Guanajuato is a city in central Mexico and is the Capital city of the state bearing the same name. It is located at 21°02′N 101°28′W, 390 km northwest of Mexico City. The name of the city means "Place of Frogs" in the local indigenous language and therefore the frog is the city's official pet.
Guanajuato is a beautiful mountain colonial town. Many tourists and locals consider this city to be the most beautiful in Mexico. It used to be a major silver mining town, and many of the mines are still active. The city is built on very hilly ground, so virtually every point in the city is on a slant. The city has a network of underground tunnels that serve as roads making this place really unique in the world.
Guanajuato from La Casa Colorada Restaurant
Unlike other Mexican cities that have an exact date of foundation, Guanajuato was the result of miner camping sites after silver veins were discovered between 1540 and 1558 and that eventually lead to a larger settlement. In 1558 a big silver vein was discovered in Guanajuato and produced nearly a third of all silver in the world for the next 250 years. The city was granted its city status in 1741 by Spanish King Philip V. Mining brought wealth to this town that spread towards its architecture and lifestyle.
The historic town of Guanajuato and adjacent mines were granted World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1987 and has been ranked by several travel magazines as one of the top travel destinations in the world.
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. National and international airlines serving this airport include:
- Aeromexico, Aeromexico Connect (Atlanta, GA; Detroit, MI:; Los Angeles, CA; Ciudad Juarez; Mexico City; Monterrey; Tijuana)
- American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth International, TX)
- Interjet (Houston, TX; San Antonio, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Monterrey, Cancun, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana)
- United Airlines (Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA)
- Viva Aerobus (Ciudad Juarez, Monterrey)
- Volaris (Chicago Midway, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Oakland, CA; Tijuana, Cancun).
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. There is a direct bus from the Benito Juarez Airport in Mexico City (IATA: MEX) to Queretaro where one transfers to another bus to Guanajuato with Primera Plus. You may also consider Queretaro International Airport QRO some 3 hours from Guanajuato.
Public transport to downtown Guanajuato from the Airport
As of October, 2016 the airport apparently does not have direct public transport to downtown Guanajuato. Getting to downtown with cheap buses is a bit of an adventure, and probably not a good idea after dark, but it can be done during the day, but only if have small luggage.
Step 1: exit the airport, cross the large parking lot and exit through the front gate, here you will see a huge highway about 200 meters ahead and several ramps. Just keep to the right and walk to the large highway running parallel to the airport. Once there turn RIGHT and start walking along the highway for about 200 meters more, until you reach a GREEN color pedestrian overpass that says something about "... Nuevo Mexico". Cross the overpass and about 50 meters in front of the stairs as you go down, there is a purple colored little unmarked bus stop. Wait here for the bus that says "Silao".
Step 2: catch the local bus to Silao (8 or 10 pesos). It will take you to Silao bus station in about 10 minutes.
Step 3: At Silao bus station buy a ticket to Guanajuato on Primera Plus (29 pesos). That bus will take you to Guanajuato bus station in about 20-30 minutes.
Step 4: Unfortunately, you're still not in Guanajuato as the bus station is 7 km from downtown. Just exit the terminal and catch the local bus to Guanajuato Center (7.50 pesos). This bus will go through many tunnels and you will have no idea where to get off unless you ask someone. They will drop you off in a tunnel near an exit and you will need to walk a bit to downtown from there. This trip could take anywhere from 15-30 minutes depending on traffic. Enjoy the trip!
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 Primera plus. Buses have air conditioning (except some "economy" ones), and often show movies and have refreshments.
The main bus station is south of town, at Km 7 of the Carretera de Cuota Silao-Guanajuato (Hwy 110D) in Colonia Los Alcaldes. Deluxe and 1st-class bus tickets can also be bought in town at Viajes Frausto (+52 473 732-0115 or 732-35-80; Luis González Obregón 10; Col Centro). The following bus companies operate buses to/from here (Note: The 800 toll free numbers are for calling from within Mexico unless stated otherwise. Other numbers are regular or local numbers. From outside Mexico you will have to call the regular numbers):
- Grupo Estrella Blanca, ☎ +52 55 5729-0807 (toll free: 800-507-5500), . they operate the Americanos, Elite, Elite Plus, Oriente, Chihuahuanese, TNS (Transportes Norte de Sonora) and the Pacifico brands.
