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I made my way from Ajijic to Guanajuato. I stayed in a Vacation Rental for 7 nights.
Accommodation in Guanajuato is a problem … on ANY hotel search engine (including my favourites: AGODA.COM and BOOKING.COM), you will struggle to find a nice Double Room with Ensuite for less than MXP700 / night.
So, as with Ajijic, I changed tack and pre-booked a Vacation Rental through TRIPADVISOR.
The cost was US$167 / week (MX442 / night).
The Vacation Rental was very comfortable.
At the end of the hallway was a kitchen with all of the equipment that you need including plates, cutlery, pots, a toaster, a coffee maker, a hot pad, a fridge/freezer, and dining table.
The kitchen led to a nice Double bedroom with good furniture. Fan.
The ensuite was a good size.
All in all, the place was well appointed and very clean and tidy.
It was time to move on the the next ‘Magical Town’: San Miguel De Allende.
TO GUANAJUATO BUS STATION:
It shows it to be on the edge of town in Pozuelos.
The correct location is 7kms out of centre where Primera Plus is shown. This is the same station that I arrived at when I came to Guanajuato from Ajijic.
THE UBER PRICE INCREASE:
I checked out of my Vacation Rental at 11:20 and ordered an UBER Taxi.
This was the first time that I have seen the ‘UBER Price Increase’ working … apparently, when there aren’t enough UBER Taxis active, they up the prices to attract the drivers to get on the road.
The price increase can vary and the increase is only temporary. I had to pay 1.7x the standard fare to get to the Bus Station.
The UBER Taxi arrived at 11:30. He drove fast. We arrived at the Bus Station at 11:45.
The fare was MXP33.50 (instead of the usual MXP20).
BUS TO SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE:
There are several different bus companies operating.
Their next bus left at 11:50am – just as I hit the counter. The bus after that left an hour later at 12:50pm.
There were 2 seats left on the 11:50am. The price was MXP136.
I headed directly to the bus and checked in my bags – which went into the Luggage Compartment.
On Primera Plus, you get a free drink and snack as you get onto the bus. I grabbed those and found my seat. We left 2 minutes later at 11:55am.
As usual, the bus was very comfortable. Each seat had its own Entertainment System (in Spanish). The bus had free wifi.
The trip took just over 1 hour. We got off of the bus at 1:10pm.
CENTRAL DE AUTOBUSES TO MY HOTEL:
I walked out of the terminal and, as seems usual, there was a local bus stop at the front.
I waited for the next bus. Whilst I waited, I started talking to a young Mexican man who was visiting from Guadalajara.
The bus came but it was full – no room for me (let alone my suitcase!). The young Mexican invited me to share his taxi.
The journey to the centre is only about 2kms – I think that the Mexican paid MXP30. He wouldn’t let me pay my share.
MY HOSTEL – LA POSADA DEL ARTESANO:
The taxi dropped us off in the central pedestrian district. From there, it was only a 300m walk to my hostel. But, still a little bit inconvenient with a suitcase because of the cobblestone streets.
I was unsuccessful finding a Vacation Rental in San Miguel. There were very few hotels / hostels to choose from in our GRANDPAcking price range.
I had learned from Guanajuato … this time, I wanted to be in the ‘heart’ of the city … within walking distance of everything … for that ‘privilege’, I was prepared to compromise on my accommodation standards … and, BOY, did I compromise … !!!
As I walked, I passed a street parade. It was about 100m long.
I found my hostel using Google Maps. Well, I found a door at 42 Calle Loreto. No reception. After knocking on the door and trying to get someone’s attention for 5 minutes, I young girl approached me.
She worked there and we walked down together.
The rooms are basic … you get a bed and a bedside table. A floor standing fan.
The view from my room wasn’t much to shout about either.
Have a look yourself:
Door-to-door it should take about 2 hours.
My total cost was MXP170. But, for 2 GRANDPAckers, budget MXP340 (using UBER Taxis).
I will tell you more about San Miguel in my next post.
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