typical Mexican plate of carne asada, frijoles, arroz, pappas y
You most certainly won't go hungry in this town!
plazita and since it was holiday time, the poinsettias, or
noche buenas, decorated many of the squares in town. In the middle of winter the sun is shining and we are in Tee shirts, no jackets.
of Mexican culture; a common sight.
These women sell
their items on the street. Beautiful lillies, green chayotes,
and freshly made bread.
Young men also
have their street stores. These hand made tamales go for 4 and 5
Pesos each. The other bucket has atole in it, a hot drink
made from corn flour and sugar.
There is always a
place to buy food.
This man is
selling churros de las fresas or a strawberry flavored
Mexican donut. Dough is squirted out of a pastry bag, fried and then tossed
into sugar and sometimes cinnamon. Bags of donuts were 10 Pesos
Quaint tiny cafe,
a perfect spot for students to meet.
One of the many
fine places we chose to eat a holiday meal.
This menu was
price fixed - 55 Pesos a person - for soup, main course and dessert.
We had Vegetable Soup, Beef Steak Milanese, Chicken with Mushroom
Sauce and Flan and Fresh Fruit for dessert. Wine was extra.
Letting off a
little hot air!
Led by the local
fire department, these guys were driving through the street
promoting the hot air balloon festival that weekend. The heat from
this burner could be felt 50 meters away.
We were sitting
on a nearby bench speaking with a young college student when this
parade of fire-breathing vehicles drove past.
Always something going on in a college town, and since many are
looking to practice their English, students are friendly and
These are blue
corn tortillas filled with your choice of ingredients. For 15 Pesos
each, they were filling and amazingly tasty. The bright yellow
sunflower-looking one is a tortilla filled with calabasa
Have you ever
seen anything like this?
tortillas actually don't taste any different than yellow corn
tortillas, but they make such a bold statement!
This tortilla was
packed with flavor and protein.
weather in Guanajuato is fairly moderate, outdoor cafes are
abundant. There is plenty of sunshine, social activity and delicious food
site is an agua fresca vendor. The first jug is horchata,
a sweet drink made from rice powder and sugar, the second one is
made from fresh strawberries. Squeezed in behind the strawberry jar
is one filled with mango agua fresca and the next is
blackberry juice and water. The vendor is dipping from a fifth jug that holds pineapple juice
are placed in plastic bags and you are given a straw. These drinks
really hit the spot on a hot day.
agua frescas are a little more rare to find, so we decided to
spring for one. Most restaurants sell these delicious drinks and you
can buy them by the pitcher, called jarras, if you so prefer.
If you would
rather have a brew or a tequila you will find plenty of cantinas
from which to choose. We enjoy the ones with the swinging doors,
just like in the wild west movies. The name of this bar is Free
Guanajuato, referring to the Mexican Revolutionary times.
Notice the frogs
on the swinging doors.
Isn't this just a
We were in yet
another outdoor cafe eating lunch at the time and this man sat down
The city comes
alive at night. The Teatro Juarez is packed! Can you
see the people on the steps waiting to get in?
Out and about for
a night on the town, we run into these Renaissance minstrels, who are probably
theater students from the University of Guanajuato. University towns
are an energetic place to live with no shortage of events to attend.
We met these
clowns at plaza
Embajaderos. We were eating fresh pulpo and shrimp cocktails
at the immaculate seafood stand right under the watchful eye of Lady
Liberty when these wise guys showed up and immediately started
For 30 Pesos each
serving, these seafood cocktails were remarkably fresh, tasty and
packed full to the top. They were easily some of the best we
have ever had.
enjoyable visit to the city of Guanajuato finished up our
Ten Day Adventure through the
Mexican High Sierra. Why not utilize our information and plan a trip
there for yourself?