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Guanajuato is the name of a state in Mexico and that state's capital city, as well as a river in the area. This article is about the state. For the city, see Guanajuato, Guanajuato; for the river, see Guanajuato River
Estado Libre y Soberano
de Guanajuato
—  State  —


Coat of arms
Location within Mexico
Coordinates: 21°1′8″N 101°15′46″W / 21.01889°N 101.26278°W / 21.01889; -101.26278Coordinates: 21°1′8″N 101°15′46″W / 21.01889°N 101.26278°W / 21.01889; -101.26278
Country  Mexico
Capital Guanajuato
Municipalities 46
Largest City León
Admission December 20, 1823[1]
Order 2nd
 - Governor Juan Manuel Oliva Ramirez (PAN)
 - Federal Deputies PAN: 14
 - Federal Senators Humberto Andrade Quezada (PAN)
Luis Alberto Villarreal García (PAN)
Francisco Arroyo Vieyra (PRI)
Ranked 22nd
 - Total 30,491 km2 (11,772.6 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 - Total 4,893,812 (Ranked 6th)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
HDI (2007) 0.812 - high
Ranked 22nd
ISO 3166-2 MX-GUA
Postal abbr. Gto.
Website Guanajuato

Guanajuato is a state in the central highlands of Mexico. It is named after its capital city, Guanajuato, which comes from the local indigenous language, meaning “Hill of Frogs.”[2][3] Las Ranas (“the frogs”) is a nickname for people from this state as frogs are their state animal. Guanajuato is the home state of former president Vicente Fox, muralist Diego Rivera, and singer-songwriter José Alfredo Jiménez.

After central Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico coast, Guanajuato was one of the first areas of Mexico colonized by the Spanish, in the 1520s, for its rich silver deposits. Guanajuato’s colonial architecture is very well preserved along with more than 35 old churches in its capital alone.

In addition to the state capital city of Guanajuato, the state includes the cities of Silao, San Luis de la Paz, Acámbaro, Celaya, León, Yuriria, Salamanca, Irapuato, San Miguel de Allende, Salvatierra—the first city of Guanajuato, Cortazar, Cueramaro,Tarimoro, and Dolores Hidalgo, the cradle of Mexican independence.

The first battle in Mexico’s war for independence resulted in a march from Dolores Hidalgo upon the capital of the state and the subsequent burning of the granary which held all the Iberian-born Spaniards (approximately 500 men, women and children), by peasants of pure Amerindian or mixed (Mestizo) descent who had been put to work in very harsh conditions.



The state of Guanajuato borders the states of San Luis Potosí to the north, Querétaro to the east, Michoacán to the south, and Jalisco to the west. It has an area of 30,589 square kilometers (11,810.5 sq mi). In the 2005 census, the state had a population of 4,893,812 people. The literacy rate stands at about 88 percent.

Guanajuato is located in the geographic center of Mexico, about three and half-hours north-west of Mexico City, and its capital city is one of Mexico’s most famous tourist spots. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and city planners must abide by strict rules when building and refurbishing buildings in order to maintain their colonial integrity. The city is situated in the Veeder mountains at over 2,000 meters (6,562 ft) above sea level and the buildings climb up the side of the mountains surrounding the city center. The buildings are colorful and there are many historical buildings such as the Reyna and several haciendas-ranches or manor houses-that have been preserved as museums, public gardens and hotels.

Every October, Guanajuato hosts the annual International Cervantes Culture Festival, which is centered in the capital city. The festival features high-level performers and artists from around the world, as well as from many regions of Mexico, in addition to the (often overlooked) traditional presentation of plays by Miguel de Cervantes.[citation needed]


Guanajuato is one of the most densely populated with 4’893,812 inhabitants, which corresponds to 152 persons per square kilometer, this without taking into account that 42% of the state population lives in the urban areas of León, Irapuato and Celaya.

The last 2005 census reveals a very young population: 60% are under 30 years of age. Since 1950 the state shows a constant population increase. Life expectancy is 75 years.

96% of the people say they practice the Catholic religion, ranking the state as the most catholic in the country.

