Mexico week 3: Wonderful city guanajuato visit
We love to discover new places in Mexico all the time. We feel at home everywhere. This week we flew from Cancun towards León airport to travel from there to the beautiful city of Guanajuato.
This town is really fairytale. Find out how we experienced Week 3 in Mexico here!
A little adventure
After our visit to the impressive Xcaret park,we thought it was time to visit another theme park. We chose
because this seemed to us to be the most adventurous park. And that’s not a lie! You can ziplin,swim in caves, raft and even cruisethrough the jungle in a jeep. And the latter made our adventure a little too adventurous. An idiot drove into the back of our jeep, which hit Sigrid’s neck. The fun was off. Fortunately, there was the extensive Mexican buffet, which was included in the entrance price. That made up for a lot.
A few days and a new suitcase later (Sigrid bought a new suitcase for her hand luggage because her original suitcase was on burst of clothes and souvenirs) we left for Cancun airport for our first domestic flight. We were well on time at check-in,and that was a good thing because -like everything else in Mexico – this too was very slow.
We noticed how other travelers got into trouble with the guy behind the check-in desk. They had to redistribute their suitcases in terms of weight or pay a hefty sum of money extra. With our well-stocked suitcases we also got a bit of nerves. Luckily we were able to avoid this grumpy man behind the counter at the last minute and we walked in a straight line to the friendly lady at the other counter. Everything then went fine at check-in. Hurray! The flight also went smoothly.
Three hours later we were standing with our suitcases at león airport. Here we had to arrange a bus or taxi to get to the center of Guanajuato an hour away. Buses were not there to be seen. You know a cab. Apparently you don’t have to arrange your own taxi here, but this is done for you when you first buy a ticket for the taxi at the airport. This was new.
It was also soon clear that the people here did not speak a word of English unlike the previous cities where we came. With our best Spanish we tried to explain where we were going. A hotel somewhere just outside the center of Guanajuato. The taxi driver never seemed to have heard of the street nor the hotel. Try the GPS. After some searching and sighing we finally found our destination. A nice, manicured hotel with hugely friendly staff. Let’s relax.
Beautiful city guanajuato
From Guanajuato we had high expectations. This city is touted by locals as “historic”, “beautiful”, “cozy”, “as in a fairy tale”… And we have to admit honestly that this is not a lie. Guanajuato is the most colorful city we have ever seen. The houses have all the colors of the rainbow and also the streets are decorated with colorful flags. This just makes you happy!
To the doctor
Tourists can barely see tourists here. The population does not speak English and so it is the place to practice our Spanish. This has its advantages but certainly also disadvantages. When you get sick, for example… Sigrid had a sore throat for a while and it was getting worse. After a few days of using cough syrup and throat tablets without much result, we made another attempt to request other medication from the pharmacy. However, the friendly woman from the pharmacy did not speak a word of English either, but she made it clear that we should consult a doctor so that Sigrid could possibly get antibiotics.
Strangely enough, a doctor was located above the pharmacy and even more, this one was completely free! Unfortunately, the doctor also did not speak English and explaining the complaints became a concoction of “Tos, dolor, antibiotics, por favor”. After completing some formalities and a short examination,the doctors prescribed medication. A pill for fever and pain, a pill against the infection in the throat and a pill of antibiotics. That’s how we understood. Back ‘at home’ we looked for the components of this medication as Sigrid is allergic to penicillin (a component that is often found in antibiotics). Leaflets are not included in the medication in Mexico. Strange, isn’t it? To date, we have not experienced any side effects from this medication and are also starting to work. Thank Goodness!
Look up mummies
Have you ever seen a real mummy? And did you know that there are mummies outside egypt? You can find (many!) at the Mummy Museum(El Museo De Las Momias)
in Guanajuato. At some point in history, one had to pay money for a cemetery. That’s why some of the bodies were exhumed and these mummified bodies emerged. Gruesome, right? Even more gruesome are the bodies themselves. Honestly we found the whole museum hugely strange and even somewhat lugubrious. We chose not to share these photos here. And as if that wasn’t scary enough, all mummies have a terrifying expression on their faces. You can see they’re screaming in pain. There are even mummified babies on display. Not suitable for sensitive visitors! Get out of here and move on to something happier.
On March 21, Guanajuato celebrated the feast of Benito Juarez. This man is considered mexico’s most beloved leader ever. This festival is therefore firmly celebrated in the streets of Guanajuato. The following was followed by the flower festival that actually comes from Viernes de Dolores (Good Friday). The streets are transformed into colourful markets where you can buy all kinds of flowers. Prayer sites have also been created everywhere with images of Mother Mary framed with candles and flowers. For the children there are eggs in baskets for sale with a view of Easter that will soon be celebrated. There is cosy music everywhere and confetti is thrown. This party is one of togetherness and one of the most important celebrations for the inhabitants of Guanajuato, that is clear. It’s great that we were able to be a part of this!
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