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Information about Guanajuato, Mexico

  • The Basilica Nuestra Señora
  • A mexican courtyard
  • Population: 160,000
  • It is the capital of the Mexican state of the same name and it is one of Mexico's most important cultural and historical cities.
  • It is situated in central Mexico.
  • The city and the nearby silver mines were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.
  • An international airport serves Guanajuato. It is located just a 40 km drive away from the city's center.
  • Despite its small size, the city offers plenty of attractions: handsome colonial-era buildings, museums, silver mines, the university and a wide range of exciting activities.
  • Guanajuato's laid-back charm invites visitors to enjoy its relaxing environment and explore its cobblestone roads and scenic plazas.
  • The Festival Internacional Cervantino is a famous and prestigious festival that celebrates music, culture, dance and theatre. Anxious tourists and artists come from around the world to experience the international event.
  • The famous tunneled street, Calle Miguel hidalgo, runs underneath the city for almost three km along Guanajuato River. It's an incredible underground maze and an experience that visitors won't want to miss!
  • Nearly the whole state enjoys a comfortable climate. Temperatures generally range from 12ºC to 24ºC (53ºF to 75ºF).

The city of Guanajuato sits at a height of 2,008 m. and is situated about five hours by car from Mexico City. It is a charming and historic town of quaint squares, pastel coloured buildings and balconies embellished with flower boxes and classic iron work. Visitors are encouraged to explore its winding cobblestone streets that climb steep hills and open up to scenic views of the town's churches and squares.

The streets are mostly for pedestrians only, as motorised traffic is generally designated to enormous underground tunnels and the riverbed beyond the city center.

Guanajuato was an important mining town for centuries, pouring out a steady stream of silver for Spain. These days, the town is a popular college town. There are no neon signs or even traffic lights in Guanajuato. The unique feature gives the town a peaceful atmosphere while maintaining its lively everyday activity which makes this a pleasant place to take relaxing and engaging walks.

Guanajuato Attractions

Festival Cervantino: Over thirty five countries are represented in this important yearly art festival that celebrates music, dance, film, and the performing arts. The festival, named after the author of Don Quijote de la Mancha, Miguel de Cervantes, takes place in October in the theatres and streets of Guanajuato.

Hot Air Balloon Festival: Every November, a rainbow of over 100 colourful hot air balloons drift through Guanajuato's calm skies.

Alfeñique Fair: This fair is held every year in the end of October, when vendors sell their most elaborately decorated skull figures made of sugar. The skulls are bought in preparation for the día de los muertos festivities held in early November. Prizes are awarded to the most impressive skulls.

The Festival de la Presa: Guanajuato residents and visitors celebrate this festival by gathering at the town's reservoir to watch as the floodgates are opened to flush the river clean. The traditional fiesta marks the beginning of the rainy season in mid-June.