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Guanajuato City: know before you go

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Guanajuato is a city that packs a punch with its colourful streets, rich history, and vibrant culture. It’s a place where you can wander through alleys bursting with life, explore ancient mines, and get lost in museums that tell the stories of the past.

Here's what you need to know to get the most out of your trip to Guanajuato, as well as practical tips on when to visit, where to stay, and how to spend your time in this lively city.

Buildings on the hills of Guanajuato City at sunset.

Practical information

What is the best time to visit Guanajuato?

The golden ticket to Guanajuato is timing your visit between October and November. Why? Imagine witnessing a city bursting with life during the Cervantino Festival, one of Latin America's biggest celebrations of arts and culture. Plus, the weather is just perfect - not too hot, not too cold, making your exploration of the city’s countless wonders as comfortable as can be.

How many days do you need in Guanajuato?

Guanajuato is like a fine tequila; you want to savour it, not rush through it. Give yourself at least 4 to 5 days. This sweet spot allows you to meander through the historic city centre, delve into the mines, get lost in the museums, and still have time to sit back and watch life go by in one of the many vibrant plazas.

Is it safe to travel to Guanajuato right now?

Absolutely, Guanajuato remains one of the safest cities in Mexico. Like with any travel, just keep your wits about you. Embrace the local customs, and respect the city’s rhythms, and you’ll find Guanajuato as welcoming as a warm embrace. Always check the latest travel advisories, but don’t let unwarranted fears dim the colourful lights of Guanajuato.

Colourful buildings lining a street in Guanajuato City, Mexico.

Where to stay in Guanajuato City

When it comes to finding the perfect place to stay in Guanajuato, you're spoiled for choice with an array of charming neighbourhoods and accommodations to suit every taste and budget. Another one of the many reasons to visit Guanajuato. Here are some of the best areas to consider for your stay:

Historic Center

If you want to be in the heart of the action, the Historic Center is the place to be. Here, you'll find a wealth of colonial architecture, bustling plazas, and iconic landmarks within walking distance. Immerse yourself in the city's vibrant atmosphere and enjoy easy access to museums, restaurants, and shops.

Stay at La Casona de Don Lucas

Callejón del Beso (Alley of the Kiss)

For a romantic getaway, consider staying in the charming Callejón del Beso neighbourhood. Legend has it that couples who kiss on the third step of the narrow alley will enjoy seven years of happiness together. Whether or not you believe in the legend, you'll fall in love with the quaint cobblestone streets and cozy cafes that line this picturesque alley. 

Stay at Hotel Boutique Casa de las Manrique

La Valenciana

If you prefer a quieter retreat away from the hustle of the city centre, La Valenciana is a great choice. Located just a short drive from the city centre, this peaceful neighbourhood offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and easy access to attractions like the La Valenciana Church and the Valenciana Mine.

Stay at Casa Estrella de la Valenciana Hotel Boutique

San Javier

For those seeking luxury accommodations and upscale amenities, San Javier is the place to be. This exclusive neighbourhood boasts elegant hotels, boutique shops, and gourmet restaurants, providing a luxurious retreat for discerning travellers. 

Stay at Departamentos San Javier Guanajuato


Travelling on a budget? Consider staying in the Embajadoras neighbourhood, where you'll find affordable guesthouses, hostels, and budget-friendly accommodations. As well as being one of the cheaper places to visit in Mexico, Embajadoras offers easy access to the city centre and a vibrant atmosphere that's perfect for budget-conscious travellers.

Stay at Villa Sueño Azul B&B

Theater San Diego Church and the El Pipila Statue in Guanajuato, Mexico

A short Guanajuato itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Historic Center Exploration

Upon arrival, dive straight into Guanajuato's historic centre. Marvel at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato, wander through the colourful streets and delve into the history at the Museo de las Momias. End your day by enjoying the lively ambience at Jardín de la Unión.

Day 2: Cultural Immersion

Start your day with a visit to the iconic Teatro Juarez, then explore the Diego Rivera House Museum to admire the works of the famous Mexican muralist. Experience the atmosphere of Mercado Hidalgo and end your day with a traditional callejoneada at Plaza de la Paz.

Day 3: Day Trip to San Miguel de Allende

Take a day trip to the picturesque town of San Miguel de Allende. Explore its charming cobblestone streets, visit Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, and immerse yourself in the town's vibrant arts scene. Return to Guanajuato in the evening.

Day 4: Nature and Relaxation

Spend your last day in Guanajuato reconnecting with nature. Visit nearby attractions such as the Cañada de la Virgen archaeological site or hike to the enchanting La Bufa viewpoint for panoramic views of the city. In the evening, unwind with a leisurely dinner and reflect on your unforgettable Guanajuato adventure.

Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato cathedral and Plaza de la Paz in Guanajuato City, Mexico

One day in Guanajuato

If you only have one day Guanajuato or you're visiting for a day trip, here's how to spend your time.

Start your day with a leisurely breakfast at one of the local cafés. Then, make your way to the Mercado Hidalgo for some souvenir shopping. Dive into history at the Alhóndiga de Granaditas, and don’t miss the panoramic view from the Pipila monument.

In the afternoon, wander through the Alley of the Kiss and then relax in the Jardín de la Unión with a coffee, watching street performers. Cap it off with a night tour of the haunted Callejón del Beso, if you dare.

Every turn, every cobblestone street in Guanajuato has a story to tell, and even a single day lets you in on those tales.

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Last Updated 3 April 2024

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