Guanajuato: Cradle of Mexican Independence

José Miguel Almeyda Pulido

Guanajuato, Cuna de la Independencia de México

Turismo en GuanajuatoThe Independence Route is a favorite tour for those who live in Mexico. Due to its geographical location and economic conditions during the years before the war, Guanajuato was one of the main areas of battle. This is why it has become a must-see destination for both Mexicans and foreigners who wish to discover the history of the area formerly known as New Spain.

Puente del Campanero GuanajuatoMiguel Hidalgo, initiator of the uprising and famous for the "Grito de Dolores" (Cry of Dolores), entered Guanajuato by crossing the Puente del Campanero (Campanero Bridge), a place that now houses one of the most popular restaurants in town. Whenever you visit, don’t miss out on the chance to walk from this important site to Alhondiga de Granaditas, just as our heroes did on September 28, 1810.

Alhóndiga de GranaditasWhen you reach the Alhondiga de Granaditas, you’ll be facing the building that best depicts this time in Mexico’s history. It was here that the battle which would determine the course of the war took place, for the Spaniards suffered their first major defeat. The insurgents were incredibly brave, but the most notable feat was performed by El Pipila, who placed a stone on his back for protection, took a torch and burned down the front door of the building to enter and fight against the Iberians.

El Pípila GuanajuatoEl Pipila has been immortalized with a monument that offers panoramic views of Guanajuato. To reach it, you need to take the funicular railway from Teatro Juarez. The view from this location is simply unmatched. From here you’ll be able to admire the Basilica, the University of Guanajuato and other beautiful colonial buildings. Before heading back, you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase crafts in the small Las Cruces market.

Vacaciones en GuanajuatoAll of the colonial cities in Mexico are beautiful, but Guanajuato truly highlights the importance it had in building the country that we have today. So pack your most comfortable shoes, grab your camera and take a walk through the narrow alleys of this lovely city, where history, culture and tradition blend with a youthful and celebratory atmosphere.

 Written by José Miguel Almeyda Pulido