Top 37 Things to Do in Guanajuato Mexico in 2023

Looking for things to do in Guanajuato Mexico? Look no further.

I have been to Guanajuato several times and I have taken many different tours and walked around the city and eat my way around it too.

You will also find practical tips on how to find your way around and enjoy this colonial city of Mexico to the fullest.

In this post, I will tell you all about Guanajuato Mexico, the best tours, and hidden gems of the city, and practical tips on how to make the most of your time there.

So, let’s dive in!

Guanajuato Overview by DJI
Guanajuato Overview

Guanajuato Mexico: a brief history

The capital city of the tiny homonymous state, Guanajuato was founded by the Spanish in 1548 as Real de Minas de Guanajuato.

It became the world’s leading silver extraction center in the 18th century. Its captivating colonial architecture in the colorful historical center makes it one of the most interesting cities to visit in Mexico.

The city was in fact, made UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988 and it is one of the most visited cities in Mexico, both by local and international tourists.

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View from El Pipila statue look out

The majestic churches, beautiful examples of Baroque architecture, and neoclassical buildings are a witness to the glorious past of the mining industry.

Glorious for the mines and landowner, less glorious for the enslaved miners who were forced to work in very poor and dangerous conditions.

This is part of Mexican history; we should not forget it while enjoying our strolls on narrow roads through the beautiful colonial buildings.

Guanajuato has also been home to important events in the history and culture of Mexico including being the hometown of the famous artist Diego Rivera, one of the best internationally recognized Mexican muralists.

But let’s check out all the things you can do in Guanajuato.

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From El Cerro del Cubilete – Cristo Rey Monument

Facts of Guanajuato

  • Capital City of the State of Guanajuato
  • Population: 171,709
  • Area: Km2 72.54
  • Elevation: 2000mt
  • Foundation year: 1548
  • Official language: Spanish
  • English is widely spoken

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Amazing things to do in Guanajuato Mexico

1. Kiss in the Callejon del Beso

The city of Guanajuato is full of narrow streets and lanes called “callejones”. One of them is called Callejon del beso and it’s definitely one of the most visited streets in the city. It’s so narrow that two opposite balconies almost touch.

Here is the short story of the local legend attached to it.

Here we are in the 18th century when a poor miner and a girl from a wealthy family of silver mine owners fell in love with each other’s and used to meet on the balconies and share words of love, dreams, and kisses.

When the girl’s father found out, in a fit of rage, stabbed her. Needless to say, the young lover couldn’t take the pain and killed himself as well.

Despite the tragic ending, it is a tradition now, that if you kiss your sweetheart on those stairs below the balconies you gain 7 years of love and luck.

Apparently to have your luck renewed after 7 years you would need to go back to Guanajuato and kiss each other (or somebody else) again. 😉

2. Get lost in the historical city center

I always love to do it in cities, especially in historical centers. I wander around without a map and trust my feelings.

I usually find amazing corners, beautiful old doors, interesting old buildings and churches, and cute little cafes. Or maybe nothing but it just makes me feel like a local.

Guanajuato is the perfect place for that, especially for its typical narrow alleyways, full of art galleries, colonial buildings, street artists, markets, and street food.

You never know what you will encounter in your wandering.

Also, I love to take locally guided walking tours to learn about all the secret spots. of the city. I took this tour with Susanna a young local guide, very passionate about her city and sharing all she knows with visitors. She speaks very good English. ▻ BOOK IT HERE

Guanajuato Street in the historical center
Guanajuato street in the Historical Center

3. Visit Diego Rivera Museum

Diego Rivera is one of Mexico’s most prominent artists, especially known for his spectacular murals, but also for being the most significant man in Frida Kahlo’s life.

Although his art has been talked about as quite controversial, he’s now considered one of the greatest artists in Latin America.

The building that was his birthplace and home has now been converted into a museum displaying his less popular works and, on the ground floor, a recreation of what was his house at the time of his birth.

Museo Casa Diego Rivera
Casa Museo of Diego Rivera

The visit doesn’t require a long time, but if you like art and culture this is a very interesting visit.

Cost 20 MXN (1 USD)

In the museum you can also find a lovely bookshop specializing in Mexican history and literature, they also have nice mini-guides of Guanajuato and an entire room with kids’ books.

Right in front of the Museum, there is my favorite vegan-friendly restaurant in Guanajuato, Escarola.

