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- Celaya - Dolores
- Irapuato - Leon - Manuel
Doblado Penjamo -
- Salamanca - San Felipe
- San Luis de la Paz ---
San Miguel Allende
- Silao - Valle de Santiago
Acambaro - First Spanish settlement on Guanajuato
Chupicuaro Culture Regional Museum. Displays on the culture of the old
inhabitants of the Lerma valley.
San Francisco Convent. Built within c. XVI and XVII. Superb colonnade.
Dolores Hidalgo -Cradle of Mexican Independence-
El Carmen convent and church. Beautiful neoclassic construction built from
1802 to 1807 by Eduardo Tresguerras.
Presidencia Municipal's walls display some of celebrated celayan
painter Ocampo's vegetable paintings.
Irapuato - Spanish pronunciation of naturals'
voice meaning "among rivers" -
Dolores Parish church. Built from 1712-1778. Interesant facade and altars
of Hidalgo's times.
Father Hidalgo's house.
Now a historic museum with furniture and objects of the c. XVIII and XIX.
Pottery factories and shops. Although there are tens of them, world class
quality is found in just a few. For instance, Queen Elizabeth II ordered
her mexican service from Mr. Fortino Guerrero workshop, now run by his
son and grandson.
Mesquite Furniture shops. A small community close to Dolores works on mesquite
wood by hand. Furniture to order.
Hacienda La Erre Hotel. Quiet place outside town where the Hidalgo army
had its first headquarters.
Atotonilco's Jesus The Nazaren Sanctuary. Centuries old sanctuary still
in use outside town. Father Hidalgo took from this sanctuary the image
of Virgen of Guadalupe that used as emblem of an independent country. Juan
Correa's naive paintings about Christ's acts. Chapel's altar has strange
paintings on mirrors about the Lepanto Battle.
Thousands of men flock in for Holy Week devotions.
Page in spanish) -Mexican shoe capital-
Presidencia Municipal. One of the largest open patios of Mexico.
It's an outstanding work by Eduardo Tresguerras. Originally built (XIX
c.) as educational institution.
City Museum. Superb photographic archives of major natural disasters (floods)
of the region. Purepecha Culture archeologic pieces are on display.
Laboratorio de Pruebas de Mexico
(LAPEM).Labs of the Federal Comission of Electricity, the public utility.
High voltage, Metrology, Stress among others. Tours available on request.
Cd. Manuel Doblado
Explora Science park. IMAX theater
and interactive museum.
Zona Piel. Commercial district with shops literally packed with shoe and
Cerro Grande archeological site. Old strategic dwellings on top of a hill
over the meadows of Rio Turbio valley, where geese winter. Place non developed.
Purisima del Rincon
Plazuelas Archeologic Site. Barely explored site.
Presidencia Municipal. Paintings by most famous town's son Hermenegildo
Jalpa de Canovas. Old hacienda owned by Braniff Family. Chapel and main
building are interesting as well as rock paintings near the new dam.
San Agustin. Beautiful church built in XVII c., convent in XVIII c.
El Señor del Hospital Sanctuary.
San Luis de la Paz -Gate to Guanajuato's Sierra
Gorda, Trekking and Ethnography-
Parish Church. Extraordinary construction.
Los Panales o Agujas. Natural formations on rock. State road 87
Leon-San Felipe, km 41.
Rancho San Joaquin, Ex-hacienda La Quemada. 32 km NW of Dolores
Jaral de Berrio. One of the most famous haciendas of Old Mexico.
Main building now under reconstruction. Beautiful original paintings adorn
stairways, rooms and some of corridors. At church, books on the site are
San Miguel Allende (Web
Page in English)
- Tourist and retirement town with good spas nearby-
Chichimeca descendants live in old communities close to town where Chupintantegua
(1552) is the local hero.
Mineral de Pozos. Interesting mining community now ghost town.
Ignacio Allende's house. Now hosting the regional museum. Good exhibits
on natural history, prehispanic settlers, camino real times, and Independence
Instituto Allende . A
large arts center open to general public with focus on cultural enrichment
programs. Offers good language immersion programs. Building was the Old
de la Canal's House.
El Nigromante arts center. Lectures and classes of dance, painting,
theater, music, etc. Host of the International Festival of chamber music
Academia Hispano Americana
A good spanish language school with emphasis on immersion and language
Parish Church. Neogothic construction of late 19th century by Zeferino
San Francis Church. The most beautiful churriguresque facade in town. Pictures
on San Francis life.
San Felipe's Oratory. Subject of most amateur paintings of San Miguel.
Plateresque facade of 1714, neoclassic elsewhere.
Cacti Conservatory. Superb collection of Cacti, even some edible!
Taboada. Cozy hotel and spa outside town.
Mountain bike tours. Old haciendas and hot springs are in the way. Arrangements
are done to stay and dine in some interesting places.
Public Library. Second largest mexican bilingual (english-spanish) library.
Valle de Santiago
Cristo Rey shrine. On top of Cubilete mountain (2600m), this
church has a magnificient view of the Bajio valley, from Salamanca
to Leon. 80 ton statue of 20 m height from 1951. Small museum related to
the religious war. Good spot for gliders' flights.
Chichimequillas. Rock art on top of hill above the new dam El Pipila
General Motors' assembling plant. One of the largest assembling trains
in North America making the famous Suburban trucks. Plant Tours are available.
The Chavez Morado Brothers' art museum.
Comanjilla. Hotel & hot sulfur springs (90 C) with curative properties.
Rincon de Parangueo Crater. Rock art near the entrance tunnel.
La Alberca Crater. Within the city sprawl. Rock art on walls.
Agustinian Convent. Founded in 1570, now museum. Interesant facade of native
version of plateresque.
La Alberca. Old crater whose waters turn red on sismic events. Her
name, Yuririapundaro was taken for the town in her skirts.
Yuriria Lake. Artificial lake made by Fray Diego de Chavez y Alvarado taking
Lerma river waters to fill up a natural depression.
Holy Week Festivities.
Sept 28-30 - Saint Michael Archangel Festivities.
San Miguel Allende.
Purisima. Jalpa de Canovas. (***)
San Felipe. Battle of moorish and christians. (***)
San Miguel Allende. Bull races on city's streets.