Tired of the usual Mexican destinations? Looking for a fresh place to visit in Mexico? Consider taking a trip down to Guanajuato, capital of the Guanajuato state. It bypasses the typical resort towns that many envisage in a trip to Mexico. This means it’s also often not as crowded as these other places like Cabo. It can be the perfect spot for exploration and relaxation.
Why Visit Guanajuato
Guanajuato was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. The city boasts a uniquely historical perspective and culture. It was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and grew up organically, following the confines of the terrain. Since its foundation was linked to silver mining, much of city’s growth was naturally connected to the mines. In fact, it became the world’s largest silver extraction site in the 18th century.
Because of the area’s rich history, visitors can expect a beautiful journey into the past. Travelers will enjoy visiting the city’s extravagantly gorgeous buildings. For example, the churches of La Compañía and La Valenciana are amazing examples of Baroque architecture. Some even consider them among the best of Latin America.
Too, visitors can enjoy becoming familiar with the culture of Mexico in a way that simply isn’t possible when traveling through only the resort towns. The narrow streets and interesting plazas are the backdrop for wonderful examples of Mexican culture. Guanajuato hosts the Cervantes International Festival of the Arts. Originally created in honor of the author of Don Quixote, it now is a premier art festival featuring works from music, art, dance, and more. It is held starting in October.
Why Visit Now
This year will be a great time to visit Mexico. The exchange rate is currently about 1 USD to 12 MXN. That means American visitors will see great rates for their bucks in pesos.
Guanajuato, since it is a less familiar travel destination than other places in Mexico, also boasts some fantastic deals for hotels. One popular hotel, El Mesón de los Poetas, is a great deal. Thirty-one rooms in a vintage location are decorated in high style. The hotel is housed inside an 18th-century colonial that has been exquisitely restored. Plush surroundings are accompanied by breakfast and rooms can be had for rates under $100 a night.
With such amazing deals and abundant history, it doesn’t make sense to not visit Guanajuato, Mexico in 2011. The atmosphere and culture are second to none, and it all can be had for a price that won’t break the bank.
Sources and Further Reading
UNESCO Guanajuato Listing
Cervantes International Festival of the Arts
El Mesón de los Poetas