Christmas in Mexico: what to do in Guanajuato

After Christmas (which for us it’s Christmas Eve), we went exploring in beautiful Guanajuato and San Miguel. (see part one here). Here are some pictures as well as a mini guide on what to do if you’re visiting!

Guanajuato is a small city is about 30-40 minutes away from Leon. To tell you the truth, it’s my favorite. In addition to so much culture, Guanajuato feels like you’re going back in time with cobblestone streets, a spot at a cafe for that late afternoon coffee, comedians acting out shows for tips in front of an old theatre, and mariachi’s playing outside while you walk around the square at night. It has such a relaxed vibe and so, so romantic.

Since the town is small, you could spend 3-4 days here and feel like you’ve covered all of its greatness. It reminds me a bit like Siena in Italy. This city has my heart. If looking for a romantic, anniversary trip, check this city out.

Main attractions: El PipilaCallejon del BesoTeatro Juarez and Callejoneadas

Guanajuato

guanajuato food
so much delicious food! Above: corn (elote) served hot and either on the cob or in a cup with cream, cheese and lime; watermelon/jicama/bacon salad; fresh cut fruit in a bag with lime and chili
guanajuato attractions
left to right: block in the main square where you can write your “wishes” for the new year to the three kings with chalk; stealing a kiss at the callejon del beso (a romeo and juliet story)
El Pipila
View from El Pipila, a historic story of heroism during the Mexican War of Independence

I am in love with this town. My mom was born here and I can tell when we go visit it, she feels at home. There is so much culture and history here that it’s hard not to fall in love with it.

Stay tuned for the last part, San Miguel in this series. It involves churros, pozole and meeting Mackelmore!

14 thoughts on “Christmas in Mexico: what to do in Guanajuato

    • Absolutely! You really should put it on your list to check out. Grab a couple of nights in a boutique hotel on the square and walk around all day. it’s the life I tell ya 🙂

    • Mexico is so colorful to begin with it’s hard not to notice it. From the streets to even the food, color is incorporated into everything. When i was little my mom used to do a tradition with the three kings that I’ll never forget. This idea about the chalk and messages is something I may need to start incorporating.

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