4. Hike to el Pípila Statue

You should go up to the statue to watch the sun that sets beyond the multicolored city from the Pipila enlightening the old buildings with the perfect light.

The Pipila statue has been built in memories of a brave miner who despite his fragile health conditions set Guanajuato free from the Spaniards, while they were finding refuge in the Alhóndiga de Granaditas. Historians don’t know yet if this is a legend or a true story, but it’s a lovely tale.

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Colorful Housee beyond the market

The news of his brave action spread out quickly all around Mexico and it was one of the first battles of the Mexican revolution and one of the triggers. You can read the full story here.

You can also get a ride with the funicular for 70 mxn (return ticket) if you don’t feel like walking. Here below the opening hours and prices

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Schedule and price of the Cable Cars to El Pipila

5. Walk around Mercado Hidalgo

Going to markets is one of my favorite things to do in a city. Mercado Hidalgo in Guanajuato is definitely one of the best places to hang out and mingle with locals.

Not only you can find great fresh fruit and veggies, local food, and all sort of objects, but it is also an example of the architecture of the industrial times.

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Guanajuato Market Main Entrance

The building is, in fact, a mixture of different styles and ideas and was originally constructed to become a major central station.

It seems that the great Alexandre Gustave Eifel was also involved in the project. However, the railway never happened, and when the building was finally completed it coincided with the 100 years of celebration of Mexican independence.

Therefore Porfirio Diaz named the building after one of the heroes of Mexican independence, Miguel Hidalgo, and transformed this failed project into a place that all the Guanajuato residents would use as a market.

Miguel Hidalgo was, in fact, a Mexican priest who together with a few others instigated the first victory of the Mexican revolution, the storming of the “Alhóndiga de Granaditas”, right a few blocks from the market.

Inside the building, the market is made of three levels and hosts small restaurants with local dishes at a very cheap price, great for breakfast or a quick lunch.

Other stalls sell clothes, local arts, and many other different items, it’s a great place to shop for your Mexican souvenirs or just browse and watch the local life going by.

6. Visit the Alhondiga de Granaditas museum

Even if you are not fond of museums and prefer open-air activities, I believe that Alhóndiga de Granaditas is still worth visiting.

It’s a regional museum where you can learn about the local history and the different phases of the Mexican revolution besides the historical events that took place in the Guanajuato region.

Guanajuato colorful houses market

The building in itself has historical importance because it is where the locals used to store their grains to supply the population in less productive seasons.

However, the most significant use of the building was in 1810 when the Spaniards were hiding while waiting for reinforcement.

It was there when the inhabitants of Guanajuato, enhanced by the local hero El Pipila (see above story) raised up against the Spaniards.

That’s where the first battle of the war of independence took place. Needless to say, it was the first Mexican victory and the Spaniards were defeated.

The Regional Museum of Guanajuato is open Tuesday to Saturday (between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm), Sunday (between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm), and it’s closed on Mondays.

The entrance fee is $30.00 pesos.

Unfortunately, there is no  English translation of the Exhibits.

I would suggest paying a visit anyway as the interior of the building in itself makes it worth the 30 pesos (1,5 USD)

The exterior and the famous door can be viewed at any time from the main street. It’s located right above Miguel Hidalgo Market.

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Guanajuato Basilica

7. Visit the Mummy Museum (Museo de las Momias)

To be honest I don’t really understand what’s so interesting in watching creepy mummified bodies which are a little over 100 years old and most of the time with gruesome and horrifying expressions on their face.

I don’t see the attraction in it but, apparently, The Mummy Museum of Guanajuato is one of the most visited museums in Guanajuato and I felt like I should put it on the list of the things you could do, just for the sake of information. I didn’t go there, though.

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One of the beautiful corners of the city

I intentionally avoid a more detailed description and the creepy pictures, as it doesn’t really make me feel good about it.

I am sure if you are interested in this kind of thing you will find all the information about the history and the installation within the premises of the museum.

The entrance costs $50.00 pesos and the museum is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.

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Walking around Guanajuato Historical Center

8. Pay a visit to the Basílica Colegiata de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato

In Guanajuato, there are more than 20 Churches, and the Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato or simply called the Guanajuato Basilica is the most significant for the history of the beautiful colonial city.

The exterior walls are painted yellow and red just like the main colors in the entire historical center.

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The Basilica – Nostra Señora de Gudalupe

The main portal is surrounded by a decorative pink sandstone formation of stepped layers with carvings of the saints.

