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Walking Los Caminos de Guanajuato, Guanajuato
Guanajuato is located in North-Central Mexico and has great stories to tell due to its rich history. While in Guanajuato you will explore very significant elements and places that are important to the city from mineral mines to naturally dehydrated mummies. Guanajuato is also the native home of Diego Rivera, a very famous Mexican painter.
Guanajuato State Is Dear To My Heart
The state of Guanajuato holds a special place in my heart because it was home to my sweet parents for many years. My parents, Santiago and Luz Maria, both are from a small "rancho" named La Gloria in the state of Guanajuato. It has been exciting to be a tourist and experience the culture of their native home.
The Streets of Guanajuato
I would recommend that you make a traveling reservations with a tour guide. You can also locate travel guides at the mines or the Pípila The city is much bigger than many think and getting from Place A to B might present some complication. If you are with a big group of individuals make plans so you are able to sight see all the great aspects of Guanajuato.
First Stop Mayolica Santa Rosa
A quick stop! But why not explore? On your way into the city of Guanajuato you will come across Mayolica Santa Rosa which is located Av. Benito Juárez 83, Zona Centro, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto. Here you can explore and see the beautiful Majolica (or Maiolica) pottery. On the pottery pieces you will notice historical and mythical scenes, which can also be described as painted stories on pottery pieces.
A Quick Breakfast to Start the Busy Day Ahead
For a busy day ahead, why not enjoy something authentic in the city of Guanajuato? For breakfast enjoy a light treat, arroz con leche. Many people reference this to a rice pudding, which is rice cooked in milk. This treat is topped with coconut, raisins, and granola.
Another idea and a personal favorite thing to do of mine is to stop at a panadería (bakery) and enjoy a warm piece of pan dulce, sweet bread or pastry.
Touring La Mina de La Valenciana
The mines are still very active and functioning, but they are being worked on by the Canadians. Most of Guanajuato sits on underground mines. Silver, gold, and other minerals have also been found in the mines of Guanajuato. The mine, La Mina De La Valenciana, can be toured during the day with an entrance fee of 35 pesos.
Silver and gold in the city of Guanajuato lead to Spanish settlement in the 1520s. Many indigenous people worked here during the earlier years in order to provide for their families. The indigenous people were paid very little for their hard work and worked in terrible conditions. Due to the hazardous work their life expectancy was only 25 years.
I strongly encourage you all to make the trip, and learn more about the mines and how they helped form what Guanajuato is today.
While you are here you may also do some shopping. They have a variety of silver pieces from jewelry to home decor. If you are wishing to purchase silver items, this will be the best place to make those purchases. Going into town you will see that prices will be higher.
Make Sure to Visit Las Momias
Las Momias de Guanajuato is a very popular sight of the city. Many individuals often travel to see the naturally dehydrated mummies.
In the earlier years, family members were expected to pay a buriel tax. When those families didn't pay that tax after five years then they were removed. They later discovered that those bodies that had been buried in above-ground crypts had mummified. The climate of Guanajuato has provided an environment which lead to a type of natural mummification of those individuals. Since the bodies now belonged to the city they set them up for display and began to charge those who wanted to see them. In those earlier years individuals often believed they were faux or made of paper.
Today you can take a tour of those mummies that have been put in display at Museo De Las Momias De Guanajuato for 57 pesos (Adult Entrance). Here you will also find the smallest naturally mummified body.
Lunch at La Botellita Guanajuato
Make sure to stop and take a break. Fuel up!
La Botellita Guanajuato offers a great variety of food choices at very affordable prices. Here you will also enjoy a lively environment with very talented Mariachi bands. Enjoy the great food with music and friends.
A recommendation would be to try the Enchiladas Mineras. This is a typical and authentic plate in this region. The Enchiladas Mineras are rolled up corn tortillas in a sauce of 3 different peppers with "queso freso". They are then topped off with grilled chicken, carrots and potatoes.
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El Callejon del Beso
While you are in Guanjuato make sure to make a quick stop at El Callejon del Beso.
The Alley of the Kiss is known for its very famous tale. The story says that there was a young lady and young man who were very deep in love and they would kiss each other from their balconies of their homes. The father of the young lady didn't approve of their relationship due to the young man's economical status. He was from a very poor family. The father warned them that they were not allowed to see one another, but they failed to obey him. The father took a dagger and with single stroke killed his daughter as he drove it into his daughter’s chest.
Today many believe that a couple who is deeply in love and kisses on the third step, in this famous spot, their love will last forever.
La Basílica De Guanajuato
While walking in the "Centro" make sure to go in to the Basilica of Guanajuato and see the beautifully ornamentec church. This will be the only church in the state of Guanajuato that will have two towers. While in the "Centro" enjoy the different delicious street treats and shop local artisans' products.
Ride the Funicular (Cable Car)
To your next destination ride the "funicular" (cable car). You may also walk the distance to the top of the San Miguel Hill, but the thrill of the ride is pretty well worth it. Enjoy the scenery view and the experience for 25 pesos (one way ride). Your next stop, El Pípila.
Visiting El Pipila and Enjoying the Panoramic View
El Pípila is a monument in the city of Guanajuato dedicated to a hero, Juan José de los Reyes Martínez Amaro, of the War of Independence. Pípila accompanied by other indigenous miners fought for their freedom from the Spanish. Pípila also a miner courageously managed to burn down the door of the Alhóndiga fortress, which is also known as the first battle of the Mexican movement for independence.
While you are here you may actually go up the Monument of Pipila and have a higher view of the city. There is a fee of 10 pesos.
Here you can experience panoramic views of the city. Take many pictures for you will have a beautiful background of the city.
While you are here you may do some souvenir shopping, enjoy yummy treats, and take in the beautiful view.
Enjoy Other Tasty Treats
While in Guanajuato, make sure to enjoy the various food treats. One of my personal favorites is the ice cream and natural fruit drinks from La Michoacana. Also enjoy a delicious "Rusa" from a local vender to refresh yourself as you tour the city. Enjoy your day the the city of Guanajuato rich in culture and history.