Guanajuato, its name deriving from the Tarascan Quanax-Huato, meaning "Place of Frogs", is situated in a narrow gorge surrounded by stunning scenery.
It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 and is well-known for its colorful and beautiful colonial buildings. For centuries Guanajuato was the wealthiest city in Mexico due to the activity of the gold and silver mines.
You can explore the city on foot along cobblestone streets and through tunnels as you visit various parks and squares, where you’ll find outdoor mime performances and other street artists.
International Cervantes Festival
If you’re in Guanajuato during the last week of October, you can enjoy the International Cervantes Festival, Mexico’s most important cultural event, which offers live music, theatrical and dance performances, and much more.
Monumento al Pipila
For fantastic panoramic views of the city, the Monumento al Pipila is well worth a visit — this monument is dedicated to Pipila, Guanajuato's very own Independence hero.
Guanajuato is also the birthplace of Diego Rivera, Mexico's famous muralist.
Map of Guanajuato
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Places near Guanajuato
- San Miguel de Allende 54 kilometers away
- The Colonial Cities 55 kilometers away
- Querétaro 101 kilometers away
- Morelia 147 kilometers away
- Mexico City 283 kilometers away
- Teotihuacán 289 kilometers away
- Cuernavaca 315 kilometers away
- Taxco 324 kilometers away
- Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo 377 kilometers away
- Puebla 388 kilometers away
- Puerto Vallarta 417 kilometers away
- Costalegre 447 kilometers away
- Pacific Coast 461 kilometers away