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Guanajuato

Country: Mexico
State: Jalisco
City: Guanajuato
Type of Location: Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By plane

Guanajuato International Airport (IATA: BJX) (ICAO: MMLO) in Silao is the closest airport serving Guanajuato. It also serves the cities of Leon and Silao, the industrial cities of the state. International airlines serving this airport include Aeromexico (Los Angeles CA, Ontario CA), American Eagle (Dallas, TX), Continental Airlines (Houston, TX), Delta Airlines (Atlanta, GA) and Mexicana (Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA, Oakland, CA, Sacramento, CA, San Jose, CA). Airlines serving this airport domestically to many cities across Mexico include: Aeromexico, Vivaerobus y Volaris. Alternatively if you're flying from Europe, Asia or South America you can fly through Mexico City and take a bus or a flight from there. The bus ride is around 5 hours. You may also consider Queretaro International Airport QRO some 3 hours from Guanajuato.

By bus

Bus service in Mexico is quite reliable and comfortable. Before the recent start-up of several low cost air carriers, Bus was the main mean of transport across Mexico. Several lines serve Guanajuato including ADO and Omnibus de Oriente. Buses are cheap, have air conditioning (except some "economy" ones), and often show movies and have refreshments.
You can take a taxi anywhere in the city to the bus station (Central de Autobuses in Spanish) to catch a bus to San Miguel de Allende (1 hour), Guadalajara (3 hours), Mexico City (5 hours), Acapulco, and other locations.
 

Key places to visit
El Pipila, Teatro Juarez, Callejon del Beso, The mummy museum, Casa de la Tia Aura

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Places to Visit

El Pipila

El Pipila, A 28-meter tall statue of an independence hero, atop the San Miguel hill. To reach this place use the funicular (cable car) just behind Teatro Juarez. Juan Jose Martinez, or also known as El Pipila, is the legend of a hero who wore a stone slab on his back to protect himself while burning the Spanish troops holed up in the Alhóndiga, or granary in September 1810. The view is beautiful, particularly at night.

Teatro Juarez

Teatro Juarez In the Jardin de la Union. The architecture of this theater is part roman, part greek and part moorish, making it a really beautiful building. Inaugurated in 1903 by President Porfirio Diaz.

Callejon del Beso

Callejon del Beso (Back alley of the kiss) Next to Plaza de los Angeles, in downtowwn. Two balconies separated by only 69 centimeters is home of an old love legend. For a few pennies some children will tell you the story.

The mummy museum

Museo de las Momias (the mummy museum).Explanada del Panteon S/N. A must if you're in Guanajuato. In 1910, due to the overcrowding of the local graveyard, the authorities were forced to exhume several bodies and when they did that they found the bodies had turned into mummies rather than fully decomposing. After that they founded this really strange and unique museum. Adults $50 pesos.

Casa de la Tia Aura

Casa de la Tia Aura Paseo de la Presa 62. Sort of house of horrors that's sweet in its corniness. Inside this house a woman was buried alive inside the walls. The tour is conducted (appropriately enough) in Spanish and will be difficult to understand for those not fairly fluent, though the sights are self-explanatory and the gasps and screams comprehensible in any language.

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