What’s occurred to Guanajuato? – The Travels of BBQboy and Spanky

What’s happened to Guanajuato

What’s occurred to Guanajuato?

I’ve all the time stated that Guanajuato was one of the crucial stunning cities I’ve been. A quote from my submit from 2016: “Think about if Guanajuato was in Italy as an alternative of Mexico – there can be 1000’s upon 1000’s of vacationers strolling these streets. Fortunately it’s not”.

In reality, bringing Lissette to Mexico this time round (her first time), I figured Guanajuato was the most secure guess of locations she would fall in love with.

How fallacious I used to be.


What’s happened to Guanajuato


Taking again my “1000’s upon 1000’s” remark

We arrived in Guanajuato, unknowingly, on the final day of The Competition Internacional Cervantino, a competition devoted to Miguel de Cervantes, essentially the most well-known author within the Spanish-language world. Even to say that town was packed like a can of sardines is an understatement – we arrived to see a wall of individuals lining the route between Plaza de la Paz and Jardin de la Union. It was a crowd not like any I had ever seen in Mexico. We determined to skip the middle solely that first day.

The weekend and the competition over, we explored town over the subsequent few days. Though not packed like sardines, I used to be shocked by what number of vacationers there have been within the metropolis. One way or the other this metropolis went from “unknown” (as I’ve seen others write) to “touristy”. I used to be shocked to see Asian tour teams – I’ve seen just a few Asian tour teams in Mexico Metropolis, noticed particular person Asian vacationers in San Miguel de Allende. However to see Asian tour teams in Guanajuato put an emphasis on how standard town has change into. In case your metropolis is on the “Asian tour group circuit” you’re positively not “unknown”.

The underside line is that Guanajuato is now very touristy. I assume it was inevitable contemplating what an attractive place it’s…


What’s happened to Guanajuato



Evenings in Guanajuato: a “shitfest”

I wrote on my submit on Queretaro what a “shitfest” Guanajuato was throughout our keep. One way or the other, out of a 1500-word submit, individuals picked up on my informal remark and obtained upset.

I’ll be particular: evenings had been a shitfest. It didn’t matter the day of the week, each evening it began: loud, drunken yelling and laughing, vehicles taking place the road with their loudspeakers on most (our lodge room would actually shake). The streets had been teeming full and simply strolling down the road was an train in dodging and ducking round individuals.

One individual had responded to my “shitfest” remark by mentioning that Guanajuato is a college city and you could’t anticipate it to be San Miguel de Allende (for instance). Possibly he’s proper: however I didn’t get the impression that these individuals had been college students. It struck me that they had been almost definitely native vacationers coming for a superb time (I’d be curious what individuals residing in Guanajuato must say about that)

In any case, we had booked 3 nights in Guanajuato and actually couldn’t wait to get out.


One of the most beautiful cities in Mexico

colors of Guanajuato

beautiful Guanajuato




Consuming in Guanajuato

I don’t know if I’ve seen a spot in Mexico with as many crappy meals choices as Guanajuato. Over our 3 days we wandered round on the lookout for a decently hygienic restaurant to eat in and most instances didn’t discover something we might wish to contact with a 10-foot pole. We wandered round Plaza San Fernando, Plaza de la Paz, checked out just a few eating places on Benito Juarez. Younger guys would wave soiled menus making an attempt to entice us to enter. Nothing regarded contemporary. This in Mexico the place we normally haven’t any points discovering a pleasant native restaurant to eat in. First rate choices (not less than within the historic middle) appear to be very scarce in Guanajuato. That’s very true if one in all you is a non-meat eater.

A bit annoyed, we discovered just a few choices whereas doing analysis on this meals weblog. It steered us to Enchiladas de Lupe which was excellent: it’s just a bit gap within the wall up a facet road from Plaza de Los Angeles. It’s a household enterprise they usually exit of their means with friendliness. Their Enchiladas Mineras are excellent and once I informed them that Lissette doesn’t eat meat they gave her an entire bunch of extras.


