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The setup of Guanajuato in a narrow valley among steep hills is to be experienced, to be believed. The city´s indescribable mystery and beauty have the power to enchant any visitor with tales of other times. The hotels and restaurans of Guanajuato are comfortable and modern, always trying to provide all the conveniences of home.
Guanajuato is located in the heart of the so called Bajio (low land) which is in the heart of the Altiplano, the plateau between the Sierra Madre Occidental to the west and the Sierra Madre Oriental to the east. The name, Guanajuato, comes from Qanax'uato, a Tarascan Indian phrase meaning "place of the frogs."


Guanajuato was founded in the 1546 in a great basin of the surrounding Sierra Madre Mountains. It became the world's leading silver extraction centre in the 18th century. This past can be seen in its "subterranean streets" and the "Boca del Infierno", a mineshaft that plunges a breathtaking 600 meters. Most of its small "downtown" resembles the old parts of Paris or London or Madrid. Its churches, La Compañía and La Valenciana, are considered to be among the most beautiful examples of Baroque architecture in Central and South America.
At 2,000 meters above sealevel, one of the pleasant things you will enjoy in Guanajuato is its incredibly clean, clear, dry air as there is no polluting industry.
Guanajuato
Guanajuato
Guanajuato
Guanajuato was founded in the 1546 in a great basin of the surrounding Sierra Madre Mountains. It became the world's leading silver extraction centre in the 18th century. This past can be seen in its "subterranean streets" and the "Boca del Infierno", a mineshaft that plunges a breathtaking 600 meters. Most of its small "downtown" resembles the old parts of Paris or London or Madrid. Its churches, La Compañía and La Valenciana, are considered to be among the most beautiful examples of Baroque architecture in Central and South America.
At 2,000 meters above sealevel, one of the pleasant things you will enjoy in Guanajuato is its incredibly clean, clear, dry air as there is no polluting industry.
     
Guanajuato
Guanajuato
Guanajuato
     
The city itself is an artifact, designated by UNESCO as a "Cultural Treasure of Mankind."
At any time of year there are music, dance and theater performances in Guanajuato. Guanajuato traditions include a highly specialized form of street music. Bands of young musicians in medieval costumes lead visitors up and down and around Guanajuato's steep, narrow cobblestone "callejones" -- lanes impassable to motor vehicles. The repertoire for "callejoneadas," as the musical perambulations are called, include a mix of traditional and contemporary tunes, accompanied by guitars, tambourines and the occasional accordion.
Holy Week in Guanajuato is famous among Mexicans. The city's annual Festival Cervantino, which runs for three weeks in October, is an international celebration with a high budget. This year the festival featured 1,400 artists from 17 countries. Latin America was heavily represented. But performers also came from Europe, Asia, Africa and other parts of North America.

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san migueldeallende
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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, is a beautiful historical colonial city which has a high number of foreigners living here; this creates an interesting atmosphere with lots of cultural activities, artistic exhibitions, and unique handicrafts.
As an almost picture perfect colonial city, San Miguel de Allende traces its roots to the village planned in 1555 as a watch station along the road between Mexico City and the rich silver mines of Zacatecas.
   
   
Subsequently, San Miguel attracted cultural and wealthy noblemen who built impressive palaces. The College of San Francisco de Sales was founded in 1734 and served as a political think tank where major ideas and policy for the battle for Independence from Spain were developed. Nowadays the city has a unique life style, an artistic & cultural ambience, and a wonderful climate year round making it a favorite tourist destination and retirement heaven. The 2 major international airports of México City and El Bajío in León are close by, and make San Miguel de Allende even more attractive to visitors.
   
pastel colored colonial buildings
   
San Miguel de Allende has also became an arts and crafts production center supplying national and international markets and has several excellent arts and cultural educational centers very well known worldwide and helped San Miguel de Allende to be named one of the 20 most visited cities in the world by several tourist magazines in the United States and Europe. Today's San Miguel remains a peaceful artist's colony with cobble-stoned streets, pastel colored colonial buildings with flower filled patios and an air of tranquility that stimulates the mind and pleases the soul. chitzen itza



Léon, Guanajuato
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As an mono-industrial city, Leon has flourished and gained a world-wide reputation for quality craftsmanship in shoe manufacturing. In spite of its enterprising spirit, Leon retains much of its colonial roots with splendid flower laden and tree lined streets. In addition, Leon has matured as an important sports minded city with developed facilities for its citizens and various stadiums to support local teams.
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The city of Zacatecas is located in the central part of the Mexican Republic in the state with the same name
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The city of Zacatecas is located in the central part of the Mexican Republic in the state with the same name
 

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