Irapuato is the ideal holiday destination to visit with the family. It has a warm provincial look and feels with terrific food and plenty of historic landmarks to explore. The city is also growing in popularity as an ecotourism destination in Mexico. After the industrial city of Leon, Irapuato is the second highest in population and is situated in the centre of Mexico. From the capital, Mexico City is approximately a 200 miles drive.
Guanajuato Mexico Hotels are among the best in the area although Irapuato as some fine hotels as well including the San Francisco Business Hotel. Popular with travellers and families that visit the city, the Hotel San Francisco, Irapuato offers comfortable accommodation at a budget-friendly price.
Some of the best things to do in Irapuato include:
Savour the strawberries:
Irapuato is popularly referred to as the ‘Strawberry Capital of the World’ since the 1900s. The weather and soil are conducive to the cultivation of the delicious fruit with many varieties produced in the area. If you would like to know more about the fascinating fruit and its production there are two spots to visit.
Probably the most famous strawberry stores in the city, A Cristalita is located in the downtown area and set up in 1965. It sells fresh strawberries and various types of candy, marmalades and even chocolate dipped strawberries. A haven for strawberry lovers!
Rancho La Quina:
A massive plantation, is it popular as a site of ecotourism where visitors get to meet and interact with workers, a chance to pick strawberries in the field and eat them on the spot. All of the fruit is grown organically and pesticide free.
Explore the downtown area
Some of the top attractions in the city include:
Plazuela Miguel Hidalgo: Another crowd favourite, locally referred to as the ‘jumping waters’ is the fountain known as the Plazuela Miguel Hidalgo. Enjoy the spectacular show while sampling some of the delicious street food sold in the area.
Presidencia Municipal: The building is famous for its beautiful murals Mural de las Revoluciones that depict the history of the Mexican Revolution. Every evening when it gets dark there is a fabulous sight and sound show.
Berriozabal: One of the lesser known gems in town is Berriozabal tucked away in an alley with a host of quaint cafes and restaurants and the famous Hospitalito temple.
See the archaeological spots
Peralta: It existed around the same period as Teotihuacan in the period AD 300-900. There still remain some well-preserved attractions like the Recinto de los Gobernantes. It occupies a massive courtyard where the nobility were believed to have stayed. The area is well marked so getting there from Irapuato should not be a problem.
Plazuelas: Another ancient Mexican city is was inhabited in the period 600-900 AD. While not much is known about the site, there are still are relics like symbols carved into the rock and sculptures etc. Also easily accessible from Irapuato, visitors can join a guided tour of the area.