The peculiar location of the Basilica is also part of its charm as it’s right in the middle of the city on the main square, in between two main streets converging into Plaza La Paz.

The building is also on a slight hill so that when you see it from a distance it appears to tower over the other beautiful surrounding buildings.

The basilica was initially constructed in 1671 but was remodeled upon demand of the leading silver Baron after the independence of Mexico from Spain, as a demonstration of wealth.

The Basilica was named after the patron saint and protector of the city, Our Lady of Guanajuato (Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato).

9. Walk by the Jardín de la Union

Jardin de la Union is a triangle-shaped Plaza (square) right in the middle of town, behind the Basilica and in front of the Teatro Juarez.

Its main features are the perfectly square-shaped trees wonderfully trimmed to form a square box running around the entire perimeter of the Jardin Union.

These trees were originally planted in 1836 and by 1860 they have become the most popular feature of the square.

Below their shade, you can find a comfortable and stylish french iron bench for you to take a peaceful rest from your walks.

Or you could dine or have a drink in one of the fancy restaurants located around the plaza.

They are of course a little touristic and overpriced, while not necessarily the best restaurants in town.

At night this is one of the most popular places where students gather to offer their callejonadas, painters display their works, musicians play and other artists come out there in search of temporary fame.

The area is very safe at any time of the day or night.

Guanajuato plaza fountain

10. Visit Plaza San Fernando

Located in the heart of town, even though a little off from the busier roads, this is a lovely peaceful corner where to hang out and relax, go for dinner or lunch or a coffee.

It’s the typical square, made of cobblestones and a fountain in the middle, surrounded by lovely bars, restaurants, and coffee shops in a bohemian atmosphere. 

Local artists are occasionally playing or selling their works. I particularly loved this spot. 

Also, I would suggest you explore the roads around the plaza as they will take you to other special corners of the city.

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Walking around Guanajuato

11. Take a day trip to the Valenciana mines

Unfortunately, I didn’t go and visit this time. However, it must have been a lovely day tour of the town and I believe it is a great thing to do if you have extra time in Guanajuato.

You can go on an organized tour or on your own. Buses leave from town, right behind the Alondhiga close to the Miguel Hidalgo Market.

Or there is a little tour Kiosk just outside Mercado Hidalgo where you can buy a tour for about 300 pesos.  It’s about 30 minutes drive.

As I was mentioning before Guanajuato built its fortunes with the mining industry when the Spanish discovered that underneath the city and on the surrounding hills there was a silver fortune.

(There are still underground tunnels below the city)

The Valenciana Mines were the biggest, deepest, and most extensive mining network in the region that extracted vast amounts of silver.

The buildings of the main mining area were restored mimicking the old construction and structure of the 17th century and visitors can descend the first 60 meters of the mineshaft.

The visit is not recommended if you are claustrophobic or if you suffer from heart/back conditions. Some of the tunnels to access the mine are in fact very tiny and obscure and in some parts, it is required to crawl down.

The visit takes just about 30 minutes to 1 hour and can be combined with a stop at the church  “Templo La Valenciana” (Valenciana Temple).

You can also visit a small exhibition of tools and equipment that were being used at the time. Also, a mummified body of a miner is displayed there, which can be a disturbing sight for many (me included) Unfortunately, the descriptions are not in English.

In our history where there was wealth, there was also exploitation. And that was the case also for the mining industry, as you can imagine.

La Valenciana Mine was one of the most important silver mines in Mexico and in the World as they provided the 30% of the total world’s yearly silver vein.

However, somebody had to pay for this fortune.

Underneath the surface, up to 3,300 indigenous were enslaved and forced to work for rich landowners and ultimately for the Spanish Crown. The only consolation was La Valenciana Temple, which was built for them to pray in their newly converted religion.

Although after the independence of Mexico in 1821, miners started to get paid minimum wages, the mine became even more dangerous as they had to dig deeper and deeper to find more silver and the security measures were not ideal.

There is a small figure of Mary carved into the stone on the way down. The miners used to pray before descending and thank upon a safe return.

You can see the statue at the bottom of the first flight of stairs on the right side.

For sure if you take the visit and descend the mine even at fewer meters you will have the feeling of depth and obscurity.

I can’t even imagine being there for the entire day not knowing if you would make it out alive.

