GUANAJUATO

Guanajuato is a wonderful state with the capital city of the same name, located in north-central Mexico.  It is one of Mexico’s most beautifully preserved colonial cities.

Consisting of 46 municipalities, Guanajuato offers the young-at-heart baby boomer much to do.  There’s plenty of colonial culture, contemporary and classic entertainment, outdoor recreation and touring with available transportation to travel in any direction for exploration to other cities or within the state of Guanajuato.

Guanajuato is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site and preserves its colonial style with cobblestone streets and wonderful historic architecture.  Contemporary buildings, gas stations and markets are placed outside of the historic center to maintain the beauty of the preserved colonial style.

Located between the arid north and the lush south, Guanajuato is geographically a part of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, the Mexican Plateau and the Sierra Madre Oriental.  That makes its weather very desirable and fairly stable.

Guanajuato is approximately 11,800 sq. miles with nearly 11% of the land belonging to the Guanajuato River Basin.  This river used to flow underneath the city of Guanajuato and flood the city quite frequently until the Presa de la Purisima dam was built in the sixties.  Another dam built above ground, the Presa de la Olla, was constructed to create a reservoir to maintain a constant supply of water to the city.

Guanajuato owes its fame and resulting fortune to the abundance of silver and gold discovered by the Spanish in the 15th century.  You can only imagine the magnificent Spanish structures erected and still standing that are the backdrop of other newer architectural style of monuments and buildings from the 20th century.

The University of Guanajuato serves as the vibrant influence of culture in the city, offering plays, international movies, concerts and dance all year round.

One of the most popular areas to retire in Guanajuato is San Miguel de Allende.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Street in San Miguel de Allende with view of Chapel

FAST FACTS

  1. People who live in Guanajuato are called Las Ranas (the frogs) as Guanajuato means ‘hills of frogs’.
  2. Every mid-October, Guanajuato hosts the “Festival Cercantino Internacional”. Strolling musicians in traditional costume, known as “Callejoneades” or “Estudiantinas”, stroll about the streets of Guanajuato singing, telling stories and jokes in Spanish. Also, plays by Miguel de Cervantes are presented in their traditional format throughout the festival season.
  3. Mexico City is 219 miles to the northwest.
  4. Average winter temperature is 57F and summer is 69F.  Truly great for people who enjoy outdoor recreation year round.
  5. The major airport is the Guanajuato Leon del Bajio Airport (BJX)
  6. You’ll find excellent health care and hospitals available in Guanajuato.
  7. Majolica pottery has been made in the state with the same techniques from 400 years ago originating with the Spanish.