I’ve been living in Guanajuato for more than two and a half years now total, during two different periods. I don’t write about the place all that much on this blog, however. First of all I don’t want to make it too Mexico-heavy since my books cover the globe. Also I don’t want to be on the s%#t list of my fellow few hundred expats here. They like the fact there aren’t too many of us here and their biggest fear is that this will turn into another San Miguel de Allende or Ajijic, where gringos have taken over the place.
I don’t think that’s a realistic fear: this city is too mountainous, too car-unfriendly, and it’s quite tough to get by in without having a functional level of Spanish. So I do write about it now and then and talk about my adopted home town on podcasts when asked.
On that note, I recently appeared on The Amateur Traveler podcast discussing where you would spend a week in the state of Guanajuato. Search for it on iTunes and Stitcher or go stream it on the Amateur Traveler blog. One huge omission on that podcast interview though: I forgot to mention the mummy museum! It’s creeptastic if you’re into that kind of thing:
As I mentioned once before, I run street food walking tours in Guanajuato. It’s mostly a way for me to get out of the home office and show people around the city. Recently Nick and Dariece from Goats on the Road went on the tour with me. You can see their review of the tour here and they made a cool video as well that I’m embedding below:
I haven’t promoted this tour very heavily because I travel a fair bit and have to turn people down when I’m away. I’m about to rectify that with a new hire though who can run the tours as a back-up when I’m not here and keep them going when I move away. So no matter when you’ll be here, check out the Mexico Street Food website for prices and booking. And some photos that will make you hungry.
A while back I made some videos for the people in my Committed group of Cheap Living Abroad that toured houses and apartments people were renting in central Mexico for $250 to $600 a month. If you want to check them out now, do a search on my YouTube channel. If you subscribe while you’re there, even better.
Tim Leffel is the editor of the Cheapest Destinations Blog, Perceptive Travel, and TravelWriting2.com. He is the founder of Al Centro Media and the author of five books, including The World's Cheapest Destinations.