Guanajuato square
Jardin de la Union

12. Admire the Teatro Juárez architecture

Inaugurated in 1903 by President Porfirio Diaz it was considered one of the most prestigious theatres of the entire Mexico and it’s now the main focus of the International Cervantes Festival (Festival Internacional Cervantino) where all the activities converge.

Beyond the historical significance and quality of the performance, the Theatre definitely catches your eye with the stunning building that reminds you of ancient Roman architecture.

It was designed by the architect Jose’ Noriega inspired by the stories of ancient Rome and Greece. The glorious entrance resembles, in fact, the Pantheon of Rome while on the rooftop 8 bronze statues are inspired by Greek mythology.

Certainly a unique building in Guanajuato, massive and majestic.

Teatro Juarez is also a delightful point of reunion where tourists and students gather during the day to rest from their city walks on its stairs.

You can also appreciate street vendors and performers in the nearby square.

Here is also the meeting point of the callejoneadas. (more about it later)

Guanajuato Theatre
Teatro Juarez

13. Take a walk around the University of Guanajuato

Guanajuato is definitely a University town. The University of Guanajuato attracts students from all over the Republic and plays an important role in the cultural life of the city, full of events, like festivals, art, and a vibrant social atmosphere.

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The University of Guanajuato

The main campus building of Guanajuato University is located right in the heart of the city, just a block from the Basilica of Guanajuato.

The beautiful white building is one of the most photographed construction in Guanajuato and it’s definitely worth a visit.

The origins of the university are related to the Jesuits who have been all over Mexico during the Spanish colonization, building beautiful churches and organizing education.

In fact, the building incorporates an important church, Templo de los Hospitales, which caused a little controversy when it was built.

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Templo de la Compañía de Jesús Oratorio de San Felipe Neri

Curious fact – The University of Guanajuato was founded in 1945 and one of the promoters of its foundation was Armando Olivares, a literate who played an important role in the cultural growth of Guanajuato.

The house where he lived has now become one of my favorite luxury hotels in Guanajuato (Casa del Rector), just a few steps from the University.

14. Participate in a Callejoneada

If you speak Spanish you should not miss the Callejonada.

Guanajuato is a University city full of traditions, legends, and culture.

The callejoneada is one of those traditions, where very well-prepared students, dressed in ancient elegant clothes, will take you around the most historic corners of the city while telling stories singing songs, and telling jokes.

They make you interact and participate in singing and playing if you want. It costs about 150 pesos and it’s all worth it, better if you speak Spanish otherwise you can just enjoy the music.

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Guanajuato University and Basilica from the Pipila

The guys are really great performers and they put a lot of work and time into this show. It’s also a nice way to support their studies.

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15. Go to Guanajuato during the international Festival Cervantino

The first time I went to Guanajuato was 15 years ago I was traveling on a budget and I couldn’t find a place where to stay.

I couldn’t understand why. How is it possible? then I found a bed in the aisle of a random house and the owner explained what was going on.

(Internet was not so accessible at that time and smartphones were just starting to appear. Yes I am that old!)

Those were hot dates due to the Festival Cervantino and I didn’t know. I was excited. How lucky I was to be there right for those dates without even knowing it.

The whole town was a big cultural party. Music, poetry, paintings, and food, all over the city. It was a joy, even for somebody like me who doesn’t love crowds.

Walking around those same streets I have walked after 15 years, just full of people playing, singing, and lecturing, it was just a huge cultural show with the beautiful colonial city as the open-air theatre.

The tradition started in 1953 and it is continuing so far, every year richer and better. More international artists, more venues and events, and more days.

It’s normally in October so if you are around I wouldn’t miss it. You can check out this site to see the updated news.

16. Pay a visit at the old Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera

Located just a few km from Guanajuato city center, this spectacular estate is a unique place that must be visited both for its extended manicured gardens and for the interesting history of the luxury building.

The San Gabriel de Barrera hacienda was first built in the late 1600s by a descendant of one of the wealthy silver mine owners of Guanajuato.

The beautiful colonial home is now a museum where you can appreciate beautiful pieces of furniture from that era.

It’s located at about 30 minutes drive from the city. Check it on Google Map!

Top tours in Guanajuato

17. Museos de Guanajuato, Cristo Rey de la Paz y Callejoneada

This tour led by Alexis will take you through all the highlights of the city including Museos de Guanajuato, Cristo Rey de la Paz y Callejoneada.

