A little-known Mexican gem: 11 reasons to visit gorgeous Guanajuato; Tim MacFarlan; Metro

Mexico – Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines

If you think Mexico is all about beaches and wrestling then you need to check out Guanajuato.

The colonial capital of the state with the same name was originally built by Spanish conquistadors who plundered their wealth from mines beneath the city, which at one point supplied silver across the world.

It is now a Unesco World Heritage city, some of which is perched on the sides of hills so steep it doesn’t seem possible that people live there.

Here are 11 reasons to visit.

Catch that view

To fully appreciate Guanajuato’s splendour, check out the view from the statue known as El Pípila.

The giant red sculpture honours miner Juan José de los Reyes Martínez Amaro, better known as Pípila.

On September 28, 1810 he burned the gates of the Alhóndiga de Granitas, a giant barn in the centre of town.

Around 600 royalist soldiers and Spanish refugees were holed up inside.

They were resisting insurgent forces lead by Miguel Hidalgo, a key figure in the struggle for Mexican independence.

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