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10 things to see in Guanajuato

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I must admit that at this stage of travel, I am really surprised by that other Colonial Mexico unknown to many and that offers a really inspiring option to plan a trip ending or starting in the Pacific area. Today perhaps we have put a perfect icing discovering some of the best thingswhat to see in Guanajuato, one of the most picturesque cities and Cultural Heritage by Unesco de México (although it has many more).


But Guanajuato has much more awards, and today we have been able to attend live the appointment as the Ibero-American Capital of Gastronomic Culture for the next 2015.!


Guanajuato, in addition, is an extraordinary example of Baroque architecture that is born and grows from a fundamentally mining population, something that we begin to see as we peek our heads through the door of the Virreyes House that houses us


However, we have made breakfast on a rooftop with excellent views, a perfect location to start the day. What do you guys say


 

10 things to see in Guanajuato ...

After gathering strength at breakfast, we have set off on a route walking through the Historic District of Guanajuato. If yesterday we had a first contact by its narrow labyrinthine alleys, its squares or the color of its houses, today we have toured its topography, climbed its steps and enjoyed its most emblematic locations on a route similar to the following ...


He Juarez Theater (1) It is a point of reference for every traveler who wants to start a visit in Guanajuato. This historic building went from being a convent of Franciscans to Theater, passing through the Emporio Hotel, which unfortunately hid all vestiges of the old castro.


Its facade is really impressive, since it was inaugurated in 1903 in full splendor of the city, although it suffered many years of subsequent deterioration. Its interior, which occasionally opens for an event is also worth a visit


 

The Baratillo Square (2)It is a small square where, the legend of the 18th century tells us that you can perceive the laments of the Carcamanes' souls of a house located in one of its corners


The name is given because for decades it has been the place where you could buy the cheapest products in the city, and still preserve that environment today.


 

The fountain of the square is of Florentine style bronze (do not ask, I do not understand this) formed by the pile, a scallop and its pedestal supported by four fish, in addition to being one of the first places in Guanajuato to receive water supply from the Olla Dam. However, what I love most are the colors of its streets and hidden corners.


Visit the University of Guanajuato (3), next stop in the heart of the Historic District, is to admire a historic building, icon and pride of the city.

More than 30,000 students pass through here every year, and it is the highest state institution. There is also the possibility of climbing to the top and seeing good panoramic views of this part of the city


 

We continue walking towards the Peace Square (4),the main city since colonial times and one of the oldest in the city. Of course there is no lack of arches, arcades and colors of the time.


Around the main marquises and counts of the different stages were located, although it also served as a reference for the most important demonstrations and riots, such as that of the miners in 1766.

We get to the Basilica of Guanajuato (5), award awarded since 1957 to the former parish and construction completed in 1796, which venerates San Nicolás Tolentino, patron of mining and San Ignacio de Loyola, patron of the city


Its baroque style facade in pink quarry, its bell tower and its many details well deserve a photo. Already inside, we can see that being the main icon of the city does not prevent you to breathe spirituality in abundance, always in a very respectful way


 

We continue this pleasant walk through the streets, something we recommend to do in a pedestrian way, since it is a pleasure a day like today to know what to see in Guanajuato.


He Alley of the Kiss (6) It is one of those places where a traveler likes to get lost. It is said that a long time ago, a girl named Ana from a wealthy Spanish family and a young poor miner named Carlos were very much in love. One day Ana's father discovered them and warned his daughter that if he did it again he would kill her, and so it happened by sticking a dagger, dying while Carlos (who would later commit suicide in the mine) gave him the last kiss

At present, right on the third step you have to kiss, whether couples, friends or family, to have 15 years of luck or to have 7 years of bad luck. Some are more fortunate ... others we have to "settle" with Adri, not to fall into hardship (!! Paulaaaa! Snif snif)


 

TheSan Fernando Square (7), next objective in our itinerary, is a typical square with a beautiful fountain surrounded by numerous restaurants, cafes and bars with terrace.


We are in the old Hacienda of San Francisco de Cervera, formerly known as ovens. I must admit that I am a fan of this type of baroque fountains and cobbled streets! Today is one of those walks that I can not recommend


 

Very close there is the San Roque Temple (8)with the images of Christ and the Virgin of Sorrows and from where you can see the hill of colorful houses that give the city a very particular beauty.


