Ornate colonial buildings, busy plazas, and colorful homes are everywhere you turn in this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city.
Guanajuato is known for its subterranean streets and tunnels, which you can explore on a walking tour or at your own leisure.
After admiring the city’s cobblestone roadways and charming architecture, grab a souvenir or bite to eat at the bustling Mercado Hidalgo.
If you enjoy art, arrive in October when the popular Festival Internacional Cervantino takes place.
Guanajuato is in central Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Jalisco to the west, Zacatecas to the northwest, San Luis Potosí to the north, Querétaro to the east, and Michoacán to the south. It covers an area of 30,608 km2 (11,818 sq mi).
The state is home to several historically important cities, especially those along the “Bicentennial Route”, which retraces the path of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla‘s insurgent army at the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence.
This route begins at Dolores Hidalgo, and passes through the Sanctuary of Atotonilco, San Miguel de Allende, Celaya, and the capital of Guanajuato. Other important cities in the state include León and Irapuato.