Guanajuato Heritage Cities

Heritage Cities in Guanajuato are those designated as such by UNESCO since they have a unique aesthetic beauty and for the contribution they make to the country’s identity, at different times, such as the Viceroyalty, the cradle of Independence, modern Mexico, etc.

In addition to the fact that this designation grants a significant value for tourism, it brings with it a national and international commitment, and coordinated actions so that all the Heritage Cities can be preserved.

Mexico has the 4th largest number of cities inscribed on the World Heritage List, with 11 cities in 10 declarations, of which the State of Guanajuato has 2: Guanajuato and adjacent mines (1988) and the Villa de San Miguel and Sanctuary of Jesus Nazareno de Atotonilco (2008).


This picturesque and emblematic city, which is the capital of the state of Guanajuato, emerged in the sixteenth century when gold and silver veins were found in the subsoil, making it develop around this activity and turning it into the most important mining center of the colonial era.

It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, due to its historical importance as part of one of the main precincts of the struggle for Mexican Independence; it also stands out for its cultural offerings that can be seen in its colonial-style architecture, colorful alleys, its iconic mummies and tunnels, and its mystical stories, among others.

San Miguel de Allende

The city was founded as a mission in 1542 and named “El Grande” because it was an important crossroads and one of the most prosperous novo-Hispanic cities in the region.It was declared a World Heritage

Site by UNESCO in 2008 due to the colonial jewel it represents within its colorful streets full of stories and traditions.

It is a popular destination for lovers of culture and a relaxed atmosphere because, in addition to having a wide variety of cultural and historical sites, it offers restaurants of renowned chefs, luxury hotels, and exclusive boutiques.

Places of Interest in Guanajuato:
  • Plaza de la Paz
  • Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato
  • Museum of Count Rul
  • Garden of the Union
  • Duieguino Museum
  • Juarez Theater
  • conographic Museum of Don Quixote
  • Allende Square
  • Cervantes Theater
  • Kiss Alley
  • Hidalgo Market
  • Alhóndiga de Granaditas
  • Guanajuato Mummy Museum
  • La Olla Dam
  • Peralillo Dam
  • Valenciana
  • Diego Rivera Museum
  • Funicular
  • Pípila Monument Overlook
  • University of Guanajuato
  • Miguel Hidalgo Underground Street
Places of Interest in San Miguel de Allende:
  • San Miguel Arcangel Parish Church
  • Temple of Santa Ana
  • Sanctuary of Jesus of Nazarene of Atotonilco
  • El Chorro Neighborhood
  • Ignacio Ramirez “El Nigromante” Cultural Center
  • Angela Peralta Theater
  • Historical Museum Casa de Don Ignacio Allende’sHouse
  • San Juan de Dios Temple
  • Soledad Square
  • House of the Mayorazgo de la Canal
  • San Francisco Temple
  • El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden and NaturalProtected Area
  • Museum of the Mexican Popular Toy
  • Viewpoint of San Miguel de Allende
  • Art and Design Center Fábrica La Aurora Factory
  • Wine Route:
    • –  San Lucas Vineyard
    • –  Three Roots Winery
    • –  Puente Josefa Vineyard
    • –  Dos Búhos Winery
    • –  Toyan Winery
    • –  San Miguel Vineyard
    • –  Hacienda San José Lavista
    • –  Santa Catalina Vineyard
    • –  San Francisco Vineyard