Guanajuato City is the capital of Guanajuato State, a beautiful and diverse area of central Mexico that deserves a closer look than it’s currently getting. You might have already heard of Guanajuato as the home state of the expat haven city of San Miguel de Allende, or the popular and bustling city of Leon. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard of Guanajuato City (known as “Guanajuato Capital” by the locals) too! Let’s take a look at why Guanajuato Capital is one of the best places to visit in Mexico.
Stunning Landscapes and Cityscapes
Guanajuato Capital is one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. The city flows across the hills and mountains, adorning hilltops with brightly colored houses and the valleys with beautiful patios and plazas. By day, Guanajuato is a multicolored quilt, a perfect combination of nature and urban environments; by night, the city comes to life with orange and yellow lights flickering all across the hills. If there’s one thing that captures the heart of any traveler to Guanajuato, it’s the absolute beauty of the city and the surrounding landscapes. Lookout points are scattered across the Capital, and a visit to Guanajuato isn’t complete without a trip to at least one hilltop for a bird’s-eye view of the city!
The Art, Music, and Theater Capital of Mexico
As a university town, it’s no surprise that Guanajuato has more exposure to the arts than other cities in Mexico. But, this city takes things to the next level! With almost 200 theaters across the city (and a population of only about 200,000 people) and an art, music, or theater festival or event taking place almost every month of the year, Guanajuato is extremely active in the arts department. A walk down any street will take you past gorgeous paintings and murals as you listen to the echos of song from street musicians, mariachi bands, and the traditional estudiantina groups. This city also hosts the yearly International Film Festival, and its university appears on the 1000 peso bill as the one of the best and oldest universities in Mexico and Latin America.
Culturally Rich and Vibrant
If you’re looking for a travel destination that will offer up authentic and fascinating culture, look no further than Guanajuato, Mexico. As a colonial city, this city is filled to the brim with both native and Spanish culture, and the locals are active in portraying their cultural heritage in various ways. From culinary specialties (like Enchiladas Mineras) to traditional musical groups, and from countless museums to awe-inspiring churches, Guanajuato is one of the best places to travel in Mexico.
Budget-Friendly Mexico Tourism Destination
Although it’s probably no surprise that Mexico is more affordable in general, it’s important to choose your Mexico tourism destination wisely so that you can maximize the bang for your buck. While traveling to resorts or more popular tourist hotspots is sure to be more expensive, a trip to Guanajuato will yield spectacular fun and entertainment for a much more affordable price! Because GTO is specifically marketed to local Mexican travelers (and not as much to Americans or other foreigners), it’s not as “overrun” by tourists and the accommodation prices, food prices, and fun prices are lower and more budget-friendly.
Activities for Everyone!
No matter whether you’re a family travelling with young children or teenagers, or a single person looking to have fun with other single people, or even an elderly couple looking for a nice relaxing (yet entertaining) vacation, Guanajuato has something for everyone. For people who like to learn, classes in Guanajuato are never-ending and you’re sure to find just the thing to pique your interest. If you’re out to do thrill-seeking activities, that’s available too (try mountain biking or hiking on La Bufa)! Or maybe you prefer to go to museums and do some people-watching in the afternoons — Guanajuato has plenty of museums on everything from fine art to colonial era torture techniques (and more) and plenty of cute cafes where you can sip juice or coffee and watch the world go by around you.
Amazing Food and Restaurants
Guanajuato has some truly incredible restaurants, and it’s no shock. With such fresh, vibrant produce and spices, it’s easy to understand how the restaurants can create their masterpieces! With produce stores and tortillerias on almost every corner, travelers can easily access all kinds of fruits, vegetables, and specialty Mexican foods (check out the fresh salsas!) for an extremely affordable price. Down in the Centro (downtown), take a visit to any of the numerous delicious and interesting restaurants around the Jardin de la Union, or take a walk further outside of the Centro and explore a restaurant off the beaten path. Don’t forget to try the Guanajuatense classic dish: Enchiladas Mineras!
These are just a few of the many reasons why Guanajuato, Mexico is one of the best tourist destinations in Mexico. From beautiful landscapes to delicious food, this city really does have it all. Capturing the true essence of Guanajuato is nearly impossible, since the rich culture and vibrance of the city can leave a traveler speechless and mesmerized. A visit to Guanajuato is rewarding and a lot of fun for visitors young and old, or newbie adventurers or veterans to journeying!