Thursday, June 13, 2024

A Few Days In The City Of Guanajuato

We decided to take advantage of our time here in Central Mexico and visit the city of Guanajuato.  We know many places in Mexico but only through work trips; airports, hotels, universities and teacher conferences.  

We found a great Airbnb.  It's a full 3 bedroom 2 bath house in a gated community.  It is so large that it has two strip malls and two OXXO stores.  Homes are well kept but it's not an upper-class neighborhood.

A great terrace with lighting.  We had a great happy hour last night.  It reminds us of the work we have pending on our roof terrace in SMA!

We headed out around 10 a.m. Our check-in was 3 p.m. but they graciously changed it to 1:30.  The drive was very relaxing and only an hour and a half.  Beautiful countryside.  This jerk in what I think might be a Lamborgini, came up on me at about 160 km or more racing in and out of the curves.  I thought for sure he was going to bump me.  He was so close I could see his teeth.  His girlfriend or wife was freaking out.  

Coming into Guanajuato we drove directly to the Centro Historico.  Wow, what a great place.  We found a parking spot, there are many free that you can find right away.  The tunnel system that runs under the city can be confusing and you lose your GPS signal.  After parking we started walking and the first stop was the first church we crossed paths with.

Iglesia de la Compañia

Off we went walking!

The theater of the City is under renovation.

A ride on the cable car or teleferico.  Here they call it funicular!  15 pesos each way for seniors.

On the top of the teleferico is a huge statue dedicated to Pipila.  There is also a statue of Pipila in the intersection of the libramiento and Ancha San Antonio in San Miguel de Allende.  During the initial insurgency for Independence, It is said that Pipila carried a huge stone on his back to protect him from and bullets as he set the main gates of the fort on fire where Spanish soldiers were held up with their silver.  Pipila worked in the silver mines and later died there from gases that had accumulated.

Looking up at Pipila at night.

One of many callejones in Guanajuato where people take tours or callejoneadas, learn a bit of history, and sip on tequila.

Our Airbnb is located about 15 minutes by car from the center of town.  We would have difficulty finding a safe 24-hour parking spot and if we did it would be more expensive.  Off we go today to a museum, a turibus ride, and hopefully to see the mummies.

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