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North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato December 28th 2018

A Tour of Central Mexico After we visited the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve we made a little tour of central Mexico. There are literally hundreds of places worth going to in Mexico. For obvious reasons we could only squeeze in a handful of those at best. Here comes a quick summary of where we went and what we saw there. Santiago de Queretaro - Santiago de Queretaro is a city which was important in colonial times. There are many similar cities in Mexico. Puebla, which I have written about before, is one for example. These cities typically have a preserved historical city centre with beautiful buildings, churches palaces and squares. But Santiago de Queretaro has one additional feature - a very elegant aqueduct. There ... read more
Aqueduct
Portico
Fountain

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato September 29th 2018

We’ve had a really good nights sleep. The bonus of being in a place on the outskirts is that it’s not quite so noisy! We go down for breakfast which is good self service - cereal, fresh fruit, yoghurt and freshly baked sticky buns (too tempting to resist I fear). We set off into town - we know the way now! There is some kind of a procession about to begin which means that all traffic has been prevented from entering the streets. This is a great bonus as we are ahead of the procession but walking on nice clear streets. We begin our walking tour at the opera house and the church of San Diego. From here we cut through the Jardin de la Union, a plaza shaded by shaded laurel trees with a bandstand ... read more
Templo de la Compania
University
El Pipila

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato September 29th 2018

Today we are visiting Ex Hacienda San Gabriel de Barras. This 17th century hacienda belonged, unsurprisingly, to San Gabriel de Barras! It would be the easiest thing in the world to order an Uber but we decide that we’ll give the local bus a try. It is only 2.5km out of town and the walk into town will do us good. There are not too many people around and the walk into the centre is pleasant, then we walk back to the west of the town to suss out the bus. We need to choose any bus heading to Marfil and ask for Hotel Mision. We try one bus but the driver seems to be saying no, it’s not this one. To be honest we give up fairly quickly and decide to order an Uber. But ... read more
Ex Hacienda San Gabriel de Barras
Ex Hacienda San Gabriel de Barras
Chicken for lunch

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato September 27th 2018

Today is a move on day. We make a Skype call to mum and dad whilst we are still assured of reasonable WiFi connection! The truth is, the hotel WiFi (which was pretty weak anyway), completely failed a few days ago. But as we passed their main WiFi modem every day on the stairs, we could clearly see their private modem...so we sneakily photographed the password and have been having excellent reception ever since! Unbelievably there is yet another celebratory procession passing our balcony today. Now we know why they have named this town Mexico’s own Disneyland! Today the focus seems to be on little children...three large cartoon type characters, followed by lots of toddlers - the smallest riding in the back of floats and slightly older kids accompanied by proud parents walking behind. We decide ... read more
View of inner courtyard
Lower city street
Ian posing

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato May 3rd 2017

Guanajuato sits on hills about 4800 feet above sea level in the middle of what was once one of the richest mother loads of silver in the world. Surrounded by mines, some still active, Guanajuato is filled with colonial-era buildings that reflect the wealth the mines created. I’m back here less as a tourist and more to decide whether this might be a place I’d want to visit regularly and for longer stays. It’s pedestrian friendly, the weather is generally good. Guadalajara and plenty of other interesting places are easily accessible using this as a base. What makes the city so pedestrian friendly is that most traffic runs under rather than through the town. Tunnels had been built in the early 19th Century to divert a river to reduce flooding in Guanajuato. In the 1970s and ... read more
Casita Municipio Libre
Walkway. Centro. Guanajuato
Street. Centro. Guanajuato

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato January 10th 2017

Set off early morning traveled not far to reach the beauty of Guanajuato, we took a bypass road for several miles at 10 miles per hour rough is not the words that should be used, one wrong moment and you are toast. Heading Our first Cuaota San Fco Delric 2,3&4 Axels 180 pesos, second toll Guanajuato 50 pesos passed through many small towns in the beautiful interior of Mexico, Have arrived at Bugsaviile RV Park and off to tour the city.... read more
the Highway
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North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato December 8th 2016

Hoewel ik in mijn vorige post schreef dat San Miguel de Allende het mooiste dorpje van Mexico is, moet ik die mening nu al weer bijstellen. Guanajuato heeft diezelfde gezellige steegjes, maar combineert dat met het chaotische stratenplan van de meeste Europese steden en een grote hoeveelheid studenten om leven in de brouwerij te houden. Bovendien had ik in Guanajuato het goede hostel gevonden, want vanaf het moment dat ik daar binnen stapte voelde het alsof ik nieuwe familie had. Ik was nog geen 30 minuten aangekomen en had net mijn spullen uitgepakt toen ze vroegen of ik mee wilde met een wandeling. Die wandeling bleek een heuse tocht naar de hoogste berg net buiten de stad waardoor ik wel een goed uitzicht kreeg van de stad. Eenmaal terug van die wandeling ontdekte ik het voordeel ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato September 27th 2016

Guanajuato is probably one of the most interesting and beautiful cities all over Mexico. I strongly recommend a visit to this fascinating city if it happens you come around North-Central Mexico. There are narrow and winding streets, stairs up to the mountaisides, churches, colonial-era mansions, houses built with colourful stones and a lot still to be uncovered underground. It is also a student town with a lot of young people hanging about in cafes and bars, it is really welcoming. When I was there some alleys of the city were closed because of construction work. My favourite point is up to the valley where you can have a wonderful view of the entire city with all its colours and mountain scenary to the background. Lose myself, this is what I love to do while travelling. Lose ... read more

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato April 4th 2015

We've travelled a fair few miles since our last blog post. Leaving Puerto Penasco by bus we headed to Hermosillo. According to wikipedia, there's not a lot going for Hermosillo. An industrial town in Sinaloa it sprawls across the desert and is a through-town. Indeed, when we arrived locals asked us bemusedly why we had stopped for longer than a night in the city. Well wikipedia, you haven't had the joy of staying with Miguel, an enthusiastic couchsurfing host who likes to share the secret gems of his city. This is what made our stay in Hermosillo; the nighttime bike ride through the city with 100+ locals, sound systems and chatting along the way. The concert of local music by school,university and local guitar players. The trip to San Pedro, seeing the culture of horse riding ... read more
Our first hitchhiking ride. I hope it made it home ok, it sounded quite sick...
standard Mazatlan beach action.
you know you're back on the road when you're eating tinned veg outside a supermarket at 11pm at night.

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato February 24th 2015

We arrived in Guanajuto Feb 9 after a long journey through Zacatecas. Feb 10 we took a city tour. This is the only state with drinkable water and the capitol of the state. Known for the students with over 30,000 at university. Originaly built in the 1500.s after the river flooding and buildings sinking new buildings were built over top. With long tunnels joining the city. Visited Lahacienda San Gabriel de Barrera. This was the rich Spanish homestead built in the 1500.s. This area was the first to have piped plumbing. Visited the theatre Tijaiez Theoto built in 1876 by the Europeons. Beautiful and huge laced with gold. Had lunch at the hotel, visited many churches and went to the market place. Tonight we went back to town and were treated to a music festival. February ... read more
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