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Guanajuato City


Guanajuato City

Guanajuato City

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About Guanajuato City:

The beautiful university city of Guanajuato, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in a narrow gorge. The city has been important for its silver production since 1548. Much of the fine architecture built from this wealth makes Guanajuato a living monument to a prosperous past. There are some great theatres, churches and museums.

The city center is very compact, with a tunnel system for some major streets that were built in the dried-up riverbed of Rio Guanajuato, and lots of small plazas and callejones (small alleys); the most famous one is the Callejón del Beso (Alley of the Kiss). It is so narrow that, according to a legend, two lovers kept apart by their families could exchange kisses from opposite balconies.

What to Do in Guanajuato:

  • Visit the Alhóndiga de Granaditas, formerly a grain storehouse build in the late 18th century, scene of the first major rebel victory in the War of Independence, and now a history and art museum.
  • Diego Rivera’s birthplace, containing a small collection of his works and the family’s antiques and furniture.
  • The Museo de las Momias, a display of mummified bodies which were disinterred from the public cemetery after their families neglected to pay the annual fees.
  • Take a ride on the funicular. Located behind the Teatro Juárez you can take the funicular (incline railway) up to the top of Hormiguera hill with the Monument to Pípila, the man who fired the door of the Alhóndiga so that the rebels could take it. The view over the whole town is superb and the walk back down is quite pleasant.

Where to Stay in Guanajuato:

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Getting There:

The Bajio airport, officially called the Aeropuerto Internacional de Guanajuato (Guanajuato International Airport)) is located in Silao, Guanajuato, close to León. It handles national and international flights to the area that includes the city of León and the state capital, Guanajuato city.

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