- ETN (Enlances Terrestre Nacionales), Turistar Lujo, Carreta de cuota Guanajuato Silao Km.7 s/n Interior Central de Autobuses (bus station), ☎ +52 473 733-0289 (toll free: 800 8000-386), .
- Primera Plus, Flecha Armarilla, Blvd. Hilario Medina 202; Col. Killian 1ª sección C.P.37260 León, Gto., ☎ +52 447 710-0001 (toll free: 800 375-75-87), .
You can take a taxi or local bus 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 Norte (5 hours), Acapulco, Queretaro and other locations.
Tunnel under the Centro (downtown)
- Guanajuato is not very big and you can walk to most places, so a car is really not necessary.
- But "the unaware tourist can get lost in a topographically confusing terrain," adds veteran travel writer Doug Bower, author of "A Walk Through México’s Crown Jewel: A Guanajuato Travelogue."
- If you arrive to Guanajuato driving a car, make sure to park your car in your hotel, most offer free shuttle to the city, otherwise, park your car in a lot (Estacionamiento in spanish) Again, your car is useless if you want to know Guanajuato.
- There are lots of taxis and you should be able to get where you're going for around 2 to 4 dollars. Taxis in Guanajuato do not have meters. Instead, before getting into the cab, ask the driver how much it will cost to go to your destination.
- Also, there are buses that you can ride for very cheap (Sistema Coordinado de Transporte de Guanajuato)
By tourist trolley
A trolley-like bus makes sightseeing tours of the city departing from Plaza de la Paz in the Centro, next to the Basilica of our Lady of Guanajuato. The rides lasts 1.5 hours and costs $50 pesos. There is a tour guide in Spanish only. Is a great way to know the city.
Remember, driving a car is NOT an option to get to know Guanajuato, however, if you plan to get in and out of the city then you will need to use the underground roads or tunnels, which are one of the main features of the city. The first tunnel was built in the remnants of a river in the late 1960's and new tunnels were later added to the city to speed up car traffic. The last was built around 1990. Many of the city buses run along the tunnels and is safe to take them in the special underground stops. Walking in the tunnels near Centro (downtown) is also safe. If you're driving, take into account that the tunnels are one way only, so taking the wrong tunnel may result in making a big tour around all the city. Parking can be extremely difficult, there are official lots which cost about M$15/hour downtown and M$6-8/hour on the outskirts, nightly, weekly and monthly rates are not common (you can ask), so those hourly fees can quickly add up.
- El Barretero Runs west-east, southeast of the city and connecting the neighborhood near Presa de la Olla.
- La Galereña Runs north-south, south of the city and is an exit of the city.
- El Minero Runs east-west, in Centro.
- Tunel Noroeste Ponciano Aguilar Runs east to west, northeast of the city.
- Tunel de los Angeles Runs west to east, south of the city and is an exit of the city.
- Santa Fe Runs east to west, northwest of the city.
- Miguel Hidalgo The longest of all tunnels. Runs west to east, across the city.
- Tamazuca The only two-way tunnel and the shortest also. Runs north to south and viceversa, west of the city.
Universidad de Guanajuato
- 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, also known as El Pipila, is the legendary hero who wore a stone slab on his back to protect himself while crawling to the only door of the Alhóndiga, or granary, in September 1810. He then tarred and set fire to the door allowing the rebels to enter and defeat the Spanish troops. The view is beautiful, particularly at night. It was built in 1939 by Augusto Gutierrez.
- Jardin de la Union in the Centro has several restaurants around the garden.
- 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.
- Teatro Principal
- Callejon del Beso (Alley of the kiss) Next to Plaza de los Angeles, in downtown. The two balconies separated by only 69 centimeters are the home of an old love legend. For a few pennies some children will tell you the story.