It’s a full-day tour that starts at 10.30 in the morning and ends after the Callejonada which sometimes is around midnight. So be prepared for a Guanajuato city cultural marathon.

It’s ideal for those who don’t have much time and want to see it all or those who want to learn everything about the city in one day and use the rest of the trip to enjoy the city in a more relaxed way.

Top Guests’ Review:

More than what I expected, interesting places and the guide is very knowledgeable, was no need to get a guide at the museum or places since he was very good at explaining everything which makes the tour more exciting.

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18. Explore Cerro de La Bufa with a local

If the steep narrow streets in Guanajuato are not enough, this beautiful hike up to the Cerro de la Bufa will definitely keep you entertained and fit.

Worry not it/s, not a long hike. But the meeting point is at the Pipila Monument one of the highest points of the city.

From there you will start a hiking trail to the mountain to reach the “Cerro de la Bufa” It’s only 30 minutes walk but you will have amazing views of the city at sunset.

Definitely worth the effort. Carlos, your guide, lives close by and knows all the trails of the area. So he will pick the ones that are most suitable for the physical condition of the participants.

Top Guest review:

This was such a special experience – better than we expected. Carlos is so kind and we thoroughly enjoyed spending 3 hours with him while seeing some of the most stunning views. We can’t recommend it enough!

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19. Kayak inside a sunk temple (this tour is only in Spanish, but worth it)

Even if the guide doesn’t speak English it’s still an amazing experience that I will attend as soon as I go back to Guanajuato city.

The sunk Temple of the Virgen de los Dolores is located in the Purísima dam, in Guanajuato Capital. It remained underwater for more than 40 years and thanks to the lack of water in past years we can now explore it by kayak.

You will appreciate the neoclassical baroque-style arches of the temple. This tour includes a kayak, individual paddle, flotation vest, induction class to the world of kayaks, and a box lunch.

The tour lasts approximately 3 hours, including a nice walk through winding dirt roads to get to where we finally begin to kayak for 1,350kms to reach your destination.

Top Guest review:

Honestly this was the best tour we did here in Guanajuato, everything was super organized and Andres made us feel very comfortable and was able to guide us throughout the whole excursion. Loved every minute of it !

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Food Tour mercado Embajador
Mercado Embajadoras – Best Tacos de Carnitas – a stop in our food tour – BOOK IT HERE

20. History and food always match

I enjoyed this tour so much. Susanna, is a local guide passionate about her hometown and very knowledgeable of its secret corners.

You walk your way around the historical center while listening to interesting story of the city and informative anecdotes.

Top Guest review:

“Susana was amazing and guiding us around the city and showing us places we can go to afterwards! She really gets to know you so you can have a very personalized trip. I really felt like I knew my way around the city and the history behind it in this short amount of time”

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21. Premium Guanajuato Historic Tour

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Tim will take you through 4 hours of a historical tour of the city while walking through the numerous back alleys of Guanajuato.

The tour also includes a visit to two museums of your choice along the way, including the boyhood home of Diego Rivera or grand Teatro Juarez.

It ends at a rooftop bar or plaza cafe to see the city from a different angle.

All admissions and expenses are included.

Since the tour lasts 4 hours, make sure you fuel up with a good breakfast and you may want to wear some sunscreen, bring drinking water, and wear good walking shoes!

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Guanajuato historical center
Guanajuato historical center

Day trips from Guanajuato

22. Take a day trip to San Miguel de Allende

The elegant colonial town of San Miguel de Allende has been nominated one of the most beautiful cities in the world several times and for a reason.

Walking around the pretty historical center, you will be mesmerized by the spectacular colonial building, art shops, and galleries.

It’s one of my favorite cities in Mexico. If you don’t have time to include it in your Mexican itinerary you could still take a day trip from Guanajuato.

But I do recommend saving a few days to enjoy the city fully and check out some of its hot springs.

You can also join a guided tour and cover San Miguel de Allende and the historical town of Dolores Hidalgo.

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San miguel de allende overview
San Miguel de Allende Photo © Isabella Biava

23. Private Historical Tour in the Sierra Santa Rosa by Bicycle

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Duration: 3 hrs 30 min approx.

This unique bike ride will take you on a historical journey through the mountain of the Sierra of Santa Rosa while you learn about the past and present mining of the city of Guanajuato, as well as the importance of the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.

The guide will also explain the diversity of the Sierra de Santa Rosa, the people, the local flora, and fauna.

