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Welcome to Guanajuato in Mexico!

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Guanajuato is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District or Mexico DF, comprise the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. It is divided in 46 municipalities and its capital city is also called Guanajuato however, the largest city in the state is Leon. Guanajuato is just one of over 60 official online guides covering the whole of Mexico. If you´re planning a trip to Mexico and would like discover our fabulous nation before visiting or, if you´d like to visit a specific place in Mexico, then you´ve come to the right place.

Guanajuato is located in the North-Central Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Zacatecas to the northwest, Jalisco to the west, San Luis Potosi to the north, Queretaro to the east and Michoacan to the south, the state covers an area of just over 30,000 km².

Guanajuato is sandwiched between the arid north of the country and the greener south, and it is part of the Volcanic Belt called the Trans Mexican fault, the Sierra Madre Oriental and the Mexican Plateau. Guanajuato is one of Mexico´s most popular places, visited by millions of people over the last decade. When you travel to Guanajuato you may wish to check out the Guanajuato hotels we have available or maybe you´d like to rent a car in Guanajuato? We also offer extensive Festival events in Guanajuato. This unique place has simply amazing things to see. We´ve also compiled a list of Travel books on Guanajuato Mexico.

It was initially founded by the Spanish conquistadors in the 1520s mainly to exploit the abundant mineral deposits available near the now capital city of Guanajuato, however places such as the Bajio region later became important for agriculture and livestock due to their plentiful grazing lands and perfect temperature for farm animals. Traditional mainstays of the state’s economy include Mining and agriculture, but today, about thirty percent of Guanajuato’s GDP is derived from industry, which includes raw metal working, automobile manufacturing, leather items, mass market processed foods and clothing manufacturing.

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Guanajuato is home to numerous historically relevant cities, especially those along the, now famous “Bicentennial Route”, which follows the path of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s insurgent army at the start of the Mexican War of Independence. For those interested in Mexico’s rich history the Bicentennial Route begins at Dolores Hidalgo, and traverses though the Sanctuary of Atotonilco, San Miguel de Allende, Celaya and the capital city of Guanajuato. Other significant cities in the state include Leon, the most populated and the city of Irapuato.

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Whether you are visiting Guanajuato in Mexico to see the Festival, for business, pleasure or both, we´re sure that Guanajuato will meet all of your expectations and that the people of Guanajuato will make you feel welcome while sampling some of the unique cuisine on offer in the Guanajuato Restaurant districts.

Festival Internacional Cervantino

Festival Internacional Cervantino Guanajuato

On a Cultural standpoint, the state is most famous for its annual Festival Internacional Cervantino, which is held in the city of Guanajuato along with some other associated venues around the state of Guanajuato. The Festival Internacional Cervantino sponsors a group of artistic and cultural activities with artists invited from other states and cities of Mexico along with renowned artists from around the world. Visitors can see free shows of opera, theater productions, movies, art & craft exhibitions, academic conferences and discussions, musical concerts with local and national bands and even learn a few steps of local dance moves. The festival is held in no less than 70 different venues throughout the month of October. Tourists are often in awe during the festival when street artists, dancers, clowns and others, give small and impromptu displays on the streets, sidewalks and small plazas of the city which further increase excitement for attendees.

Festival Cervantino Guanajuato

The festival brings thousands of visitors to the city who stroll around the streets, seeing the many historic sights of the city along with the street entertainment. This festival is not to be missed and if you have the opportunity, you should make this a definite trip in the near future. Seldom can cultural history be mixed with such fun on just one trip, however be sure to book in advance because hotel occupancy rates spiral as high as 98% before, during and after the festival.

Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato

Festival Internacional Cervantino is named in honor of Miguel de Cervantes, the world renowned author of Don Quixote. The first ever festival was held in 1972, as short plays performed by University of Guanajuato students based on the works of Cervantes. In 2013, special guests included the state of Puebla Mexico and the country of Uruguay and a special remembrance of Verdi and Wagner. Special presentations also include Arturo Chacón, Italian Barbara Frittoli and piano concertos from Cyprien Katsaris, Abdiel Vázquez and Édison Quintana.

Festival Cervantino cinema Guanajuato

At the same time visitors can see the amazing Festival International Cervantino Callejero (street festival) which is funded by an organization called the Centro Libre de Experimentacion Teatral y Artistica (CLETA). This event unites over 320 performances with socially relevant themes. This tandem event began in 1975, initially inspired by the Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover. Then as a final addition to the celebrations, the Festival Internacional de Cine Expresión en Corto (short movie festival) began in 1997 and today has grown into one of the most important cinematographic events in Mexico.

Festival Cervantino shows Guanajuato

Visitors and tourists are well catered for because most events associated with the festival are situated in the city of Guanajuato and San Miguel Allende so everything is within walking distance, albeit sometimes quite a long time on your feet. As a final interesting twist to the festival, movies are often shown in unusual locations around the city, such as one of Guanajuato’s tunnels under the city or under the stars in the municipal cemetery at midnight. Overall the Festival Internacional Cervantino is a must see event and one you´ll remember for a lifetime.

Guanajuato Tourism

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Guanajuato is immensely popular with Mexican tourists visiting the area due to its historic relevance and past. These make up 95% of the state’s tourists. The rest from other countries but, over the past few years, increased interest from abroad is slowly increasing the amount of international tourists to the state.

Guanajuato ruta de independencia

The three main cities for tourism are of course the capital city of Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo and San Miguel de Allende. The state has about about 75 hotels ranked of three, four or five star standards along with motels and quest house, especially in the historic quarters of the city.

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Guanajuato is visited for its supreme colonial architecture and its role in Mexico’s rich cultural history, particularly during the War of Independence. Likewise, San Miguel has cultural and historical treasures. Both cities have been designated World Heritage Sites and, not without cause. While not a World Heritage Site, Dolores Hidalgo is particularly important as the site as it is where Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla gave the orders called “El Grito” which commenced what is now known as the Mexican War of Independence.

Guanajuato tourism

The state’s tourism sector have set up sightseer routes such as the Ruta de Independencia, Ruta de Aventura (Aventure Route), Ruta Arqueológica (Archeological Route), Ruta de los Conventos (Monastery Route) and Ruta Artesanal (Handcrafts Route), all of which are extremely popular with Mexicans living in Mexico and those Mexicans who live abroad and wish to rediscover their country´s diverse history.

Water parks & Natural Spings

Natural Spings Guanajuato

Guanajuato also has an impressive number of water parks and thermal springs which have been converted into fun water parks for families to enjoy the clean and natural spring waters.

Water parks Guanajuato

To name a few of these you have; Villa Gasco, El Trébol, and Comanjilla near the city of Leon, Caldera Abasolo just outside Irapuato and Abasolo and Los Arcos and Agua Caliente close to Celaya.

Handcrafts Route | Ruta Artesanal

Handcrafts Route guanajuato

The Handcrafts Route or Ruta Artesanal unites a number of interesting municipalities which specialize in specific or numerous handcrafted items, including artisan food produce which is particularly unique and delicious.

Handcrafts Route guanajuato mexico

These include the bread from Acámbaro, wool items from Coroneo and ornate ceramics from Tarancuaro.

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