Route of Undiscovered Guanajuato
city of Juriria, its lagoon,
which was the first hydraulic project built
during the colonial era and most importantly the impressive 16th Century
Augustinian Convent, both located just outside the Santiago Valley. Take a
bus to Valle de Santiago where you can hop on a local bust to Yuriria.
San Jose Iturbide,
which offers visitors a myriad of sites and to see: magnificent landscapes
such as the Tierra Blanca Canyon, magnificent zones, rock formation in
Victoria, a tropical micro system in Atarjea, cave paintin, the traditional
annual Huapango song contest in Xichu, 18th. century religions architecture
and ruins of old haciendas.
Pozos, literally a mining ghost town, once home to about 50.000 people, as
been the site location for a number of domestic and international movies.
You can explore the underground tunnels of old check out old ruins
and chapels. You'll find some residents hand-carving replicas of pre-Hispanic
musical instruments, that are sold to visitors and feature in local fiestas.
Pozos is located at 14km. south of San Luis de la Paz.
The Hacienda de Corralejo, located only 30 minutes from Irapuato in the town
of Penjamo, is a great place to visit if you are interested in the
production of Tequila. You can see first hand how the Blue Agave Weber
Tequila is made. which is the most famous tequila in the state of Guanajuato
and is exported around the world. And the best is still to come: guide tours
are free of chargel Get a bus to Penjamo.
Friday 8am - 5pm; Saturday 8am - 2pm
The municipality of San Jose Iturbide located in
the north-east of the State, which offers visitors a variety of site and
activities to see: magnificent landscapes such as the Tierra Blanca Canyon,
magnetic zones, rock formations in the town of Victoria and a tropical
Micro system in Atarjea. Get on the next bus to San Jose Iturbide, from where
you can explore the surrounding area on local buses.
In the southern part of the state you'll find the legendary
Valle de Santiago
with a formation of 7 extinct volcanes (siete luminarias), whose arrangement
corresponds to the stellar formation of the Great Bear. You'll be surprised
about the diversity of stories and legends of the supernatural you'll be
told! Don't miss out on the crater named Parangueo el viejo, which has a 300m
long tunnel that leads to a salt lake in its interior. Get on a bus heading
to Moroleon and ask to get off at the Siete Luminarias, or take a bus
leaving the city Valle de Santiago, where you can visit the local museum,
which gives you a good overview of the geological aspects and characteristic
of the region.
an impressive rock formation overlooking the city of Guanajuato. Take some
food, water and a hat and make your way to the ISSSTE Hospital up on the
panoramic road, Just past the hospital (uphill) you will see a power plant
on your right. If you walk up alongside this plant you'll find the path
leading to La Bufa, which is right in front of you!
Natural Reserve Cuenca de Esperanza, Located just 5km outside of Guanajuato's historic city center, is a protected natural area, which forms
part of the Santa Rosa mountains range. Go for a like, rent a mountain bike
or take part in a guided bird-watching tour (free every first Sunday of each
month). You can also take you camping gear and spend the night. For further
information and reservation get in touch with the Fundacion Ecologica
Sierra de Lobos, a beautiful protected natural area 30km outside of Leon,
offers activities such as rock-climbing fishing and the observation of
wildlife. If you're traveling by public transport. go to the central bus
station in Leon, get on a local bus to Ocampo and ask to get off at Vergel
de la Sierra. Here you will find a hotel and a visitors centre where you can
take guided tours or go independently on a hike in the beautiful sierra. You
can also camp here and get the real outdoor experience!
A painting depicting the creation of the first city Council of independent
Mexico, housed in the interior of San Miguel's Presidencia Municipal.
Magnificent paintings by Don Pedro Ramirez, may be found in the church
Parroquia Municipal in Dolores Hidalgo, which has two colorful murals on
the theme of independence.
The House of Diego de Rivera, in the historic centre of Guanajuato, which
houses original furniture and items belonging to this internationally
renowned muralist along with an extensive collection of his work.
The Mina Valenciana
both located on a hill overlooking Guanajuato's historic city centre just
5km. north The Valenciana Mine was
the richest in the world back in 1760 and is still in operation today. At the
end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries, it produced 2/3 of
all the silver in Guanajuato and was exported to Spain, Asia and South
America, and helped to maintain the Empire and its colonies. You can visit
the mine from about 8am to 6pm each day, and may also want to make your way
to the Bocamina, located just a few meters behind the spectacular Templo La
Valenciana. You can descend a few meters into the mine, view some
interesting displays and photographs from past times. Take a bus heading
towards Valenciana or Cristo Rey, leaving close to the Alhondiga.
The Mina de Rayas,
which was the first mine opened in Guanajuato and was named after the
muleteer Juan Rayas who discovered it. The mine shaft is 1,400 feet deep and
is considered one of the largest in the world.
Mina de Cata,
which has a beautiful church with a baroque style facade made of pink quarry
stone, dating back to the 18th century.
