Guanajuato and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

After the Day of the Dead we headed west to the colonial mountain town of Guanajuato in the state of Jalisco. I believe it’s for towns like this that we travel.

Guanajuato was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century when silver was discovered in the surrounding mountains. The colonial architecture and it’s old world layout preserve the town’s historic charm while the students attending Universidad de Guanajuato provide the streets with vibrancy and life.

If every there was a town meant for exploring, this is it. The angled paths and alleyways, encased by pastel homes built on hillside after hillside, provide the curious-by-natured the opportunity to wander for hours. Thanks to it’s underground streets Guanajuato is largely automobile free.

Guanajuato is great for people watching. There’s something to be said for sipping a Negro Modelo at patio restaurant/bar on one of the town’s many plazas while listening to Mariachis tune their guitars in preparation for that evening’s serenading.

Following Guanajuato we headed for the coast where we were able to pull up a deckchair on the beach at Puerto Vallarta and watch the sunset on the day and on our trip. Hasta Luego.

Images ©2009 Stuart Gradon

One Comment

  1. Gorgeous pictures! And Mexican and I know how beautiful is Mexico.. Congratulations. Jus an observation Guanajuato is a separate state of Jalisco. Just like this: State Guadalajara – Capital Jalisco; State Guanajuato – Capital Guanajuato.
    I hope you get to know our beautiful state,If you have the opportunity to go back to Mexico, I recommend Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca. Mexico is beautiful regardless of our political.

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