Guanajuato Vacations

Guanajuato is a small city in the central Mexican state of the same name. Built over a narrow valley and the surrounding hills, the city is extremely uneven and almost all of the streets are slanted. In addition, many of those streets are too narrow for automobiles, so most of the driving roads are located either partially or totally underground. ... Read more
Such a layout arose from Guanajuanto’s birth as a silver mining camp with no central planning. When the mines made the camp rich, settlers erected permanent buildings without consideration for cars, as they did not yet exist! The most important mine in the area is Mina Valenciana, a still active mine that once produced two-thirds of the world’s silver under the Spanish flag. Most tourists come to relax and see the city itself, as the architecture is very unique. However there are many museums, monuments, gardens and restaurants to keep all visitors busy and smiling.

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Top Guanajuato restaurants

  • Lavanda Cafe
    9.77 reviews
    Breakfast & Brunch, Cafe
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  • La Clave Azul
    10.04 reviews
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  • Santo Cafe
    8.76 reviews
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  • Cantina La Botellita
    9.02 reviews
    Local Traditional Cuisine, Mexican, Bar
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Mexico City, Mexico

Very nice city to walk with great history ! Do not miss it if you are in mexico !

Recommended for:Budget TravelersFamily TravelersStudentsHistory Buffs
Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Lovely colonial town in the state of Guanajuato. The elevation provides such a cool climate. There are tons of adventure activities to do around and the city is so charming!

Recommended for:History BuffsArt & Design Lovers

such a quaint town. Diego Riveria's childhood home is here and much more. An unesco site as well.

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Guanajuato is one of Mexico’s hidden gems. While not the most common of tourist destinations, Guanajuato offers so much to those who do visit it. With a mystique reminiscent of small Tuscan villages or Andalusian cities of Spain, this is one of the most magical cities in Mexico. Constructed over an intricate network of subterranean streets, Guanajuato originated as a silver mining town in the 16th century. Winding roads that once served as channels for floodwaters now showcase the city in a fascinating way, twisting through arched tunnels of stone to surface in various city locations. Historic buildings painted in greens, blues, and yellows lend a fairytale quality to the tiny maze of streets and stairwells that clutter the hillsides. This enchanting city simply begs to be photographed, but its elusive aura cannot be captured.


Great colonial city in Mexico! Lots to see! This photo was taken on the highest terrain called El Pipila! Nice panoramic view of the downtown.

Recommended for:Family TravelersHistory BuffsAdventure Travelers
Nizwa, Oman
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'Once Upon a Time in Mexico' ain't the only reason to pop into ol' Guanajuato (unless you totally geek-out on Director Robert Rodriguez of course). Like a lot of Norte Americanos, I came here not for geeking-out but to study Spanish and found amor along the way (I highly recommend Instituto Falcon). A lively night life, fun co-eds and a once a year, week long festival of drama, music and dance that rivals Brazil's carnival make Guanajuato one of my top ten Mexican favs. Just beware of la llorona!

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Aubrey, Texas

Santo Cafe. Delicious pasta, cold beer, and a chance to get out of the sun. Hooray!

Waco, Texas

great place, tourtist rute and recomended so much!


Picturesque, steeped in history, and full of warmth and charm.


Me enkanto!!!