It is the state with the smallest indigenous population. Only 0.2% of the Purépechas, Pames, Guamares and Guachichiles ancestors speak an indigenous language. The tribes that still exists are the Chichimeca Jonaz, Otomí, Mazahua and Purépecha


Major cities


The average education is 7.2 years. The percentages of termination of studies are 97.5% for primary school, 93.1% for secondary school, 94.7% middle superior [4].

Institutions of higher education include Universidad de Guanajuato, Universidad Iberoamericana, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Government and politics

The Constitution of the State of Guanajuato provides that the government of Guanajuato, like the government of every other state in Mexico, consists of three powers: the executive, the legislative and the judiciary.

Executive power rests in the Governor of Guanajuato, who is directly elected by the citizens, using a secret ballot, to a six-year term with no possibility of reelection. Legislative power rests in the Congress of Guanajuato which is a unicameral legislature composed of 36 deputies. Judicial power is invested in the Superior Court of Justice of Guanajuato.

The last local elections in Guanajuato were held on July 5, 2009.


The state of Guanajuato is divided into 46 municipalities, each headed by a municipal president (mayor). Municipalities are named after the city that serves as municipal seat; e.g., the municipal seat of the municipality of Guanajuato is the city of Guanajuato.


Today, Guanajuato’s mines are still among the richest-producing silver mines in the world (historically one of the largest). The state also produces tin, gold, copper, lead, mercury, and opals. Guanajuato comprises the ¨Bajío¨ region which has been historically renown as a rich cultivable area that has given economic support to the region since pre-Colombian times. Guanajuato also leads the nation in shoe production and various farm products such as lettuce and potatoes. The state’s main export products are motor vehicles and autoparts, footwear, leather goods, chemicals, electric machinery and materials, fruits and vegetables.


Panorama of Guanajuato, GTO


  1. ^ La diputación provincial y el federalismo mexicano -
  2. ^ Ramirez Mora, Jorge Alberto (date unspecified, ca. 2005). ¡Así es! Guanajuato... Patrimonio de la Humanidad. Guanajuato, GTO, Mexico: RG Digital. no ISBN number. 
  3. ^ editorial staff (date unspecified, ca. 2005). Guanajuato Mexico. Guanajuato, GTO, Mexico: Editoriál Stampart. no ISBN number. 
  4. ^

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Guanajuato from La Casa Colorada Restaurant
Guanajuato from La Casa Colorada Restaurant
El Campanero
El Campanero
Downtown Church
Downtown Church

Guanajuato is a city in central Mexico and is the Capital city of the state bearing the same name. It is located at 21°02′N 101°28′W, 390 km northwest of Mexico City. The name of the city means "Place of Frogs" in the local indigenous language and therefore the frog is the city's official pet. Guanajuato is a beautiful mountain colonial town. Many tourists and locals consider this city to be the most beautiful in Mexico. It used to be a major silver mining town, and many of the mines are still active. The city is built on very hilly ground, so virtually every point in the city is on a slant. The city has a network of underground tunnels that serve as roads making this place really unique in the world.


Unlike other Mexican cities that have an exact date of foundation, Guanajuato was the result of miner camping sites after silver veins were discovered between 1540 and 1558 and that eventually lead to a larger settlement. In 1558 a big silver vein was discovered in Guanajuato and produced nearly a third of all silver in the world by the next 250 years. The city was granted its city status in 1741 by Spanish King Philip V. Mining brought wealth to this town that spread towards its architecture and lifestyle.

The historic town of Guanajuato and adjacent mines were granted World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1987 and has been ranked by several travel magazines as one of the top travel destinations in the world.

