Follow the route to the state of Guanajuato, where three cities very close to each other: Celaya, Salamanca and Irapuato, await you with the attractions that make them important destinations in the area.
Celaya, named the Golden Gate of the Bajío for its commercial relevance, has a beautiful downtown area that is definitely worth visiting, here, the Templo de San Francisco (San Francisco Temple) stands out. You will also find handicraft stores where you can buy one or more jars of its traditional cajeta. Another attraction that you cannot miss out on is the Hydraulic Tower.
In Salamanca, the mandatory stop is for gastronomical purposes, delicious traditional delicacies await you, such as pencas rellenas, and for dessert, an original nieve de pasta.
Irapuato, better known as the Strawberry Capital of the World, has a charming downtown area, in which the Plaza de los Fundadores (Fundadores Square), the cathedral and the City Museum are true architectural treasures. Before leaving, discover the wide variety of dishes, sweets, jams and desserts, where the main ingredient is obviously the strawberry.
Follow the route to Guanajuato, a beautiful destination full of culture and legends. Learn about the historical legacy of the city in its squares and buildings, the most important one being the Alhóndiga de las Granaditas, a critical setting of the Mexican Independence. The Jardín de la Unión (Union Graden) is perfect for taking a walk and having a cup of coffee while admiring the magnificent Teatro Juárez (Juárez Theater), and then heading towards the cathedral and the university located a few meters from there. Discover how wonderful its alleys and tunnels are, full of legends, and complement the tour with a visit to the Museo de las Momias (Mummy Museum). Don't forget to walk up to the Pípila Monument to admire the city from above. If you go in October, enjoy the International Cervantino Festival!
Continue to Silao, the perfect place to appreciate the richness of colonial architecture, in its various parishes from different eras, which you can visit on a walk through downtown Silao. A few minutes away is the main attraction of this town: the Santuario de Cristo Rey (Cristo Rey Sanctuary) in the Cerro del Cubilete (Cubilete Hill). You can climb up to the monumental Christ sculpture which is 20 meters (66 ft) high, and enjoy a beautiful view of the surroundings.
The direction is now towards the city of León, Guanajuato. To get to know its colonial buildings, the best way to explore this place is to walk through the Main Square where you will find the Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral) or the neo-Gothic style Templo Expiatorio (Expiatory Temple). Following the Calzada de los Héroes (Heroes Boulevard) you will reach the emblematic Arco Triunfal (Triumphal Arch). Being León the Capital of Footwear, here you can buy shoes and leather goods of the highest quality. Don't leave without trying a guacamaya!
Later the trip continues to the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Lagos de Moreno. Enjoy the architectural beauty of the Parroquia de la Asunción (Asunción Parish), built in the Baroque style with pink quarry stone, and take the opportunity to take a walk through the Jardín de los Constituyentes (Constituyentes Garden). Other unmissable visits are the Templo del Calvario (Calvario Temple) with its wonderful views, and mainly the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Luz (Nuestra Señora de la Luz Parish) with its quarry stone bridge over the Lagos River.
The next destination is San Juan de los Lagos, in the state of Jalisco. It is considered one of the most important religious centers since its basilica is very much visited by pilgrims who come to see the Virgen de San Juan de los Lagos (San Juan de los Lagos Virgin). In the Main Market you can try typical dishes, and also choose from a great variety of crafts.