15 May 2017
May 11 – 15, 2017 A short one hour drive brought us to the lovely colonial city of Guanajuato, located in a narrow valley which makes its few streets (one main in, one main out) narrow and winding. The city was originally split by a small river that serves as a main thoroughfare, but now nine underground tunneled streets are located above the original river and manage the major traffic flow. Unlike the regular layouts of many other Spanish and Mexican cities, the streets of Guanajuato follow the extreme irregularity of the terrain, with small alleyways, plazas and in some cases steep staircases up hillsides. We stayed at the lovely El Meson de los Poetas hotel, with a balcony overlooking the square cut stone street. We visited the Christ the King monument, took a walking tour, rode the funicular up the mountain and walked the streets enjoying the plazas, restaurants, markets and people (can’t forget the ice cream and coffee drinks!). I also had fun sketching Callejon del Beso!!