Get in

By plane

Del Bajio International Airport (IATA: BJX) (ICAO: MMLO)

The "Del Bajio International Airport" (BJX) in Leon is the closest airport serving Guanajuato. It also serves the cities of Leon and Silao, the industrial cities of the state. International airlines serving this airport include Aeromexico (Los Angeles CA, Ontario CA), American Eagle (Dallas, TX), Continental Airlines (Houston, TX), Delta Airlines (Atlanta, GA) and Mexicana (Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA, Oakland, CA, Sacramento, CA, San Jose, CA). Airlines serving this airport domestically to many cities across Mexico include: Aeromexico, Aviacsa, Avolar, Mexicana, Viva Aerobus and Volaris. Alternatively if you're flying from Europe, Asia or South America you can fly through Mexico City and take a bus or a flight from there. The bus ride is around 5 hours. You may also consider Queretaro International Airport QRO some 3 hours from Guanajuato.

By bus

Bus service in Mexico is quite reliable and comfortable. Before the recent start-up of several low cost carriers, Bus was the main mean of transport across Mexico. Several lines serve Guanajuato including ADO and Omnibus de Oriente. Buses are cheap, have air conditioning (except some "economy" ones), and often show movies and have refreshments.

You can take a taxi anywhere in the city to the bus station (Central de Autobuses in Spanish) to catch a bus to San Miguel de Allende (1 hour), Guadalajara (3 hours), Mexico City (5 hours), Acapulco, and other locations.

Tourist Trolley
Tourist Trolley
Tunnel under the Centro (downtown)
Tunnel under the Centro (downtown)
  • Guanajuato is not very big, and you can walk to most places, a car is really not necessary.
  • But "the unaware tourist can get lost in a topographically confusing terrain," adds veteran travel writer Doug Bower, author of "A Walk Through México’s Crown Jewel: A Guanajuato Travelogue."
  • If you arrive to Guanajuato driving a car, make sure to park your car in your hotel, most offer free shuttle to the city, otherwise, park your car in a lot (Estacionamiento in spanish) Again, your car is useless if you want to know Guanajuato.
  • There are lots of taxis and you should be able to get where you're going for around 2 to 4 dollars. Taxis in Guanajuato do not have meters. Instead, before getting into the cab, ask the driver how much it will cost to go to your destination.
  • Also, there are buses that you can ride for very cheap (Sistema Coordinado de Transporte de Guanajuato)

By tourist trolley

A trolley-like bus makes sightseeing tours of the city departing from Plaza de la Paz in the Centro, next to the Basilica of our Lady of Guanajuato. The rides lasts 1.5 hours and costs $50 pesos. There is a tour guide in Spanish only. Is a great way to know the city.

By car

Remember, driving a car is NOT an option to know Guanajuato, however, if you plan to get in and out of the city then you will need to use the underground roads or tunnels, which are one of the main features of the city. The first tunnel was built in the remnants of a river in the late 1960's and new tunnels were later added to the city to speed up car traffic. The last was built around 1990. Many of the city buses run along the tunnels and is safe to take them in the special underground stops. Walking in the tunnels near Centro (downtown) is also safe. If you're driving, take into account that the tunnels are one way only, so taking the wrong tunnel may result in making a big tour around all the city.

Current tunnels:

