A walk through the magical state of Guanajuato

Friday, August 15, 2014

El estado está lleno de joyas arquitectónicas e históricas, como la Parroquia de Dolores Hidalgo.
To discover this state, a good idea is to start with the city of San Miguel Allende, which is 265 kilometers from Mexico City (four hours by road) and was declared by UNESCO in 2008, Cultural Heritage humanity.

Here, beauty is in the street, in the gothic and baroque architecture, which becomes a testimony of stone and brick over the centuries. The houses, buildings and churches (such as San Miguel Archangel Parish) are perfectly preserved and provide the ability to view the splendor of the past in a city that has been foisted (justly) the title of being the most beautiful of Mexico.

Walk around or sit in one of the chairs of the Main Garden City, is a way to take the pulse of this quiet, the tourists who come from around the world (especially Europe and Canada) in search of peace and relaxation. And get them, but with an extra, because in this place there are also art (much).

Just simply visit the factory to check the Aurora. There, where it operated a textile mill until 1991, is where today there are more than 40 galleries and studios where artists of different nationalities exhibit their work and make this area an ideal place to spend an afternoon or morning (the most sites are open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm).

Road to Independence

San Miguel Allende to Dolores Hidalgo has 40 minutes land. Upon arrival, this place that is central to the Mexican story opens, for here the freedom of the country was created and why doing this is to take a look at the birth of Mexico as an independent republic.

Through its monuments, squares and buildings, the events of September 16, 1810 are remembered, when the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla encouraged his people to take up arms and fight the Spanish in what is known as the 'Grito de Dolores, "which took place in the Parish of Our Lady of Sorrows, which still exists and is one of its most important buildings visited not only by tourists but by the presidents of the country to celebrate independence.

But who sing rancheras her lungs are an argument to visit this city (which was also declared a Pueblo Magico for its beauty and history), for in it there is a museum dedicated to the life and work of one of the most admired dolorenses: José Alfredo Jiménez. In this house, on the Guanajuato Avenue n. ° 11 born singer-songwriter. There you can see pictures and objects that belonged and made part of his biography, as well as a beautiful mural artist Octavio Ocampo, in the face of the singer is formed by the images of his friends and those who influenced his career.

And finally, a fixture plan is to test the snows, which are nothing but ice cream come from traditional fruit flavors, even the most unlikely shrimp, tequila, avocado and beer. If you dare, no regrets.

The brightness of the capital

Guanajuato, the state capital name ditto, deserves separate emphasis. Basically, breath through its streets, its architecture, its museums, its history, its activities are stolen. Here the eyes discover something new (and old at the same time) in every blink and therefore was declared in 1988, nothing more, nothing less, heritage of humanity.

This place, which flourished during colonial times for its mineral wealth (gold and silver), is currently a college town that is home to students from around the world and offers a muscular cultural agenda for everyone. There the International Cervantes Festival, which brings together literature, visual arts, theater, cinema and music in an event that is considered as one of the largest in the world and this year will be held in October stands out.

But not only in times of festival art take the city, but this is a permanent resident in Guanajuato.

Just a night out and walk its streets and parks to listen to student music which are tunas ranging from various attractions the city playing their traditional music, in what is known as a 'callejoneada', in which merge his songs with stories and local legends. The plan is a must for anyone who wants to know the soul of this place.

Guanajuato's invitation to all visitors traveling on is that from beginning to end. Transiting through narrow colonial streets (and even network vehicular tunnels that also deserve attention), you are given the opportunity to romance the 'Alley Kiss' (say that if there is one with your partner here will receive seven years good luck), you climb the steps of the University of Guanajuato imposing or give a return to his splendid Teatro Juárez, who admire the city from the observation deck, and down by cable car, who enter her womb in Boca San mine Cayetano (open Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm), and, if they have the stomach, give a look at the famous Mummies of Guanajuato, which are exhibited in a museum and are a spectacle fit only for less impressionable . The city certainly leave you with an open mouth and give away many good

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