Guanajuato – Mexico’s Kaleidescope of Colors

Seeing the small colorful houses dotted along the mountainside is enough to get you excited about what you’ll discover in Guanajuato. This extremely small city is located in central Mexico and is bursting with charm and character. With tales galore and an unrivaled history, you’ll be glad you took the time to explore a place very few tourists go.

Here are some of the things you’ll love about Guanajuato:

Callejon del Beso (Alley of the Kiss)

It’s hard to find and you’ll likely get lost in the twisting maze of alleys. However, this romantic alley of the most famous kiss is well worth it. One of the neighborhood children will tell you the right spot to stand in and for a nominal fee they’ll tell you the legendary tale, far better than we could.

Callejon del Beso (Alley of the Kiss)

Mines

Guanajuato started as a silver mining city. The mine in Valenciana was opened in the 1600s and shut down after the Mexican Revolution. It reopened in 1968 and is still operational today. Right outside the entrance is a temple that is evidence of the wealth of the mine. Step inside to view the ornate interior and you’ll see why.

mine in Valenciana

Miner’s Enchiladas

A reference to the area’s mining history, Miner’s Enchiladas is the specialty dish. They are prepared with a fried tortilla filled with cheese and chicken and topped with potatoes and carrots and served in a guajillo sauce. You can find them just about anywhere in the city and they are a must try.

Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato

The mummies of Guanajuato were an accident. In the 1860s, families buried their loved ones in a crypt. When a few people defaulted on an imposed burial tax, the crypts were opened to remove the bodies of the people whose families couldn’t pay. What they found was that the bodies had inadvertently become mummified. The sight caused quite a stir and people started paying workers to see the bodies. In 1968, the city finally opened a museum where visitors can now view 59 of the mummies.

Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato

Underground roads and tunnels

Guanajuato is not that big and the entire city is walkable. However, make sure you’re able to get in a car at some point and drive through one of the many underground tunnels. This network of roadways are paved with cobblestone and the organization of the network is similar to a major city’s subway system.

Underground roads and tunnels in Guanajuato

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Roxanne or Roxy, founder of Luxe In A City, was nominated as one of the Top 5 Luxury Travel Bloggers by the readers of USA Today. Aside from overseeing this luxury travel blog, she spends her time teaching how to perfect the feeling of luxury to authentic niche brands while traveling the world with her family.
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