- Temple of the Company of Jesus Built from 1747 to 1765.
- Basilica of our Lady of Guanajuato Built from 1671 to 1696. Inside this church there is a 1000 year old statue donated by Spanish King Charles I who tried to protect it from the Arab invasion in Spain.
- Alhondiga de Granaditas Place where the independence revolutionaries burned the Spanish troops.
- Escuela Normal Teachers' School.
- Palacio Legislativo (State Congress Palace). Located in Plaza de la Paz near Basilica of our Lady of Guanajuato. This building was originally the city hall. It was built in 1903 and inaugurated by President Porfirio Diaz.
- Plaza del Baratillo
- Plaza de la Paz Previously known as the Greater Plaza, it's an important place which the tourist can´t resist from visiting more than just once. Dedicated to peace.
- Plaza de San FernandoAs one of the most joyful and beautiful parks, surrounded by colonial style buildings ornamented with clay flowerpots holding flowers of multiple colors, a beautiful fountain in the center.
- Presa de la Olla (Dam of La Olla) Built in 1749 to supply fresh water to the town. In this place you can rent a little boat. There's also a park and a great statue of Miguel Hidalgo cast in Italy, also inaugurated by President Porfirio Diaz in the early 1900's. This area is very tranquil and quiet to have a break.
- Templo y Plazuela de San Roque
- Templo de San Diego Alcantara
- Universidad de Guanajuato
- Temple of San Francisco
- Architecture In Guanajuato all the houses are typical and original and are a very beautiful thing to see.
- Mina de Rayas The first mine of Guanajuato discovered in 1550.
- Mina de Cata
- Mina Experimental El Nopal
- Mina de Valenciana The richest mine in Guanajuato still in operation today. It supplied enough silver to sponsor the Spanish Empire and its colonies.
- Museo de las Momias (the mummy museum). 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 $52.
- Casa Diego Rivera The birthplace of Diego Rivera, a well-preserved traditional Mexican residence. Be sure to check out the collections of his simple, socialist-inspired works.
- Don Quixote museum. Small, but very well done.
- Casa de las Leyendas (House of Legends) Located in the hill of San Miguel, in the top station of the funicular.
- 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.
- Museum of the Town of Guanajuato Positos 7.
- Museo Gene Byron Housed in the Ex Hacienda of Santa Ana in the neighbouring town of Marfil.
- Museo de la Inquisicion (Museum of the Holy Inquisition) Featuring torture instruments. Valenciana street.
- Galeria Mariana Ponciano Aguilar 7.
- Museum of Mineralogy One of the richest collection of minerals in the world. Ex-hacienda de San Matias.
- Ex-convento Diegino Next to Templo de San Diego.
- Museo Alfredo Duges
- Museo de Palace a new museum that is open, but inner renovation is currently occurring. only about 3 viewing rooms open on ground floor. second floor is closed for renovation. on the main road by the central cathedral. [3/28/2017]
- Guanajuato is not that big. You can just walk randomly along the back alleys and steep streets.
- At the University, there is a 3-4 story series of steps that lead up to an auditorium. Climb up the steps and look out over the colonial city.
- Climb to the top of the mountain that overlooks Guanajuato. There's a trail that goes to the top- look for the signs to Pipila. It takes at most 1/2 hour to get to the top and there is an amazing view of the city.
- Ride the Funicular to the top of the mountain where the statue of the "Pipila" is located. The Funicular station is just behind the Teatro Juarez. One way $20, round trip $40. It's easy to walk though.
- The central plaza (Jardín de la Unión) always has a lot of things going on, day and night.
- Visit one of the silver mines in Valenciana (Bocamina Valenciana nearby the Templo Valenciana charges an entrance fee of $25 plus the guide expects a tip), as well as the beautiful Templo de Valenciana.
- In March, Guanajuato and nearby Léon host the Mexican round of the World Rally Championship.
- As you can go clubbing at night museums in the morning etc, theres also nice tracks to exercise for example Nieto Pina located going towards the Pipila from los Mineros.
