November 9, 2009

Introduction to Guanajuato, Mexico

Introduction to Guanajuato, Mexico

Near Leon and not far from San Miguel de Allende, and about 200 miles west of Mexico City and 200 miles east of Guadalajara, Guanajuato is more or less in the center of Mexico. Its altitude is 6,500, and it can get chilly. Founded by the Spanish in the early 16th century, it is the capital of the Mexican state of the same name. More of a workers’ town than San Miguel, it sees fewer foreigners but is vibrantly filled with young adults. Attractions include the childhood home of muralist Diego Rivera, who was born here in 1886, and the ever-popular mummy museum. A World Heritage Site since 1988, this unique town sports narrow alleys (don't miss "kiss alley," depicted in this image), pedestrian streets, colorfully painted buildings, colonial architecture, multiple plazas, underground traffic tunnels, and no traffic lights.

Kiss Alley in action in Guanajuato, Mexico
Kiss Alley in action in Guanajuato, Mexico

Watch my video overview of the city:

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image c2009 Chris Gray
video c2009 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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