Quoted from Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guanajuato

Guanajuato is a state in the central highlands of Mexico. It is named after its capital city, Guanajuato, which comes from the local indigenous language, meaning “Hill of Frogs.”[1][2] Las Ranas (“the frogs”) is a nickname for people from this state as frogs are their state animal. Guanajuato is the home state of former president Vicente Fox, muralist Diego Rivera and singer-songwriter José Alfredo Jiménez, along with Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Guanajuato is home to singer Rogelio Garcia.

After central Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico coast, Guanajuato was one of the first areas of Mexico colonized by the Spanish, in the 1520s, for its rich silver deposits. Guanajuato’s colonial architecture is very well preserved along with more than 35 old churches in its capital alone.

In addition to the state capital city of Guanajuato, the state includes the cities of Silao, San Luis de la Paz, Acámbaro, Celaya, León,Yuriria, Salamanca, Irapuato, San Miguel de Allende, Salvatierra—the first city of Guanajuato, Cortazar, Cueramaro,Tarimoro, and Dolores Hidalgo, the cradle of Mexican independence.

The first battle in Mexico’s war for independence resulted in a march from Dolores Hidalgo upon the capital of the state and the subsequent burning of the granary which held all the Iberian-born Spaniards (approximately 500 men, women and children), by peasants of pureAmerindian or mixed (Mestizo) descent who had been put to work in very harsh conditions.

http://www.aboutguanajuato.com/guanajuato/en/

 

Some scenery on the way to Guanajuato

Notice we are on a divided highway with emergency telephones every 1 -2 KM

We are coming down into Guanajuato and we hope to bypass the city because of the tunnels

We are now headed directly into the heart of the city. No turning back now. John and I were nervous. No worries. We got lost and a tourist agent on the road waved us down and for $20( we forgot to negotiate the price (We would have paid anything!) jumped in the front of the RV and guided us through the underground streets. There are sidewalks, they are very lit and signed and big enough for the city buses.

Close up of one of the neighbour-hoods on the side of the hill

I wish we could have toured the city, but not in our rig and there was no RV park. maybe in a couple of years on a bus tour

Ok so now we are just past Dolores Hildago ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolores_Hidalgo), which we had planned on visiting, but the streets are still torn up getting ready for 2010 celebrations and the highway back from San Miguel de Allende is also under construction. We will have to see Dolores Hildago on another trip. Onward to San Miguel de Allende. Notice the road has a huge drop off. You have to drive slowly and keep on track

We made it to San Miguel de Allende and stayed for 5 nights (4 days)

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