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12 days in Guanajuato region

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12 days in Guanajuato region

We are two healthy, experienced retired travelers we will be in the Guanajuato region from Dec. 15 to Dec. 27, 2016. Our hope is to respectfully experience the local people in their cultural elements (city and rural life, architecture, museums, festivals and performances--- and of course nature in all her glory!). Some easygoing hiking as well. One idea is to base ourselves in Leon for 6 days, then in Guanajuato city for another 6. It appears we can plan a number of easy day trips from those 2 bases (e.g.to Dolores Hidalgo and other sites) before moving on to San Miguel de Allende the last of December. We'd appreciate feedback on this plan as well as ideas on best cities with Advent and Navidad festivals. Muchas gracias por su ayuda!

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1. Re: 12 days in Guanajuato region

Why Leon? Leon is an industrial city, not too pretty. Its a great place to shop for shoes but not nearly as gorgeous as Guanajuato City or San Miguel de Allende or Queretaro. I would suggest Queretaro then Guanajuato. The posadas are celebrated in neighborhoods and families, if you go to a church or cultural center they would have suggestions.

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Six days in Leon may leave you really scratching for things to do? Besides the Zona Piel (leather zone) and a few attractions, Leon is somewhat limited in our experience. We found a day trip from Guanajuato to Dolores Hidalgo to be an enjoyable experience - video of the drive: https://youtu.be/gHF8i4YQR1Y Interesting stops along the way are the large Mayolica pottery shop in the village of Santa Rosa:

http://www.mayolicasantarosa.com/index2.php

and the studio of Gerardo Garcia right on the highway outside of Leon:

https://goo.gl/photos/8jyuef3gBepPiwTX8

Since you have allotted so many days, you might consider taking a look at visting Queretaro?

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I tend to agree with 1 & 2. Although I like Leon, especially the centro and this hotel:

http://www.ramadaleon.com/

There are things to do/see in the area, depending on what sort of transportation you'll have.

https:/…lagos-de-moreno-jalisco.html

http://haciendacorralejo.com/web/

Sometimes this place has a special event:

http://haciendasancristobal.com/

This area may offer some hiking:

https:/…the-lobos-wolves-sierra-leon.html

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4. Re: 12 days in Guanajuato region

Thank you, one and all, for the great feedback. We did wonder about Leon as a base, so we'll switch to G City and another for bases. We fly in to Leon, so appreciate the hotel rec. We prefer family based b & b's to support locals, so any recs for G City and Queretaro will be appreciated..... again, thanks heaps.

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Leon to Guanajuato is very close, you are talking a 40 min drive. Queretaro is an hour and a half drive from Guanajuato, really pleasant beautiful countryside.It depends on your interests, Queretaro is a historic Mexican city with an ambundance of museums. San Miguel is a (ok I am gonna get criticized for this ) a bit of a destination for upscale Mexico city people and a lot of gringo expats of the older sort. Mexico in general is a very young country with vibrant culture - in Queretaro and Guanajuato you get to feel this, state caps have the Universities - I am by no means young but I love the culture, the arts, the scene.

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Panch, I think that's a fair assessment of SMA. After all, I am of that 'older sort', though still not SS eligible. Well played. I think that with increased violence in traditional chilango haunts such as Cuernavaca and Acapulco, the DF'ers (a friend just calls them F'ers) are preferring San Miguel and Guanajuato.

In Guanajuato, a favorite B&B: http://www.casazunigagto.com/ Rick, the owner, is very knowledgeable about Guanajuato history.

Ron, if you do end up basing in Queretaro, Bernal is a good day trip, and offers hiking on the Peña, or monolith.

http://de-paseo.com/queretaro/bernal/. We've stayed at probably a dozen different hotels in Queretaro, but never a B&B.

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baldOne that is fair. I work in MX and so I am friends with lots of Mexicans, I am also language fluent. When my dad moved to Germany retiring it was very difficult for him. My friend Ian in Zacatecas has had a tough time but overcame it. He takes Spanish language classes with young Asians. Yeah SMA is easier but there are other places, and once you get the lingo and the friends its very rich.

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Actually Panch, both the half-orange and I both are pretty fluent. Although I begrudgingly admit her more so than I. Probably the nuances of the subjunctive is my biggest challenge. That and things like car parts and hardware. Although I did learn what a toggle bolt is.

I feel for your dad, we started studying Spanish in earnest in our early 40's; can't imagine starting from scratch at his age? But, yeah, agree that it makes living/traveling in Latin America a much richer experience. Our 'bucket list' since we learned Spanish was to visit every Spanish-speaking country in the world. We're 2/3's the way there, but time's running out and Texas doesn't count.

I'm curious about the OP, living in Hungary and obviously fluent in English.

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Thanks once more, virtual guides, for the updates. We are definitely splitting our 12 day bases between G City and either Dolores Hidalgo or Queretaro (depends on bus and/or accommodation availability... and which town has the livliest posadas and Navidad Mass). We don't drive, but hear bus service is good in that area.

FYI, baldOneNebraska, to respond to your curiosity, I was born and raised in the Hawkeye State next to yours. We have lived in Budapest for 15 years and are now very involved in homestay exchanges here and at our place in Cuenca Ecuador. Thanks to you and your fellow experts for all this data.

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Granted things probably have changed in recent years but we found hotel and restaurant options in Dolores Hidalgo so lacking that our visits have been day trips from either Guanajuato or San Miguel de Allende. I would say that it is a shorter R/T from San Miguel but the scenery on the Guanajuato drive is more interesting. Probably the most consistent restaurant we experienced was: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Revie…

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