Dating back 500 years and paid for with Spanish silver, 16th century Guanajuato is one of Mexico’s most stunning cosmopolitan centers, and also one of it’s most overlooked. In May, we’re heading to this UNESCO World Heritage Site for a long weekend of exploration, delicious eating, stimulating entertainment, and more.
Join us in our designer home above the city, with epic views across Guanajuato’s glittering night sky. Up a narrow set of winding stairs carved into the hills, it’s the perfect homebase for three days of wandering the city at your own pace, with local, delightful, optional activities sprinkled in throughout for your enjoyment.
Long tunnels, ancient mummies, and vibrant nightlife
From silver mining roots to a thriving art scene
Set deep into a valley, built on a series of tunnels, with narrow and winding streets in many cases impassable to vehicles, Guanajuato is a picturesque, lovely Mexican cosmopolitan center, with the feeling of a smaller town and the pulse of an exciting city.
At it’s heart, Guanajuato is a college town, and in the center of the city stands a steep, long set of stairs leading up to the university, established in 1732. Walking through the streets, you’ll find mariachi bands singing at full volume, flyers for theater performances, and open doors leading you into inviting cantinas for a cold beer.
Walk up the cobblestone alleys and you’ll find the local baseball stadium, the world famous Museo de las Momias, and delightful restaurants and bars featuring traditional and modern Mexican and international cuisine.
At the base of the valley
In the center of town, spend an afternoon jotting notes in your journal amidst the landscaping of the Jardin de la Union, or drink a michelada in Plaza de la Paz, set in the shadow of the Basílica Colegiata de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato. It’s a perfect city for strolling.
What we’ll do (aka a rough itinerary)
May 24th to May 27th, 2019
$650 per person
From our home base of shared accommodation in the center of town, up a narrow alley, we’ll explore the city. Each day will offer at least one communal activity, combined with free time to experience Guanajuato at your own pace, plus ample opportunity to see the city by night - restaurants, cantinas, nightclubs, and more.
Our home in Guanajuato
Our homebase is a house up a narrow alley, above the Jardin de la Union and it’s collection of bars and restaurants. The view from the expansive deck stretches out over the entire city, and it’s the perfect spot for a sunset tea or cocktail after a full day of exploration.
Sites around town
From El Pipila, a statue perched above the city (and incidentally, an excellent place to catch an afternoon michelada), you can see the entire city, from Hidalgo Market, filled with food stalls and local wares for sale, to the baseball stadium and it’s homemade chicharron sandwiches. A long weekend is there perfect amount of time to experience Guanajuato’s charms.
We’ll be based in Guanajuato, Mexico.
A Long Weekend in Guanajuato
May 24th to May 27th, 2019
$650 per person, per leg
Experience Start: City of Guanajuato, arrive anytime before 7pm on Friday, May 24th, 2019 (including early morning arrivals on Friday, to accommodate red-eye flights the previous night)
Experience End: City of Guanajuato, depart anytime after 10am on Monday, May 27th, 2019
your spot in our home above the city (double occupancy, ie, you’ll be sharing a room), filled with snacks and beverages for the weekend
1-2 optional activities per day: think museums, guided city walks, tickets to a baseball game.
A welcome dinner on Thursday evening at one of Guanajuato’s most exciting restaurants, and another dinner on Saturday evening
transportation to/from Leon Airport (BJX)
Guanajuato is approximately 30 kilometers from Leon International Airport (BJX). A licensed taxi from the airport costs approximately $25 USD - before the trip, coordinate with fellow Bolt members traveling to split the cost of the journey.
The city of Guanajuato is approximately 1.5 hours from San Miguel de Allende. The two cities complement each other well, and if you have extra time, consider a visit to San Miguel; we can also help you arrange transport on Friday or Saturday.