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Teatro Juarez Performances, Etc.
My wife and I will be in Guanajuato from Feb 23 to March 1 and were interested in seeing a performance of some kind at the Teatro Juarez. A play, a concert, anything really. I have googled it but I can't find any information or schedule. How can I get information on performances and maybe book tickets?
Also, we would like to go out dancing...salsa or whatever...we are fair dancers. While I firmly believe that 40 is the new 30, we wondered if there was place with live music and dancing that had a more adult clientele. Just some place that was not a college crowd.
Re: Teatro Juarez Performances, Etc.
Hi, try this link: http://www.guanajuato.gob.mx/cultura/
It's only in Spanish.
Or, try this one: http://www.guanajuatocapital.com/ingles.html
When you arrive to Guanajuato go to a tourist info booth, they are located around the squares and they can give you all the info you need.
There is a salsa place in front of Teatro Juarez, but have never been there, anyway they play loud loud salsa.
Re: Teatro Juarez Performances, Etc.
After you arrive in town, check with the tourist office for a schedule of performances or go to the Teatro Juárez ticket office.
There are several places downtown where you can find live music and dancing. Ask at your hotel for recommendations. If you want to avoid the younger crowds, skip the Guanajuato Grill and El Capitulo (I think that's the name...it's just down the street from the Basilica/Plaza de la Paz). You might try the Cuba Mia club.
If you don't have a place to stay yet, I would recommend La Casa de Doña Ana. It is an affordable, yet comfortable and beautiful B&B close to the center of town. Mike and Ana, the owners, are wonderful people and Ana is a fabulous cook!
Hope that helps.
Travel Tips for Guanajuato
The origin of the University...
The origin of the University of Guanajuato goes back to the arrival of the Jesuits and their founding of the College of the Holly Trinity in 1732. In 1828, it became property of the Government of the State and went renamed into the State College. In 1945, it gained university status. This impressive neoclassical style building, made of green stone, currently houses the Rector’s Office and administrative and academic offices, as well as a number of the University’s Schools and Facilities.
check out Academia Falcon!
This is the school that my girlfriend and I spent 5 weeks at studying Spanish. At first I was a little nervous because mySpanish was so bad I couldn't understand my host family (best host family ever!!!), and the other students had been there longer and were interacting in Spanish alot better...however, within a week, I was morphing into someone who could understand the conversations, and after 5 weeks, I could carry one on myself! It was an amazing school, and was worth it just to see the architecture (renovated), and the cooking classes, conversation evening classes and salsa lessons were a favorite among tourists from all over the world...
There are three main theatres in Guanajuato; Teatro Juarez, Teatro Principal and Teatro Cervantes. All three are absolutely beautiful and free to walk into and look around during the day. Teatro Juarez, which faces Jardin de la Union, has many cultural shows weekly and often is where the symphony plays. I saw an amazing pianist while I was in town for only 100 pesos. Teatro Principal also has shows but is less grandiose than Juarez. Still, an amazing theatre. As far as I noticed, there were no shows happening at Teatro Cervantes the three weeks I was there, but it's still an amazingly beautiful building.
Meet El Pipila!
Apparently "pipila" means "female turkey" in Spanish. Lucky for you, "El Pipila" is not a turkey at all! Rather, he is a hero of the Mexican War of Independence who strapped a huge slab of rock to his back and crawled through a combat zone to light a granary (housing Spanish soldiers and civilians) on fire. Once the building was ablaze, his comrades were able to enter and slaughter all the Spanish soldiers and civilians inside. Go, Pipila!
Today, El Pipila has been immortalized in stone on a hill high above Guanajuato. On his shoulder sits a blue, glass lookout box that my guidebook says is open daily until eight pm, but was closed at six o' clock on the dot the day I visited. The views are actually much better from the mirador (viewpoint) around the statue anyways, so don't worry if you don't get your chance to climb through his internal organs to the shoulder lookout!
Access to El Pipila is by foot (about thirty minutes uphill), city bus (marked "PIPILA") or funicular (see my other tips).
The mummies museum
Probably the most known touristic attraction in Guanajuto, at least in other places in Mexico is the mummies museum.
This mummies were found by accident in the old cementery of the city, after they were left without room to bury more people they started opening the old tombs (the first one in 1865) nobody visited anymore and it was discovered that the corpses had been mummified due to several factors like dryness and the minerals in the soil.
Don't ask me why but this enormous collection of mummies have become know countrywide and everybody wants to see them, they are so famous that they were even used as villians in the movies of another mexican pop culture icon, El Santo. This museum was opened to exhibit the enormous collection wich includes the smallest mummy in the world, the first exhumed mummy, and a sadly famous corpse that was found to have been buried alive by mistake as it position shows it died trying to escape.
Personally the museum was a dissapointment to me, and I think it is one of the few places in Guanajuato that could be much better than it is, the reason: once the morbid curiosity of watching the corpses is satisfied then the place has nothing else to offer, it is just a big collection of corpses, a museum should offer some kind of knowledge but it isn't the case of this place, if they did some kind of research and added plates explaining something like the process of mummification, the funerary practices during colonial times or anything else to accompany the mummies then the visit would be a lot more rewarding.
In my opinion you should visit it if you have time, but it should not be a priority if you are short on time
the ticket in is $20 pesos and when I was there the place was very crowded wich I think is something frequent, if you choose to walk back to downtown you may see you may see some streets, squares or neighborhoods that other people misses on the downhill trip.
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