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Accomodation. It's recommended
to book a place to stay in advance, because, accomodation may be hard to
find during Cervantino Festival and national holidays, specially, the Holy
Week. Then, the solution is to try hotels at alternate cities: Leon (50
km/30 mi), Silao (20 km/12 mi) and Irapuato (55 km/34 mi).
When in search of a place to stay,
it's worth checking out the tourist office at Plaza de la Paz 14. They
give information on hotels and their official prices, plus a free map of
the city, if requested.
At bus station and on peak season
throughout town, private organizations run information booths, offering
tours and hotel reservations.
ATM (Cash Dispensers). Juarez
Ave. is where most ATM are installed. Cards accepted: Cirrus, Visa, Mastercard.
Banks can be found along Juarez
Books and Guides even in spanish,
are hard to find. Bring along your own copy.
Buses. The ride (One way) inside
the city is 0.20 USD.
Most routes in and out the city
core, stop outside the Hidalgo Market.
Car Hire. Do not expect air conditioning.
Likewise, do not expect all the toys that rental cars have in the States.
You won't have cruise control, but as you will see, you really don't need
it. Be sure to get unlimited miles and settle the rate before leaving home.
Cash Machines. Juarez Ave. is
where most machines are installed. Cards accepted: Cirrus, Visa, Mastercard.
Charities. Guanajuato is a place
with few beggars, and most around are professionals on their trade. The
real needy can get some help from organizations like the Christian Ladies
of Saint Vincent of Paul. Those organizations are voluntary and are always
in need of a hand of locals as well as non-residents.
Consulates. Guanajuato has none.
The US Embassy in Mexico City is reachable via internet.
Credit Cards. Visa and Mastercard
are accepted almost everywhere. American Express, where accepted, is charged
a fee for financial costs.
Fax. Public fax and long distance
phones are found along Juarez Ave (i.e. Juarez #110) and in the Bus station.
Automobile assistance. Ph. 732
Fire brigade. Ph. 732 33 57
Police Department. Ph. 732 02
Red Cross. Ph. 732 04 87
Information. Guanajuato State
Tourism Office.(Mon thru Fri 09:00-19:30, Sat & Sun 10:00-14:00) Plaza
de la Paz 14; 36000 Guanajuato, Gto. Ph. (473) 732 1982, 732 0086, 732
1574; Fax (473) 732 4251.
Left Luggage. Luggage can be
left at bus station.
Maps. Although, they are available
through most hotels and the Tourist Office just half a block uphill the
Jardin de la Union, in practice it's not so difficult to find your way
around. The few streets run along the small valley, being the lowest
level at west. Town's main road is Juarez Ave. and most attractions are
on this, or just off it.
Phones. Long distance phones
are found along Juarez Ave (i.e. Juarez #110) and in the Bus station.
Public phones work with a smart
card (credit card-alike), which are on sale at booths and small shops.
Look for "Ladatel" sign.
Local numbers are 7 digits long,
area code of Guanajuato is 473. While, Mexico's code is 52.
Celular phones are good in most
places except underground.
Post Office (Mon-Fri 08:00-18:00,
Sat 08:00-13:00) is behind the Jardin de la Union.
Taxis. Taxis fare is about 1.25
USD to move around the city.
Telegrams. Telecomm has an office
in short distance of Juarez Theater, close to the old Mint.
Weather. Altitude and a high
sierra at north, makes Guanajuato a temperate, dry, and a little windy
town (75.6 Km/h max recorded W-NE). Mornings and evenings are crisp and
cool, while afternoons are sunny and very warm. Average temperature
is 17.9 C, with a minimum about 3 C in January, and maximum of about 36
C in May. During season (June to October), it rains usually after sunset.
Online forecasts: University
of Guanajuato, WUnderground,