If you want to experience the best of traditional Mexican culture travel to the heart of central Mexico, to Guanajuato city located in the State of Guanajuato. A beautiful colourful city, it is the cultural hub of the country and also played a prominent role in the Mexican Independence Movement. Guanajuato city is just a four bus ride from Mexico City and definitely one of the most charming cities in the country.
Traveller looking for comfortable accommodation will find the Hotel Castillo Santa Cecilia Guanajuato well suited to their needs. The hotel offers a host of modern amenities and is a great start off point from which to set out to explore the city.
Travel to Guanajuato:
Generally most visitors to the city arrive by bus. The bus station is some distance away from the city in a town called Silao approximately 7 km from Guanajuato. Upon arrival at the bus station getting to Guanajuato is convenient. There are buses as well as taxis that are cheap to hire. Although, if you plan to visit it is best to do the trip in the daylight hours because in the night finding suitable transport from the bus station to the city can be a bit of a challenge.
Explore the tunnels beneath Guanajuato:
The city was formerly a silver mining town and was once the leading producer of silver in the world. During the early period of the founding of the city, there were flooding issues caused by the river Guanajuato, especially in the monsoons. The solution sought was to create tunnels underground that would transport the flood waters away from the city. Over time these tunnels were used by the locals to get from one of the city to another and in the past six decades, these tunnels were further extended.
Now there exists a maze of subterranean passages that travel beneath the city streets. It also serves a practical purpose of preventing traffic congestion by keeping cars away from the centre of the city. These tunnels extend for many kilometres and are a unique way to explore Guanajuato. Exploring the tunnels in the daylight hours is perfectly safe and an easy way to get from attraction to another quickly. All of these tunnels are well marked so finding them all over the city is never a hassle.
Fabulous views of Guanajuato:
If you are looking for the best views overlooking the city, head to the top of the hillside overlooking the city, El Pipila. The funicular takes visitors up to the top of the hill. While there also catch a glimpse of the statue of El Pipila, a local hero of Guanajuato. For the more adventurous that do not mind the steep climb to the summit there is a 30-minute walk to the top from the centre of the city. From the summit, there are spectacular views overlooking the whole of Guanajuato City.
Travel at night:
The evenings and nights are a great time to explore the city and its many attractions. The city centre buzzes with activity with street entertainment and live music performances by local Mexican musicians. Night time is a good time to experience the city and its lively music and entertainment scene.