Most tourists combine a Guanajuato visit with a San Miguel de Allende one. The differences couldn’t be bigger: picture-perfect colonial San Miguel, with its laidback (did anyone say boring?) vibe attracting American pensioners and expats for ridiculous real estate prices. And vibrant student town Guanajuato, its colorful houses smacked in a narrow stretch in between steep hills, living the vida loca. Which one would you prefer?
(there is also a photo album about Guanajuato)
Good to know
- if you don’t have a car, take a long-distance bus from Guadalajara from the western side or San Miguel de Allende or Queretaro coming from the east. Both take a couple of hours
- Once at the bus terminal, the best way into town is to get a taxi. Because the centre is in between steep hills, the terminal itself is a couple of kilometres outside the city. Make sure to agree on the price before you get in
- If you stay within the centre, you can walk everywhere. Otherwise, get a local bus
- Again because of the topography, evenings can get cold quickly here. The sun doesn’t get a free pass here as it does in other parts of the country. Which doesn’t mean it gets really uncomfortable here, but walking around in shorts, flip-flops and a tanktop at night would be begging for problems in winter. Also bring a rain jacket, just in case. Regular rain season (May-September) applies, but in other months there is also the occasional rainshower