Already at dusk we have set a route to the last city that will house us from a State of which we can only have good words for everything that has offered and contributed these days. !! We start !!
Today we are going to use the microbus (except the first destination) to be able to move to different places around the city. And is that Guanajuato is much more than its Historic District, where its main colonial buildings are concentrated
Guanajuato emerged in the 16th century when the first veins of gold and silver were discovered in its subsoil. At that time, mining grew rapidly to overcome the importance of the most prosperous sites such as Zacatecas, and become one of the most important cities not only in Mexico but in the world, providing Spain with a higher percentage of silver than any other place. Today, its mining boom has given rise to other activities such as tourism or numerous festivals. Here we go ...
We are going to propose 5 things to do in Guanajuato in addition to going up to the Pílipa, eating mining enchiladas in the Hidalgo Market or participating in an alley with students that we did these days.
WHAT TO DO IN GUANAJUATO: Get to know the best museums in the State
And among them the inside the Regional Museum of the Alhóndiga de Granaditas,which we passed yesterday near its exteriors and that represents a symbol, since in 1810, it was a fortress for the Spanish troops and under the command of Miguel Hidalgo, José de los Reyes Martínez (nicknamed El Pípila) achieved a great victory.
Its exterior still reflects on its facade the deterioration caused by the assault inside.
And how did this happen? Why is Pipila a hero? It turns out that without fear, he tied a large stone on his back so that the bullets did not reach him and opened between the Spanish defenses burning the doors of the fortress.
Today, the interior is an imposing neoclassical work that represents the good times of the 18th century, a revolutionary symbol of the sovereignty and freedom of the Mexican nation. The museum has numerous rooms, some of them to pay tribute to its heroes, others to exhibit Mexican artistic works, and many of history, culture and ceramics even from pre-Hispanic periods.
This old "grain store" or market, even safeguards a replica of the independence bell.
WHAT TO DO IN GUANAJUATO: Visit a mine
Both talk about the mining of Guanajuato and we have not yet delved into the origin of its settlement. A few km north, and taking advantage of the previous visit, is theBocamina of San Cayetano, today tourist and open to the public.
There are about 23 mines in the entire area, but only 3 active (Tasting Mine, Striped Mine and Valencian Mine). In San Cayetano we went down almost 70 meters deep to be able to observe in detail the work that was done here
Before, in its main rooms, we can see models and photos of the importance of this place, as well as some example of how silver was extracted from the stones obtained. This vein, 80 meters deep, has been the largest that Mexico has ever given to such an extent that at some point its extraction accounted for 75% of the silver that circulated around the world, which is said soon.
The visit gives all the details of how this type of underground life works, which really seems to be a true city buried in its time, and where more than 4000 people worked in shifts. Those who worked in it got 8 reais in return (in the field just 2) and allowed the family to have a certain purchasing power ... in exchange for dying young (they entered at 16 and died at 25-30 because of the silica talcs that breathed)
The landscape and gardens that contextualize this place are also worth admiring. Of course, are you ready to go up and down stairs?
A little later, on the road and by surprise, we find the buttresses of the Guadalupe mine, a true constructive show in the middle of nowhere. (!! Paraaa Boniii !! !! Paraaaa !!)
WHAT TO DO IN GUANAJUATO: The Valencian Temple
Dedicated to San Cayetano, and built in 1788, it was erected as thanks to the wealth found in its mining site on the hillside of the same name
We are facing a magnificent temple, really spectacular, churrigueresque style and pink quarry as we saw some these days. The artistic value of the building starts from its domes, its doors carved from fine wood, its interior (pulpit, its restored organ or its oils)
It also highlights its most modern baptismal font, from the 19th century, which does not correspond to the style of the temple but is well worth contemplating.
WHAT TO SEE IN GUANAJUATO: Cerro del Cubilete
Leaving the northern part of the city and going about 15 km to the west, we find the highest hill in the State of Guanajuato with 2,579 meters high, one of those essential places to visit if or if.
The main claim is in an imposing bronze statue 20 meters high Christ the King looking at the city of León that awaits us tonight and that was erected in 1950 replacing the bombed during the Cristero War (an anti-Catholic uprising)
This hill also contains one of the historically most important religious sanctuaries in Mexico and its basilica, shaped like a globe, receives thousands of pilgrims annually, right Boni (our driver)?
It has also given us the time to eat here, which is not a bad area to pass, since there are enough places to eat one of the best typical Mexican foods we have tried. And it is full of stands.
A kind of fidegua, quesadillas, and many more typical dishes in a place as pure rustic as possible, is our menu today.
It is very advisable to try the coffee of pota, which although it looks more like a jug than a "well" is really delicious.
WHAT TO DO IN GUANAJUATO: Parque Guanajuato Bicentenario
Did you know that Guanajuato means "mountainous place of frogs"? It is one of the details with which I have stayed after our passage through a park that combines thematic pavilions with guest pavilions, which deal with the history and culture of Mexico.
In the purest "expo" style, we begin a walk through different pavilions, starting with the pavilion of "a walk through the history of Mexico" that offers an experiential tour where to learn different historical moments of Mexican Independence or Revolution and also for its exteriors , to pass to others as "50 photos that changed the world of National Geographic ...
... or the "Climate Change 390 PPM" where we see strange aquatic animals that are said to be found in the vicinity of León or the ancient Mammoths already extinct.
Today I admit that if I am much more tired than the previous days. However, we have already been on a route full of picturesque places for two weeks.RELATED NOTE: The last 3 days I will publish them in "live", because tomorrow we have a gala dinner and it would be impossible, so on my return I put the updated newspaper.
Guanajuato, the one we have known deeply, is left behind and now Leon receives us. Meanwhile ... Good evening Leon!
Isaac (and all #AllMexicoTrip), from León (Mexico)