"Guanajuato" Guanajuato by m1nkey

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A very popular local treat!

Guanajuato is perched high on a mountain in the state of Guanajuato. A place of great history and of many legends. It has the distinction of being a place of great importance in the battle for Mexican independence from Spain. There is too much history for me to retell here but it is worth a few internet searchs to read about. On tale is of Juan Jose de los Reyes Martinez who strapped a large flat stone to his back in the midst of a battle. The Spainards were barricades inside a granary and Martinez wore the stone to deflect the bullets as he set fire to the wooden gates. Which allowed the Mexicna indians to storm the granary and win the battle. This was a pivitol event in the war of Independence. There is a statue of him high on a hillside overlooking Guanajuato.

The legend of the alley of the kiss.

There is another great story of two lovers. The " Callejon de Beso" (alley of the kiss) is a very narrow alley that is close enough that you can kiss from one building to another. The legend tells of Dona Ana and Don Carlos, two lovers that were forbidden to see each other by Dona Ana's father. But as the story goes they continued to see each other and her father stabbed her in the back. Later Don Carlos commited suicide, as in a lot of romantic tales, everybody dies. I have read another version of this same tale online. But this is a shortened version of how I heard it from our local guide. A ten year old girl named America who gave us a very practiced and professional speech about the legend. Well worth a dollar. It is a custom for couples to go there and kiss to bring good luck.

Museums, festivals and music

There are many museums to many different artists and writers. Cervantes spent a lot of time here and there are two Don Quixote museums. Also Diego Rivera, a famous Mexican artist, was born here. And the local school musicians walk and play music around the city plazas. Also ther is a network of tunnels that mange traffic. And I shouldn't forget the mummies. There are museums for mummies, the Spanish Inquisition and silver mines. It is a very rich and picturesque place. It should be on your list of less traveled places.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Traditional colonial city, not touristy, full of interesting things to do.
  • Cons:Not a place you want to drive, very hilly and not handicap friendly.
  • In a nutshell:A gem of a travel destination, clean, friendly and affordable.
  • Last visit to Guanajuato: Sep 2008
  • Intro Updated Sep 19, 2008
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