Went to do some bar hopping in Mexico while grabbing some taco stand food along the way? This could be a bit dicey on both counts if you’re just winging it, but not on a bar and tacos night tour of Guanajuato.
For several years now I’ve run a street food tour company in my sometime home of Guanajuato, Mexico. For the first year I ran all the tours myself, partly because nobody else was doing it (the classic “hole in the market” business opportunity) and partly because it was an excuse to get me out of the home office and enjoy the sunshine. Fortunately it was a modest hit out of the box and has gotten great reviews on TripAdvisor. I don’t run the tours myself now since I’m only in GTO a few weeks a year these days, but I’ve got some great bilingual guides in place who know what they’re talking about.
Every once in a while someone would be on one of our street food tours and ask, “Why aren’t there any taco stands around?” We would eat tacos sometimes on the tour, but had to go to a permanent taco joint to do it. That’s because in most of Mexico, taco stands are a night thing. You’re more likely to see a taco stand at 2:00 a.m. than you are at 2 in the afternoon. We also got fairly frequent questions about where it was okay to go drinking at night. In a university city like Guanajuato, it’s a little hard to figure out which places are foreigner-friendly. Some are student dives, some are rough cantinas where you’ll likely encounter pushy local drunks slurring in Spanish you can’t understand.
So, as I revamped our tour site recently I worked with my guides to sort out a night tour we could add to the mix. It’s a combination pub crawl, street food tour, and city walking tour. This is not one for the timid or those with a weak stomach. The food is fine and is very unlikely to make you sick, but typical tour participants usually end up drinking cervezas, micheladas, mezcal, and tequila to get a real feel for Mexico.
It’s all on foot though, with no taxis to take unless you need one to get back to your hotel. (If you do, it’ll cost you $3 max.) Or for the hard-core types, the guide can drop you at a place where you can party til dawn if that’s your thing.
Prices are subject to change if the peso keeps falling, but for now it’s 650 pesos per person, a shade over $35. That includes five drinks, some street tacos, and a guide taking you around and ordering everything. There are discounts for groups of three or more.
Of course we’re still running the original daytime city tour in Guanajuato, which samples all kinds of street food and gives you a lot of historical background on the city during the walking tour. Ideally it’s best to go on this soon after arrival to get a sense of the layout and the history, but for the night tour it doesn’t matter so much. Follow any of the links for more information.