Guanajuato, the capital of Guanajuato state, is a UNESCO world heritage site and a charming colonial-era town situated in the valley surrounded by the Sierra de Guanajuato mountains, about a 1-hour drive from San Miguel de Allende.
Located an hour from Peralta, the city usually boasts fine weather during the day, but beware of cold and windy nights in the winter.
The city is known internationally for its annual international arts festival, the Festival Cervantino. Yet this colorful and lively place holds center stage all year long; much of the youthful vibrancy and prolific cultural activities – “callejoneadas”, films, theater and orchestras – can be attributed to the students of the city’s own University of Guanajuato. In short, Guanajuato is the region’s slightly gritty, but very authentic town, that has established its place in Mexican history.
Guanajuato is a great place to sample regional Bajío cuisine. Favorite local dishes include “enchiladas mineras” (tortillas filled with meat, beans or cheese and topped with a sauce made from guajillo and ancho chiles) and “pacholas Guanajuatenses” (ground beef with spices).
Travelers can enjoy panoramic views of the city and its surrounding mountains and valleys in Guanajuato state, in some of the best Guanajuato tours available, ranging from hang gliding to floating in the basket of a hot air balloon.
Recognized as one of the top Mexican cities, Guanajuato is nicknamed “the place of frogs” because, the shape of its mountainous terrain is said to have resembled a frog to the city’s early inhabitants.