Tourist guide to Guanajuato

Alley of the Kiss  in Guanajuato

Alley of the Kiss in Guanajuato ©vlitvinov/Flick

The city of Guanajuato is located in the center of Mexico and is the capital of the state with the same name. This is a beautiful colonial city in the mountains. Considered by many to be the most beautiful city in Mexico, it has a network of underground tunnels and it has a wealth of colonial architecture.

There are a large number of landmarks that you can visit, as well as several mines, which are obviously a big part of the city’s history. In the city there are a number of museums for those interested in cultural visits. In the center of the town are many small markets, mansions, churches and civil constructions built of pink or green sandstone.

Cultural attractions

The city houses the Mummy Museum that countains mummies found in the municipal cemetery between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

View of Guanajuato

View of Guanajuato ©Frank Mago/Flick

The city of Guanajuato also hosts the Cervantino International Festival, inviting artists from around the world. The festival is named in honor of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the author of Don Quixote.

Guanajuato has a great place to try the regional Bajío cuisine. The favorite local food dishes include mineras enchiladas (tortillas stuffed with meat, beans or cheese and covered with a sauce made of guajillo and Ancho chiles) and guanajuatenses pacholas (beef with spices).

Crowd at the Cervantino Festival

Crowd at the Cervantino Festival ©Paul and Jill/Flick

Historical background and legendary places

The city was also the site of the first battle of the Mexican War of Independence between the insurgents and the royalist troops. The city was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988.

The historical center of Guanajuato has a distinct European flavor with hundreds of narrow cobblestone alleys. Markets are dotted with cafes, museums, theaters, markets and historical monuments. The buildings in the city are examples of colonial architecture in Neo-classical and Baroque style.

Guanajuato is a city of legends and legendary places. One of the best known is the famous Callejón del Beso (Alley of the Kiss), an alley so narrow that couples can kiss each other from the opposite balconies.

Alley of the Kiss  in Guanajuato

Alley of the Kiss in Guanajuato ©vlitvinov/Flick

The silver mine of Guanajuato

Founded in 1559, Guanajuato is a former mining town, hosting the La Valenciana silver mine. The silver was first discovered in Guanajuato in the mid 1600s. La Valencia was opened a century later and quickly became one of the richest silver mines and one of the most productive in the world. Templo de San Cayetano (Church of San Cayetano) stands as a monument to the riches that were mined.

The famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera was born in Guanajuato, his former home was transformed into an excellent museum.

Templo de San Cayetano in Guanajuato

Templo de San Cayetano in Guanajuato ©Catedrales e Iglesias/Flick



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