  • El Barretero Runs west-east, southeast of the city and connecting the neighborhood near Presa de la Olla.
  • La Galereña Runs north-south, south of the city and is an exit of the city.
  • El Minero Runs east-west, in Centro.
  • Tunel Noroeste Ponciano Aguilar Runs east to west, northeast of the city.
  • Tunel de los Angeles Runs west to east, south of the city and is an exit of the city.
  • Santa Fe Runs east to west, northwest of the city.
  • Miguel Hidalgo The longest of all tunnels. Runs west to east, across the city.
  • Tamazuca The only two-way tunnel and the shortest also. Runs north to south and viceversa, west of the city.
A typical street
A typical street
Teatro Juarez
Teatro Juarez
Universidad de Guanajuato
Universidad de Guanajuato
  • El Pipila, A 28-meter tall statue of an independence hero, atop the San Miguel hill. To reach this place use the funicular (cable car) just behind Teatro Juarez. Juan Jose Martinez, or also known as El Pipila, is the legend of a hero who wore a stone slab on his back to protect himself while burning the Spanish troops holed up in the Alhóndiga, or granary in September 1810. The view is beautiful, particularly at night.
  • Jardin de la Union in Centro has several restaurants around the garden.
  • Teatro Juarez In the Jardin de la Union. The architecture of this theater is part roman, part greek and part moorish, making it a really beautiful building. Inaugurated in 1903 by President Porfirio Diaz.
  • Teatro Principal
  • Callejon del Beso (Back alley of the kiss) Next to Plaza de los Angeles, in downtowwn. Two balconies separated by only 69 centimeters is home of an old love legend. For a few pennies some children will tell you the story.
  • Temple of the Company of Jesus Built from 1747 to 1765.
  • Basilica of our Lady of Guanajuato Built from 1671 to 1696. Inside this church there is a 1000 year old statue donated by Spanish King Charles I who tried to protect it from the arab invasion in Spain.
  • Alhondiga de Granaditas Place where the independence revolutionaries burned the spanish troops.
  • Escuela Normal Teacher's School.
  • Palacio Legislativo (State Congress Palace). Located in Plaza de la Paz near Basilica of our lady of Guanajuato. This building was originally the city hall. It was built in 1903 and inaugurated by President Porfirio Diaz.
  • Plaza del Baratillo
  • Plaza de la Paz
  • Plaza de San Fernando
  • Presa de la Olla (Dam of La Olla) Built in 1749 to supply fresh water to the town. In this place you can rent a little boat. There's also a park and a great statue of Miguel Hidalgo casted in Italy also inaugurated by President Porfirio Diaz in the early 1900's. This area is very tranquil and quiet to have a break.
  • Templo y Plazuela de San Roque
  • Templo de San Diego Alcantara
  • Universidad de Guanajuato
  • Temple of San Francisco
  • Arquitecture In Guanajuato all the houses are typical and original is a very beautiful thing to see.
  • Mina de Rayas The first mine of Guanajuato discovered in 1550.
  • Mina de Cata
  • Mina Experimental El Nopal
  • Mina de Valenciana The richest mine in Guanajuato still in operation today. It supplied enough silver to sponsor the spanish empire and its colonies.
  • Museo de las Momias (the mummy museum).Explanada del Panteon S/N. A must if you're in Guanajuato. In 1910, due to the overcrowding of the local graveyard, the authorities were forced to exhume several bodies and when they did that they found the bodies turned into mummies rather than skulls. After that they founded this really strange and unique museum. Adults $50 pesos.
  • Casa Diego Rivera The birthplace of Diego Rivera, a well-preserved traditional Mexican residence. Be sure to check out the collections of his simple, socialist-inspired works.
  • Don Quixote museum. Small, but very well done.
  • Casa de las Leyendas (House of Legends) Located in the hill of San Miguel, in the top station of the funicular.
  • Casa de la Tia Aura Paseo de la Presa 62. Sort of house of horrors that's sweet in its corniness. Inside this house a woman was buried alive inside the walls. The tour is conducted (appropriately enough) in Spanish and will be difficult to understand for those not fairly fluent, though the sights are self-explanatory and the gasps and screams comprehensible in any language.
  • Museum of the Town of Guanajuato Positos 7.
  • Museo Gene Byron Housed in the Ex Hacienda of Santa Ana in the neighbouring town of Marfil.
  • Museo de la Inquisicion (Museum of the Holy Inquisition) Featuring torture instruments. Valenciana street.
  • Galeria Mariana Ponciano Aguilar 7.
  • Museum of Mineralogy One of the richest collection of minerals in the world. Ex-hacienda de San Matias.
