01/23.24 Guanajuato, wow! - south - CycleBlaze

January 23, 2024

01/23.24 Guanajuato, wow!

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It was an easy meander along mostly back roads and one long tunnel to get to Guanajuato proper, and I must say I’ve never seen a town like this. I don’t know where to start. It’s vertical, it’s full of the most amazing buildings connected by narrow streets, and even narrower alleys and it’s absolutely buzzing with energy. It’s a tourist town for sure, but it’s also a college town.  Today’s the second day of classes for the University of Guanajuato and the streets are packed with students.  Countless cafes and restaurants, shops with tourist stuff, shops with regular stuff, shops with fancy stuff, museums and art galleries. I found it busy during the day and even busier at night, the streets absolutely packed, musicians on every corner. And this is the off season, I cannot imagine it at peak season. I found an amazing deal of a hotel in the middle of it all at only $28 per night and just far enough from the action that with my fan on I can’t hear the street noise. 

Following the “old road” along the river and avoiding the busy highway that leads into the city
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Many fancy homes along this road
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Getting into Guanajuato proper
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Taking a tunnel to the historic center
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I was worried about taking the tunnel but found it well lit and with enough room for both me and the cars
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There is an underground network of roads and walkways, which I’ve not explored save for my entrance
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Judy GaukelAmazing! Are there any pedestrians in the tunnels?
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David ChavezNot many, but yes. There’s decent sidewalk. It was seeing a pedestrian emerge that removed my reluctance to enter. It’s a three dimensional road network
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Karen PoretTo David ChavezVery interesting! I wonder what the accident rate is for this split tunnel!
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David ChavezThe traffic in the tunnels and on the streets is all one-way, so I imagine that helps.
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Exiting the tunnel into the middle of the historic center
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My hotel is the narrow yellow building in the back. I’m in the white room at the top.
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The view from my window
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My bike is on the ground floor, in a cage behind the front desk
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I walked up to the monument overlooking the city through a maze of little alleys
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So pretty
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The sign says “Tired? Nooo, this is not the way”
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This is the way. Residents have to carry Everything by hand
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Water delivery
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At the top
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It’s a popular spot
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I was there
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El Pipila, monument to a hero of the war of independence from Spain
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I took the funicular down
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I wandered aimlessly, every street a thing of beauty
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An alley leading to one of the subterranean passages
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Plaza de la Paz
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Basilica Colegiata de Nuestra Senora
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I took a lot of pictures
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The famous Callejon del Beso (Kissing Alley) with its legend of ill fated lovers
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For a fee, couples can recreate the scene and receive a framed souvenir
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Modern optimists leaving their mark in the alley
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I took a lot of pictures
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Diego Rivera’s birthplace
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I took a lot of pictures
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The central market, designed by Mr. Eiffel
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The market is mostly tourist kitsch and food spots now
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Echos of the Alhambra
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Steep streets. I got a workout today
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Another entrance to the underground passages
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Karen PoretIt seems clean enough and graffiti free..is this an accurate statement?
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David ChavezCompared to other towns I’ve been to, yes. But it’s still definitely a Mexican town so there’s still some litter, flies in the bakeries, etc
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Teatro Juárez is a popular spot to hang out
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Teatro Juárez at night, even more popular. No shows now, but come October the town doubles in size with international performances
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The basilica at night
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The University of Guanajuato main building, there are other facilities scattered about
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Another view
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A random shop
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I took a lot of pictures
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Today's ride: 6 miles (10 km)
Total: 1,509 miles (2,429 km)

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