- There is an excellent park at the end of calle de la presa, with boat rentals and plenty of food stalls, keeps the kids entertained for a while. From here hiking trails start towards cerro de la bufa, a landmark overlooking the city.
Nieto Pina Exercise complex
- Festival Internacional Cervatino, . from wikipidia: This international festival takes place each fall around October for a month. The total number of visitors in 2010 is estimated at 179,000, with 463,000 tickets to events sold. The events happen in the forty nine theatres, plazas and other venues in the city. The origins of the festival are from the mid 20th century, when short plays by Miguel de Cervantes called “entreméses” were performed in the city’s plazas.
The festival performances range from free street theater, music, and graffiti competitions to world class high culture (opera, ballet, symphony) performances. Tickets for events frequently sell out in advance. The free offerings offer plenty for the visitor on a budget. In evenings the main streets are packed with revelers.
- Mercado Hidalgo, Juarez Street and Mendizabal. A 2 story indoor market selling from touristy stuff (handcrafts, souvenirs, etc) to groceries (food, confectionery and clothing). It is said, the structure of this market was originally intended to be a train station in Antwerpen, Belgium, but it was brought to Guanajuato by President Porfirio Diaz and completed in 1910, shortly before the start of the Mexican Revolution. The façade of this building is made of pink quarry and boasts a tower.
- El Cubilete Juarez Ave. 188. Across Comercial Mexicana. This is your one-stop store for confectionery. Established in 1955 they sell all sorts of local sweets. The specialties include "Charamuscas" , figures made of caramel resembling the mummies. Try also Cajeta, sort of Dulce de Leche but this is made of goat's milk.
- Embajadoras If you are looking for ripped-off CDs, go this place on a Saturday, and there are some tents set up there.
- Del Sol If you need to get all your basics at once, check out this place which is similar to a Wal-Mart, or right down the road from Del Sol.
- Comercial Mexicana On Juarez Avenue, three blocks from the Alhondiga. A branch of the mexican supermaket chain that sells everything from basic groceries to TV's and some clothing.
- If you are looking more for handmade crafts and more touristy stuff, take a bus to San Miguel de Allende, about an hour away from Guanajuato. There is a large open-air artisan market there.
- If you'd like to purchase handmade ceramics, take the roughly-one-hour bus ride to Dolores Hidalgo.
- Escuela Falcon  is a language school right in the center of town. They offer flexible schedules, and the widest variety of classes. Group classes are small and personal (2 to 5 students) and you are never placed in a group of students not at your same level. There are also daily activities outside of class. The staff is very personal and friendly. They really go out of their way to make students feel at home. The prices are affordable, without having to sacrifice quality.
- Plateros Spanish School  Spanish for foreigners. Wide range of courses to suit particular needs and interests offering regular, intensive and super intensive standard or PLUS courses. Private tuition and Spanish for specific purposes (business, travelling, medical Spanish, etc.) Can arrange accommodation including home-stay.
- Colegio de Lenguas Adelita  is a friendly language school located in the center of Guanajuato with professional and highly experienced teaching staff. Adelita offers a learning curriculum that ensures the students receive an interactive, methodical education including constant interaction and immersion in the Mexican culture. The school organizes plenty of out of classroom activities and tours for the students to make the most of their learning vacation. In addition to Spanish, the school also offers courses in English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and German.
- Escuela Mexicana  is one of the best language schools in town. The staff is nice, fluent in English, and flexible, and you can create a schedule to fit your needs, from 1 to 6 hours of class per day, of varied courses. There are afternoon and day tours to local attractions as well as weekend trips to more distant sights.
- Don Quijote  is a great school where you can take 4-6 hours of courses a day. The entire day is with the same teacher and all courses including beginner courses are taught entirely in Spanish. The teachers are excellent, the students are a diverse group from around the world (some of whom do not speak English), and there are lots of formal and informal activities provided by the school, including a weekly Spanish conversation dinner and salsa classes. The school also has student apartments and homestays. You can reserve a course before you head to Mexico if you wish or reserve weekly classes once you're there.
