The scenery in Guanajuato will take your breath away; perhaps even make you think you are in a movie. Visit all six “Pueblos Mágicos” (Magic Towns) we have in the state and experience flavors and colors you never knew before. Live their magic.
You don’t need to travel to any other destination in the world if you are looking for adventure and new experiences. Our “Pueblos Mágicos” have it all: charm, history, cuisine, colors, folklore and most importantly, welcoming people.
Dolores Hidalgo, the Birthplace of the Mexican Independence.
This “Pueblo Mágico” its known as the birthplace of the Mexican Independence, on September 16th, 1810, Don Miguel Hidalgo called for people to insurrect and fight to break away from the Spanish crown, this event is known as “Grito de Dolores”, this event is celebrated nation-wide and is a reason to feel proud for all Mexicans.
Dolores has a very particular charm, the local artisans work pottery the old-fashioned way, with a smile on their face they elaborate beautiful ceramic pieces, molded and painted by hand. It is one of the main economic activities of the city. Its pottery industry is famous, pottery from Dolores is exported to many countries in the Americas and around the world.
Fun Fact, Dolores is well known for having the tastiest and most exotic ice cream flavors in the state. Just to mention some of the flavors to whet your appetite: pork rind, beer, mole and avocado. Do you dare to try them?
This Magical Town has a religious past that shows in the present composition of the city’s edifications and landmarks. The “haciendas” and the churches are what this town is all about; some of them have been remarkably preserved over time in a way it makes us feel like taking a trip back to a different era. This city is a very important spiritual destination; there have long existed centers of evangelization for numerous religious orders since the viceregal period. One thing we can say about Salvatierra is that it is considered a Green City; it has a particularly abundant vegetation and natural richness that fostered the creation of handicrafts from locally available resources.
On your trip to Salvatierra, you must try the traditional eggnog produced in the region and if you want to bring the perfect gift to someone, you will find beautiful tablecloths and embroidered napkins. Among the interesting options to visit you will find churches, the Sabinal Eco-Park, “Plaza de Armas” and The Convent of San Francisco.
Jalpa de Cánovas
This “Pueblo Mágico” has a reputation for being a fertile land and a great producer of grains. It is well known for the beautiful church of the Señor de la Misericordia built with red clay bricks, an aqueduct and the hulls of enormous “haciendas”(homesteads on agricultural land and colonial architecture).
In Jalpa events are held for the whole family, famous for: the “Feria de la nuez y el membrillo”, for being a producer of grapes, quince paste as well as other fruits. We anticipate that you will leave this town with some bottles of liquor and delicious sweets to take back home.
In Jalpa you will find dams, gardens, parks, squares, sanctuaries and countless churches that are truly photography worthy.
From all the “Pueblos Mágicos” (Magic Towns) of Guanajuato, this is the one that entered the list most recently and is known for its gastronomy, as well as for having beautiful parishes to visit, two archaeological zones, vineyards, the School of Arts, formerly a railroad station. If you visit Comonfort make room in your suitcase for a molcajete (Mexican kitchen tool), the local artisans masterfully carve stone to create traditional molcajetes, we all know that a delicious sauce must be made in a molcajete.
The name of this Magical Town comes from Lake Yuririapúndaro or Lake of Blood. Its cultural wealth and tourist attraction is mainly the number of churches, parishes and convents in the city. The architecture and ornaments of these edifications are incredibly picturesque. Once again you will need to free up the space on your camera, so you don’t miss out anything.
As for the outdoor activities, it is a destination where you can go horseback riding, motorcycling, even by boat on the lake and fishing. To eat, look for some nice carnitas tacos (fried pork meat tacos), barbecue, mole and ash tamales, you won’t regret it.
If you plan on shopping at the handicraft market, be ready to take with you some shoes, rebozos, cross-stitch embroidery and hand carved leatherwork.
You can’t leave Yuriria without visiting La Joya Crater Park, an ecological park with more than 15 volcanic craters.
Mineral de Pozos
A village like no other. Surrounded by a desert biome that sets it apart from other destinations, a magical place, some people call it “the Ghost Town”, not to imply the place is abandoned or forgotten, the title comes from the legends and local stories that make it a mystical and exciting destination.
It has many touristic attractions, but let’s start with the “Hornos Jesuitas”, which you have probably already seen in a photo, and which are monumental and known worldwide. In Pozos, you can tour mines, buy handicrafts, taste pre-Hispanic cuisine, go for a cross-country bike ride and if you are lucky enough, even coincide with a film or art festival, the atmosphere is extremely bohemian.
Don’t leave Pozos without drinking a glass of “colonche”, the typical red fruit ferment, as well as eating a “taquito de escamoles” one of the local specialties.