Part 2: Top 10 Things to Do in Guanajuato, Mexico

In the last post, you read about the first five things you should definitely do in Guanajuato, Mexico. Now, enjoy the other five activities post-lunch. (Read about the first five things)

Plaza de la paz6. Laze at Jardin Union– When you are at Jardin Union (Zona Centro), you may hear Mariachi. I got into a full-filled conversation with Andres and Pedro who were at Jardin Union as part of their Mariachi band Santa Rosa. Their band played a Mariachi for me and my wife. What a performance, could not help myself from tapping my feet. We paid them 150 Mexican pesos and received fascinating memories from them. Photos with them, of course. Immerse yourself in the architectural buildings around it like Teatro Juarez, San Diego church and other buildings. Let the time go by. You will hear bells ring in the church, heralding the completion of an hour. But they ring to enlighten you that you have lived anBasilica hour of your life fully. You will find myriad of activities going around you. Close your eyes and hear the birds chirping in beautifully manicured trees lined in Jardin Union. Hear the footsteps. Or appreciate the colors you have seen so far during your walking tour, with closed eyes. Unlike many other Mexican cities, you will not be disturbed by hawkers trying to sell their products here. You can get yourself sketched by an artist for few pesos. When you are hungry, get into one of the numerous restaurants and taste the Mexican food with a drink. Wait for the evening to fall at Jardin and splendid lights at the buildings to glow. Time for you now to get active and hit one of the bars. And hey, don’t miss the all-famous tequila.

Mariachi Santa Rosa7. Learn Spanish – Now that you love this city more than what you had read before IMG_9666your trip, spend more days here. And learn Spanish. If you do not know Spanish, few smiles, Gracias, Holas, Buenas Tardes, Cuanto cuestas will definitely give you some feel of being in an erstwhile Spanish colony. But don’t you want to enhance that experience? So, my friend, choose a school and fall in love with Spanish, according to your itinerary.

8. Shop at Mercado Hidalgo – Walk of 15 min from Jardin Union will take you to a magnificent pink facade building. An early 20th century building houses several shops where locals go. Here you can find souvenirs, and fresh produce and flowers at really good IMG_9519price. Delight yourself at one of those numerous food stalls. It’s a very lively place with lot of colors. You may get into a conversation with locals here and they will graciously oblige you for a photo. Do not miss this place.

Guanajuato Souvenirs

Guanajuato Tequila9. Explore Hills and Panoramica for Stunning Views of Cities – Tired of walking? Drive up the Panoramica to the hills, overlooking the city. Or take a bus ride to Guanajuato Mummies Museum and view cityscape from the hill, outside the cemetery. Look at the colorful and vivid city in the valley below. Orange, Green, Blue, yellow and all colors on the Guanajuato houses shine in bright sun. Tempting enough to hold the city in the trough of your palm and keep in your pocket. Interestingly, these naked hills, from a city street below, resemble the jewels in the splendid crown of Guanajuato. Such is theIMG_9512 grandeur of this 16th century city that you soon start wishing, if I had few more days. Word of caution though. Avoid jogging or walking here in early morning and evening for safety reasons. Always try to go in a group. Another way is to go up in the funicular (cable car) to the monument of Pipila and view the city below. Spot the University of Guanajuato and Basilica and other major tourist attractions. You may walk up as well using staircase, rather than using funicular. When you are at Pipila, look for trail which takes you to hills. Amazing view of the city after a walk of 30 min. Our strategy was to go up in funicular and in return, use stairs. Best time may be to go before twilight when you see the city bathed in bright sunlight and then draped in lights.

Guanajuato City View 10. Finally, Kiss your sweetheart at Callejon del Beso – Knowingly, I saved it for the last. Callejon del Beso is the kissing street of Guanajuato.  Your trip to Guanajuato is incomplete if you do not kiss your partner at this street. According to tradition, couples kissing here at the third step can expect fifteen years of happiness in their lives. Legend is that two lovers used to stay in the two houses, whose balconies are separated by only 69 cm. But currently, these houses are private houses and not open for public to go up the balconies and strike a pose. Street is so narrow that two people can kiss each other. This is  the spot where you should click a photo, definitely. You will find a number of urchins at Plaza de los Angeles, close to the street, who will tell you the story of lovers in return for few pesos. And a very interesting fact about this street, which I read in the blog of Raphael. Callejon del BesoLet me quote it. “If you’re in the vicinity of mexican-kiss-repertoirethe Callejón del Beso but have the misfortune of being single, you can rent university students to kiss you (but ONLY to kiss you, mind you). Always remember to negotiate the style of the kiss beforehand! What do I mean by that? Take a look at this chart (Source: Raphael Blog) of Mexican kisses and see for yourself!” So, what are you waiting for?

Which are your favorite from this list? Let me know if I missed out anything. Planning to visit Mexico?

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23 Responses to Part 2: Top 10 Things to Do in Guanajuato, Mexico

  1. pat janisch says:

    Wonderful prose on a city we are to visit in under two weeks! We have 7 days to get lost there. Thank you for getting us even more excited to go.

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    • That’s fantastic. Hope you had a wonderful trip to Guanajuato. GTO is a fascinating city with lots of culture, color, music and things to do. Do share your experiences with us when you are back. Not to be missed is the nearby city of San Miguel de Allende. We could not visit it due to time constraints.

      Thanks for appreciating my post. Hope it helped you in planning your trip. Look forward to read your experiences 🙂

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  2. I liked very much both post about Guanajuato, one of my favorite cities. Yet lacking me to visit it during the Cervantine festival, but the experience of going to a city where you get lost in the tunnels subterráneos; walk along its plazuelas and callejones, combining charm colonial with modern disigns is exciting..
    Thank you very much.. I follow you gladly.
    An embrace from México.

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    • Thank you so much dear. I am glad you liked my posts. Guanajuato is a magical city. I fell in love with it when I first read about it and then visited it. Where else you find so many tunnels as street ways, beautiful and colorful houses and plazas. I would love to visit it again and also, San Miguel de Allende which we could not visit last time 🙂

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  3. litadoolan says:

    Looks exciting. Thank you for sharing this incredible place!

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  4. Chris says:

    Had to pin this one for future reference/visit 🙂

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  5. I agree – its time to write your book. Love the photos and guided tour through Mexico. Now I want to visit and see for myself.

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    • Hehehe…I really want to…May be soon in future i can bring out a photobook on my travels…Thanks for encouraging me through your appreciation.

      You must visit Mexico. Its a treat to watch all the history, culture, architecture, vivid and vibrant colors, meet with so warm and hospitable Mexicans. You will just love the experience, i tell you 🙂 🙂

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  6. Shyamola says:

    very well written Suyash. Lovely images– you have become quite the pro with the camera!
    great reading!

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    • Thanks a lot for your visit and words of appreciation. I am just enjoying travel and photography since last 3 yrs now. Its so satisfying and joyful to indulge.

      Waiting to read more of your posts and experiences. 🙂

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  7. Judith Shaw says:

    I visited Guanajuato a few years ago and really loved it. It’s a very charming city. Thanks for the great photos.

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  8. Thanks for the visit and like my post photo challenge – angular. Your photos are really good, great photography.

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  9. Nice shots and it looks like an interesting place.

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  12. sapna says:

    Its Time to write a book on Mexico 😀

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