In Guanajuato the local dish is Miner's Enchiladas. Served almost everywhere.
- Mestizos, (69 Pocitos, near Diego Rivera Museum). Fabulous food with a great atmosphere. A fine dining restaurant and art gallery combined. For $1000 pesos it is possible to get 2 appetizers, 4 dinners, 2 glasses of wine and 2 sodas.
- Truco 7, (near the Jardín). Features Mexican food as well as American and at a decent price. They have tortilla soup, enchiladas, and hamburgers. They have excellent aguas frescas and milkshakes. Try the strawberry, it comes with cinnamon in it.
- No name bar, (near the Teatro Juarez). Serves burgers, bar food, and Mexican food at a good price. They have seating outside the bar in a nice courtyard. Beer is fairly cheap.
- El Midi, Calle San Jose #4 Planta Alta. A fantastic Southern French lunch buffet featuring lots of marinated and glazed vegetables, salads and quiches. Food is sold by weight and is extremely affordable. Don't miss their delicious aguas frescas to accompany your meal. Full menu at dinner.
- Delica Mitsu, Callejon de Cantaritos #37. Located on an alley just off Plaza San Fernando, Delica Mitsu serves up homemade Japanese Delicatessen "sozai", sushi rolls, grilled chicken, and more. Many of the dishes are made from vegetables only, so vegetarians will also feel at home at this tiny restaurant owned and operated by a sweet Japanese couple. Popular with tourists and locals, there are new items on the menu everyday which are sure to keep you coming back time and time again.
- Cafè Santo. If you want cheap food and free internet access visit Cafè Santo which is a 5 minute walk from Teatro Juarez and features a sweet little bridge upon which you can eat. The food here is very clean and you needn't worry about having fresh fruits or salads.
- Cafe Tal, Temescuitate 4. 7:00-0:00. Coffee, tea, a mixed foreign and Mexican crowd, and high speed wireless internet access. It's between 5-10 minutes from Teatro Juarez up the main street towards the baseball stadium, just up the street from Bar Fly. The owner, an American expat, plays French horn in the city orchestra. Although it serves some distinctly Mexican drinks and snacks, it also has a much wider selection of tea and coffee drinks familiar to Americans and difficult to find in GTO. (Tea is pretty unsatisfactory in the city, not so here. And they understand the concept of iced tea.) They also have low cost international calling and tasty snacks. Before lunch, a bakery a few doors down has a wider selection of pastries and rolls. Espresso M$17
- El Zopilote Mojado, Plaza Mexíamora 51 (Plaza Mexíamora downtown), ☎ 524737325311, . The beautiful Plaza Mexíamora host this unique Café, where you can find peaceful atmosphere with an excellent coffee, classical music, interesting books en English and Spanish, and delicious desserts and baguettes, a very Mexican place with an international taste.
- Cupulas. If you are looking for some after-clubbing late-night/early morning food, try some of their delicious quesadillas.
- Bagel Cafetín, . Located just a few steps away from Teatro Juarez and Jardin Union, in Plaza San Francisco, right by the Iconography Museum. They have a great selection of coffee, drinks and loose leaf teas. There are around 20 different types of bagel sandwiches to choose from, and the extremely affordable cafe is popular with locals and foreigners alike. The cafe is very cheerful - brightly colored, with friendly staff. It's a great place to spend a few hours relaxing, and there is free wireless internet too.
- Antik. is in El Baratillo, near Jardín Unión. They have bagels, Mexican food, coffee drinks and teas. It is not expensive and it has its own bar. They often have live music at night.
- Los Campos, #4a Calle de la Alameda (Behind Plaza Baratillo), . 14:00-22:00. Mediterranean/Mexico with tapas being the featured menu items. The food is very high quality; Foodies will be happy to eat here. Foods are locally sourced, including the beer, and much of the menu is organic. $65-$110 (MX).
- El Jaguar. Excellent tacos al vapor on plaza Alhondiga, M$5 each.
