Guanajuato is a beautiful colonial city. For centuries it was the wealthiest in Mexico due to the prodigious quantities of silver and gold mined in the mountains from which it is cradled. The city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, as such, things like traffic lights and neon signs are notably absent. I would not want to drive in this city, with some of the streets barely wider than a volkswagen bug and the labyrinth of tunnels beneath it. There’s no grid so it really is like navigating a maze.
The city is best explored on foot. The streets are alive with activity all hours of the day, and we’re here mid week. This is a popular place for Mexicans to come on vacation and the city also has a vibrant student culture. The colorful buildings with ornate doors and ironwork, Baroque architecture of the churches, and narrow cobblestone streets with steep alleyways up the hillside give the city a romantic European feel. Maybe it’s the Paris of Mexico.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato built between 1671-1696: