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.
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.
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.
|Casa Malitsin||Sepultura #1 Esquina con piletas Masaguas||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Casa Mexicana||Sostenes Rocha #28||guesthouse||-|
|El Hogar de Carmelita||Paseo de la Presa No. 79 B Zona Centro||Guesthouse||85|
|Al Son de los Santos||San Sebastian # 94 Zona Centro||Hostel||-|
|Hostal Arlequin||Pocitos 4||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal del Campanero||Campanero No. 19||Guesthouse||78|
|Hostel Alonso||Calle Alonso # 24 Centro Historico||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Casa del Angel||Positos #17 Centro Historico||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Guanajuato||Campanero 14 Centro Historico||Hostel||-|
|La Casa de Dante||Callejón de Zaragoza # 25 Paseo de la Presa||Hostel||88|
|La Casa del Tio||Cantarranas 47||Hostel||72|
|Maggic Home B&B||San Antonio # 75 Presa de la Olla||GUESTHOUSE||82|
|Meson Cuevano||Barranca #8 Centro Historico||Guesthouse||81|
|Casa Los Manzanos||Paseo de La Presa Callejon San Antonio 16||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Galeria Cafe 1810||Santa Gertrudis 58 Paseo de la Presa||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostal Mellado B & B||Calle de Abajo 18 Mineral de Mellado||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|La Casa de Diego y Frida||Privada La Esperanza, 12 Colonia Burocrata||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|The Hostel Inn||Carcamanes street, No.3||Hostel||-|
|La Hostería||Positos #83||HOTEL||-|
|Hostal-Inn||Carcamanes 3. Callejo Oscuro No.3||HOSTEL||-|
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.
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.
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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