On a consulting trip to Irapuato, MX, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the tourist city of Guanajuato. The State of Guanajuato is a central Mexican state known as the birthplace of Mexican independence. The city of the same name is a beautiful town nestled in the mountains.Trip Tip 1
We left work a little early, and stopped off for some traditional grilled chicken, rice and beans at Pollo Feliz. A well known and popular chain with locations everywhere.
Tummies full, we were on our way. There were so many photo ops along the way, and I’m glad I was sitting in the back seat so I could grab a few shots, and not be a hazard to other drivers. However, being with other people on this trip, I couldn’t do my normal ‘stop for everything that looks like a good picture’-style trip. Here’s a few shots from on the way…
I just love the colorful old and new Mexican style architecture. When we first arrived we were above the city, and had wonderful views with the sun setting behind the mountains leaving a golden glow all over the city.
There were also beautiful trees blooming which made for a cool shot.
From this view there are monuments and little shops where you can buy souvenirs, sweets and snacks if you like.Trip Tip 2
Here, they honor the man who began the revolution against the Spanish when he rallied the oppressed villagers, and led the attack against the Spanish military. His statue overlooks the city.
Go here to read more about Juan Amaro. This is one bad dude, and the heroics of a crippled mine worker inspired an entire country to stand up for their independence! Here are more photos as we made our way down into the city…
Just as we entered the city, we found a parking garage, and made our way up the steps into the city center. This is one of the first views as we came up the steps. Hopefully, the following pictures require little words to capture the essence of this beautiful and peaceful place.
This next picture is a terrace where the legend of Callejon De Beso came about. Legend is, the daughter of a wealthy father was forbidden to be with a young man of lesser financial stature. However, late at night the young man would steal a kiss over the terraces that faced each other until a tragic encounter with the father. Click here for the true story of tragic romance.
One of the more incredible things about Guanajuato are the tunnels that run throughout. These are literally tunnels cut through the rock of the mountains under the city to make traveling from one part of the city a faster and more direct route. You’ll even see crossroads in the tunnels with a 4 way stop and street signs!
And here are a few more shots from my walk…
This is the Universidad de Guanajuato (University of Guanajuato)
Now, one of the most spectacular features of this city… The cathedrals! These beautiful monuments to God are so amazing, they will take your breath away. As I rounded the corner to experience my first evening view, I was so awestruck, it was as if I was frozen in my tracks. I could only stand there, and thank God for allowing me to experience this.
Have a seat, enjoy a café and take a few selfies!
And when you step inside, be prepared to be blown away once again.
There are actually a couple cathedrals, and both are amazing in their own way.
You also have the town theater as well as a circle walk in the middle of the city.
Due to the fact that I was working in Irapuato, I did not get to stay in Guanajuato. However, I would highly recommend staying at the Hotel Posada Santa Fe. This beautiful hotel is in the city center just off the circle walk in the picture above. I can only testify of the restaurant in the front patio area, and it was fantastic. The food was great, the ambiance and service, excellent! There was a mariachi band walking around taking requests as well.
I am told the sister city of San Miguel de Allende is very similar to Guanajuato, and just as beautiful. I cannot wait to visit that city as well. Please feel free to leave your comments below!
Enjoy your day!