Enchanted Town, Guanajuato Edition
Pueblo Mágico, Edición Guanajuato
A couple of weeks ago went to Mexico City to visit some friends (I still have to edit those pics, so they’ll be coming soon) and realized how little time I had to really explore what the city has to offer. So on a last minute change of plans I decided to visit a smaller town close to Mexico City called Guanajuato (4 hour drive northwest). Guanajuato is fairly small, so I thought I could definitely see most of it on a weekend trip. And thankfully I was right, a lot of folks had been telling how pretty and enchanting it was and they were completely right, I actually wish I could have stayed for at least one more day.
Guanajuato is as picturesque as I had seen in pictures, the bright colored houses and cobblestone alleys transport you to another time. One thing that impressed me was that there’s no roads, there’s only 2 or 3 streets that cars can go through and the rest are walkways. The entire road system is underground, what used to be the drainage tunnels and now road tunnels.
Now, here are the top things you must do while you’re there:
- Try to stay within center of town, there’s this one which is very centrally located and has good prices.
- DO the “Callejoneada" with La Estudiantina it’s a group serenade walking throughout the streets and alleys all over town, they take you to specific loations where they narrate and sing about legends of Guanajuato. Very unique experience.
- Dining out is an easy find you’ll see a lot of nice restaurants surrounding the main plaza in front of the Guanajuato Theater. You can’t really go wrong with food, but I will suggest this restaurant and try their “Frida” enchiladas.
- DO the early morning tour because it will take up most of your day, there’s a lot to see and you’ll be hungry by the end of it. The tour I took covered…
• Vista del Pipila
• Museo de Torturas
• Mina La Valenciana
• Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato
and other things in between that I can recall they’re names but I’ll update soon.
It was a sweet and short trip, I enjoyed it very much. Oh and also Guanajuato offers fun nightlife as well, so be ready to go out to a nice club or party your way through some local bars and possibly some karaoke if you’re in the mood.
p.s. The Cervantino Festival is coming up so this might help you to organize your trip. The festival takes place on different spots throughout the city and you might want to book soon because hotels get booked pretty quickly.
Ciao Los Angeles!
Next stop: Mexico City. Stay tuned.
Latching onto summer. #summergroove #4eva
I wanna take you somewhere so you know I care. But it’s so cold and I don’t know where. #tomodell
San Felipe, Baja California Mexico
Memorial Day weekend this year was a trip down to memory lane for me. San Felipe has a lot of my childhood and teen memories, and this short visit was such a nice refresher.
We were very surprised on how uncrowded it was, which was great for us. We practically had the beach to ourselves, it was quiet, the weather was amazing, the ocean water was just at the right temperature. So yeah, we spent a lot of time in the ocean and overall just relaxed all weekend.
Now some tips…
We rented a campground called “(will get back to you on this one)” that charged 40 bucks per car (we took 1 car) so we payed 40 bucks per night. They had clean bathrooms and showers, nothing fancy but it was perfect for what we needed. You can also have a bonfire on your campground, so we had our very own and it was fun. San Felipe’s little town was only 15 min drive from were we where.
We visited a beautiful and impressive cacti sanctuary very close from the campground called “The Valley of the Giants” “El Valle de los Gigantes”. Giant cactuses surround that part of the dessert and it’s just so breathtaking in person. I strongly suggest you visit. Oh, yeah you pay 10 bucks per car to get in.
On our way back home we stopped in the little town and had some delicious fish tacos from this place called “Rice and Beans” pretty straight forward huh. Anyways, this place is loved by the locals. They’re located on the main street that runs along the strip.
This mini getaway was just a bliss. Much needed and very well deserved.