Tuesday morning it was time to leave San Miguel de Allende and move on to Guanajuato. That trip turned out to be pretty simple! We walked out our door, dragging our suitcases and walked down to the main drag, literally 7 minutes (down, 15 back up Vivi says). We flagged down a taxi to take us to the bus station, but then asked him how much to take us directly to Guanajuato … 600 pesos and the deal was made. Off we went. Things were super easy until we got into Guanajuato and it became apparent that our driver had never been into the big city of Guanajuato. Thankfully he had no problem flagging down any and all pedestrians to ask for directions to “Teatro Principal”. Eventually, many tunnels later, we found it, much to his relief but I think he was a bit worried about getting out of the maze.
Guanajuato is built with most of its road system underground, in tunnels that were formerly underground rivers. Above ground there are very narrow streets, single lane with SUPER skinny sidewalks, single file if you are thin. I don’t know how anybody builds a house here, or even buys a new fridge. Very few roads, with all the houses built up on the hillsides, and only narrow pathways or stairs to get to them.
We took a few photos of our path down to the centro, just so we could find our way back through the maze!
This is the University of Guanajuato – 25,000 students here really give the whole area that student buzz.
The view from our balcony at Guanajuato.
The buildings are colourful, and just beautiful – every street is so pretty. A really clean city as well.
After our long hike UP UP UP to the mummy museum we stopped for a coffee, hot chocolate and pastry ….. Wilson was a little disconcerted to realize that glass in the floor beside him was a view of the tunnels and road system below the city.
Our living room (salon) in Guanajuato, and yes, another night of salsa and guacamole before going out for dinner.
Basilica interior – the churches are often very ornate, but this was incredible. . . chandeliers everywhere and absolutely stunning. A real sense of the wealth behind the Catholic church, yet incredibly peaceful.
Honestly, sorry, can’t remember the name of this artist, but impressionist art is a bit lost on me ….
However, this one of his we both loved.
These would have made amazing prints to purchase and take away, but there weren’t any for sale.
On Thursday morning we say Hasta la vista to Guanajuato and fly from Leon to Puerta Vallarta, and from there to beach life at Chacala, where Casa Monarca awaits us …..