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This place is in the surroundings of the city, and it is quickly gaining some fame so it is becoming a must see for many tourists.
The place was an Hacienda during the colony; since Guanajuato was a village dedicated to the production of metals, this one, as well as the other haciendas were used to "beneficiar metales" wich meant to separate the valuable silver and minerals from the useless rocks and sand.
Today the enormous property (22,000 sqauer meters) has been turned into a series of beautiful gardens in wich is very nice to walk around. Each one of them has a special design and have names such as the oriental garden, the arab garden or the orange trees garden. Appart from the ones open to the public I was told the Hacienda still has a lot of land wich has not been used yet, but may eventually be turned into new gardens for recreation.
Appart from the visit to the gardens wich is what has make this place famous, you can also visit the old hacienda building, wich shows how the people that owed it lived in colonial times, it also has XVIII century paintings and a famous chapel with a nice altarship, wich, altought there are many best ones in other places of my country, is a great piece of art.
Part of the charm of the place is to have a quite walk in the gardens, I am afraid that if this places fame keeps growing it may get crowded and so the walk may not be so enjoyable, but when I was there my and my family were the only tourists, and since it was the last place we saw before going back home it was a great way to say goodbye to a fantastic city.
The hacienda is open from 9:00 to 18:30 and you must pay a fee in order to enter with your camera or your video recorder.
Address: Guanajuato - Marfil highway kilometer 2.5
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