Hacienda Del Marques
Carretera Libre Guanajuato-Irapuato Km. 11, Guanajuato, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Mexico
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I'm a student traveling to study in Guanajuato this summer. I'm planning to arrive a month early to do some volunteer work. I'm open to all different kinds of volunteering, but I am looking for somewhere safe near the Guanajuato area. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks!
Theres an orphanage in San Miguel de Allende called Mexiquito that can always use some help. San Miguel is a beautiful safe little city about an hours bus ride from Guanajuato.
Some of the language schools here in Guanajuato (the city) have volunteer opportunities. You could check with your school's director for information.
If you enjoy working with animals and educating the public about proper pet care, you could contact Amigos de los Animales (http://www.amigosanimalesgto.org/).
If you like working with children, you could contact the Rainbow Connection (http://mexchild.org/home).
Please feel free to ask any other questions you have about Guanajuato.
Have a great time!
If you are still looking, you might want to contact the Biblioteca in San Miguel as it pretty much the center of the expat volunteer community. Also, the Atencion, which is the weekly, Fridays, publication by the Biblioteca often has opportunities or contacts. San Miguel about 1.5 hours from Guanajuato.
Travel Tips for Guanajuato
Guanajuato’s magnificent baroque style Temple of San Diego was build between 1780 and 1784. In the 19th century, its spectacular gilt altarpieces were replaced with neoclassical versions. The church also houses an important collection of recently restored paintings, dating from the 19th century and earlier. More and better pictures will come on my next visit.
Guanajuato used to have some rivers that now have dissapeared. The reason they were dried. Years later the city faced the challenge of preserving the historical heritage and also provide the citizens with mobility. the solution was to use the old river to build a subterranean street that avoided the cars to drive trough the downtown.
The street can be walked by and there are several points of acces in the city, I read that you can see some remains of old buildings that were buried by the river, I didn't saw any so I don't know if I walked the wrong area or if you need an archeologist eye to notice them.
Anyway remains or not is fun to walk a small area of this street.
pipila's shadow on the city
look at pipila on the hilltop!
during independence war (see my dolores hidalgo's page),he set fire to the municipal hayloft where the spanish had taken refuge.
of course,have also a look on these nice seigniorial residences.
pipila's special request:see my travelogue!
San Roque Church
This is one of the smallest churches in the city and it was built in 1726, it is not spectacular but I think is pretty and a good show of the religious architecture during colonial times. The temple is located in a homonymous square and today it is specially noted because during the 50's it was in front of this church that the so called "entremeses cervantinos" were performed. This "entremeses" were theatrical representations made by students of the university that acted the plays of Miguel de Cervantes, this small representations are considered to be the root of the Cervantine Festival that is celebrated today.
The square was chosen for this performances because the place was said to be the one that better resembled Spain in all the city. Today there is a plate and a statue remembering this old celebrations.
Some of the streets to take you to the downtown are like caves, becuse Guanajuato was a place with many mills, gold and silver were the attractivness of the town. So during years mills were the economic activity for the country.
You will be delighted to see a mill, there are some tours in there, if you like it I can recommend another Mill in the sate of Hidalgo, is near Mexico city.
Nowadays this streets are aswesom in the sence you can realize of the hard work duirng all those years and how large they are, REALLY TAKE A LOOK !
The streets own a colonial style, you can feel you can be in the renace time.
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