Part 2 of our 7 week travel itinerary through Mexico - Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende

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Thinking of visiting Mexico? Check out part 2 of our 7 week backpacking itinerary below. We had a absolute blast and I would highly recommend travelling to this vibrant country full of culture, friendly people and great food.

Part 2. Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende Highlights


Guanajuato is a cute city, rich in colonial architecture and silver mining history. It is situated approximately 4-5 hours northwest of Mexico city by bus. The town itself could be mistaken for a village in Europe with cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways. The village is nestled inside a canyon and is famous for its network of underground tunnels which connect various points of the city.

  • If you're coming from Mexico city, we'd recommend booking a ticket with ETN first class bus service. The website is easy to use and we think it's worth a few extra dollars for the comfy seats and good air-conditioning.
  • Once in Guanajuato hit the streets on foot and explore the beautiful architecture and little shops.
  • Good place for souvenirs, particularly if you're looking for silver.
  • Take the stairs to Monumento al Pipila for great views over the city.
  • Try the tacos at Chela & Chuchita (Callejon de la Luz #2A, Sobre la Calle AlonsoGuanajuato, 36090)
  • If you've got a strong stomach and an interest in the afterlife, check out El Museo de las Momias aka the Mummy Museum. There are over 50 naturally preserved mummies on display to the public.

Guanajuato street architecture

Guanajuato architecture and colour

Guanajuato streets

Cruising through the vibrant streets of Guanajuato

View of Guanajuato

An impressive view over Guanajuato from Monumento al Pipila

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is another beautiful Mexican city and is also famous for it's colonial architecture. It is located around 1 hour east of Guanajuato by bus. This town appeared to be popular with American tourists and expats and hence we found it was a little more 'westernised' than Guanajuato. Heck, you'll even find a Starbucks here if that's what you fancy

  • Another great city to explore on foot so throw on some shoes and hit the cobblestone streets for some sight-seeing. San Miguel has many shops and is also a good place for souvenirs. 
  • Grab some delicious tacos from Andy's Taco Cart (Insurgentes 85, Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende, 37700).
  • Our pick - Grab some 2 for 1 happy hour drinks at La Azotea rooftop bar (Umaran 6, Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende, 37700) and enjoy the stunning sunset over the city.
  • After the sun goes down, head into the centre of town at Jardin Allende and see San Miguel really come to life. Admire the stunning Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel while you listen to local street musicians. 

Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel

The stunning Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel

La Azotea rooftop bar sunset

Sunset from La Azotea rooftop bar

San Miguel de Allende streets

San Miguel de Allende architecture

San Miguel de Allende door

Colourful door, San Miguel de Allende

Stayed tuned for part 3 of our 7 week Mexican travel itinerary coming soon!

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