 

Do you sound The Pilipa? In the afternoon I tell you more, but he was the one who managed after a lot of effort to access the alhóndiga by burning its doors and heroically covering the bullets with a stone slab.

Something that has blown my mind, is the network of tunnels that access the city, relatively modern (they are 30 years old) and that make up a truly amazing underground communication network system.


 

Now yes ... it's time to make a subsection and return to gastronomy! already with the stomach roaring.

Guanajuato Iberoamerican Capital of Culture Gastronomy

These days we have been enjoying the "Guanajuato Si Sabe: 2nd International Gastronomy Week"having already enjoyed some of the most prominent events in theLamb and Mezcal Festival in San Miguel de Allende or of1st Mexican Traditional Haute Cuisine Festival: Stuffed chiles in San Francisco del Rinconwithout suffering important side effects, to not be used, of course


Yes! !! Everything itches !! !! Do not fool me! Haha ... yes, I must admit that I am discovering a Mexican cuisine that I never imagined existed and I begin to understand why they say it is one of the most varied and diverse in the world.

Today, however, rather than talking about the dishes themselves, the importance of the day focuses on the delivery by the President of the Royal Academy of Gastronomic Culture, Mr. Rafael Anzón, of the appointment of Guanajuato as the Ibero-American Capital of Gastronomic Culture 2015


For this, an event has been set up that has a prelude to stalls of typical products such as these days, which gives pleasure to go and meet the different people who have prepared their best hors d'oeuvres or digestives for the occasion.


 

Once in the main area of ​​the event, with a coverage of dozens of media, hundreds of guests and the best chefs in the country, the award has been given (did you know that this year is the Spanish city of Córdoba and in Spain we almost do not know?) in which in addition to an excellent organization, a fascinating menu and a great presentation video, I have been moved by the words of Rafael Anzón, commenting that "To say that in the few hours that I have been in Guanajuato, I have realized the success of this nomination as the Ibero-American capital of gastronomic culture, for historical reasons, for cultural reasons, for Cervantes reasons and of course for economic reasons"


After a banquet that lasted 4 hours, we have set our course again

... and, now yes, 10 things to see in Guanajuato

Yes, I know that you who had read the title of 10 things to see in Guanajuato you are missing a couple of them, I am convinced that we will agree all of the missing

He Mummy Museum (9), of which we will talk long and hard in a dedicated article (you know that I love everything esoteric), it has more than 150 years of history and has nothing to do with what we could see in Peru in the Chauchilla Cemetery neither the Egyptians (really embalmed), but these are dehydrated bodies that in 1865 were extracted from the Pantheon of Santa Paula due to some characteristic conditions of the soil on which they rested and still the scientists have not been able to determine.


The guide told us that there are people who do not support this exhibition, but I do not know if due to the insensitivity caused by the cinema and having access to everything nowadays or because it is not so much, it only shrinks us to see the small bodies of dehydrated babies and exposed, but the rest can be the object, perfectly of a visit.


 

!! And the star visit !! where some would make a good "magic hour" but we won't wait that long, it's aboutViewpoint of the Pípila (10), a viewpoint that shows the best view of a really beautiful city.


 

There is a statue that has not abandoned us all day and that observed us from anywhere in the city. This is the Statue of Pípila, which is located at the top of the hill


Without a doubt, from this panoramic viewpoint at the foot of the statue, Guanajuato can be seen in its maximum splendor and all its most emblematic buildings standing out above the others.


 

El Pípila, Juan José de los Reyes, was an insurgent miner who supported Miguel Hidalgo in the independent cause. His main achievement was the taking of the Alhondiga de Granaditas that we saw before for its heroism and importance.

Today we have done a route through Guanajuato that I would recommend to anyone. Guanajuato are its streets, its balconies, even its flavors and sounds. Guanajuato is a beautiful colonial city that well deserves at least a two-day stop on any colonial route through Mexico ... but there is still much to visit. Although that was already part of tomorrow's story.


Isaac and all the #AllMexicoTrip, from Guanajuato (Mexico)

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