Guanajuato is a city steeped in legends and myths, many dating as far back as the 16th century. The telling of local legends such as La Llorona (the weeping woman), El Truco (the trick) and the famous Callejon del Beso (Alley of the Kiss) are Guanajuato attractions, and best told by local guides.
The sharing of local legends is part of the tradition of the callejoneada, a type of “walking serenade”, during which local musicians dress up in traditional 17th century costumes and weave their way through the cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways of colonial Guanajuato while playing music, singing popular folk songs, telling stories and reciting local legends.
The tradition of the callejoneada was introduced into Mexico after the arrival of the Spanish. In Guanajuato callejoneadas are popular folkloric events that are often performed by groups of student musicians and frequently referred to as estudiantinas. Callejoneadas are held in the evenings and on weekends and holidays, as often as five times each week, and often to entertain visitors to the city.
The routes that the callejoneadas follow vary depending on the particular event, but you can expect to tour much of the historic center of Guanajuato. Common meeting points include the steps of the Teatro Juarez (Juarez Theater) and Jardin de la Union (Union Garden), or central plaza. Callejoneadas visit many Guanajuato attractions including the Hidalgo market and the Alley of the Kiss, often accompanied by a bottle of wine or tequila.
The appropriately named Callejon del Beso (Alley of the Kiss) is one of Guanajuato’s narrowest alleyways, and it’s here that two people standing on opposite balconies can share a kiss. Legends tell of star-crossed lovers sharing forbidden kisses across this alleyway and today, visiting couples who share a kiss while standing on opposite sides of the alleyway can expect to enjoy many happy years together.