Mar 14, 2004, 6:23 PM
Post #12 of 15
Guanajuato city, in the state of Guanajuato, is one of our favorite Mexican cities. Yes there are sidewalk cafes, but other Mexican towns have them as well. I like the feel of the town.
The streets are narrow, one way, and extremely confusing. The street layout is actually three dimentional, with subterranean roads and tunnels. The last time I drove into town I hired a taxi driver at the edge of town to lead us to our hotel, easily worth the money to avoid aggravation. Parking is also a problem. If you can't walk there, take a taxi! There are pedestrian-only streets and areas.
Guanajuato is the state capital, has a university, and has many cultural events. We enjoyed the Cervantes festival, but arranged to avoid the weekend during the festival, when the town gets a bit crazy with people from Mexico city.
I usually do not see a lot of foreigners in town, although I have seen more foreigners in the summer months. I understand that the town has American residents, but not a large number of them.
Tourism is a significant local industry. There are many museums in town.
Anyway, Guanajuato is a very interesting town, and may be to your taste if you like the old feel of old cities, and if you like cultural events.
Someone mentioned Zacatecas, another nice town, also a state capitol with a university, and perhaps the best museums in Mexico. We were blown away by the Goitia museum, which is not written up as a must see in the guidebooks. Probably not as many cultural activities as Guanajuato, based on my limited experience. High, can be cold in the winter, we were there after a cold spell that killed a lot of cactus, cracked engine blocks despite antifreeze, turned the streets into skating rinks, etc.