There are so many incredible places to visit in Mexico but, when you’re on a tight schedule, it can be difficult to fit everything in. This guide gives the perfect solution by combining a trip to Guanajuato and Irapuato in just three days.
Day 1 – Guanajuato
When you arrive at Guanajuato, you will want to check into your hotel and hotels such as Hotel San Francisco en Leon GTO are great because they’re so central to everything. Once you have checked in, it’s time to venture out into the city and take in the main tourist attractions.
First you must explore the winding lanes amongst the brightly coloured buildings where you will find yourself at the Alley of the Kiss; this is Guanajuato’s answer to Romeo and Juliet where a young couple fell in love despite the young girl’s father forbidding their love. The young man moved into a room directly opposite the girl where, due to the narrowness of the alley, they could lean over their balconies and kiss. Once her father found out about their romance, he stabbed her to death and, in response, the young man threw himself off the balcony to his death. Today you can enjoy the romantic vibe of The Alley of the Kiss by taking your loved one to the red step and giving them a kiss and according to the legend, it will give you 7 years of happiness together. You can finish your day with a lovely meal while watching the sunset.
Day 2 – Guanajuato & Irapuato
Your second day of exploration should begin at the Guanajuato Basilica which is just a short journey from the Hotel San Francisco. The Basilica is considered to be the beating heart of the city and the incredible architecture and interior design attracts visitors from all over the world. Once you have enjoyed the peace and tranquillity here, head to the Alhóndiga de Granaditas where you can explore Guanajuato’s amazing past that led to their independence from the Spanish in the early 19th century.
By mid-afternoon, it will be time to get your car or jump on the bus and travel to Irapuato for the final leg of your journey.
Day 3 – Irapuato
Irapuato is your classic Mexican town where the atmosphere is relaxed, the people are friendly, and the food is delicious. The town is known and the ‘strawberry capital of the world’ as they have grown so many different variations of the berry for over a century and, today, you can visit ranches in order to taste this delicious fruit in the wild.
Rancho La Quina is a 35-hectare strawberry plantation that allows visitors to pick strawberries with the farmers, learn about the different types of the berry and how they are all grown. La Cristalita is a store where you can buy all of the local goods and, of course, strawberries. At 55 years old, this store is a firm favourite and it offers an array of strawberries in the form of fresh, candied, chocolate dipped, marmalades and even hot peppered strawberries, you will need a bigger suitcase.