Ex-Haciendas Santa Brigida in Pozos,
Surrounded by up to 300 year old mines. Check out the interesting remnants
of the heydays of mining in Mexico. Keep your eyes open whilst walking
around, as some of the deep shafts are no longer indicated by sings and
Las Torres, El Cubo and Peregrina mines, Located just 25 minutes from Guanajuato past the Presa de
la Olla. Take a bus leaving from embajadoras and take a look at these mines,
which are still in operation.
The San Nicolas del Monte Mine, Which you will find in the equally named village close to
Santa Rosa. Take a local bus leaving the city of Guanajuato heading towards
Dolores Hidalgo, and get off in Santa Rosa. Walk down the path leading
towards the village and ask for the mine.
The Mina del Nopal, Located behind the Hotel Castillo Santa Cecilia in
Guanajuato belongs to the faculty of mining of the University of Guanajuato.
It is used by students and staff of this faculty, and servers as a stage
for theatre and other performances during the International Cervantes
Wet Saps and Hot Water Springs
The State of Guanajuato has numerous Spas and hot water
springs especially in the area of Dolores Hidalgo, San Miguel de Allende,
Apaseo and Acambaro. Have a great time relaxing or enjoy yourself using
waterslides, wave pools and many other popular facilities. Ask the local
tourism office for Spas and Hot water Springs in the area, or visit one of
Near Apaseo el Grande you find the most complete and modern Spa in Latin
America. No expenses have been spared to provide clients with the best
service and installations.
In San Miguel de Allende and its surrounding area, go to places such as
Escondido, La Gruta, Hacienda Taboada or Xote, located on the highway from
San Miguel to Dolores Hidalgo.
In Dolores Hidalgo, go to the Thermal Hot Spring El Oasis, on the Dolores
Hidalgo to San Felipe Highway.
The Balneario Agua Caliente, located just 5km from the centre of Acambaro,
which offers two pools, a basketball court, a water slide and much more.
Morelia - Michoacan
(180km; 3hrs from Guanajuato)
Morelia was one of the
first Spanish cities in New Spain and is today a superbly preserved colonial
city. It has a university, an active cultural scene, and loads of
interesting sights and museums to be discovered. Visit for instance the
Michoacan Regional Museum, the House of Handicrafts and the Palacio de
Surronding Area: Visit
the lovely highland town of Patzcuaro, just and hour west of Morelia, and
its surrounding villages located on the shore of Lake Patzcuaro. And don't
miss out on a visit to the El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary (November
- February), about 170km east of Morelias.
- Queretaro (165km; 2hrs from Guanajuato)
Queretaro is a lively city
with a small but beautiful historic centre. Wander around at night and enjoy
the sight of the floodlight aqueduct, and handsome building and plazas.
Visit the City's Art Museum located in a former monastery, its regional
museum and the Santa Cruz Convent.
Visit the small and pleasant town of Tequisquiapan, 70km (1hr) south-east of
Queretaro, its purple bougainvillaea buildings and the sanctuary for
migratory birds. 10 km down the road is the quaint and picturesque little
town of Bernal, with its famous rocky peak called Peña de Bernal (2370m), an
impressive natural pyramid.
San Luis Potosi, San Luis
Potosi (225km; 3hrs from Guanajuato)
The historic heart of the
state capital boasts fine building, plazas, museums and markets and an
active night and student life. Visit the San Francisco Square, Parque
Tangamanga with its planetarium, lakes and sports fields as well as the busy
About 3 hrs north you will find the mountain ghost town
of Real de Catorce, once a wealthy silver-mining town of 40,000 people.
Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes (180km;
2hrs from Guanajuato)
The city of
Aguascalientes, named for its hot springs, is known for its annual fair
named Feria de San Marco. You may go to exhibitions, bull- and cockfights,
rodeos, concerts and an extravaganza of cultural events. The Fair takes
place in April, lasting about 20 days
In the city of Aguascalientes, visit the Museo Jose Guadalupe Posada. the
Palacio de Gobierno and the Catedral.
Go and visit one of the numerous hot springs! The Centro Deportivo Ojo
Caliente offers large park grounds and a number of pools. Alternatively go to
the local tourism office and ask them for a list of popular thermal springs
in the area.
Zacatecas, Zacatecas (310km; 3,5hrs from Guanajuato)
You'll find some of the
country's finest colonial buildings in the narrow and winding streets of
its city centre. It is, together with Guanajuato, one of Mexico's fabled
silver cities which today offers impressive colonial buildings. Visit the
pink-stone baroque style cathedral, the popular El Eden Mine and the hill
Cerro de la Bufa, for a great view over the city.
Visit the exmonastery
Museo y Templo de Guadalupe (10 km east) to see a great collection of
colonial art and try to make your way to the ruins of La Quemada, located
just 45 km south of Zacatecas.
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