Located smack in the middle of Mexico’s colonial highlands, there is lots to love about Guanajuato. This city has the most colorful architecture, a continuously festive atmosphere, a deep mining history, and a cool mountain setting. Yet it’s the loads of family activities that make this alluring town such an awesome travel destination in Mexico.
Guanajuato’s leafy plazas and opulent theaters often give visitors the feel of a quaint European town. But Guanajuato is oozing with unique Mexican culture and history. Plus the tasty local cuisine found all over town will remind you that you are most definitely in Mexico!
The city is lined with plenty of plazas and squares, and leading away from those squares are many lanes and alleyways just waiting to be explored. The colours of the buildings are bright and cheerful, and the little streets are endless. You may get lost, and if so, just wander downhill and eventually you’ll come out in the center of town.
Presa de la Olla is hidden on the southeast side of the city, boasts fun activities for kids, and is quite possibly the city’s best-kept secret. This sprawling lake can be enjoyed on a paddleboat or rowboat, and features less bustle and a whole lot of charm. The neighborhood is also mostly high-end residential with government buildings scattered around.
The funicular is a tram-car pulled by a cable, which takes you up the side of the mountain. It’s kind of like an escalator, which is great as the mountainside is quite steep. Once at the top, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views over the city, as well as an up close view of the statue of Pipila, a local hero.