  • Ex-convento Diegino Next to Templo de San Diego.
  • Museo Alfredo Duges
  • Guanajuato is not that big, you can just walk randomly along the back alleys and steep streets.
  • At the University, there is a 3-4 story series of steps that lead up to an auditorium. Climb up the steps and look out over the colonial city. It is, by far and away, the most beautiful view of Mexico I have seen.
  • Climb to the top of the mountain that overlooks Guanajuato. There's a trail that goes to the top- look for the signs to Pipila. It takes at most 1 1/2 - 2 hours to get to the top and there is an amazing view of the city.
  • Ride the Funicular to the top of the mountain where the statue of the "Pipila" is located. The Funicular station is just behind the Teatro Juarez. One way $12 pesos, round trip $24.
  • Visit Museo de las Momias (Mummy museum) a strange collection of local mummys. Entrance fee is 50 Pesos (students 35 Pesos).
  • The central plaza (El Jardín) always has a lot of things going on, even at night.
  • Visit one of the silver mines in Valenciana (Bocamina Valenciana nearby the Templo Valenciana charges an entrance fee of 25 Pesos plus the guide expects a tip), as well as the beautiful Templo de Valenciana.
  • In March, Guanajuato and nearby Léon host the Mexican round of the World Rally Championship.
  • As you can go clubbing at night museums in the morning etc, theres also nice tracks to exercise for example Nieto Pina located going towards the Pipila from los Mineros.
Nieto Pina Exercise complex
Nieto Pina Exercise complex
Mercado Hidalgo
Mercado Hidalgo
  • Mercado Hidalgo, Juarez Street and Mendizabal. A 2 story indoor market selling from touristy stuff (handcrafts, souvenirs, etc) to groceries (food, confectionery and clothing). It is said, the structure of this market was originally intended to be a train station in Antwerpen, Belgium, but it was brought to Guanajuato by President Porfirio Diaz and completed in 1910, shortly before the start of the Mexican Revolution. The façade of this building is made of pink quarry and bursts a tower.
  • El Cubilete Juarez Ave. 188. Across Comercial Mexicana. This is your one-stop store for confectionery. Established in 1955 they sell all sorts of local sweets. The specialties include "Charamuscas" , figures made of caramel resembling the mummies. Try also Cajeta, sort of Dulce de Leche but this is made of goat's milk.
  • Embajadoras If you are looking for ripped-off CDs, go this place on a Saturday, and there are some tents set up there.
  • Del Sol If you need to get all your basics at once, check out this place which is similar to a Wal-Mart, or right down the road from Del Sol.
  • Comercial Mexicana On Juarez Avenue, three blocks from the Alhondiga. A branch of the mexican supermaket chain that sells everything from basic groceries to TV's and some clothing.
  • Donkey Jote sells (and might buy?) English-language books. It's located near the Diego Rivera Museum.
  • If you are looking more for handmade crafts and more touristy stuff, take a bus to San Miguel de Allende, about an hour away from Guanajuato. There is a large open-air artisan market there.
  • If you'd like to purchase handmade ceramics, take the roughly-one-hour bus ride to Dolores Hidalgo.
  • Escuela Mexicana [1] is one of the best language schools in town. The staff is very nice, fluent in English, and flexible, and you can create a schedule to fit your needs, from 1 to 6 hours of class per day, of varied courses. There are afternoon and day tours to local attractions as well as weekend trips to more distant sights.
  • The Academia Falcon[2] is a good school. You can take 2 - 5 hours of instruction daily. Each hour is with a different teacher, on a different subject, and each week you get a new schedule of classes. This might seem confusing, but out of the 4 different language schools I've attended world wide (not counting college and university classes) this school was the best place to learn to speak Spanish, because that's almost all we did, all the time.
  • Don Quijote [3] is a great school where you can take 4-6 hours of courses a day. The entire day is with the same teacher and all courses including beginner courses are taught entirely in Spanish. The teachers are excellent, the students are a diverse group from around the world (some of whom do not speak English), and there are lots of formal and informal activities provided by the school, including a weekly Spanish conversation dinner and salsa classes. The school also has student apartments and homestays. You can reserve a course before you head to Mexico if you wish or reserve weekly classes once you're there.


