Guanajuato Street Food Walking Tour

In this three-hour tour of the historic center of Guanajuato, Mexico, you'll get a real feel for the city and its everyday food. You will learn about the unique history of this city and get advice on the best places to eat--casual or fancy. The tour starts at a Mexican bakery, visits a fresh juice stand, and tours a local neighborhood market. After an optional stop at a coffee shop that roasts its own beans from Veracruz, you'll hit savory food stands and sample tamales, gorditas, and sopes. You'll ride a funicular up to a panoramic lookout point and then stroll through neighborhoods to the city's largest market. There will be several sampling options there before ending the tour with some great ice cream. Bring a big appetite and good walking shoes! tim@timleffel.com)

 

Independence Route

The Independence of Mexico, a heroic quest that began in 1810 culminated in 1821. The uprising began with Father Hidalgo ringing the church bells at his parish in Dolores Hidalgo at 5:00 am to call upon his parishioners to take arms against the Spanish rulers.

From there you can take the road to San Miguel de Allende and the old road visit-ing Atotonilco. This is the small town where Father Hidalgo’s former church and convent, where the priest carried the banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Enjoy the rich decoration of the church ceilings.

Finish in San Miguel de Allende, birthplace of the hero Ignacio Allende, the military strategist, visit his house turned into a museum.

 

Mineral de Pozos

Many call Mineral de Pozos, a “ghost town”. But visit it during the Mariachi Festival, which in April dresses up its quiet, cobbled streets. This magic town wakes up from a short break to brighten up its streets with the “Son de la Negra” song, as well as with a good dose of international rhythms such as the Blues Festival in June, or with the beat of the huehuetl or pre-hispanic drum, the Toltequidad Festival in July. Surrounded by cacti and arid hills, Mineral de Pozos was founded in 1576 to exploit the rich gold and silver mines nearby. During its most glorious period, there were 17 gold and silver mining haciendas, and up to one thousand men worked in each one every day. “Pozos” became one of the cities where more silver was produced in Mexico than in the world. By the early twentieth century, Pozos had become a prosperous city, with about 50,000 inhabitants and a strong trading network. As the veins became depleted, the town slowly faded, until the last mine was closed in 1950. Just about 300 people remained in the town. Thus, almost abandoned and demolished, Mineral de Pozos captivated the big screen as a result of the film “Pedro Páramo”, directed by Carlos Velo and starring John Gavin. The roofless mansions with their old furniture were the natural setting for the spooky novel written by Juan Rulfo. Gradually, Pozos began to creep into some films and into the routes of adventurous visitors.

León, Shoe Capital of the World

With a rich and wide range of leather products, Leon is crowned as the shoe capital of the world. Belts, jackets, shoes, and bags can be found at the shoe outlet centre on the right hand side heading into Leon and end up opposite the main bus station where you will find hundreds of vendors. Try exploring some of the back streets where you will find small shops with custom leather makers.

Leon also has amazing places like temples, Founders Plaza Causeway León, and if your want to take your children to interesting places try the Leon Zoo, Metropolitan Park and Explore Educational Park. For the month of January, you can attend and enjoy the Feria de León, which features a gastronomic tour, Palenque, Entertainment, Concerts, mechanical and more games.

 

Wine Tour

With three unforgettable stops, the circuit starts in Bodega Vega Manchón, known as the cradle of Earth, located at Km 11 Highway Dolores- San Luis de la Paz. You can take a tour of the cellar and the vineyards where different types of grapes are produced and later enjoy a wine tasting and pairing it with organic produce and artisan foods produced by locals.

The second stop is at the Rancho Santa Gloria, an oasis of creativity and architectural rediscovers winemaking techniques from the ancient Romans and where you have the opportunity to taste Montepulciano, Grenache or Tempranillo. Located at kilometer 7.5 Highway San Miguel de Allende - Querétaro.

And finally, the wine Toyan, located in San Miguel de Allende road - Querétaro, kilometer 8.5, here you will find mysticism and fantasy that encloses the property. The cellar was built 25 meters deep and designed by Martha Molina who believes that two pieces of meteorites recovered herself will bring energetic balance to their wines. Meteorites are displayed at the entrance to the cava and Martha say help the wine to exalt its functional properties.

 

Tequila and Mezcal Guanajuato

Step into the process of making tequila while savoring incredible tastes amid blue agave around Pénjamo.

Distillery Corralejo, opened originally in 1775 is also know as the birthplace of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Father of Mexico.

 

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San Francisco del Rincón, Guanajuato: National Hat Town

San Francisco del Rincón, is a picturesque city in the state, whose main economic activity is the manufacture of hats. Enjoy an ice cream in the town square and its people, and purchase hats of various styles and high quality materials.

Shrine of Christ

The Cerro del Cubilete, is 15 kilometers west of the city of Guanajuato, a region known as the Bajio. 2579 meters, this mountain is the highest in the state of Guanajuato and is believed to be located exactly in the geographic center of Mexico. The statue of Christ the King, a monumental sculpture is 20 meters, tall and you can visit the religious site and museum located atop the summit of the Cerro del Goblet. The statue faces Leon and can be seen several miles away.

 

Adventure in San Miguel de Allende

Coyote Canyon Adventure, based in San Miguel Allende, offers half day to over-night excursions. There are options such as rappelling down a 120’ cliff at the end of your horseback ride or hikes in the canyon. Coyote Canyon Adventures has an extensive list of tours available from hot air ballooning to ATV rides to cooking classes.

 

Irapuato and strawberries

Splashes of red are drawing your way to the city of Irapuato. Travelling towards the city you will see roadside stands of strawberries with cream. As well as trying the delicious varieties, make a stop at the Rancho La Quina and tour its 35 hectare plantation.

Notice how the people who work there walk the corridors of the planting. They carefully select ripe strawberries with which they filled wooden boxes for distribution and sale.