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Guanajuato (city)

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Introduction

Guanajuato is the capital of the state with the same name. It is a gorgeous city based on the extensive silver and gold mines right in town. There is lots of architecture dating back to the late 1500s and early 1600s.

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Events and Festivals

Day of the Dead

Although the Day of the Dead is also celebrated in many Latin American countries except Mexico (and also in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa), the Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is most intensily celebrated in Mexciowhere where it is equal to a National Holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Although it is about the Dead, it is also a celebration where eating and partying both are common as well.

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Getting There

By Plane

Del Bajío International Airport (BJX) handles air transport to/from the city and surrounding cities including Silao and Leon. Destinations include Tijuana, Mexico City, Ciudad Juarez, Los Angeles, Chicago, Monterrey, Dallas/Fort Worth, Montreal and Houston.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Casa MalitsinSepultura #1 Esquina con piletas MasaguasGUESTHOUSE85
Casa MexicanaSostenes Rocha #28guesthouse81
El Hogar de CarmelitaPaseo de la Presa No. 79 B Zona CentroGuesthouse85
Al Son de los SantosSan Sebastian # 94 Zona CentroHostel81
Hostal ArlequinPocitos 4Guesthouse-
Hostal del CampaneroCampanero No. 19Guesthouse82
Hostel AlonsoCalle Alonso # 24 Centro HistoricoHostel67
Hostel Casa del AngelPositos #17 Centro HistoricoHostel61
Hostel GuanajuatoCampanero 14 Centro HistoricoHostel78
La Casa de DanteCallejón de Zaragoza # 25 Paseo de la PresaHostel90
La Casa del TioCantarranas 47Hostel74
Maggic Home B&BSan Antonio # 75 Presa de la OllaGUESTHOUSE80
Meson CuevanoBarranca #8 Centro HistoricoGuesthouse74
Casa Los ManzanosPaseo de La Presa Callejon San Antonio 16Guesthouse-
Hostal Galeria Cafe 1810Santa Gertrudis 58 Paseo de la PresaHOSTEL78
Hostal Mellado B & BCalle de Abajo 18 Mineral de MelladoGUESTHOUSE-
La Casa de Diego y FridaPrivada La Esperanza, 12 Colonia BurocrataGUESTHOUSE-
The Hostel InnCarcamanes street, No.3Hostel81
La HosteríaPositos #83HOTEL-
Hostal-InnCarcamanes 3. Callejo Oscuro No.3HOSTEL72

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafe's are widely available and you generally can find one in the direct vicinity. Sometimes photocopy stores or photo processing stores will double as an internet cafe with a couple of computers. Look for signs reading "Acceso a Internet" or "Cibernautica" or "Cibercafe". Charges range from approx. US$1 an hour to US$3 an hour, depending on the location.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Phone cards can be purchased anywhere and are needed for the majority of public phones. To call any number outside your region you have to dial 01 then followed by the area code. If calling a cellphone from a normal phone start with with 044. If calling cellphone to cellphone just dial the 10-digit number. To make an international call dial 00 followed by the country code then the local number. To call to Mexico, also dial 00 (most of the times) followed by the national code 52.

Post

The Mexican postal service is operated by Correos de México. The post service in Mexico is pretty good although not very cheap. It is reliable regarding the sending of postcards, but it takes at least a week to send it to other countries (US/Canada), more so if you send it to Europe or Australia. For packages it is better to use international services like FedEx or UPS. If you are sending a package internationally with the Mexican postal service, take the package OPEN to the post office, they may want to inspect it. Seal it up at the post office. Post offices typically open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 1:00pm Saturday. You will find post offices (Oficina de Correos) is almost any town or city in Mexico. To buy stamps it is best to go to the post office, although you can also get them at stamp machines, located outside the post offices, at bus stations, airports and some commercial establishments.

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