3 Things to do in Guanajuato Mexico (and Basic Phrases in Spanish)

Traveling to foreign countries is one of the best reasons to learn a new language. In this short post we will take a look at a great place to visit for beginners learning Spanish. We are talking about the colorful city of Guanajuato, Mexico.

Guanajuato is a pintoresque place full of history. During the Spanish occupation in Mexico, the city was an important hub for the mining of gold and silver, and during the nineteenth century it was often the epicenter of battles during the war for independence from Spain. Now, let’s look at 3 interesting places to visit in this beautiful town.


1- Universidad de Guanajuato

This is one of the most important universities in the country; it´s history goes back to the eighteenth century. The main building of the university is a beautiful place definitely worth a visit.


Let’s review a few phrases in Spanish that may be useful…


  • Excuse me, which way is the University of Guanajuato?
  • Disculpe, ¿Para dónde está la Universidad de Guanajuato?


  • Where can I get water?
  • ¿Dónde puedo comprar agua?


  • Where can I get a taxi?
  • ¿Dónde puedo tomar un taxi?


  • Where can I find a phone?
  • ¿Dónde puedo encontrar un teléfono?


  • How much is this?
  • ¿Cuánto cuesta esto?


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This is what walking up to the main building looks like…


This is what the University of Guanajuato looks like from the street (click and drag to look around)…

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2- Museo de las Momias (Mummy Museum).

This is a museum where visitors can see real life mummies, most of which died during an outbreak of cholera in 1833. Here is a quick view at the “Museo de las Momias” in Guanajuato, Mexico.


…and this is what the museum looks like from the street…

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3- Monumento al Pipila (Pipila Monument)…

This is a monument to remember “El Pípila”, a hero of the war for the Independence of Mexico back in the 1800´s. The monument is located at the top of a hill that offers a beautiful panoramic view of Guanajuato.

This is what the view looks like from the top of the hill…


…and this is what using the Aerial tramway to get to the Pipila monument looks like…


In case you are a movie fan, here are a few scenes from the movie “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” with Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johny Depp and Enrique Iglesias. The movie was shot in Guanajuato!


Have you visited Guanajuato in the past? Do you have any tips you would like to share or any questions related to Spanish? Please share them with us in the comments section available at the end of this post.

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