When we ask these questions, we’re referring to the three questions we ask ourselves before visiting this magical Mexican destination famous for its winding streets and alleyways.
Luckily, Guanajuato is easier to get around than one might expect, and we promise that once you read our responses and set out for this city’s magical streets, you’ll never want to leave.
Pack your bags and get ready to take notes because here are the answers to the top three questions that everyone asks themselves before they go to Guanajuato so you don’t find yourself unprepared when you visit.
How do I get there?
Located in the heartland of the country, the city of Guanajuato is very well connected to the rest of the country. There are three ways to get to the city depending on your budget and your travel preferences.
- Getting there by plane
Getting to Guanajuato by plane is the easiest way to get there by far. All you have to do is buy your tickets to the Guanajuato International Airport (BJX). Once you land, the best thing to do is hail a taxi or get an Uber to take you to your hotel, and you’re ready to go.
- Getting there by bus
Getting to Guanajuato by bus is a bit cheaper, but it can take more time. In order to get there by bus you have to take the ETN or Primera Plus lines that frequently leave from Mexico City and other states. Prepare to relax a bit because the trip can take up to 5 hours from Mexico City.
- Renting a car
Last but not least, you can get to Guanajuato by renting a car and traveling the open road. From Mexico City, take highway 57D toward Querétaro and then take the 45D toward the city of Celaya. There are plenty of great rest stops along the way before taking the highway toward Irapuato and then going on the highway to Guanajuato.
Choose wisely when you’re picking how to get there. If you have a specific budget planned out that you don’t want to go over, traveling by bus would be the best way to go. Also keep in mind that Guanajuato is a city full of hills and mountains, so it might be a good idea to get there without a car. Sometimes traffic can cause roads to become very congested in Guanajuato. Just remember this so you can travel for as long as you want without worrying about the time it takes to get here.
What can I do when I get there?
Like all tourist destinations, the million-dollar question that every traveler asks when they go somehwere is, “So what is there to do?” In Guanajuato, there’s something for everyone depending on the season when you travel.
- In the morning
The city is surrounded by historical attractions. Whether you’re more comfortable booking a guided tour or getting lost and immersing yourself in the city’s history, there are plenty of ways to explore and learn about Guanajuato’s role in Mexican history. From the largest underground tunnel network in the world that guard the secrets of the city’s history to the giant Alhóndiga de Granaditas and the legend of the national hero Pipila, there’s history everywhere you look in Guanajuato.
We recommend the mutimedia Lights of History and Liberty show, which takes place every night at the Alhóndiga de Granaditas, or if you prefer experiencing a more immersive historical show, check out the “Alhóndiga Capture” play where actors from the Guanajuato House of Culture Theater Group give life to the key players of this historical event during the Mexican revolution.
If you want to go back even further in time, you can visit the world-famous “Guanajuato Mummies” exhibit which includes a walk through then ancient Guanajuato pantheon. Despite its macabre nature, the natural conditions have allowed over 100 mummies to be naturally preserved along with its historical and cultural significance. If you’re a history buff, this museum is a must.
- In the evening
Once the sun sets on this magical city, Guanajuato overflows with music and festivals, and the nightlife and block parties and “callejonetas” begin.
“Callejonetas” are semi-guided walking tours that mix regional music and bands called tunas that bring colonial Guanajuato to life with their vibrant and romantic melodies that serve as the backdrop for local stories and legends. Members of the musical groups dress in the old student uniforms of the XIV Spanish colonial era. The music is characterized by instruments including mandolins, flutes, castanets, and lutes.
But if you’re looking for something different or more modern, the processions have music from several different genres, including the jotas, Spanish pasodobles, and more romantic and contemporary music from artists like José Alfredo Jiménez, Agustín Lara, Juan Gabriel, and Joan Sebastian.
In addition to the Tunas and block parties, the city offers modern nightlife which includes outdoor concerts, urban artist performances, upscale lounges, dive bars, and more.
- October, the Month of Cervantes
The city of Guanajuato is tasked with hosting Mexico’s biggest event of the year during the last two weeks of the month of October. Named for the author of Don Quixote, Miguel Cervantes, the event’s lineup and theme changes every year, and artists from every corner of the world meet to host interactive live performances integrating art, music, performance, theater, poetry, improv, and sculptures. This event is so big that the whole city is packed with local and foreign visitors who are looking to experience the best of the art world firsthand. If you’re planning to attend the festivities, we recommend making your reservations for hotels and transportation as far in advance as possible and make a clear itinerary to avoid getting lost in the sea of people and performances.
Where (and what) do I eat?
Mexico’s cuisine is famous around the world and boasts a millennia-old history. There are tons of meat and salsas and regional vegetable dishes to choose from. If you have an adventurous palate and a sweet tooth, Guanajuato has an array of desserts to choose from.
We recommend trying the Enchiladas Mineras, named after the city’s miners and then try some Gorditas de Carnitas. Don’t forget the salsa verde or the pork rind Guacamayas with pickled skins. If you’re dying of thirst, ask for a refreshing cebadina, the traditional drink of Guanajuato, made with pineapple vinegar, tamarind, and “jamaica” flowers.
And if you’re still hungry after all that, we recommend the Charamuscas, made with honey and brown sugar, or if you want to really indulge, ask for something prepared with the famous Celaya cajeta, a local caramel made from goat’s milk.
Now that we’ve answered the three questions that everyone asks themselves when they go to the city of Guanajuato, you can get ready for your next trip to this legendary city.
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