Guanajuato travel

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Guanajuato, Mexico Travel

🗣 Mexico Language

Spanish — Though you’ll hear indigenous languages in some places

💰 Mexico Currency

Mexican Peso — Exchange rates vary, but hover around $18 pesos to $1USD

📍 Top Things to Do in Guanajuato

Guanajuato City, San Miguel de Allende, Dolores Hidalgo

📍 Guanajuato Off the Beaten Path

Mineral de Pozos, Jalpa de Canovas, Cañada de la Virgen

Guanajuato Map

Guanajuato travel

Guanajuato State is located northwest of Mexico City (AKA CDMX). Slightly off the beaten path for travelers, some choose stay in the city, and then do a Mexico City day trip into Guanajuato, and other neighboring Central Mexico states.

The most popular places in Guanajuato State are the capital, Guanajuato City, and San Miguel de Allende, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites and colorful colonial cities.

Besides these two cities, there’s also Dolores Hidalgo, Jalpa de Canovas and Mineral de Pozos, three pueblos magicos (magic towns), and Cañada de la Virgen archeological site.

Guanajuato travel FAQ

Is Guanajuato State safe for travel?

According to experts, you are statistically quite safe while visiting Mexico; but here is a rundown on Guanajuato State safety.

Guanajuato has both safe and unsafe parts, like many places on Earth. As with traveling anywhere, do follow these General Travel Safety Tips and pack these safety items for additional peace of mind.

If you’re headed to the three most visited cities in the state, Guanajuato City, the capital, San Miguel de Allende and Dolores Hidalgo, you should feel very safe in Guanajuato. If you’re venturing off the beaten path, exercise caution or go with a tour.

Check out these podcast episodes with solo female travel tips, and tips on how to stay safe during Mexico solo travel.

• Ep. 25 | Leigh talks traveling solo to Mexico City


Is Mexico safe for solo female travel?

As this question doesn’t have a yes/no answer (I wish it did!), I do my best to answer it in depth in this blog, Safe Travel in Mexico: 20 Tips for Solo Female Travelers. However, for the most part, Mexico is actually statistically quite safe for travelers.

Mexico is a big country, and it has plenty of amazing solo female travel destinations — from the beautiful beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula and culturally-rich Southern Mexico, to the charming colonial cities in Central Mexico and laid-back Baja California — there’s a perfect place for every solo traveler in Mexico.

Top 20 Solo Female Travel Destinations: Head to this article to discover the 20 best places for solo travel in Mexico, recommended by solo female travelers who have actually visited them.

🎧 Click the links below to listen to podcast episodes with solo female travel tips.


What's the best time to visit Guanajuato State?

Weather-wise, Guanajuato, and all of Central Mexico, has what is known as the “eternal spring” climate, meaning it’s never super hot or super cold.

As a general rule, the nicest time to visit Guanajuato State is from October to March. The rainy season is from April to September, and it can rain quite a bit.

Dia los Muertos in Guanajuato: Day of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most festive times and time-honored holidays. Besides Oaxaca City and Mexico City, Guanajuato City has a very festive Dia de los Muertos celebration worth experiencing during the annual celebration on Nov. 1-2 each year.

🧳 Head to this article to download your FREE Printable packing list for Mexico travel, and get a complete Mexico packing guide — so you know what to pack for Mexico, and what NOT to take to Mexico.

How do I travel to Guanajuato State?

If you’re just visiting Guanajuato, you can fly into Guanajuato International Airport (code: GTO).

However, there’s also the option to use Mexico City International Airport (code: MEX), which will have many more direct flights from nearly all major U.S. cities., and then driving to Guanajuato.

From Mexico City, you’ll rent a car and then drive into Guanajuato City, which takes about 4.5 hours, and about 3.5 hours to San Miguel de Allende.

For Mexico car rentals, Discover Cars works with several agencies in Mexico to get you the best price — but make sure to get full coverage insurance.

🚙💨 Head to this article for 12 Useful Mexico Driving Tips to get a better understanding of driving in Mexico.


Is it safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico?

As the country is quite large, road trips are a great way to see a lot in a little time.

To answer the question, Is it safe to drive in MexicoYES, it’s considered safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico, though do avoid driving at night.

Beyond that, another caveat to safety is that you’ll obviously be driving in a foreign country, and won’t be familiar with local road customs and driving laws. Head to this article for 12 Useful Mexico Driving Tips to get a better understanding of driving in Mexico.

🚙💨 Looking to rent a car? Discover Cars works with several agencies in Mexico to get you the best price.


Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?

No — U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Mexico. This is just one of the 5 Reasons Mexico is the Perfect Travel Destination for U.S. visitors.

When you go through Immigration at the airport, cruise port or land border, you’ll receive your FMM 180-Day (6 month) Tourist Card at no charge. Keep in mind that though it’s called a “card,” it’s actually just a small piece of paper.

Be sure to keep track of your FMM, as you’ll have to give it back to an Immigration officer when you’re leaving the country. If you lose your FMM, there is a $600 peso ($30USD) cost to replace it, and some paperwork you’ll need to fill out at the airport before you can leave the country.

In short: Don’t lose your FMM!

Do I need to speak Spanish to visit Mexico?

As a general rule, you’ll want to know at least a few words of Spanish when visiting anywhere in Mexico. This is both a sign of respect, and will also help you have a better trip.

If you’re wondering what constitutes “basic Spanish,” check out the infographic below — you’ll be surprised at how much you know already!

If you stick to the more touristic places where you’re headed, you should be fine with very basic Spanish. If you want to venture off the beaten path, be advised most people in the pueblos (small towns) speak little to no English.

🗣 Pro Tip: Download the Spanish Words & Phrases list below and save it on your phone as an image. This way, you have access to these most common words even if you’re off-WiFi.


List of useful spanish words and phrases

Guanajuato Blogs

Take A Day Trip from Mexico City to These 15 Amazing Places

Looking to book a day trip from Mexico City? While there’s many amazing things to do in CDMX, there’s also many great Mexico City day trips.

25 Unique Places to Visit in Mexico You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Looking for unique places to visit in Mexico? You’re in the right place because the Top 25 places are here — pinned to a Mexico Map for you!

Mexico Solo Travel: 20 Amazing Destinations for Female Travelers

Need advice on solo travel Mexico destinations? All 20 places featured here come recommended by female solo travelers who have actually been!

24 Things to Do and See in Guanajuato + FREE Map

Discover the best things to do in Guanajuato, Mexico. The 24 top Guanajuato City sites are pinned to a FREE Map in this article for you!

Mexico Hidden Gems: The 10 You Need to Know About

Mexico hidden gems & off the beaten path destinations on your travel radar? You’re in the right place, because those are my speciality!

Mexico Travel Podcast

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Dream To Destination

A solo travel podcast, a Mexico travel podcast… and a podcast about solo travel in Mexico.

Listen to more episodes on your favorite podcast provider.


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