In Guanajuato the local dish is Miner's Enchiladas. Served almost everywhere.

  • El Zopilote Mojado [4] Plaza Mexíamora 51 (Plaza Mexíamora downtown), ☎ 524737325311, [6]. The beautiful Plaza Mexíamora host this unique Café, where you can find peacefull atmosfera with an excelent coffee, clasical music, interesting books en English and Spanish, and delicius desserts and baguettes, a very mexican place with an international taste
  • Bagel Cafetin [5]is just a few steps away from Teatro Juarez and Jardin Union, in Plaza San Francisco, right by the Iconography Museum. They have a great selection of coffee drinks and loose leaf teas. There are around 20 different types of bagel sandwiches to choose from, and the extremely affordable cafe is popular with locals and foreigners alike. The cafe is very cheerful - brightly colored, with friendly staff. It's a great place to spend a few hours relaxing, and there is free wireless internet too.
  • Truco 7 is located near the Jardín and features Mexican food as well as American and at a decent price. They have tortilla soup, enchiladas, and hamburgers. They have excellent aguas frescas and milkshakes. Try the strawberry, it comes with cinnamon in it.
  • Bar Ocho is located close to the Teatro Juarez and serves burgers, bar food, and Mexican food at a good price. They have seating outside the bar in a nice courtyard. Beer is fairly cheap.
  • El Midi in Plaza San Fernando is a fantastic Southern French lunch buffet featuring lots of marinated and glazed vegetables, salads and quiches. Food is sold by weight and is extremely affordable. Don't miss their delicious aguas frescas to accompany your meal.
  • Delica Mitsu, Callejon de Cantaritos #37. Located on an alley just off Plaza San Fernando, Delica Mitsu serves up homemade Japanese Delicatessen "sozai", sushi rolls, grilled chicken, and more. Many of the dishes are made from vegetables only, so vegetarians will also feel at home at this tiny restaurant owned and operated by a sweet Japanese couple. Popular with tourists and locals, there are new items on the menu everyday which are sure to keep you coming back time and time again.  edit
  • Try the Cafe that features outdoor seating next to Teatro Juarez. Their prices are affordable, and they might just have the best guacamole in town.
  • If you want cheap food and free internet access visit Cafè Santo which is a 5 minute walk from Teatro Juarez and features a sweet little bridge upon which you can eat. The food here is very clean and you needn't worry about having fresh fruits or salads.
  • For coffee, tea, a mixed foreign and Mexican crowd, and high speed wireless internet access, try Cafe Tal. It's between 5-10 minutes from Teatro Juarez up the main street towards the baseball stadium, just up the street from Bar Fly. The owner, an American expat, plays French horn in the city orchestra. Although it serves some distinctly Mexican drinks and snacks, it also has a much wider selection of tea and coffee drinks familiar to Americans and difficult to find in GTO. (Tea is pretty unsatisfactory in the city, not so here. And they understand the concept of iced tea.) They also have low cost international calling and tasty snacks. Before lunch, a bakery a few doors down has a wider selection of pastries and rolls.
  • Bar Fly, a popular student (and foreign exchange student) hangout, serves food although this isn't well advertised. The staff isn't much more mature than the clientel, but they're an amusing bunch. If you get to know them, they're very nice about modifying their dishes or making things for you that aren't on the menu. They're also quite friendly to tourists and will point you in the direction of the few very late night places in GTO.


The nightlife is very active in Guanajuato, especially on weekends. Look for people passing out flyers during the day for drink specials and sometimes free drink coupons. If you walk around the city center, you'll find plenty to do--music spills out of the bars and clubs into the streets and many establishments have outdoor areas.

