Guanajuato

Posted 6 months ago in Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato

Posted 6 months ago in Guanajuato, Mexico

One of the problems with travel blogs and articles is that they only focus on the best aspects of travel - carefully composing photos to crop out the ugly bits, and never mentioning the traffic or the pollution. We’re guilty of this too! 

We were excited to see Guanajuato after seeing so many great photos of the colourful houses on the hillside, especially after we learnt that it was the inspiration for the land of the dead in Coco.

The reality was slightly different. While the town looked lovely from afar, it was a little gritty and grimy up close, with lots of traffic choking the narrow streets. Our apartment had a killer view of the town - but the only place you could appreciate it was while standing at the window of the bedroom. The rest of the apartment was pretty dingy and tired - but one of the benefits of travelling with kids is that they couldn't care less about any of that, and they were perfectly happy playing cushion-houses in the gloomy living-room.

We had a good time overall - but it was a timely reminder of the subtle lie that travel articles and blogs contain. Bearing that in mind, here are some photos showing the best aspects of Guanajuato!

When in Mexico... you drink a michelada
When in Mexico... you drink a michelada
Clem-made hat
Clem-made hat
One of the 'benefits' of light sleepers is you get to see this
One of the 'benefits' of light sleepers is you get to see this
Morning coffee
Morning coffee
peeling happy
peeling happy
On the funicular overlooking town
On the funicular overlooking town
Coco in Guanajuato
Coco in Guanajuato
Clementine taking a breather, partway through climbing 88 steps
Clementine taking a breather, partway through climbing 88 steps
The view from (one particular window of) our apartment at sunset
The view from (one particular window of) our apartment at sunset
The colours of Coco
The colours of Coco