Is Guanajuato one of the most beautiful towns in the World?
I love Guanajuato, it’s the most beautiful town I’ve seen anywhere. I was here a few years ago and had my visit ruined when I got terribly sick (don’t ever order a salad in Mexico). So this time around I had a mission – to come back to Guanajuato and spend the day exploring and taking photos.
I left my mom in San Miguel and took the bus to Guanajuato which is a little over an hour away. Have a look at these photos. Imagine if Guanajuato was in Italy instead of Mexico – there would be thousands upon thousands of tourists walking these streets. Luckily it’s not.
Below: Views from the Pipila statue viewpoint overlooking Guanajuato.
Below: one of many colorful churches in town.
Below: colorful streets
Below: Parroquia de Basílica Colegiata de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato (also known as Guanajuato Cathedral)
Below: Guanajuato’s university. Established in 1732.
Below: Juarez Theatre
Below: Views from the steps of the theatre towards the main square.
Below: University (which includes the church).
Below: Lots of fantastic statues in Guanajuato.
Below: another colorful street
Below: Views from the El Pipila statue on San Miguel hill (you can walk up or take a funicular).
Where to stay in Guanajuato?
Below: The El Pipila Statue.
.Below: More scenes from around town.
I walked around town for about 4 hours, retracing my steps a couple of times. Guanajuato is not a big place and can be explored in a day.
It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site – just like nearby San Miguel de Allende. But somehow Guanajuato still falls under the radar of most travellers.
– Guanajuato is a 4 ½ hr bus ride from Mexico City, 1 hr from San Miguel de Allende, 3 ½ hrs from Guadalajara. Our preferred bus line in Mexico is Primera Plus (if you’re a newbie in Mexico you’ll be amazed by the bus service).
– Accommodation. I’ve included a few hotel recommendations up above. If you’re still looking for accommodation have a look at some more options here.
Have you been to Guanajuato?
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