Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

A pair of UNESCO world heritage sites and the most foreign places I've been.


Trip Highlights

1. The narrow cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende. The town was super quiet in the morning, which made it a great time to wander around. There were interesting things to see and photograph all over the place. Visual overload.

2. The El Mirador overlook in San Miguel de Allende. It's a fantastic view, especially just after sunset as the city lights come on.

3. The tunnels of Guanajuato. They're long. The intersect one another. They're awesome. Every 30-50 peso taxi ride was worth it just to go through these tunnels that run under the city.

4. The view of Guanajuato from Monumento al Pipila. Much like the El Mirador overlook in San Miguel de Allende, a great view especially as the lights come on just after sunset. Travel between here and Plaza de la Paz (just left of the yellow cathedral in the picture) can be by foot, taxi or the funicular - we did all three.

5. Our hotel room in Plaza de La Paz. Right on the Plaza. I feel like it's always worth the money to stay right where you want to be so vacation is not spent driving back and forth to the hotel. Surrounded by narrow streets. Very short walk to Universidad de Guanajuato, a few historic churches, Jardin de la Union and ice cream.

6. The ice cream. It was different, and better. I ate a lot of ice cream. Well, a lot of little cups of ice cream. Serving sizes are smaller than the smallest size you'd find at a typical US ice cream shop. The panaderias were good too, but similar to the ones in San Diego.


Getting There

We flew from LAX to Leon, Guanajuato. Once there we picked up our rental car. Yeah, right - one way streets, uncontrolled intersections, few stop signs, not sure I saw a stop light once we got a few miles away from the airport. Not what I'm used to. We made our way around in taxis and buses. The taxis are small (I'm 6'4"), hot (I hate hot weather), more expensive than buses, but also very convenient, especially for short trips. The taxi rides were interesting. People would walk right in front of the taxi, then the taxi would drive by within a foot or two of hitting them - and this was totally normal, like nothing happened. We took several different buses ranging from a luxury bus with air conditioning and large reclining seats to shitty old buses stuffed with way more people than seats. But, I'm not driving = I'm not complaining.


Safety

Mexico is dangerous according to United States news. There was no US travel advisory in effect for the state of Guanajuato when we went - the advisories for some other states were frightening to say the least. I followed the general rule of you're safer in the day than at night, and safer when there are more people around. But, three people in Mexico for 6 nights isn't a large enough sample size to make any conclusions.


Sharing the Camera

When my son was 5 I started letting him borrow the camera. He was very careful, still is. He took some pretty good pictures. And he also took some that reminded me that he is a 5 year old boy.