In 1988, UNESCO recognized Guanajuato as a World Heritage Site owing to the magnificent architecture of its numerous historical monuments and to its highly unique urban layout.
Only twenty-five minutes from the International Airport of El Bajio, this city is strategically located next to two major cities Leon and Irapuato which offer a wide variety of services. Guanajuato's primary focus has been tourism and it is a city of great beauty, built at the bottom of a deep canyon. Its streets taper off into steep, meandering alleys and underground tunnels, which wind their way through brightly colored houses located atop the surrounding hills.
Guanajuato has a wide range of hotels and beautiful colonial haciendas that have been converted into lovely guest houses. It also offers excellent restaurants and cafes that line the city squares, where people can enjoy the charm of the city and take in stunning vistas of the colonial buildings against a mountainous backdrop. Little shops and street vendors selling local handcrafts delight tourists and Guanajuato's festive spirit comes to the fore during its popular fiestas and events held year round.
For those who love the countryside, the outskirts of the city center offers impressive mountains, lush forests, and serene reservoirs.
For linguistic buffs, Spanish courses are offered at the university or at numerous recognized language schools. The locals are warm and welcoming and make visitors feel at home. Guanajuato's primary focus has been tourism, but recently, the city has benefitted from the economic and industrial expansion of its neighbor, Silao.