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Guanajuato, the pearl of the colonial towns

During your trip to Mexico, you will not be able to find another town like Guanajuato. The labyrinth of streets is unique and it is impossible not to get lost.

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The most beautiful towns in the region

When visiting Guanajuato for the first time during your trip to Mexico, you'll be struck straight away by the uniqueness of this incredible town. Guanajuato is just a tangle of narrow little streets, intertwining and sometimes underground. The charm from this great labyrinth is absolutely unique, not to be found in the rest of the country By the way, it's also surely because of this that the town was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

If you decide to wander aimlessly along the streets, you will often have the strange impression of having already gone down a particular street, of already having taken these stairs, of already having seen this particular house. It's not impossible, you may have simply gone round in circles... The impression is even stronger once you leave the alleys on the surface to plunge into the complex underground labyrinth.

Guanajuato is also unique for its very young and festive atmosphere. In the evenings, mariachi music can be heard in the smallest street and the sounds of traditional hit songs like "La Bamba" can also get lost in this inextricable maze.

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What to visit?

Like all colonial towns in the country, Guanajuato centres around its Zócalo. However, it is not possible here to use the grid pattern to help you find your way, going from church to church. It's therefore your wandering steps that will bring you into contact with the marvellous treasures of this superb colonial town.

To give you an idea of the town, you can first take a cable car which will get you to Pípila for an overall view. On your way back down, the ride will help you discover the Jardin de la Unión where it's nice to relax in the shade of the bay trees. It's here that the traditional mariachi groups gather.

The most beautiful colonial buildings are the Juárez theatre, the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato and the Templo de la Compañía de Jesús.

Museum lovers will be kept busy. You would need several days to visit the Iconográfico del Quijote Museum, the Alhóndiga de Granaditas museum, the Diego Rivera museum, the Pueblo museum and even the terrifying Momias museum.

Guanajuato

David Debrincat
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Updated 22 March 2018
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