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Route of the Landscapes and Handcrafts to the Western Pearl

Guanajuato, Guadalajara, León, Silao, San Juan de los Lagos, Tlaquepaque, Tonalá

The legends and romanticism of Guanajuato will be the starting point of this route. Walk through its alleys, true labyrinths that will take you through beautiful old houses, and stop at the Callejón del Beso (Kiss Alley), where you will know its peculiar legend and the tradition that you will have to fulfill. Another way to travel through Guanajuato, is through its incredible tunnels, part of the original architecture of the city. You can also walk it at night in a callejoneada. Other places that you cannot miss in Guanajuato are the Teatro Juárez (Juárez Theater), the university, the cathedral and the Alhóndiga de Granaditas.

Heading north you will reach Silao. It is an important industrial center of the Mexican Bajío and is also recognized for its wooden crafts and typical sweets. Discover its beautiful colonial buildings, such as the Presidencia Municipal, the Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol (Santiago Apóstol Parish) and the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture). The most important activity to do here is to climb the Cerro del Cubilete at 2,700 meters (8858 ft.) high towards the impressive Cristo de la Montaña, it is a pilgrimage site with incredible landscape views.

After Silao you will arrive at León. Renowned for being the Capital of Footwear, here you will find first-class shoes and leather goods. It is also a beautiful city to enjoy its architectural attractions, such as its Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral) or the Templo Expiatorio (Expiatory Temple). Delight yourself with typical dishes such as tacos de aire, caldo de oso or some guacamayas (sandwich).

Once in Jalisco, San Juan de los Lagos awaits you, where the Virgin of the same name is venerated in its beautiful cathedral. This is a pilgrimage site, where you will find a variety of options to stay. The main market is perfect to find typical dishes and also to buy handicrafts.

The next stop will be Tonalá, a totally artisanal town. It has two museums that you can visit, the Regional Museum and the Museo Nacional de la Cerámica (National Museum of Ceramics). On Thursdays and Sundays a traveling market is established with handicrafts from the area.

Continuing with the small towns of artisans, the next visit will be to the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Tlaquepaque. Here you will find art wherever you look, as there are important galleries, as well as exhibitions of handicrafts of all kinds: clay, wood, embroidery, pottery, brass, papier-mâché, glass and leather.

This route ends in the metropolis of Guadalajara, capital city of the state. Discover its museums, visit its Historic Center and get to know the Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral), the Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento (Expiatory Temple of the Santísimo Sacramento), the Teatro Degollado (Degollado Theater) and the Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres (Rotunda of Illustrious Jaliscienses). At night you will find a great variety of entertainment, of course, with some mariachi and tequila present.
The legends and romanticism of Guanajuato will be the starting point of this route. Walk through its alleys, true labyrinths that will take you through beautiful old houses, and stop at the Callejón del Beso (Kiss Alley), where you will know its peculiar legend and the tradition that you will have to fulfill. Another way to travel through Guanajuato, is through its incredible tunnels, part of the original architecture of the city. You can also walk it at night in a callejoneada. Other places that you cannot miss in Guanajuato are the Teatro Juárez (Juárez Theater), the university, the cathedral and the Alhóndiga de Granaditas.

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Heading north you will reach Silao. It is an important industrial center of the Mexican Bajío and is also recognized for its wooden crafts and typical sweets. Discover its beautiful colonial buildings, such as the Presidencia Municipal, the Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol (Santiago Apóstol Parish) and the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture). The most important activity to do here is to climb the Cerro del Cubilete at 2,700 meters (8858 ft.) high towards the impressive Cristo de la Montaña, it is a pilgrimage site with incredible landscape views.

After Silao you will arrive at León. Renowned for being the Capital of Footwear, here you will find first-class shoes and leather goods. It is also a beautiful city to enjoy its architectural attractions, such as its Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral) or the Templo Expiatorio (Expiatory Temple). Delight yourself with typical dishes such as tacos de aire, caldo de oso or some guacamayas (sandwich).

Once in Jalisco, San Juan de los Lagos awaits you, where the Virgin of the same name is venerated in its beautiful cathedral. This is a pilgrimage site, where you will find a variety of options to stay. The main market is perfect to find typical dishes and also to buy handicrafts.

The next stop will be Tonalá, a totally artisanal town. It has two museums that you can visit, the Regional Museum and the Museo Nacional de la Cerámica (National Museum of Ceramics). On Thursdays and Sundays a traveling market is established with handicrafts from the area.

Continuing with the small towns of artisans, the next visit will be to the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Tlaquepaque. Here you will find art wherever you look, as there are important galleries, as well as exhibitions of handicrafts of all kinds: clay, wood, embroidery, pottery, brass, papier-mâché, glass and leather.

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