Guanajuato

Guanajuato

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Tour a colonial treasure and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Guanajuato is a wonderfully preserved colonial town founded in 1559 and nestled in the shadows of Mexico’s Sierra de Guanajuato mountain range.

Today, touring this UNESCO World Heritage Site is like stepping back in time. Follow narrow cobblestone streets that run up and down the hillsides. Roam around shady plazas dotted with quaint sidewalk cafes, museums, markets and monuments.

Be sure to visit the old La Valencia mine that opened in the mid 1600s and quickly became one of the richest and most productive silver producing mines in the world. Serious money flowed through town in those early days and the nearby San Cayetano Church still stands as an ornate monument to what money can buy and build.

Of course, it’s not alone. The streets of Guanajuato are lined with countless examples of grand neoclassical and baroque architecture. Still, there are plenty simpler charms to be found and VIVA Travel will create the perfect tour package to bring you the best of Guanajuato.

  • Take a stroll down the “Alley of the Kiss,” a lane so narrow couples can kiss from balconies on opposite sides of the street. Go ahead and give it a try.
  • Visit the Don Quixote Museum and take photos by the town’s statue of the legendary windmill fighter.
  • Tour the home of famed Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera, artfully converted into a fantastic museum.
  • Don’t leave without tasting some regional Bajio cuisine, including a VIVA favorite – enchiladas mineras! 
  • Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Guanajuato from a tandem hang glider or on a hot air balloon ride.

Experience one of Mexico’s most authentic colonial cities with VIVA Travel

Climate: 

Temperatures range from 62ºF (16ºC) to 92ºF (33ºC). 

Time Zone: 

Eastern Standard Time, EST, in Cancun; Central Standard Time, CST, in Puerto Vallarta.

Language: 

Spanish is the official language of Mexico. However, many locals are fluent in English. 

Currency: 

Mexican Peso (MXP) and US Dollars (USD) Denominations of $10 USD or less are more convenient.

Electricity: 

110 volts. Most hotels offer converters for 220-volt devices. Many sockets will not accept polarized or three-prong plugs; packing an adapter is recommended. 

Tipping Customs: 

Always check your bill before tipping, as a gratuity is often included. The average restaurant tip is 10-15%. Tip baggage handlers a few dollars per suitcase. 

Safety: 

The hotel zone and city tourist destinations are relatively safe. Be sure to monitor inspections of your luggage at the airport. Still, we recommend exercising caution when traveling off of resort property.

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is available at many hotels and there are numerous hotspots for all your electronic devices. If you wish to use your personal cell phone in Mexico, contact your provider before departing. The cheapest way to call home is with a prepaid card; direct calls from a hotel room are costly.

Smoking: 

Smoking indoors, including in hotel rooms, is prohibited. Smoking in open-air restaurants is sometimes tolerated.

Travel Documentation: 

Visitors from the US do not need a passport to enter Mexico. You may use a birth certificate, voter registration card, citizenship card, or certificate of naturalization. A valid-official photo identification (i.e. driver’s license or identification Issued by a state or official agency) is also required.

Canadian citizens, including those with dual nationality, will be required to present a valid passport in order to enter Mexico. 

Airport: 

Cancun Aeropuerto Internacional (CUN); Ordaz Airport (PVR)

Car Rental: 

Car rental is available at the airports.  Parking is scarce in Puerto Vallarta.  Roads outside the city are often unpaved.

Public Transportation: 

Buses are the easiest and cheapest way to get around. A bus leaves every hour from Cancun Airport to downtown. From the downtown Cancun Bus Terminal, you’ll find regular service to all parts of Mexico.

Taxi service is also available. However, make sure you check the fare before you get in the cab. A list of common fares can usually be found in hotel lobbies. If not, ask the hotel concierge.