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What to do in Guanajuato & San Miguel de Allende

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Guanajuato is a university town with a world-famous yearly cultural festival that takes over the entire city. San Miguel de Allende is an international artists’ enclave and budding gastronomical center. Both are UNESCO world heritage sites that played key roles in Mexico’s War of Independence. Charming towns with brightly colored buildings and cobblestoned streets, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende are must-see stops in Mexico’s colonial heartland.
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Av. Benito Juárez 212, Zona Centro, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
One of my favorite parts about Guanajuato, Mexico was exploring the colorful cobblestone alleys and stumbling upon tiny cafes and incredible viewpoints. A guide told me that the government sponsored a program to help beautify the city with bright...
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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
Buy fresh fruit in the market in San Miguel... there is so much to taste and everything is fresh. Ask a vendor about something you don't recognize, they will likely cut it open for you to taste and if you visit the same seller regularly you are...
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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
There are traveling family circuses all around Mexico. I was in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in April 2012, and I saw a pink Big Top set up on the outskirts of town. I strolled over in the middle of the afternoon, wandered around, and was...
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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
Food in Mexico is far more diverse than many know. Avoid the expensive tourist spots and hit the back roads and the inner market stalls of San Miguel. The fruits are fresh, the grills are sizzling, the beers are cold, and the atmosphere is so much...
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Av. Benito Juárez 212, Zona Centro, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
We awoke to church bells, dog barks, and people moving through the streets. Hotel Antigua Vapor may not be the best place to sleep in, but its location right in the center of Guanajuato, Mexico, makes it great for listening to the rhythm of daily...
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Campanero 4 Puente, Del Campanero, Zona Centro, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
Near the old entrance to the city, I discovered my favorite cafe in Guanajuato. Santo Cafe is perched on a bridge that mirrors those that top the underground roads. The restaurant has a huge menu of breakfasts (eggs every style including...
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37800 Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico
This has to be the most colorful thing I've ever seen in a cemetery. In the town of Dolores Hidalgo in central Mexico, singer José Alfredo Jiménez (1926-1973), "El Rey," is memorialized by this sombrero-and-serape tomb. The names of some of his...
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Zona Centro, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
After the third person recommended Bar Incendio with a chuckle, we had to check it out. "It's a real Mexican bar," they would say. But on our first two attempts, the bar was closed (we discovered that "real Mexicans" close shop at 11 p.m.) Our...
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Calle 28 de Septiembre 109B, Zona Centro, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
For less than $2, you can take a quick funicular ride to the Pipila Monument to get this top-of-the-world view of Guanajuato, Mexico. We arrived just after sunset, when lights were flickering across the colorful city. There were people around, but...
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Awesome hot spring pools just outside the city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. There are cold, warm and hot pools as well as a steam room down a long stone watery tunnel! A great way to spend a day!
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Nemesio Diez 11, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
Rosewood Hotel in San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful (and pricey) place to stay right in the heart of San Miguel. But even if you're not a guest, it's well worth a visit to its restaurant, 1826, which is named after the year the town adopted the...
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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
So clean, so calm, so beautiful. San Miguel may not have world known attractions but what it does have is worth experiencing.
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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
November 2 is one of the most important days on the Mexican calendar - and one of the most colorful for visitors. With history dating back to the Mayans and Aztecs, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an extravagant celebration of life. All...
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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
You simply cannot get food like this in the tourist bars... If you are visiting San Miguel de Allende, Mexico the first thing you need to do is get yourself OUT of the main square. Find the market, head for the center of it and eat your heart out....