At the centre of Mexico’s colonial heartland, Guanajuato has a distinct European flavour and a unique infrastructure that makes it one of the country’s most beloved regions. Cobbled streets and beautiful plazas are dotted with museums and pavement cafes from where visitors can marvel at delicate baroque architecture.
The capital of Guanajuato state is the city of Guanajuato and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, making it a big draw for tourists descending on Mexico to uncover its storied past. Historic monuments are placed around the city and act as a constant reminder of the state’s silver industry and independence movement of the 19th century – the Teatro Juarez (theatre) is especially opulent, with delicate stained glass painted windows, bronze statues and adorned in gold leaf. The majority of the buildings throughout the city have been preserved, adding to the colonial era feel and allowing visitors to experience authentic colonial highlands. In order to preserve the city’s finery as well as reduce flow of traffic, a network of underground roads have been built and make this city pleasantly walkable.
Known as the birthplace of Mexican Independence, Guanajuato remains a significant place to visit on any Mexico itinerary – especially if you’re interested in the history and culture that make Mexico such an exceptional country. The architecture is beautiful and with colourful buildings and quaint plazas boasting live music and art stalls, Guanajuato has a lovely buzz about it – and a climb to the top of the Sierra de Guanajuato Mountains promises a breath-taking view of the colonial city and beyond. Alternatively, a hot-air balloon ride will make for a romantic and unforgettable experience.
Much like the other colonial highland cities, Guanajuato is a great place to try typical Mexican cuisine; favourite dishes include delicious enchiladas made using locally sourced produce and ingredients.
When to go: The weather in Guanajuato is temperate all year round. The dry season runs from November to April and the wet season runs from May to October. Don’t forget to take a jumper as the evenings are a little cooler.
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