For the 200th anniversary of the independence of Mexico, we were given 4 days off!  Cynthia, Alixe and I went to Guanajuato to visit this city described by many as ‘’the nicest city in Mexico’’.  I have to say that I agree with this statement!

Guanajuato is a colonial town, loaded with history from the 1800s.  There are only two major roads where cars and traffic can navigate.  The rest of the city is composed of underground tunnels (for circulation) and hundreds of tiny, curvy pedestrian roads.  The city is at an altitude of 2100m, but located at the bottom of a valley & surrounded by nice mountains all around.

To get there from Torreon, we took a luxury ETN bus to Leon, and another bus to Guanajuato.  It took us approximately 12 hours total to do the journey.  We got to Guanajuato on the morning of September 15th 2010, the day of the bicentenarial of Mexico.  The city was decorated with Mexican colors and the parade had nothing fantastic, but it was a great way to see locals expressing their pride and respect to Hidalgo (he started the independence movement) See pics here.




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We drank amazing Michelada and took the funicular up town.  We visited the mommy museum (yes, they have the smallest mommy in the world: a new born baby).  We ate great Mexican food, and ate in trendy cafés (Guanajuato is a university town).  The city was a great getaway from Torreon, as it has a nice European flavour with its narrow streets and many colorful houses.


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We stayed at Casa de Pita and this hostel was a real gem.  For less than 70$ a night (breakfast included)
–high season-, this was a real deal.  The room was up a tiny pleasant street, with a nice plaza at the end looking over a mountain.  The style was like a B&B, but with more freedom and you didn’t feel you were actually in someone’s house.

Definitively a city to visit while you are in Mexico!

My top 4 cities in Mexico: (not in any specific order)
Mexico City, Guanajuato
Zacatecas, Guadalajara