Guanajuato

It’s a short drive from Angahuan to Uruapan, a good sized city with a scenic national park. I get a camping spot in the lot of a resort hotel, it’s a very nice resort type place with a big pool. There don’t seem to be many people in the hotel at the moment, but there are two Policia Federal camped out in the hotel lobby 24/7. I had thought about going to the national park in the afternoon but I am still sore from the horse ride so decide to spend the afternoon soaking in the pool and sunshine.

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In the morning a guy and his dog stop by to say hello. He hands me a couple of avocados, I ask how much and he tells me they are a gift. He lives next to the hotel and is happy to see travelers from other countries.

Still not feeling like a lot of hiking so I set off for Guanajuato. It’s a full day drive through the mountains and small towns of Michoacan. Coming into one town I go through this

Roadblock in Michoacan town

which seems pretty sketchy. Around the corner is a small bus stop all sandbagged up and converted into a makeshift toll booth. I drop a couple of coins into the woman’s cup and she seems happy enough, but I decide not to stop here for lunch.

Later in the afternoon I arrive in Guanajuato, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a beautiful town but extremely hilly with narrow streets and tunnels going everywhere.

Here is the last few minutes of the drive, arriving at the campground overlooking Guanajuato

Guanajuato Hills

The campground is really just someone’s back yard, with space for four or five trucks or small RVs and a couple of bathrooms. One effect of these hills is that the noise of all of the thousands of barking dogs are reflected and blended together, so there is a constant continuous barking roar in the background day and night.

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It’s a great walking town once you get down the hills. Lots of little squares and parks, many great restaurants.

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I spend three days here doing a lot of walking through the city. It’s still pretty cold  and cloudy most of the time although the sun comes out for a few hours here and there.

 

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