The nightlife is very active in Guanajuato, especially on weekends. Look for people passing out flyers during the day for drink specials and sometimes free drink coupons. If you walk around the city center, you'll find plenty to do--music spills out of the bars and clubs into the streets and many establishments have outdoor areas.
To start the night off, stop by one of the little cafes in the Jardín, for dinner and drinks and mariachi band ambience. It is a great place to people watch. And definitely try Sol a popular Mexican beer similar to Corona.
- Guanajuato Grill. Another favorite of locals and tourists. It is even bigger than Capitolio and boasts 2 levels. It is always packed on weekends, with the same type of crowd as Capitolio. Although it plays similar music to what you hear in Capitolio, it tends to play more electronic and techno music. It also offers great drink specials, especially on bottles.
- El Bar. A salsa bar across the street from Teatro Juarez. It offers salsa lessons every night from 7 to 10. It plays mostly salsa and merengue all night and often has salsa shows.
- La Havana. A salsa bar that attracts a more local, late-night crowd.
- Why Not. Another chill bar that plays unique latino indie-rock and reggae. It's a good place to hang out and play pool. The bartenders are very sociable and entertaining. Why Not is open later than Bar Fly and is often the after hours destination of the Bar Fly crowd and staff.
- Don Ole Karaoke, (across the street from Teatro Juarez). Try out your Spanish, but don't worry, they have songs in English too.
- Alcatraz, (near the Jardín). Has great drink specials and a great atmosphere with many locals.
- Bar Fly. Has a younger crowd. The staff is friendly and gets to know their customers. There is reggae music as well as lamp shades made out of solo cups. A definite must-see. If you are young and female, the staff will flirt unabashedly, but they're harmless and worth getting to know. If they know you are in Mexico to learn Spanish (whether you tell them or your teacher does) they won't speak English to you at all.
- No name bar, (behind El Teatro Juarez). Features good music, friendly bartenders and good drinks at night and a great laid-back atmosphere to sip a beer outside and plan your day in Guanajuato during the day.
- La Botellita. known for having giant, delicious margaritas and good food. They also do 2 for 1 drinks on Tuesdays, but if you're a girl, or at least with a girl, you pretty much get 2 for 1 drinks all the time.
- El Zopilote Mojado, Plaza Mexíamora 51 (Plaza Mexíamora downtown), ☎ 524737325311.
- La Diabla. A small dark bar with cheap drinks, a young local clientele, and a functional jukebox. Also serves snacks (though there is always a taco stand just steps from the entrance), and is open until 4 AM.
- Zilch. A great bar in the Jardín Unión, they have live music from wednesday to saturday. Great prices, great environment, awesome terrace, great service, pool table! They serve snacks from 7 to 10 pm.
- Famoso Bar Incendio. A typical mexican CANTINA. Just in front of Teatro Principal. One of the oldest cantinas in Gto. Lately they have a students environment. They are famous for their mezcales. They close at 11pm.
- Habibi, Sostenes Rocha #18 (In front of Bar Fly). 10am-2am. Fusion cafe offering vegetarian options. House-made chai, delicious coffee, muffins, and falafel. Open until 2 am. $25.
- Mezcalito, CALLE TRUCO #1 MUY BAJOS JA!, 36000 Guanajuato, Mexico (Calle Truco is dbehind the big yellow church at plaza de la paz), ☎ +52 473 117 3883, . 20pm- 2am. Small, dark bar downstairs in an old cellar. Very friendly service. You definitely need to try the differently flavored Mezcals. They keep it in bottles filled with fruits or Vanilla or even Sweets, where it acquires an often very intensive taste. Worth to visit again every now and then as they create new flavors regularly.
- Hotel Guanajuato, ☎ +52 (473) 1092052 ([email protected]), . This Hotel has a great view of the City of Guanajuato located on Carretera Dolores Hidalgo km 2.5 Col. San Javier C.P.: 36020 it has a lot of parking space, restaurant, pool, bar, and meeting rooms. Very safe location, clean, friendly, Wi-Fi and great view of the city from the bar, the restaurants and the Hotel gardens. US$70 per night per room.