  • To start the night off, stop by one of the little cafes in the Jardín, for dinner and drinks and mariachi band ambience. It is a great place to people watch.
  • Capitolio is a favorite both among tourists and local. This club has 2 levels, with a large main room, and a smaller "hip-hop room" in the back. There is a large bar in the middle of the club specifically for dancing. You can order a full set up for mixed drinks where they will bring out glasses, ice, a bottle and a mixer of your choice. There are often specials on drinks. There are 2 bars. The music is well-mixed with a mixture of top 40, reggaeton, rock and pop en espanol, salsa, meringue, techno, and electronic. When there is a special event they will open up the roof and shoot off fireworks. The club is always packed on weekends, mostly with university students, and the party doesn't stop until about 4:30. Since the change owners it has been down. But people are very friendly and good security.
  • Capitolio Light, [6] is a very chill place, karaoke, and exotic drinks. Its one of the most friendly places at night, owner its always there so you'll have a excellent service. Special prices if you talk to the owner "ruben". Its also a great place to go before you go to the capitolio, becuase clubs start after 11:00PM.
  • Guanajuato Grill is another favorite of locals and tourists. It is even bigger than Capitolio and boasts 2 levels. It is always packed on weekends, with the same type of crowd as Capitolio. Although it plays similar music to what you hear in Capitolio, it tends to play more electronic and techno music. It also offers great drink specials, especially on bottles.
  • El Bar, now called La Copa is a salsa bar across the street from Teatro Juarez. It offers salsa lessons every night from 9 to 10. It plays mostly salsa and merengue all night and often has salsa shows.
  • La Havana is a salsa bar that attracts a more local, late-night crowd.
  • Apple is a very chill bar that attracts a young crowd and plays mostly electronic music.
  • Why Not is another chill bar that plays unique latino indie-rock and reggae. It's a good place to hang out and play pool. The bartenders are very sociable and entertaining. Why Not is open later than Bar Fly and is often the after hours destination of the Bar Fly crowd and staff.
  • Test your Spanish skills at Don Ole Karaoke, across the street from Teatro Juarez. Don't worry, they have songs in English, too.
  • If you are looking for some after-clubbing late-night/early morning food try Cupulas for some delicious quesadillas.
  • Alcatraz is located near the Jardín and features great drink specials and a great atmosphere with many locals.
  • Try Bar Fly for a younger crowd. The staff is friendly and gets to know their customers. There is regae music as well as lamp shades made out of solo cups. A definite must-see. If you are young and female, the staff will flirt unabashedly, but they're harmless and worth getting to know. If they know you are in Mexico to learn Spanish (whether you tell them or your teacher does) they won't speak English to you at all.
  • And definitely try Sol a popular Mexican beer similar to Corona.
  • Bar Ocho is located behind El Teatro Juarez and features good music, friendly bartenders and good drinks at night and a great laid-back atmosphere to sip a beer outside and plan your day in Guanajuato during the day.
  • La Botellita has giant, delicious margaritas and good food as well. They also do 2 for 1 drinks on Tuesdays, but if you're a girl, or at least with a girl, you pretty much get 2 for 1 drinks all the time.
  • Refugio Cafetin, Potrero 2 (Plaza Mexíamora downtown), (473)7339733 (), [7]. This small hostel is in the pedestrian zone of the center of Guanajuato, 2 minutes walking from Teatro Juarez. It's central, clean, cheap, and safe. There are 2 rooms, a dorm with 8 single beds, and a private room with 2 single beds and a double bed. There are shared bathrooms and plenty of hot water. There's also a shared kitchen, a lounge, and rooftop access. The roof is pretty cool - you can see through the windows, right into the church next door. </sleep> * Hostal Santuario, Calle Cantarrana. dorms 80 Pesos.  edit * La Casa del Tio, Calle Cantarrana 47, (473)7339728 (), [8]. Great location in the historic center, budget, basic, no frills but clean, free kitchen, wireless, promotions and the best rooftop in Guanajuato.This is a legaly registered hostel in the city and the owner, Olivia Machuca is the president of the Associacion of Mexican Hostels. Their goal is to provide a professional and friendly service to the visitors. La Casa del Tio is always recommended in travel guides such as Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and Let's Go among others. dorms 100 Pesos.  edit * Hostal El Truco, Calle Truco. dorms 100 Pesos.  edit * Casa Bertha, Tamboras #9, (473)7321316 or (473)7325104 (), [9]. free kitchen, terrace and wireless internet use. dorms ??? Pesos.  