Opulent colonial buildings, stunning tree-lined plazas and brightly colored houses sit crammed together onto the steep slopes, where excellent museums, theaters and a fine marketplace punctuate the winding cobblestone streets. Guanajuato is a marvel.
And with its amazing display of color in honor of the history of Mexico, you’ll feel right at home.
However, thanks to the great biodiversity of the region, Guanajuato city and its sprawling surroundings has a variety of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems that are a joy to observe, encounter and experience.
The geographic richness of the area – which includes sections of the Sierra Madre Oriental, the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt and the Sierra Gorda – endow the region with fabulous landscapes that range from arid plains to wooded mountain ranges.
Hikes, camping, mountain biking, landscape photography and trekking are all some of the best things to do in Guanajuato and its encompassing region.
Wildlife seems to flourish here too, specifically within the Sierra Gorda ecological region. The area is extremely rugged with high steep mountains and deep canyons. Here, a wide diversity of plant and animal life exists, due to the various microenvironments created by the ruggedness of the terrain and the variety in rainfall. Animals that are frequently encountered include rabbits, lizards, squirrels, deer, snakes and skunks.
But it’s always most exciting to see a brightly colored Vermillion Flycatcher, to hear the melodious whistle of the Curve-billed Thrasher or admire the delicate beauty of the local egrets and white pelicans performing their ballet on the presa. Guanajuato boasts a colorful array of birds wherever you might go. But the most fun lies in trying to identify them all.