One of the Guest reviews:

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Susana and Antonio were fantastic ‘bike guides’, well-informed about local history (including prehistory), plants and fauna. And they were very patient with folks who haven’t been on a bicycle for a while. We rode through Puentecillas and up to Sombrero Pt. which gave us a beautiful view of the reservoir and surrounding landscape of Guanajuato. It was my favorite activity in the city. Will definitely do it again.

A Tripadvisor Reviewer, Aug 2022

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24. Hiking through Guanajuato

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If you love outdoor activities this short hike is for you. Your local guide will take you on a walk around the hills that surrounds the city of Guanajuato all the way up to the top of Cerro de la Bufa while enjoying the spectacular views.

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show from a local school in Guanajuato

25. Private tour of Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo, Atotonilco, and San Miguel de Allende route

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Duration: 8 hrs

This full-day tour will take you through the most important sanctuaries and historical sites of Guanajuato state from the iconic Dolores Hidalgo, to the Sanctuary of Atotonilco, named the Sistine Chapel of Mexico, to the Gothic church of San Miguel de Allende, called La Parroquia, and the nearby Jardin where you will have time to take a walk around and have lunch in one of the cozy restaurants.

This tour is perfect for those who have limited time and want to see as much as possible in a few hours.

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Atotonilco Sanctuary Overview
Atotonilco Sanctuary Aerial Overview – Photo by Isabella Biava

26. ATVs through the mountains and city of Guanajuato

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Duration: 4 hrs

For all the adventures here, this ATV tour will take you through the old mining towns hidden among the mountains that surround Guanajuato.

The itinerary include, the underground streets, the monument to Pípila, the viewpoint of the Rayas mine, the panoramic road that surrounds the city over the hills, the viewpoint of the hill of Las Comadres, the Monte de San Nicolas, La Fragua, the Sierra de Santa Rosa de Lima, the dam of Mata, Valenciana, among many other places.

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Sierra Santa Rosa
Sierra Santa Rosa

27. Private Horseback Ride on El Camino Real in Guanajuato

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Duration: 4 hrs

This fun horse ride will take you to experience a full immersion in the local culture while enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of Guanajuato.

You will learn a lot about the work of soil restoration, reforestation and forest care in general with the help of a local guide from the community.

I have taken other tours from this familiar company by Sunsanna and Antonio and I cannot recommend them enough.

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Best restaurants in Guanajuato

If you are looking for great vegetarian or vegan restaurants I can suggest a few that I have tried.

28. Escarola

Located in a lovely garden right in front of the house-museum of Diego Rivera, they not only offer a variety of healthy meals but also organize and promote cultural and art events. Escarola is a great place to check out.

29. Habibti Falafel

This Middle-east cuisine offers delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes. It used to be a tiny restaurant with a long waiting line.

But now they have changed location and they can welcome more people so you can have a relaxed healthy email in a cozy environment.

30. Estacion Gelato

Estacion Elado
Estacion Gelado Balcony

Stop by Estacion Gelado for delicious refreshing ice cream after walking around the steep callejones of Guanajuato you will appreciate it. But they also have a delicious tiramisù.

31. Costal Cultura Cafetera

One of the most interesting representations of contemporary Mexican cuisine, with an incredible presentation, great service, and ambiance.

32. Santo Cafe

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Cafe Santo

Santo Cafe’ is a must, very popular for their burgers and fries but most of all for their seating on the iconic bridge over the Callejon del Campanero. I have never made it but you should try it. There are only two or three tables outside though.

Enjoy the views from some of the best rooftop terraces in Guanajuato

33. Nigromante Rooftop

Right in the heart of Guanajuato, you can enjoy an incredible sunset from Nigromante Rooftop while sipping delicious cocktails end eating a tasty meal.

34. La Notaria Terraza y Bar

A stylish rooftop bar and restaurant to watch the spectacular views and citylights, have a drink and eat delicious tacos or hamburger (their specialty). During winter it can get cold but they offer blanket and they have eaters. A cute place to spend the evening.

35. Casa Del Rector Sky Bar

The exclusive roof top terrace from this luxury hotel is a must if you are in Guanajuato. Sip your expensive drink, have a snack and while enjoying the cozy atmosphere with stunning views.

On a different note, I also enjoyed a delicious breakfast in the hotel internal courtyard.

