What to do in Guanajuato?
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After the previous two posts on what to do in Cancun and what to do in Playa del Carmen it now is time for Guanajuato. There is a lot to do in this colorful city in Mexico. It is therefore our favorite place in Mexico and perhaps in all the world! Read about what you can do there. Have fun with this list ‘What to do in Guanajuato’!
1 Walking around
Walking around this colorful city is simply an activity itself. And because these streets are fairly narrow, it’s romantic too. There is even a very famous place called “Callejon del Beso” (or the “kissing alley”). Here couples often stop to give each other a kiss as the legend tells it, but you’ll read more about this later. In Guanajuato, it even seems at times that you are just walking in a movie set. Mexico at its finest, if you ask us. The only downside is that Guanajuato is quite hilly, and that can be quite hard on the legs.
2 Churches and cathedrals
As a Catholic city, Guanajuato does have a number of churches and cathedrals in its possession. And these are really so big and beautifully decorated that they will leave a big impression on you. And we’re not just talking about the outside, but especially the inside of the churches. Especially beautiful is the yellow-colored famous basilica, Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato. You really get amazed when you walk in. Be careful about taking pictures in the churches, though, because Mexicans don’t like it very much. Indeed, faith is worth a great deal here. Likewise, photographing children is not really allowed in Mexico.
Yes, there is a real mummy museum in Guanajuato, and it is something that they really recommend at the tourist office of this city. But you won’t be seeing us there anytime soon! We admit, you get value for your money because you see real mummies…. a lot of them, in fact. Only, after visiting the mummies, we experienced so many unfortunate things that we deleted all the photos we took there. It may have been a coincidence, but it still gave us a bad feeling. Not superstitious? Then we would like to inform you that this is really not for sensitive people. After all, there are mummified children and even babies in this museum. Entering at your own risk!
4 Monumento al Pipila (panoramic view)
If you want a great view of this beautiful city then you simply must go to the Monumento al Pipila. This statue, which can be seen from all over the city, is in the perfect spot for a breathtaking view. Around this monument there are also some stalls where you can eat or drink something, which makes it a nice place and worthwhile to climb up. Highly recommended are the corn cobs that are on the bbq. This place you can easily reach with the elevators of ‘Funicular Panoramico’, these are fast but also a bit scary for people with fear of heights. It is also quite fun to come down on foot afterwards. Because this is not so tough and you do come across some nice little streets with graffiti murals here and there.
5 Callejon del Beso
Callejon del Beso is perhaps the most romantic street of Guanajuato. If you were to kiss on this street with your lover, you will have nothing but happiness together for the next 15 years. In reality, there is a queue of people waiting for a photo under the balcony where you have to kiss each other. 10 minutes of queuing… But as a couple, you have to be willing to do that for 15 years of happiness, right?
6 Jardin de la Union
Jardin de la Union is a park in the middle of the city. It’s not a huge park but it is cosy. We were there during the flower festival so it was very busy, but otherwise it is very nice and quiet stay. At this park, which is actually more of a square with some trees, you also have good restaurants where you can eat very cheap but delicious. If you like churros, for 5 peso you can eat the best you’ve ever eaten there. Then be sure to choose the churros with nutella filling. Ama-zing!
In Guanajuato you can shop very well. Maybe not immediately the big international stores you are used to, but especially the small traditional stores and souvenir shops. And if you ask us, this is so much more fun than shopping at the big brands! In the center of the city you will also find a large hall, Mercado Hidalgo, with all the stalls where you can eat delicious traditional food and buy the cutest real Mexican souvenirs for a small price. The atmosphere in this hall is fantastic. There is always something to do.
Are you ging to Guanajuato?
Hopefully this list “What to do in Guanajuato” was helpful to you. So, in our opinion, you should not hesitate and just book, pack and leave. Guanajuato is beautiful! You won’t regret it because just walking around and taking pictures in these streets can take up a few days of your time. So go there for 3 days minimum.