edit * Casa de Pita, +52 473 73 21532 (), [10]. This Guanajuato B&B has location, location, location and remarkable value; one block from Plaza Baratillo and another block to Plaza Union and Teatro Juarez – the heart of Guanajuato City and easy walking distance to all within-city attractions. Very safe location, clean, friendly, Wi-Fi and great breakfast in a colorful, truly Mexican home. US$12 per night for a dorm bed.  edit * Hostal Campanero, Calle Campanero, Cnr Doblado. Fanatically clean and beautiful architecture. Great character and friendly staff. dorms 80 Pesos.  edit * Hostal La Casa Blanca, Calle Pocitos 17. dorms ??? Pesos.  edit ===Mid-range=== *El Zopilote Mojado. [11] In downtown a perfect location the quiet Plaza Mexiamora, near to all and far of the noice and trafic, is located this charm Hostal, with 3 beautiful buildins arround Plaza Mexiamora, in "El Zopilote Mojado" building is a Coffee shop with an excelent coffee and desserts, and up stairs is the rooms, with a very nice taste, there is other building "Perros Muertos" with a very colorfull decoration with all the services (kitchen included) and two terraces with a gorgeous views, and the last one and very interesting name "La Casa del Infierno", located in Callejon del Infierno, this house have two small and charm apartments and the main house, full equiped with a very mexican decoration and elegant taste. phone: 52-473-7325311 *Casa Magica. [12] at the east end of town, across from the Escuela Normal. It's a clean, quiet hotel with just about 8 rooms in a colonial home. The staff is sweet and very helpful.  edit  edit *La Casa Azul, Calle Carcamanes #57 (150 yards from city center), (), [13]. Beautiful hotel with charming rooms at much lower prices than the tourist traps in the city center. Wonderful views and fantastic gardens, a really romantic place to stay but also family friendly. Comfortable beds, plenty of hot water, and nice furnishings. Five minute walk from the city center and in a very safe neighborhood. Friendly staff who are happy to chat and give suggestions in Spanish, but they speak only very limited English. Fine with very late check-ins, but if you go earlier, they'll let you pick your room. Pool and TVs in rooms, but no food. It is, in fact, a blue house, and locals will be able to give you directions. They're fine with (or perhaps oblivious to?) gay/lesbian couples and unmarried hetero couples staying together.  edit * The Garden Studios in la Presa, +52 473 731-1922 9AM-5PM central time (). Located in one of the most elegant neighborhoods of Guanajuato. Walking distance to el Centro Historico. Fastest Wifi DSL in Guanajuato included, feather/down comforters, fresh flowers on arrival and terry bath robes too. Gas space heaters for those chilly evenings and mornings [gas at cost] USD$34-57/nightly Weekly rates and further discount on stays over 4 weeks.  edit ===Splurge=== ==Stay safe== Guanajuato is a really safe city, police are always around, and people are very friendly to tourists. During the day, the entire city is safe, and as long as you stay in the downtown area, walking around alone or in small groups at night is safe as well. (Anyplace you'd want to go out at night is downtown.) It is far far safer than the average American college campus and doesn't have much crime directed at tourists. Overall, Guanajuato is an incredibly safe city, but there is one caveat. Do not ever go running/walking around the Panoramica (the beautiful road around the edge of the city in the mountains) in the evening or early mornings. Many rapes, assaults, and muggings of foreigners have occurred in this area and some of the victims were out running with friends. Groups of men may be OK, but even several women together will not be safe. It is, however, safe to run in the city in the early mornings and there are a number of gyms where you can pay by the class. (Several of the foreign exchange programs have apartments on or near the Panoramica and those houses often have large parties. In the populated areas it's fine at all hours, but since it's a loop with a nice view of the city, many foreigners decide to run around it at dawn and parts of it are much more isolated.) ==Get out== Try also to visit Dolores Hidalgo (about 1 hour from Guanajuato) and San Miguel de Allende (about 1.5 hours from Guajuato), both cities in Guanajuato State. Or, if you love shoes you can go to Leon, "The Shoes Capital". The shoes and boots are inexpensive, but of very good quality.
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Map of Mexico highlighting Guanajuato


Purepecha, meaning hill of frogs.

Proper noun




  1. A state in the central highlands of Mexico.


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Purepecha, meaning hill of frogs.

Proper noun

Guanajuato m.

  1. A state of Mexico.

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  • Wikipedia-logo.png Guanajuato on the Spanish


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