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James Williams

Category: Mexico 2021-2023

I'm in love with Guanajuato

Guanajuato City facing south from Centro

Lens Model iPhone 14 Pro back triple camera 6.86mm f/1.78
ISO 80
Exposure Time 1/121
Image Size 4032x3024
GPS Position 21.018317 N, 101.253494 W
GPS Altitude 2058.7 m Above Sea Level
GPS Img Direction 159.2975464
Create Date 2023:01:03 18:22:08

Guanajuato is my favourite city in Mexico. The centro historico is built into a valley, and many of the roads are tunneled through the mountains that surround it. The city itself has been built and rebuilt upon its former self, with a subterranean level comprised of the haciendas that once lined the Guanajatu River.

My first thought when I got here was, why? Why tunnel through three kilometers of mountain to build a town here? The answer is silver. The area around Guanajuato accounted for more than two-thirds of the world’s silver production leading into the 19th century. The primary mine—La Valenciana—is still operational.

Guanajuato was also the site of the first battle of the Mexican War of Independence. You can still see the bullet holes in the Alhóndiga de Granaditas (grain exchange building next to the central mercado).

Guanajuato is about 4 to 5 hours by bus from Mexico City and well worth the trip. It’s also a very reasonable day trip (and beautiful drive) from San Miguele de Allende.


Guanajuato City church in main plaza

Lens Model iPhone 14 Pro back triple camera 6.86mm f/1.78
ISO 80
Exposure Time 1/7576
Image Size 4032x3024
GPS Position 21.016833 N, 101.254242 W
GPS Altitude 2024 m Above Sea Level
GPS Img Direction 116.5262318
Create Date 2023:01:03 12:41:27

Volkswagen Beetle at sunset in Guanajuato City

Lens Model iPhone 14 Pro back triple camera 6.86mm f/1.78
ISO 80
Exposure Time 1/1779
Image Size 4032x3024
GPS Position 21.019817 N, 101.250581 W
GPS Altitude 2076.3 m Above Sea Level
GPS Img Direction 260.5706482
Create Date 2023:01:03 18:07:53

Guanajuato skyline facing northeast

Lens Model iPhone 14 Pro back triple camera 6.86mm f/1.78
ISO 80
Exposure Time 1/1241
Image Size 4032x3024
GPS Position 21.014539 N, 101.254303 W
GPS Altitude 2085.6 m Above Sea Level
GPS Img Direction 40.99349974
Create Date 2023:01:04 17:57:19

Subterranean intersection in Guanajuato

Lens Model iPhone 14 Pro back triple camera 6.86mm f/1.78
ISO 80
Exposure Time 1/604
Image Size 4032x3024
GPS Position 21.016881 N, 101.256767 W
GPS Altitude 2014.6 m Above Sea Level
GPS Img Direction 104.9418297
Create Date 2023:01:05 11:05:21

Full resolution photos are available below the fold.

Note: I’ve edited this post. It was first posted on January 4, 2023 with only the leading image. When I first posted the picture, it was in the early days of ChatGPT and I was of course excited to try to generate some text with it. I did so with a short description of Guanajuato City as a caption, and with the benefit of hindsight I’m no longer comfortable polluting the internet with content I didn’t write myself. All of the photos beyond the first were published on March 23, 2024 and the text is my own.