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36. Vivo Cafe

Cute little cafe with great interior design and beautiful art work on the walls. They are open all day from 8 am to 10 pm. It’s a great place to get work done or just have a coffee and relax after a day exploring.

37.Cafe Tal

This is the place where university students tend to go to gather or get some work done. It can be busy at times. I found it has a very bohemien atmosphere somehow.

Great WIFI and delicious backery and healthy dishes.

Where to stay in Guanajuato

Guanajuato is brimming with cute boutique hotels for any budget and style. I would suggest you stay within the historical center so that you can make the best of your visit.

Here are my top favorite hotels. For a longer list check out my post on where to stay in Guanajuato

Luxury hotel in Guanajuato La Casa del Rector – Book on  Booking.comExpedia |

Mid-range Hotel in Guanajuato Hotelito Casa Dionisio – Book on | Expedia |

Budget hotel in Guanajuato – Hotel Meson Cuevano – Book on |

Map of Guanajuato

How to get to Guanajuato

As one of the most popular cities among local and international tourists, Guanajuato is very well connected to the most important cities and bus routes.

Getting to Guanajuato by bus

Depending on where you are, the easiest way to get to Guanajuato is by bus

Mexico City to Guanajuato by bus (5 hrs)

Wherever you are in Mexico city you will need to head to Mexico Norte Bus Terminal. I suggest you should UBER in Mexico City as it’s a safer and faster way to get where you want.

From Mexico Norte, you can choose from different bus companies to get to Guanajuato. My favorite is ETN, the most expensive but the most comfortable. You will feel like you are on an airplane in first class.

Otherwise, you can also find Primera Plus which offers good service as well. Futura is the cheapest bus company among the three.

Whatever you choose make sure you travel during the day.

While Guanajuato city is a safe place, the bus will go through less safe cities, such as Celaya. Therefore traveling during the day makes it safer.

Queretaro to Guanajuato by bus ( 2hrs 30 m)

If you are traveling from Queretaro Primera Plus has 2 trips to Guanajuato every day and it tasks 2hrs 30 minutes

ETN has one bus per day at 7 pm.

San Miguel De Allende to Guanajuato 1h 30 m

ETN bus has different schedules from San Miguel de Allende to Guanajuato throughout the day.

You can now get from Mexico City to San Miguel De Allende directly, in case you were wondering. It will stop in Queretaro.

Getting from Mexico City to Guanajuato by car

You could rent a car in Mexico City and drive to Guanajuato. However, I would just be careful about the route you choose and I would definitely avoid driving at night.

Avoid Chelaya and Irapuato for a start. Also, check out apps such as IOverland where other travelers on the road will share their experiences. It’s very useful.

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How many days should I spend in Guanajuato?

Although you can visit the most interesting spots in Guanajuato in two days, I would recommend spending more time in the city so that you can experience more of all the incredible experiences and historical sites it has to offer.

What does Guanajuato mean in Spanish?

The name Guanajuato comes from its original name Kuanasïuatuthe, in Purepecha language,  which means “Hilly place of many frogs”. It was founded in the XVI century by the Spaniards which made the city one of the most important mine settlements of New Spain.

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Guanajuato Market

Is Guanajuato safe?

Although Guanajuato state is not one of the safest in State in Mexico for the strong presence of drug cartels, the city of Guanajuato itself and its surroundings are pretty safe and so are San Miguel de Allende and the other Pueblos Magicos of Dolores Hidalgo and Mineral de Pozos.

That is if you don’t have any association with drug dealing, of course.

Other than that, just please be just as aware of your surrounding as you would do it anywhere.

Don’t leave your belongings unattended, don’t get wasted, and don’t walk around alone in the middle of the night in isolated streets.

Also if you are renting a car avoid driving at night.

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Guanajuato Basilica, University and City Overview

What to pack for Guanajuato

Guanajuato as a mild climate all year round. In fact the coldest month is January with an average high temperature of 68 F and an average low temperature of 39 F.

The hottest month is May with he highest average temperature of 81F, so all the other months range in between.

So if you are wondering what to pack I would say to dress in layers and even when it appears to be hot, bring a jacket with you just in case.

Things to do in Guanajuato, Mexico: Final thoughts

As you can see there is so much to do and see in Guanajuato in the city and its surroundings.

I hope this post helped you figure out what to do and what to lave for the next time. Or maybe you decided to stay longer and do as much as possible.

No matter how many day you choose to stay you are going to love this city.