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 colourful 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 34 miles away
- The Colonial Cities 35 miles away
- Querétaro 63 miles away
- Morelia 91 miles away
- Mexico City 176 miles away
- Teotihuacán 180 miles away
- Cuernavaca 196 miles away
- Taxco 201 miles away
- Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo 235 miles away
- Puebla 241 miles away
- Puerto Vallarta 259 miles away
- Costalegre 278 miles away
- Pacific Coast 287 miles away