Guanajuato, from afar, seems like an old Spanish city slumped into a Mexican highland valley. But upon closer inspection it’s one of the country’s great colonial cities, with picturesque views and a profound cultural atmosphere – making it a must on your list of places to visit.
The city is best known for its acclaimed annual international arts festival, the Festival Cervantino. But it’s the region’s slightly gritty, but very authentic feel, that has garnered it a reputation as a local adventure wonderland.
Its closeness to nature is one of the reasons that make it so continually appealing. Since the town is in a valley, you can access even more expansive and panoramic views if you climb out into the surrounding mountains. Cerro de la Bufa, located roughly 2.5 miles to the south of downtown Guanajuato offers a pleasant hike, and easy access to the countryside.
However, of all the things to do in Guanajuato, the northeastern part of the state is the richest for unique adventure. The region can be reached by way of San José Iturbide and on highway 57 from Querétaro to San Luis Potosí, 33 miles from San Miguel de Allende.
In this zone, Chichimeca tribes lived for centuries maintaining their resistance to the Spanish conquest, leaving behind only vestiges of cave drawings. Pozos – a mining ghost town – in the municipality of San Luis de la Paz, is also worth a visit, if rich Mexican history is your thing.
And this side of San Luis is also a favorite among horseback riding enthusiasts. Here you can venture to a local ranch, where you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, such as cattle herding, cow milking, cheese-making, rope lessons, and much more.