Colonial jewel of Mexico
The most precious of the treasures that came out of the mines, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Founded in 1559, Guanajuato is a former silver mining city. Its historic center has a distinct European flavor with hundreds of narrow cobblestone callejones (alleyways) running up and down the hillside. Shady plazas are dotted with sidewalk cafes, museums, theaters, markets and historic monuments. The buildings throughout the city are fine examples of neoclassical- and baroque-style colonial architecture. An underground network of tunnels runs beneath the city helping to control the flow of traffic.
Hacienda San Gabriel de la Barrera
Hacienda San Gabriel de la Barrera.This old hacienda was formerly a silver and gold producing mine that belonged to landowner Gabriel Barrera. Its height was lived during the eighteenth century, and currently is destined to house 17 very original gardens, in which distinct types of vegetation are grown and cared for. Its decor is antique and exquisite, and people who visit not only delight in the extraordinary nature, but also in the good taste of the details that surround it.
The monument to El Pípila honors the hero who torched the gates of the Alhóndiga on September 28, 1810, where the Spanish had barricaded themselves, enabling Hidalgo’s forces to win the first victory of the independence movement. The statue shows El Pípila holding his torch high over the city. It’s worth going up to the statue or the magnificent view over the city.
The tunnels of Guanajuato. The city was originally built over the Guanajuato River, which flowed through tunnels underneath the city. However, after years of raising buildings to accommodate repeated flooding, in the mid-twentieth century, engineers built a dam and redirected the river into underground caverns. The tunnels were lit and paved with cobblestones for automobile traffic, and this underground road network carries the majority of cars driving through the city today. It is one of the most notable features of the city.
Guanajuato is full of alleys called callejones in Spanish, and one of the most famous ones is called “El Callejon del Beso” or The Alley of the Kiss. This alley is so narrow, that both balconies almost touch. The legend says that at eight every night, two love-struck youth named Ana and Carlos who were dating in secret would meet at this alley, and eventually their love began to grow. But their love was doomed. In the end they tragically died just like Romeo and Juliet.
Iconographic Museum of Quixote.
Don Quijote de la Mancha, written by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra is one of the most famous and widely read literary works in the world. For these reasons and in order to pay tribute to such a witty character, the Iconographic Museum of Quixote was inaugurated in 1987 in the heart of Guanajuato.
The old, 18th. century European-style building keeps a vast collection of over 800 pieces, including oil paintings, acrylics, prints, bronze sculptures, handicrafts, ceramics, etc. The central theme of almost all of the pieces is the figure of Don Quixote, alone or accompanied by one of the characters in the book.
Diego Rivera Museum.
Guanajuato is proud to be home to this beautiful 18th- Century house, where Diego Rivera was born, one of the most renowned Mexican artists in the world. The house has been perfectly preserved as it was when the Rivera family lived here. This museum features more than 100 original works by the Mexican painter, undoubtedly one of the most important collections in the country.
Teatro Juarez is an unmistakable landmark in Guanajuato. The access to the theater is guarded by two statues of lions. Its stone facade is composed of 12 columns, on top of which are 8 of the 9 Greek muses, symbolizing the Fine Arts. The inside is decorated with an amazing fresco, representing the ancient city of Constantinople. Thanks to its diverse architectural style, it is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the country. It is also the main backdrop for the Cervantino International Festival.
• Tour guide
• Escorted Tours
• Entrance Fees
• Iconographic Museum
• Theatre Juarez
• Diego Rivera Museum
• University of Guanajuato
• Ex Hacienda San Gabriel
• Mummies Museum
• Silver Mine
• Kiss Alley
• Old Neighborhoods
• San Cayetano Church
• Pipila Lookout
• Alleys and Tunnels
• Cable Car
• Union Garden
• And Much More