Above: Enchiladas de Lupe


We additionally loved Santo Café for breakfast – it’s a well-liked place and I’ve been right here on earlier visits. But it surely’s good (you’ll almost definitely be ready outdoors a bit if seeking to get a desk).


Santo Café


A standout was a spot we discovered on our personal: Bánh Mì Vietnamese restaurant. Glorious Pad Thai (sure, I do know it’s a Thai dish) and for those who’re on the lookout for non-meat choices they’ve tofu. Very, excellent and it’s unlucky that we solely found it on the final day.



So for those who’re going to Guanajuato and wish some protected selections I like to recommend all of the above.




Guanajuato continues to be stunning

There’s little doubt Guanajuato is gorgeous. It’s beautiful. It’s additionally distinctive and I by no means tire of the bizarre entry (by way of outdated tunnels) into the historic middle. The middle is stuffed with historic buildings and church buildings, buildings are extremely vibrant, and I’ll by no means tire of the views from the Pipila monument.

I nonetheless suppose it’s one of the crucial stunning Mexican cities I’ve visited.  I believe it, for my part*, ranks up there with San Miguel de Allende, Puebla and Zacatecas as Mexico’s most stunning cities.

*I normally like so as to add in “for my part” when making an announcement as a result of I get too many feedback telling me “properly, that’s your opinion!”. If I’m prefacing an announcement with “I believe” then it must be fairly apparent that it’s my subjective opinion. However since there’s a subsection of people that all the time name me out on it, I’ve included an “for my part” simply to make it very clear that sure, any opinion that I opine on this weblog is certainly my opinion…


What’s happened to Guanajuato?

beautiful Guanajuato

What’s happened to Guanajuato?

What’s happened to Guanajuato?



The Maid on “What’s occurred to Guanajuato?”

On day 3 we bumped into the maid within the hallway. We had crossed paths just a few instances going out and in and he or she all the time had a smile on her face. On this event we obtained to speaking and I requested her “What’s occurred to Guanajuato? There’s so many individuals! And why are the eating places so unhealthy?”.

It obtained her ranting on the native authorities and the way they’ve been so targeted on rising tourism that they haven’t actually cared about high quality management or the sorts of vacationers who come to town. She cited the festivals which, in line with her, are placed on to draw vacationers (“we locals disguise at dwelling. Individuals simply come to get drunk, it’s an excessive amount of”). Eating places are unhealthy as a result of persons are out to make a buck, vacationers don’t wish to pay for high quality, and officers don’t care. She stated precisely what we did: that it’s laborious to discover a first rate restaurant, there’s too many individuals and repair can take 45 minutes to an hour. She additionally went on concerning the greed surrounding tourism; “even taxis price an excessive amount of. You shouldn’t pay greater than 80 pesos for a taxi to the bus station however they ask for extra. And since vacationers are prepared to pay it, it may be laborious for an area to get a taxi”.

In order that’s her opinion.


What’s happened to Guanajuato?
Man and his canine (4 pugs, 1 Schnauzer, 1 San Bernard)


What’s happened to Guanajuato?
The underground tunnels that take you to the middle. 


what to see in Guanajuato
Murals within the Museo Regional de Guanajuato


Views in Guanajuato
Reflecting on Guanajuato




Summarizing up Guanajuato

I’ll by no means say “don’t go to Guanajuato”. It’s an attractive metropolis that must be visited. However, having identified what I noticed this time round, I’d have come right here on a day journey from San Miguel de Allende or Dolores Hidalgo. The historic middle of Guanajuato isn’t large – inside 4-5 hours you possibly can stroll a lot of the middle, go to the church buildings and possibly even see a museum (I like to recommend the Museo Regional de Guanajuato).

For those who do wish to in a single day in Guanajuato, I wouldn’t keep greater than 1 evening.

As I sum up within the video “you need to nonetheless go to Guanajuato. But it surely’s not what it was once”.


The video model of this submit



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