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UNESCO World Heritage city of Guanajuato, Mexico.  (photo via JuliScalzi/iStock/Getty Images Plus)


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Guanajuato, Mexico.  (photo via 0829kt/iStock/Getty Images Plus)
Guanajuato, Mexico. (photo via 0829kt/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

If you desire a vacation filled with culture and history, then Guanajuato is the destination for you. This Mexican treasure is rich with sights offering insight into the city’s unique traditions. From its winding roads lined with colorful baroque and neoclassical style architecture, to the mystical underground tunnels, there is a wide spectrum of symbolic highlights to discover. Surrounded by the Sierra de Guanajuato Mountains, it is immersed with a vibrant spirit, reflecting the heritage that has proudly shaped Guanajuato into becoming a metropolis of enchantment in Central America. So embark on a fun-filled journey, where the old and new are magnificently intertwined to enhance your Mexican adventure.

Since its establishment in 1559, there is more to Guanajuato that meets the eye. Capital of the Guanajuato State, the city earned this title by becoming one of the biggest silver mining places in the world. Known as “The Place of Frogs” by its natives because of its peculiar landscape; the city is also where the fight for Mexico’s independence began. This UNESCO Heritage site captures the fascinating story of its past with different faces of culture. Visit the Cayetano Church, a baroque-style masterpiece built in the 1700s from the riches of the mining of silver. Discover the mines that the city was built on, which are located beneath the Guanajuato’s surface. They represent a glance into the mining world with ancient artifacts of drilling instruments. Take a stroll with your loved one in the Alley of the Kiss (Callejon del Beso) and share a passionate smooch while standing on opposite balconies. It is believed that a kiss here will lead to many years of bliss. Also, the Mummy Museum is a display of conserved mummified bodies that were found in Guanajuato’s cemetery.

While navigating through the streets of Guanajuato, listen for the echoes of tales and music coming from costume-dressed locals. The old tradition of serenading visitors with folk songs and legends is a special treat and a great part of the Mexican culture. Amidst the songs and sites, let your nose lead you to the mouthwatering aromas of tasty Spanish dishes. Foods like enchiladas and empanadas sizzle with Spanish ingredients and spices. So flavorsome are the culinary temptations, your taste buds will certainly be pleased.

During the period of a year Guanajuato experiences a warm temperate climate. The warm season (April to June) is typically hot with temperatures rising to the high 80s and maintaining an average low in the 50s. In the cold season (December to February) the weather averages a daily high in the 70s and decrease to a low in the 40s.

Touring Guanajuato is very easy. Populated with such narrow alleyways, driving in the city is quite difficult. Therefore, the city’s plaza and roads are ideal for walking. To escape the busy streets, the underground roadways also provide pedestrian walkways. Capture 360 degree views of Guanajuato’s scenery by floating in a hot air balloon or even paragliding.