Guanajuato, Mexico: One of Lonely Planet’s top cities for 2018


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Guanajuato, Mexico

GETTYOrnate, colourful buildings line the valley

The wealth produced by the mines created a visually stunning cityscape of ornate churches, pretty squares and colourful houses, spread out over a verdant valley.

This natural and man-made beauty caught the eye of Pixar film producers, who used the city as inspiration for their animated Land of the Dead in new movie Coco.


Founded in 1548, Guanajuato is one of Mexico’s oldest colonial cities and played a prominent role in the country’s fight for independence when, in 1810, a battle between rebels and Spanish troops turned a local miner into a national hero. offers a 12-day self-drive holiday taking in Guanajuato, Mexico City, Morelia and the beaches of Zihuatanejo on the Pacific coast, from £3,371. (two sharing), B&B.

Price includes return flights from Heathrow to Mexico City, car hire and excursions.

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