- Refugio Cafetin, Callejon de Potrero 2 (right next to Templo de San Francisco), ☎ (473)7339733 ([email protected]), . checkin: 13:00; checkout: 12:00. This small hostel is in the pedestrian zone of the center of Guanajuato, 2 minutes walking from Teatro Juarez. It's central, clean, cheap, and safe. There are 2 rooms: a dorm with 8 single beds, and a private room with 2 single beds and a double bed. There are shared bathrooms and plenty of hot water. There's also a shared kitchen, a lounge, laundry service and a rooftop access. The roof is pretty cool - you can see through the windows, right into the church next door. Dorms $100.
- La Casa del Tío, Calle Cantarranas 47, ☎ (473)7339728 ([email protected]), . checkout: 11 am. Great location in the historic center, budget, basic, no frills but clean, free kitchen, wireless, promotions and the best rooftop in Guanajuato. This is a legaly registered hostel in the city and the owner, Olivia Machuca, is the president of the Associacion of Mexican Hostels. Their goal is to provide a professional and friendly service to the visitors. La Casa del Tío is always recommended in travel guides such as Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and Let's Go among others. The laundry machine they offer on the website doesn't work. Dorms $150.
- Hostal Santuario, Calle Cantarranes 38. The entrance doesn't show it's a hostel, but it is. It might be noisy from the bar downstairs. dorm $100.
- Hostal del Truco, Calle Truco 4. dorms $100.
- Casa Bertha, Tamboras #9, ☎ (473)7321316 or (473)7325104 ([email protected]), . free kitchen, terrace and wireless internet use.
- Casa de Pita, ☎ +52 473 73 21532 ([email protected]), . This Guanajuato B&B has location, location, location and remarkable value; one block from Plaza Baratillo and another block to Plaza Union and Teatro Juarez – the heart of Guanajuato City and easy walking distance to all within-city attractions. Very safe location, clean, friendly, Wi-Fi and great breakfast in a colorful, truly Mexican home. US$12 per night for a dorm bed.
- Hostal del Campanero, Calle Campanero 19, ☎ (473)7345665, . checkin: 13:00; checkout: 12:00. Fanatically clean and beautiful architecture. Great character and friendly staff. Only two showers for the whole hostel. dorm $130, single $180.
- Hostal La Casa Blanca, Calle Pocitos 17.
- La Casa de Dante, Callejon de Zaragoza 25, . Very nice staff and a great daily fresh breakfast. Big, healthy and different every day, meat or vegetarian, whatever you prefer. Hardly any hot water in the showers though. Dorm $200.
- Estación Esperanza, Calle Campanero 5. Great location. No lockers. Dorms $150.
- Hostel Guanajuato, Calle Campanero 14. Great location. Only two showers for the whole hostel, but with a lot of very hot water. Dorms $100.
- Hotel Luz De Luna, ☎ +52 473 116 6603 ([email protected]), . Hotel Luz De Luna offers low prices rooms with all the services that you need to have a nice trip. Besides, it is located on one of the most important streets, which is why you can easily get to it. You need to know that it only takes ten minutes by foot to get downtown from the hotel. The hotel has the basic services: WiFi, Cable Tv, Hot water every day every hour and free coffee every morning. And also it has free parking lot just 10 minutes by car from the hotel. US$35 per night per room with one bed for two people.
- El Zopilote Mojado.  This hostal is downtown but located in 3 buildings around the quiet Plaza Mexiamora. In "El Zopilote Mojado" building is a coffee shop with excellent coffee and desserts, and upstairs are the rooms, tastefully done. There is another building called "Perros Muertos," colorfully decorated, with all the services (kitchen included) and two terraces with gorgeous views. Finally, "La Casa del Infierno" is located in Callejon del Infierno. This house has two small apartments and a main house, fully equipped with very Mexican decorations. [email protected] phone: 52-473-7325311 *<sleep name="Casa Magica">  at the east end of town, across from the Escuela Normal. It's a clean, quiet hotel with just about 8 rooms in a colonial home. The staff is sweet and very helpful.
