CAMINO REAL GUANAJUATO
Guanajuato is a pretty colonial mining town, the "Jewel of the Americas", that owes its fame and fortune to the discovery of rich veins of gold and silver. You will enjoy its colonial landscapes. These are our recommendations:
San Ramon Pithead (Bocamina de San Ramon)
It is the first mining exploitation site in the city of Guanajuato and it was the most important in the colonial era. The museum exhibits include minerals extracted from the mine and some work tools.
Alley of the Kiss (Callejón del Beso)
A romantic place formed by two balconies separated by just 69 centimeters. Famous for the legend of love to which it owes its name.
Diego Rivera House (Casa Diego Rivera)
An 18th Century mansion in which the famous muralist Diego Rivera was born and lived. It has a collection formed by different pictorial phases of the artist and original furniture from the end of the 19th Century, which belonged to the Rivera family.
Union Garden (Jardín de la Unión)
A beautiful triangular park situated in the center of the city. It is a meeting place for local people. Thursdays and Sundays are livened up by the band music typical of the state, starting at 7:00 pm.
Count Rul Mansion (Mansión del Conde Rul)
It is considered one of the purest examples of Neoclassicism in Mexico. It is the work by the architect Francisco Eduardo Tres Guerras.
Built at the turn of the 20th Century. It was inaugurated in 1910 by President Porfirio Díaz. It has a pink quarry facade. Inside you can buy candy and crafts typical of the region.
The Experimental Mine El Nopal (Mina Experimental El Nopal)
The early exploration works of this mine began before 1868, the year when the Cía. Negociación Minera del Nopal y Anexas was incorporated to explore and exploit the veins of silver of El Nopal and other mines.
The Guanajuato Mummies (Momias de Guanajuato)
Spontaneously and naturally mummified bodies are on display. Possibly they were mummified by the calcium and clay in the earth combined with the property of some bodies of absorbing atmospheric humidity that causes drying.
El Pípila Monument (Monumento a "El Pípila")
A monument erected in honor of Juan José de los Reyes Martínez, known as “El Pípila”, who carried out a heroic act on September 28, 1810, by putting the door to the Granaditas Granary on fire. The place offers a panoramic view of Guanajuato, which is spectacular in daytime or at night.
Legislative Palace (Palacio Legislativo)
Built in the 19th Century and inaugurated in 1903 by General Porfirio Díaz. The facade is of neoclassical style and the interior is influenced by art nouveau.
Juárez Theater (Teatro Juárez)
Considered one of the most beautiful theaters in Mexico. It was inaugurated in 1903 by General Porfirio Díaz. The portico is Roman Doric style, and, among its attractions, it has a smoking room done in art-nouveau style.
San Roque Plaza (Plaza de San Roque)
Starting in 1953, this plaza was the scene of the Cervantine informal performances that evolved into the International Cervantine Festival in 1972.
University of Guanajuato (Universidad de Guanajuato)
A school-orphanage in 1732; and nowadays the center of the State's most important academic activity. It is also a major promoter of artistic and cultural activities.