Leaving the little town of Hidalgo, NL was difficult, as it is every year. There’s always a reason to stay longer – “just one more day”! After one last latte at El Buho (and one last lovefest of cuddles for Walter by everyone in the café), we headed south for Guanajuato, GTO.
It was an easy 2 days of driving to Guanajuato. Well, easy until we reached the outskirts of the city. Due to the craziness of the city’s narrow, busy, winding streets, other travellers had warned us that we should drive around the city, not through it to get to Morril RV Park. Thankfully, we followed their advice but there was still a short bit of CRAZY city driving at the end: we had to 3-point-turn around a couple of the corners because they were incredibly tight; the hill up to the RV Park was so steep I feared we wouldn’t make it; and just as we thought we were home free, we bottomed out getting into the driveway. All said, a pretty typical day of driving in Mexico.
I’m not sure Morril quite qualifies as an RV Park… more like a parking lot with clean bathrooms and hook-ups. There was one other Overlander parked there and the rest of the ‘Park’ was filled with local cars, coming and going daily. No matter – every morning we woke up to an incredible view of the city, roosters crowing and a symphony of dogs barking – it was almost heaven.
Guanajuato is a beautiful colonial city that was built during the boom of the surrounding silver mines. It lies in a narrow valley with extra narrow, steep, winding streets (umm, yah) and colourful houses built up the sides of the surrounding mountains. One really cool feature is the underground tunnels, which handle much of the city’s traffic, making it much more pedestrian-friendly but wreaking havoc on GPS signals.
We could go on and on about how much we loved Guanajuato. If we had more time, we surely would have stayed for at least a week, or two, or maybe a month. It really was that cool. But we’ll just share some of our favourite highlights and let the pictures do most of the talking:
- Eating unbelievably cheap and delicious Mexican street food – enchiladas, tacos, tortas and pastries.
- Meeting so many locals and travellers thanks to Walter’s adorable face. He’s an absolute magnet. We were often chased down by young women yelling, “Ooohhhh, el perrito!!” At one point, he actually snuggled up for several minutes with a young Mexican couple. He has no doubt been featured on many an Instagram account.
- Sitting in a park or square to get some WiFi and sip our daily lattes.
- Hitting up most of the ‘top 10’ attractions, including a hike up to El Pipila to get the best view of the city (we had to hike up ‘cause pesky Walter wasn’t allowed on the funicular). Really though, our favourite activity is just wandering the streets and stumbling upon little architectural gems.
- Getting caught up in the city’s crazy nightlife, barely able to squeeze through the streets and squares. This city is teeming with music and life at night, something we so rarely get to experience in Canada.
- The Roadtrek’s side mirrors are quite wide… something to keep in mind in narrow spaces. We learned this after our mirror hit a bedspring (?!) that was sticking out into the shoulder of the road.
- Do follow the advice on iOverlander re: coming into the city via the ‘Panoramica’ road, avoiding inner city travel as much as possible. For Canadian and US drivers who aren’t accustomed to such tight spaces, it’s a bit scary!
- Morril RV Park is a tight squeeze… even tighter than we anticipated. Our Roadtrek is a small Class B van and I wouldn’t want to enter with anything much bigger.