- La Casa Azul, Calle Carcamanes #57 (150 yards from city center), ([email protected]), . Beautiful hotel with charming rooms at much lower prices than the tourist traps in the city center. Wonderful views and fantastic gardens, a really romantic place to stay but also family friendly. Comfortable beds, plenty of hot water, and nice furnishings. Five minute walk from the city center and in a very safe neighborhood. Friendly staff who are happy to chat and give suggestions in Spanish, but they speak only very limited English. Fine with very late check-ins, but if you go earlier, they'll let you pick your room. Pool and TVs in rooms, but no food. It is, in fact, a blue house, and locals will be able to give you directions. They're fine with (or perhaps oblivious to?) gay/lesbian couples and unmarried hetero couples staying together.
- Quinta Zaragoza and the Garden Studios en la Presa, San Juan de Dios #38, ☎ +52 (473) 731-1922 9am-5pm central time ([email protected]), . Offers 3 ideally located short-term vacation rental apartments in the la Presa section of Guanajuato, Mexico with accommodations to fit the needs of solo travelers, couples, and even small amily reunions. US$59-69/nightly. Weekly rates and further discount on stays over 4 weeks.
- Villa Mirasol Hotel, Pila Seca 35, San Miguel de Allende, ☎ (+52) 415 152 6685, . Offers classes in painting, cooking, jewelry-making, and Spanish. Rates start at $1,150.
- Hotel Gran Plaza, Carretera Juventino Rosas Km 6, ☎ (+52) 473 733 1990, . It's right in the entrance to Guanajuato, and the staff is very nice and helpful. They offer free of charge shuttle service during the day and are more than willing to make you as comfortable as possible. Rates start at $950 in temporada to $2,832 in heavy season.
- Hotel Meson de los Poetas, Pozitos 35, Zona Centro, ☎ (+52) 473 732 0705, (+52) 473 732 6657, . "El Meson de los Poetas is the ideal place for people to enjoy a peaceful and warm stay full of inspiration within a city that shares the same attributes. It’s strategic placed in the historic centre of the city of Guanajuato, the Hotel is a restored house from the XVIII century, made to create the perfect environment meanwhile paying homage to some of the most influential poets. The staff is very helpful and can speak english. Rates start at $1050.
- HS Hotsson Hotel Leon, Blvd Adolfo Lopez Mateos #1102 Ote, Leon, Guanajuato, ☎ 01 800 8383133, . HS Hotsson Hotel Leon is a luxury hotel in Leon, Mexico, featuring upscale amenities. Accommodations include a variety of suite options, pool and jacuzzi area, fine Mexican dining, concierge services, boutique shopping, gym, tennis courts, indoor parking, and bilingual staff. Meeting spaces and event venues are also available, accommodating up to 1,300 guests.
Guanajuato is a really safe city, police are always around, and people are very friendly to tourists. During the day, the entire city is safe, and as long as you stay in the downtown area, walking around alone or in small groups at night is safe as well. (Anyplace you'd want to go out at night is downtown.) It is far far safer than the average American college campus and doesn't have much crime directed at tourists.
Overall, Guanajuato is an incredibly safe city, but there is one caveat. Do not ever go running/walking around the Panoramica (the beautiful road around the edge of the city in the mountains) in the evening or early mornings. Many rapes, assaults, and muggings of foreigners have occurred in this area and some of the victims were out running with friends. Groups of men may be OK, but even several women together will not be safe. It is, however, safe to run in the city in the early mornings and there are a number of gyms where you can pay by the class. (Several of the foreign exchange programs have apartments on or near the Panoramica and those houses often have large parties. In the populated areas it's fine at all hours, but since it's a loop with a nice view of the city, many foreigners decide to run around it at dawn and parts of it are much more isolated.)
Try also to visit Dolores Hidalgo (about 1 hour from Guanajuato) and San Miguel de Allende (about 1.5 hours from Guajuato), both cities in Guanajuato State. Or, if you love shoes you can go to Leon, "The Shoes Capital". The shoes and boots are inexpensive, but of very good quality.
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